The Promises of God - Lesson 7 To Be With His Followers/Conditions
1. In our study of God's promises we have shown that: a. they are "exceeding great and precious" (2 Peter 1:4a) b. they are "trustworthy" in that God "is not slack concerning His promise" (2 Peter 3:9) c. they are "effective" -- by them we can be "partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4b) d. some of them are "conditional." 2. In our last lesson we studied "God's promise to be with His followers" (Hebrews 13:5-6). a. God's promise is stated in vs.5: "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." b. According to vs.6, this special promise provides confidence. 3. In this lesson we are examining passages which reveal certain conditions that accompany this promise.
I. JOHN 14:23
A. In this verse Jesus showed how He and the Father will make their abode with us. B. The condition for enjoying this blessing is keeping the Lord's words. C. Love for the Lord will lead us to keep His words (John 14:15).
II. 2 CORINTHIANS 13:11
A. This verse mentions "the God of love and peace" being with us. B. The conditions for enjoying this blessing are that we must: 1. "be perfect" [made complete] 2. "be of good comfort" 3. "be of one mind" (Romans 12:16) 4. "live in peace" (Romans 12:18).
III. PHILIPPIANS 4:4-9
A. Vs.9b mentions "the God of peace" being with us. B. The conditions for enjoying this blessing are that we must practice the teachings of Paul and follow his example (vs.9a). 1. Paul's teachings: a. (vs.4) We must "rejoice in the Lord always." b. (vs.5) We must practice "moderation" [forbearance]. c. (vs.6-7) We must avoid anxiety. d. (vs.8) We must think properly (Proverbs 23:7a). 2. Paul's example in Philippi: (Acts 16:11-12, 16-25).
IV. 1 JOHN 1:5-7
A. In these verses John wrote about having fellowship with God. B. The conditions for enjoying this blessing: 1. we must not "walk in darkness" (vs.6) 2. we must "walk in the light" (vs.7).
V. 1 JOHN 4:16
A. In this verse John wrote about dwelling in God and God dwelling in us. B. The condition for enjoying this blessing is that we must dwell in love. 1. 2:10-11 2. 3:11, 14, 18 3. 4:7-8, 20-21