The seven promises of Jesus to His followers
1. Life to the fullest
“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.’” (Matthew 16:24–25)
Jesus promised we would have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10), and if we abide in Him, we will bear much fruit (John 15). The life Jesus promise begins immediately and is for eternity. The children of God are aliens on earth and citizens in heaven. (Philippians 3:20)
“All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” (John 6:37)
Charles Spurgeon once called this one of his favorite verses. Christ assures us that He will never reject us. If we come to him, we will find him waiting with open arms. Christ’s invitation extends to everyone, and he accepts all those who follow him.
“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.” (Mark 10:29–31)
Following Jesus requires sacrifice. There are times when the immediate benefit of going our own way may appear to outweigh the potential gains of obedience. But our sacrifices are not in vain; God sees the true intention of our hearts.
“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.” (John 14:21, NIV)
The secret things belong to God, but through our faith in Christ, Jesus sends the Holy Spirit, who reveals the “secret things of God.” Jesus promises us that, when we obey him, he will manifest himself to us.
“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.” (John 15:14–15)
Jesus came to reconcile God to humankind. Not only does Jesus provide a bridge between God and men, but we have a friend 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.” (John 15:9–11)
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.
7. Test of Faith
“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). Every Christian undergoes “trials of faith.” At worst, there is Christian persecution, but victory is in Christ, even in the midst of what seems like a dead-end.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me,” Jesus said. (Matthew 5:10–11)
nothing can separate us from the love of Christ!