Gospel Begins With Promises

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When the Lord Jesus preached His famous sermon, the Sermon on the Mount, He began with the Beatitudes. Too many people read these as though they were a set of impossible hurdles. But Jesus was beginning His message as God loves to begin all His gospel work—with promises.

We are told in Scripture that the one who begins a good work in us will also be faithful to fulfill it. But we may also reason backwards—the one who will fulfill the good work is the one who began it. If He gives us the gift of seeing Himself, He also gives the gift of enabling us to be peacemakers. If He gives us the filling, He also gave us the hunger and thirst for righteousness to begin with.

This is the work that God gives us to do—that we believe in the one He has sent. The beginning, middle and end of all our duties is to trust in Him, to believe in Him, to rest in Him. Why? Because the just shall live by faith.

God is at work here. God offers Himself here. If He is doing it at all, He is doing it all. This means that if the grace in you is true grace, it does not matter how tiny it is. And if it is not true grace, it does not matter how strong it appears to you to be.

We are here as guests, as supplicants. We ask for and we receive the body and blood of Jesus by faith alone. Treasure those words, for they are your gospel, they are your salvation.

So come, and welcome, to Jesus Christ.



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