Faith: The Greatest Bargain in the Universe

I don’t normally post to this blog on Saturday. But all my blog entries are scheduled for the coming months, and I just had to share this little extra with you.

In preparation for a project I’m working on, I went through all the New Testament passages on faith. Wow—what a picture! What an incredible list of promises God makes to those who simply trust Him! And there are probably some I missed.

To help me digest it all, I quickly compiled the following list of blessings promised to those who trust God. As I got into it, I knew I just had to share it with you!

It may be too much to digest in one sitting. If so, come back to it and reflect on it a little at a time:

As we believe God,
as we believe that He is and that He rewards those who seek Him,
as we believe that Jesus is His Son and that God raised Him from the dead,
as we unite God’s word with faith,
as we entrust ourselves to Him:

  • We have eternal life: God’s boundless, timeless, endless life, here and now and forever. (numerous references)
  • We enter into God’s deep and endless rest. (Hebrews 4:3)
  • We can draw near to our Father God in full confidence. (Hebrews 10:22)
  • We are in the hands of the Great Healer. (numerous references)
  • We are children of God. (John 1:12 et al)
  • We will never hunger or thirst. (John 6:35-36)
  • We have the living water of the Spirit flowing within us. (John 7:38-39)
  • We know the truth, and the truth sets us free. (John 8:30-32)
  • We do the works of Christ and together, we do even greater works than He did. (John 14:10-12)
  • We will not be judged by Him. (numerous references)
  • We can move mountains (Matthew 17:20). All things are possible to us (Mark 9:33 et al).
  • All we have is His and thus is the common property of His people. (Acts 4:32 et al)
  • We are justified—declared by God to be completely innocent. (numerous references)
  • We have God’s own righteousness. (numerous references)
  • God cleanses our hearts. (Acts 15:9)
  • God enables us to obey Him. (Romans 1:5; 16:26)
  • He fills us with all joy and peace, and we abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)
  • We are sealed in Christ—marked as God’s very own and put under His protection. This sealing is by the Holy Spirit, who is our downpayment on our full redemption to come. (Ephesians 1:13-14)
  • The power of God that raised Christ from the dead is at work in us. (Ephesians 1:18-20)
  • We have been granted the great privilege of suffering for Christ’s sake. (Philippians 1:29)
  • The all-creating, all-powerful Word of God is doing its work within us. (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
  • We have an unchanging, unshakable hope for the future that is unthreatened even by death. (1 Thessalonians 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:12; et al)
  • We rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory. (1 Peter 1:8)
  • We are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone. (1 Peter 2:4-7)
  • We know God’s love for us. (1 John 4:16)
  • Though surrounded by an evil world, we overcome. (1 John 5:4-5)
  • If we lack wisdom, all we have to do is ask God, and He supplies it gladly. (James 1:5-6)
  • We can remain confident and calm through the storms of life. (Mark 4:40; Luke 8:25)
  • We have the joy and privilege of encouraging our fellow believers. (Romans 1:12 et al)
  • We are children of Abraham and thus heir to all God promised him. (Romans 4; Galatians 3; Genesis 12:1-3)
  • We have peace with God and full access to His boundless grace. (Romans 5:1-2)
  • Jesus Christ Himself lives in us. (Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 3:17)
  • God is perfecting us by faith. (Galatians 3:2, 5)
  • We are given beautiful, life-giving spiritual gifts to share with other believers. (Romans 12:3, 6)
  • Our life foundation is not human wisdom but the power of God Himself. (1 Corinthians 2:4-5)
  • We can stand firm, no matter what problems or opposition we meet. (1 Corinthians 16:13 et al)
  • We are protected by a shield (Ephesians 6:16) and a breastplate (1 Thessalonians 5:8) that can deflect and extinguish anything Satan throws at us.
  • We can walk safely and confidently, even when we can’t see the path ahead. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
  • We can grow in faith (2 Corinthians 10:15 et al) and pursue more and more faith  throughout your lives (1 Timothy 6:11). Faith continues to grow as a natural fruit of God’s Spirit within us. (Galatians 5:22)
  • We become members of God’s family. In Christ we are one with all other believers of every time and place. (Galatians 6:10; Ephesians 4:5; et al)
  • God grows within us the precious quality of patient endurance (2 Thessalonians 1:4; James 1:2-3; 1 Peter 1:6-7, 9).
  • No matter how difficult life becomes, we fight the good fight and grab hold of eternal life. (1 Timothy 6:11-12; 2 Timothy 2:22; 4:7-8)
  • The words of faith nourish us. (1 Timothy 4:6)
  • Our example of faith is a heritage that we pass on to our children and grandchildren. (2 Timothy 1:5)
  • We are fabulously rich, even when we are poor. (James 2:5)

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