"Now we brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise" (Galatians 4:28).
Exceeding great and precious promises are given to us through the Lord Jesus Christ; our promises are possessed by faith. Many promises were given to Israel relating to their life under the law, but believers have promise of things both in this life and in that to come (1Timothy 4:8; 2 Peter1:11). Our promises are better being based on the grace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. But promises are of no value to us unless we lay hold of them and act upon their principle. We learn from the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 how they responded to the promises: they saw them, they believed in them, they embraced them, and they bore witness to their reality. Some of these promises are received immediately like the gift of eternal life to every one that accepted Christ, yet other promises will be fulfilled in the future. We should not then be like children who want a promise fulfilled in a few minutes, and forgetting those that must wait a season before we can gain the benefits of them. We need to add to our faith virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love (2Peter1:9) or we would not be able to see afar off, a vision that looks farther than oneself, or of this present time. The rewards may be far off but they are sure to those who are persuaded of their value and heed the exhortation. For God is faithful and He will fulfill all what he has promised those who love Him.
I trust that you will enjoy the great articles in this issue during the summer months. Some of them are thought provoking and we pray that the Lord would use them for building you up on your most holy faith. Please keep praying for the Lord’s blessing on Toward the Mark
Yours in our soon-coming Lord,
Emil S. Nashed
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