THE HEIRS OF THE PROMISES OF GOD
The faithful are heirs of the promises of God. This heritage comes through faith and patience as seen in the example of Abraham. In the Christian church today the cross has become the symbol of faith. Though it is a reminder of the terrible suffering and death of Christ, He is the hope of salvation to everyone who believes.
The ceremonies and sacrifices in the Old Testament Law were figures of the work of Christ. The text referred to the veil that divided the holy place in the temple and the holy of holies. Only the high priest was permitted by the law to enter and perform necessary ceremonies. He did this on behalf of the people once every year on the Day of Atonement. The sacrifices that they offered were repeated often. The entrance of Jesus Christ put an end to that repeated offering. He entered within the veil once. His sacrifice and offering needed not to be repeated. The order of Aaron was only useful before the coming of this perfect one.
Paul gave an appraisal of the cross saying, “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor 1:23-24).
The road to maturity begins with faith and ends with faith. The rewards that come with salvation have eternal value. God’s promises are ever sure. The saints in the Bible are our example as they trusted in God who does not change. Thus we stand on His promises. Do you?
THOUGHT: Our God is the King of the universe and He dispenses grace after the counsel of His own will.
PRAYER: Father, do not leave me out of Thy will as I believe Thy promises.