The seven promises of Jesus to His followers
1. Life to the fullest
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they would have life and have it abundantly.”
Jesus offers life, but you have to believe and receive it. If we abide in Him, we will bear fruit (John 15). The life Jesus promise happens immediately that moment we make him the LORD of our life and repent of sins (metanoia).
However, the promise of “life to the fullest” has nothing to do with becoming rich or not having to experience problems — but having joy and peace. In this world, we will have tribulation.
→ How apostle Paul overcame depression.
“All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me, I will never drive away.”
This is one of Charles Spurgeon’s favorite verses. Christ assures us that He will never reject us. If we come to him, we will find him waiting with open arms. (Jeremiah 29:12)
Christ’s invitation is for everyone, regardless of social status, race, or sexual orientation. God does not look at your past but sees you as a “new creation” through Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17).
However, to abide in Christ also means you are willing to abandon a sinful lifestyle you once desired. Repentance and faith go together.
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“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age… But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
Following Jesus requires giving up habits that displease God in as much as doing things that glorify Him. In heaven, we will receive “Crowns of Glory” (1 Peter 5:4); “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8); “Crown of Life.” (James 1:12)
On earth, God repays man according to what his deeds deserve (Romans 2:6). We reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7-9), and if we use our talent for God’s glory, He will reward us.
“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. My Father will love the one who loves me, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
The secret things belong to God (Deuteronomy 29:29), but through faith in Christ, He sends the Holy Spirit, who reveals mysteries, wisdom, and inspiration.
Jesus manifests himself to those who obey His words and blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)
→ Powerful declarations in Jesus’ name.
“You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
There are seasons of friendship, and friends come and go. Even family will fail us because man’s nature is sinful (Romans 5:12). Christ reconciled us with God. He is not only our savior but what a friend we have in Jesus.
6. Real Joy and True Peace
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
There is a joy when we obey and keep God’s commands; we remain in His love (John 15:9). Jesus did not promise fame, wealth, and riches—but joy, peace, and understanding. ”
→ The seven examples of Jesus.
7. Test of Faith
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.’
God allows financial problems, tragedy, even cancer, or a debilitating condition to test our faith. In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. (2 Timothy 3:12)
All God’s children will experience “trials of faith” because the Lord disciplines whom He loves. He scourges every son whom He receives (Hebrews 12:6). Trials are only for a little while. (1 Peter 1:6)