Hymn writer (lyrics): R. Kelso Carter
Music composer: R. Kelso Carter
Promises of God
God makes promises both to groups of people and to individuals. He made promises to Noah (Genesis 7:1), Abraham (Genesis 24:1), Isaac (Genesis 26:12-24, 28), Jacob (Israel - Genesis 35:9-15), David (2Samuel 5:10; 1Chronicles 14:17), Solomon (1Kings 3:13; 1Chronicles 29:25; 2Chronicles 1:1), Elijah (1Kings 17:2-7, 19:5-8), King Hezekiah (2Kings 20:1-7), Daniel (Daniel 1:9) and many others.
God has promised to direct us in the right way to live life if we acknowledge him.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. 6 Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. (Proverbs 3)
The New Covenant, heralded by Jesus Christ and the New Testament, makes three new and great promises to man. The first is that God promises he will write his way of life into our very being and will give us the internal motivation to obey him.
10. 'For this is the covenant that I will establish with the house of Israel after those days,' says the Lord: 'I will give My laws into their minds, and I will inscribe them upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. 11. And they will no longer teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, "Know the Lord" because all will know Me, from the least to the greatest of them; (Hebrews 8:10 - 11, HBFV)
The second promise is that God guarantees not only forgive our sins but to NEVER AGAIN remember them.
12. For I will be merciful toward their unrighteousnesses, and their sins and their lawlessness I will not remember ever again (Hebrews 8:12, see also 1John 1:9).
God's third promise is that he will give eternal life and an eternal inheritance to those who love him!
15. And for this reason He is the Mediator of the New Covenant: in order that through His death, which took place for the release of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called might receive the promise of the eternal inheritance (Hebrews 9:15).