Paul argues in Galatians 4 that Christians are the true Sons of Abraham because we share the faith of Abraham. God made promise to Abraham to bless the entire world through his offspring. Abraham didn’t know the whole story; he trusted God for the revelation God had given him at that time.
But now, in Christ, we are able to see all the full grandeur of God’s redemptive promise that he initiated through Abraham. We share the faith of Abraham, but we cling to better promises (Hebrews 8:6), built on a better sacrifice (Hebrews 9:23), and provides for us a better possession (Hebrews 10:34) as we await a better life (Hebrews 11:35) and a better destiny (Hebrews 11:16).
This following list is the content of that better promise provided for us by Jesus Christ. God’s promise to Abraham was a shadow of the things to come; but here are 23 life-changing, rock solid promises of the New Testament that we have to hope in.
- God loves you (Galatians 2:20).
- God chose you before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).
- God knows you and you know God (Galatians 4:9).
- God has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3).
- God set his affection on you and adopted you into his family (Ephesians 1:5).
- God is Our Father (Matthew 6:9).
- God has redeemed us from all sin: all past sin, present sin, and future sin (Ephesians 1:7).
- God is also sanctifying us from sin (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Corinthians 6:11).
- God has united all of us together as a family; we are members of one another (Ephesians 2:14, 4:25).
- God has made us together the temple of his Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16).
- God has given us direct access to him; we can boldly come before Him (Hebrews 4:16).
- God will never condemn you because Jesus was condemned for you (Romans 8:1).
- God will never leave you; he will never forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
- God has given you his Holy Spirit as a guarantee that he will bring his promise to final fulfillment (Ephesians 1:14).
- God works all things together for your highest good and his highest glory (Romans 8:28).
- God has created you for good works; you are his workmanship (Ephesians 2:10).
- God has set you free to pursue a radical life of love and service to God and others (Galatians 5:13-14).
- God will complete the good work he started in you; he will never give up on you (Philippians 1:6).
- God’s hand of discipline on us may be painful at times, but he loves us enough to correct us (Hebrews 12:6-8).
- God has made you a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20) and he is preparing a place for you there (John 14:2).
- God will greet you in death, because death is not the end, nor is it something to dread, because “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21-26).
- God has crushed the power of death through Jesus Christ; death is swallowed up in victory (1 Corinthians 15:54).
- God has planned all this from the beginning, for “from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36)