Nothing Is Impossible
In the Scriptures that contain the powerful promises of God, lets find the book of James (near the end of the New Testament) and read from verse five of the first chapter:
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
We can agree together (see Matthew 18:19) to claim this promise now as we study His Word. As we ask, we are already receiving wisdombecause He has promised.
We read in Powerful Promises 1 that people in Bible times whom God used to do a special work for Him were ones who really trusted Him.
Special People Believed
Abraham believed God was able to keep His promiseand a child was born to him when he was one hundred years old and his wife Sarah was ninety and well past child-bearing age. See Genesis, chapters 17 and 21.
Moses believed God doesnt lieand God gave deliverance even when doing so meant opening a dry path through the sea. Read Exodus, chapters 6 and 14.
Paul believed and openly taught that God made all humanity equal and united in Christ Jesus, because God said so. He believed this in a day when many social barriers and deep disunity and inequality existed between the slaves and the free, the rich and the poor, men and women, and between religious groups. Paul himself was a Jewish theologian! See Galatians chapter 3 and 4.
Meant For Us
If we accept this Biblical teaching of equality we can believe that the principles behind Gods promises are meant for us now as much as they were for the people of Bible times. Bible assurances that God doesnt change (Malachi 3:6) and that He loves us (John 3:16) also help confirm that they apply to us.
Those situations faced by Abraham, Moses, and Paul all seemed impossible except for Gods promises. As Jesus said one day:
With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26
But would God ever ask the impossible of us? Lets test the promise with a seemingly impossible Scriptural command:
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48
Now that sounds impossible! How could God expect perfection of us, not to mention the perfection of God" In a Greek-English Lexicon, we find the word "perfect" was translated from a Greek word meaning "complete" or "mature"evidently in ones own sphere.
That sounds a little simpler. But even though we arent expected to be equal with God, the idea of becoming a complete, mature Christian seems nearly impossible, so we can look for a promisea powerful onesuch as when Paul was inspired to share with his young friend Timothy:
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 KJV
Thats a promise that any person may become perfect through Christ as one is led to Him by study of the Scriptures! In this reference, we had the command and then a promise to make it possible.
Christ knew the power of the words of inspired Scripture, and specifically quoted from the Old Testament during an open encounter with Satan. Each time Jesus used the words, "It is written ," His attacker was stopped. Later, after His resurrection, when He was talking about the Old Testament prophecies concerning Himself, Jesus words seemed to "burn" into the consciousness of His listeners.
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
They asked each other, Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?
Luke 24:27, 32
He said to them, This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.
Notice what happened:
In another place the promise is recorded this way:
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
Matthew 28:18-20 KJV
Christ has all the power we need and He promises to be with us. Because of Him we have access to all power.
The Command--And The Promise
In the preceding text, when Jesus told His followers to go and teach, He immediately said He would be with those who do so. In His great love for us, He provideswith the commandthe means for the possibility to become a reality. In that command, Jesus also asked us to baptize in the name of the three powers of heaven.
Theyas one united familyteach us, and through us, teach others! It is into this family of heaven that we are adopted officially at baptism. We all can "belong."
Another impossibility made possible by Christ!
As we share His words, Hes even promised to help if we have poor memories:
All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:25, 26
For a moment we need to consider Gods word of caution found in Isaiah 8:19, 20, that there would be other spirits than the Holy Spirit who might try to teach us.
When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?
To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. (KJV: because there is no light in them.)
Isaiah 8:19, 20
We can know if it is Gods Spirit teaching us or not, by comparing what is said with the Bible, our source book for perfection (called the Law and the Prophets, or the testimony of the prophets). Read again the words of Luke 24:27-49.
We asked for wisdom as we began this study. God promised He would be with us, and we can believe He is present right now as we study His words. Where God is, there is wisdom and power. With Him there is also creation and energy.
At the beginning of the world, all three Powers of heaven were present working as One:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1:1,2 (emphasis supplied)
And several days later, that first week:
God said, Let us make man in our image, in our likeness Genesis 1:26
The apostle John in the New Testament refers to the Old Testament record of the "family" presence of the Son united with the Father and the Holy Spirit at creation:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.
The Word became flesh and lived for awhile among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:1-3, 14 (emphasis supplied)
Here is one more powerful promise, only possible with God:
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith .
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
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