IF – A little word with a big meaning
God’s Love – Unconditional no if (310 times in Bible)
God’s Promises – Conditional
The little word “if” is found 1595 times in the Bible. That is a lot of “IFS”.
The first time we find it is in Gen. 4:7 in the account of Cain and Abel over the offerings the brothers brought.
Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you furious? And why do you look despondent?
If you do what is right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”
This is before the Covenant God made with Abraham. God seems to be saying that Cain knew right from wrong (He has put eternity in our hearts. Ecclesiastes 3:11 and Romans 2:15 tells us the requirements of the law are written on our hearts.)
The Covenant God made with Abraham came later.
The LORD said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who treat you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
God’s heart is to prosper His people. The dynamic of this historic fact becomes pertinent to every believer today.
We find this promise of God in the New Testament
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, because it is written: Everyone who is hung on a tree is cursed.
The purpose was that the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles by Christ Jesus, so that we could receive the promised Spirit through faith.
Bring the full tenth into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this way,” says the LORD of Hosts. “See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure. I will rebuke
the devourer for you, so that it will not ruin the produce of your land and your vine in your field will not fail to produce fruit,” says the LORD of Hosts.
Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s household, as a testimony to what would be said ⌊in the future⌋. But Christ was faithful as a Son over His household. And we are that household if we hold on to the courage and the confidence of our hope.
For we have become companions of the Messiah if we hold firmly until the end the reality that we had at the start.
We find two very important “ifs” in these two passages specifically for us if we want to receive all that God has promised.
1. If we hold on to the courage and the confidence of our hope.
2. If we hold firmly until the end the reality that we had at the start.
We have the promise of the Covenant to Abraham and the New Covenant through Christ. Even though Jesus fulfilled what the Mosaic Law required for sin, the Holy Spirit compels us to stand in who we are in Him. When we do our choices will be those that bring the favor of God on our lives through His promises.
Here is one more “IF”. If you knew Me, you would know My Father as well.” John 14:9b
So, the challenge for all of us is to know Who Jesus Is, who we are in Him, and believe that the Father is a good Father who desires to lavish His love on us unconditionally and pour out all His promises (IF) we truly believe. It is never based on our performance but on His Word.
~~~~From my to yours~~~~Andrea