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He is Faithful | God’s Promises

A few weeks ago, I shared a post regarding one major reason why American Christians tend to struggle with their faith. We are more focused on ourselves than God and many ”Christians” are false converts because they do not know the Christ they claim to believe in. (The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?)

I’ve been wanting to switch the focus from ourselves to the Lord. What does God promise? How do these promises relate back to the nature of God and His attributes? We need to study the truth of God and know what He says because the Lord is faithful, which will begin our study. God is faithful.

Point of the Series – In the Bible, there are many promises to the believer. I am using the word promise as an assurance of what we hope for through God’s word, and an assurance of what has already been done through God’s word. If we do not know what God’s word says, we have little reason to even speak about God because we do not know what He says about Himself and His creation.


Disclaimer– Before diving in, I must warn you. If you have not put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, you cannot partake of any of the promises of God the way a genuine believer of Christ can. The promises of God you will be given are not something to look forward to. The Lord is just and pure and the wages of sin is death. If you reject Christ, then God promises to remain faithful and He is just. The consequence of sin is death – eternal suffering in Hell. Our sins must be paid for one way or the other, and we cannot atone for our sins. Jesus Christ must be your Lord and Savior. You cannot reach the Lord any other way. God is not found in any other religion. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:06

Any other religion will tell you how to earn your way into Heaven. Christianity is the only religion that preaches Christ paid off the debt of the sinner because no sinner can earn his or her way into Heaven. No one is good. (Romans 3:10) We cannot put faith in Christ when we do not know and have not heard the true Gospel. We must know why we believe to begin with. (Please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?), Why Would A Loving God Send His Son To Die (Condensed Version With Summary Notes), Got Questions: What Are The Essentials of the Christian Faith? )

Faithful – Standing Steadfast

Faithfulness is a theme in the Bible and in hymns for good reason. I think in order to understand any other attribute of the Lord or promise He gives, we need to first understand that God is faithful in His nature, and in what He says.

Psalm 89:08, “O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you?”

The Hebrew for faithfulness here is emunah, which relates to a firmness, steadfastness, and the NASB translation would also use the word “trust” to describe emunah. Trust is a great way to explain faithfulness; being that whoever is faithful is someone you can trust. God is faithful and we can trust Him. (Note: To put faith in God means to trust Him.)

In fact, regarding “firmness” the term fits really well with Jesus being referred to as the “Rock.” (1 Corinthians 10:04, Psalm 18:02this verse calls God the Rock, but if you are in doubt about Christ being God, check out this study on Christ being our rock, sword, and shield, the same terms used for God.)

Matthew 7:24-25, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”

Psalm 89:08 is making the point that no one else is like God. No one else is as trustworthy as God. Every attribute of God is trustworthy and better than any other creation. Our Creator is righteous, just, pure and we can trust Him in all things.

Faithful – Trustworthy

2 Thessalonians 3:03, “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.”

The Greek used here is pistos meaning trustworthy and is derived from a Greek word meaning persuaded. Notice how 2 Thessalonians 3:03 connects back to Matthew 7:24-25. God is faithful keeping us steadfast. We can only be steadfast through the atonement sacrifice of Jesus Christ. On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.

1 Corinthians 1:09, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

We see the same Greek used – pistos. Scripture makes it clear. The Christian can only stand firm through Christ. If we do not know who Jesus is, then how can we put our faith, our trust, in Someone we do not know.

The faithfulness of God, as 1 Corinthians 1:09 points out, is best displayed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Faithful – Keeping A Covenant

Romans 1:17, “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (“In it” is referring to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.)

We cannot have fellowship with God except through Jesus Christ, Who is declared faithful. Hebrews 3:02 describes the faithfulness of Christ, using the same Greek pistos. We also see Christ called faithful, same Greek meaning, toward the end of the Bible.

Revelation 19:11, “Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.”

Christ’s faithfulness is reflective of His God nature. In fact, Christ adding another nature to Himself, becoming the God-Man, is reflective of the faithfulness of God from the beginning, before time. This promise of the Gospel, what the Messiah would do, and how people could be saved through Jesus is known as the Covenant of Redemption.

The Covenant of Redemption is a covenant made among the God-Head. Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. 3 Persons, 1 essence (God). The covenant happened before creation ever began. I do not have time on this post to really breakdown how incredible and important the covenant of redemption is. You truly see the faithfulness of the Lord in every aspect of the covenant. So I highly recommend clicking on this post that does break down the various roles of the Trinity, in relation to the covenant of redemption. Please see: Covenant of Redemption | Understanding The Trinity.

Faithful – Author of Our Faith

In seeing the faithfulness of God through the Gospel, through Jesus Christ, it should not surprise us that the One who is faithful is the One who increases our faith. We are not creators of our faith. God is because He is faithful and we cannot be on our own.

Hebrews 12:02, “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Christ opens our eyes to the truth. The Holy Spirit points the world back to the truth of Christ and the Gospel Message (John 16:08). The Father exalts the Son because of His faithfulness. The Lord Jesus is key. Christ is Faithful and True because God is faithful and true.

1 John 1:09, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

If you would like to check out a list of various ways the Lord is faithful for the Christian, check out this post I shared a couple weeks ago, in preparing for today: In What Ways Is God Faithful | What Promises Does The Christian Have?

*unless listed, all scripture is from the ESV translation

Recommended Resources:

Got QuestionsHow Do I Know Which Of God’s Promises Are For Me?
Got QuestionsWhat is the Significance of the Name Faithful & True in Revelation 19:11
Got QuestionsWhat Are Some Verses About Faithfulness?
Got QuestionsHow Can I Learn To Trust in the Faithfulness of God?

The Gospel Message: With the Good News means there’s bad news. We all are sinners and condemned. We all deserve the just punishment of God’s wrath. Christianity is unlike any other religion because we cannot earn our way into Heaven. God saw the weakness of man and his utter depravity. Yet, He showed us grace. Jesus, God, One Person of the Trinity, became God in the flesh, the God-Man. He was always perfect and sinless. And His humanity was perfected on the cross, living the full sinless life. He became our atonement sacrifice. Dying in our place, taking on the wrath of God upon Himself. He died on the cross, and He was resurrected because death could not hold Him. Jesus is the answer. We, as guilty sinners, need His blood to pay off our debt of sin. For all who put their faith in Him – meaning eyes are opened to the Gospel, we see ourselves as a sinner, we see the need for Christ, we desire our Savior, and we see the ugliness of our sin. Putting our faith in Jesus, we seek HIs forgiveness and repent from our sins, we turn away from our old way of life. We, through the work of the Holy Spirit, continue to become convicted of sin daily. Our eyes will never be the same again. We see things in a different light, and the truth of Christ affects how we live and serve Him. Christ tells us to count the cost. Salvation is a serious topic, it is not to be taken lightly. For a breakdown of this powerful message, understanding how Christ could be God and Man, why God required sacrifices, and more -please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?)

If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?

Scripture To Meditate On – (ESV) John 6:48, “I am the bread of life.”

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Luke 11_39-40, _...so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy–full of greed and wickedness. Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside_

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