Christ Confirmed the PROMISE
In order to understand this most important question in the world, notice what is written in Romans 15:8, “Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the PROMISES made unto the fathers.”
In bringing a new message the Gospel Jesus came to confirm the promises made to the FATHERS. But who were the fathers? And what are the promises made to them? Heaven? Purgatory? Your salvation depends on the answer! You read in Acts 3:13, in the inspired words of Peter: “The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus.” The fathers, then, were Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. If you are Christ’s if you are a Christian you are an heir to inherit not what men might devise in their imaginations you are an heir according to the promise! If you’re an HEIR, you are going to inherit something. If you’re an heir according to the promise, you are going to inherit whatever was promised and not something else.
That promise to Abraham is important! Whatever it is that is what YOU shall inherit if you are saved! You find the account of that promise made to Abraham in the book of Genesis.
It begins in the 12th chapter of Genesis, verse 1: “Now the Lord [Eternal] had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee.”
First, God called Abram, as his name was then, out of the land of Babylon where he lived surely symbolic of the spiritual Babylon in which we live, today just as, today, God calls you and me out of this world this Babylon! Abraham didn’t quibble or argue. The verse says: “So Abram departed.” He went to a certain land, where God led him the land we call Israel today! Abraham obeyed God. “So Abram departed,” it is written! That’s why he was made the FATHER of the precious promises on which your eternal salvation rests! He obeyed immediately he departed! Yes, just as YOU must obey, if you, with Abraham, are to inherit that promise!
Men today have no conception of what is really in store for the one who is really saved. The inheritance that awaits you if you surrender to God; if you obey as Abraham obeyed; if you rely, not on your faith, but on the very faith of Christ; if you are really born again that very inheritance so surpasses anything you have ever conceived so far, that you haven’t the slightest conception of your true potential destiny!
As we read in I Corinthians 2:9, “. . . Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” The inheritance which God has prepared for you cannot even be conceived by the natural mind of man but God does reveal it to us “by His Spirit” (I Cor. 2:10).
Now what did God promise Abraham?
The answer is found in Genesis 12:6-7: “And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. And the Eternal appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give THIS LAND.” So the promise was the inheritance of the LAND OF ISRAEL.