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God's Promise for Change (5 of 18)
Series: The If's, Ands and Buts of the Bible
Ernest L. Easley
2 Corinthians 5:17
We are in the middle of a series of messages these days under the heading: The If's, Ands and Buts of the Bible. And today we find ourselves in the book of 2 Corinthians chapter 5 where we find another one of those iffy promises of God. A promise that will give you great hope today.
Now in case you're just now jumping into the middle of this new series of messages … you need to know that when we're talking about the ''ifs'' of the Bible, we're talking about The Promises of God.
Many of the promises of God are conditional. God says, ''If you do this, then I'll do that.'' And we've discovered that not every conditional promise has an ''if'' in it. Sometimes the condition is found in the context.
And when it comes to God's promises, we know that … *they are all found in the Bible.
*they are all gracious.
*they are all centered in Christ.
*they are all trustworthy.
In 2 Chron 6.15, we hear Solomon pray: ''You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with You hand, as it is this day.''
*they are usually conditional.
So … the ''if's'' of the Bible point us to The Promises of God. The ''Ands'' of the Bible point us to The Provisions of God. That little conjunction connects some of God's great provisions He has for us like ''grace AND truth and I can't wait for us to get to them.
And then there are those ''buts'' of the Bible that point us to The Providence of God. We're going to read over and over again, ''but God'' did this or ''but God'' does that as we learn about His providence.
So, those are The If's, (His Promises) the Ands, (His Provisions) and the Buts (His Providence) of the Bible.
Now today, we find ourselves in 2 Corinthians 5 considering another one of God's conditional promises. We're going to begin reading in verse 12 and read down thro ...
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