Promises of Christ pt. III

Jesus replied, “You believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” Jesus said to Nathanael, “I can guarantee this truth: You will see the sky open and God’s angels going up and coming down to the Son of Man.”

John 1:50-51

Jesus replied to Nicodemus, “I can guarantee this truth: No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”

John 3:3

Blessed are those whose thoughts are pure. They will see God.

Matthew 5:8

How can you say to another believer, ‘Friend, let me take the piece of sawdust out of your eye,’ when you don’t see the beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye. Then you will see clearly to remove the piece of sawdust from another believer’s eye.

Luke 6:42

“I will not leave you all alone. I will come back to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. You will live because I live.

John 14:18-19

“In a little while you won’t see me anymore. Then in a little while you will see me again.”

John 16:16

(GW)

Promises of Christ pt. II

The Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

(NIV)

Promises of Christ

Many of the things Jesus said in the gospelsare promises. These promises are foundational for reasoning from faith. Looking at the sayings from this viewpoint, I realize much of my epistemology is rooted in these promises of Christ.

I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have oppression; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.

— John 16:33, WEB

Note that here Jesus has two promises:
1) In this world we will have oppression
2) We may have peace because Jesus has overcome the world.

Hard Sayings

“…whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”
–Romans 14:23b

“So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”
–John 6:53

“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”
–Matthew 5:44

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,”
–Luke 6:27

“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”
–Luke 6:35

“For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
–Matthew 5:20