For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
2 Corinthians 1:20
There are few verses that are more steeped in the fullness and freeness of God’s grace than this one. It basically parallels what Paul wrote to the Roman believers: “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32). Do the “all things” not also include all God’s promises?
Unless we hold to the fullness and freeness of God’s grace, we set ourselves up against the gospel. That happens much more than we realize. Remember Simon who offered money to Peter and John to purchase God’s free gift? Peter responded: “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!” He continued: You have neither part not lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God” (Acts 9:20-21). Isn’t it astounding that the rightness of our heart stands in relation to holding fast to the fullness and freeness of God’s grace? That shouldn’t surprise us since the glory of His grace is God’s goal for His church.
While Simon thought to obtain God’s free gift with money, others try to do so with their supposed good works. Paul wrote to the Galatians: “Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by hearing with faith? . . . Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith” (Gal. 3:3, 5)?
Unless we truly realize that all God’s promises “find their Yes in him”—will be fulfilled in and through Christ—we’ll be like Simon or the Galatian believers. Jesus, as the Son of Man, fulfilled God’s Law and all righteousness. As a result, He obtained all God’s promises on behalf of His body. That’s why God says “Yes” to all of His promises “in him.” Our response should be “Amen”—so let it be.
Since Jesus fulfilled the requirements of all the conditional promises and fully confirmed all the unconditional promises through His life and death, He deserves all the glory for their fulfillment. While many will find their ultimate realization in the new heavens and new earth, we’re to receive them by faith, being fully persuaded that God will fulfill them for Christ’s sake.
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