This past Friday evening, we went to dinner, and to watch a local band with dear friends. It was a very nice evening. I believe that the bands name is Opry Band, and I had seen them once before. The band is made up of 5 or 6 musicians, and 3 of them sing. There are others in the audience who also can go up and sing, if they wish. I understand that some of the musicians are retired Nashville band members for big named performers. Now, this band is not ” performing” for the money. It cost a whole 5 bucks per person to get in. This band plays for the love of it. They are pretty good, but the genuineness, and homespun quality of them make them very enjoyable, and inspiring to listen to. They are regular people, loving what they do.
Friday night was all Gospel night. They sang pretty much country Gospel music. Many of the songs were songs that we all had known for years. We got to the show a little late, a few minutes after it had started. We had to sit in the back so that we could have seats together. I noticed, that not long after we sat down, a fellow walked in and sat on the end of our row. I saw people whispering something to him. I heard one of them say Fedex. Our friends said that his name is Dave, but people call him Fedex, because that is where he works. By looking at him, you can tell that he had probably just gotten off of work. By his appearance, you would not be impressed. He’s probably mid thirties, maybe 5’7″” tall. He would never stand out in a crowd.
After a bit, one of the band members asked Dave, or “FedEx”, to come up to sing. Well, when he opened his mouth to sing, I was shocked. The voice of this man is incredible. And with such a natural, God given ability. He shined as he sang 4 or 5 songs on 2 occasions. His last song was called Promises. And of course it made me start thinking.
God’s Word is full of so many great and precious promises. Our very faith itself hangs upon some of these promises. I could make a series upon the promises of God. But that may be for another time. I am going to just name three fundamental promises.
1. God promises to justify us.
Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” Romans 8:33. Justification means that we have been declared righteous before God. The acquittal has already taken place. It’s a legal term stating that we will never have the charges ( of Sin ) brought up against us again. This promise is all because of Christ death.
2. God promises that He has reconciled us to Himself.
” For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” Romans 5:10. Reconciliation means, simply stated, that He has exchanged His life for ours. The Great Exchange took place when His life was substituted for ours. The penalty of our sin has been totally cleansed by the blood that He shed for us. This promise is all because of Christ.
3. God promises us the inheritance of the Kingdom of Heaven.
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14. “The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.” Revelation 3:21. This is an incredible promise. Not only are we promised to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. We are also to rule, and reign, with Him. This grand promise, again, is only ours because of Christ.
These are three marvelous promises that we can bank our total existence upon. There were times when I doubted in my young Christian life; wondering if God really did love me. Had I thought of these promises, the doubt would have vanished. And I was reminded again, this past Friday night; all because of a wonderful song named Promises, sung by a Spirit-filled man, and a great singer nicknamed “FedEx.” Thank you, Dave for the reminder.
These promises are good to all who place their faith, and trust alone, in Jesus Christ. If you don’t know Him, won’t you come to Him today?