1. In one sense, God has already done for us all that He is going to do through the Cross of Jesus Christ.
a. We think in terms of getting God to do something for us, but it is actually a question of receiving what has already been provided for us through Jesus.
b. God has already provided us with all we need to live this life and the next through the Cross of Jesus.
1. Salvation is an all – inclusive word.
2. SOTERIA = implies deliverance, preservation, healing, wholeness, soundness.
c. Eph 1:3
1. For giving us through Christ every possible spiritual benefit as citizens of heaven. (Phillips)
2. Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing that heaven itself enjoy. (Norlie)
3. Who has Himself blessed us through Christ with every kind of spiritual and supernatural blessing. (Wand)
d. II Pet 1:3
1. Of everything that promotes life and piety (Wand)
2. He has by his own action given us everything that is necessary for living the truly good life. (Phillips)
3. His divine power has given us everything we need for our physical and spiritual life. (Norlie)
e. Here is a partial list of what God has provided through Jesus, has already said yes to through Jesus:
1. Righteousness; right standing with Himself (sonship)
2. Remission of sins
3. A plan and purpose for each of our lives
4. His promise to lead and guide us
5. Physical needs met
6. Healing for the body and soul
7. Access to all the grace, peace, joy, and strength we’ll ever need.
2. We must understand two key facts about what Jesus did while on earth.
a. Through the Cross, He removed / broke the curse /consequence of sin over us and our lives so that God’s blessings can come on us. Gal 3:13,14
b. He was the will of God in action = He shows us God’s will. John 14:9
3. Jesus is the yes pronounced on every one of God’ promises. II Cor 1:20
a. Christ says yes to all of God’s promises. (Cont Eng)
b. And however many promises God made, the yes to them all is in Him. (Jerusalem)
c. But with Him it is always “yes”, for, as many as the promises of God may be, through Him they are always “yes”. (Williams)
d. Every promise of God finds its affirmative in Him. (Phillips)
4. Jesus reveals God’s promises to us.
a. Everything that Jesus did, said, provided for us through the Cross is a promise from God to us.
b. God now wants to fulfill those promises (bring them to pass) in our lives.
5. It is now up to us to receive what God has provided through Jesus by accepting His Word, His promise, so that He can fulfill it, bring it to pass in our lives.
a. God’s promises do not automatically come to pass in peoples’ lives.
b. In the very same letter where we are encouraged to follow the faith of Abraham, we are warned not to follow the example of one generation Israel in particular.
c. The generation that came out of Egypt to the edge of the promised land under Moses did not receive God’s promise because they did not agree with it. Heb 3:19; 4:1,2