1.Jesus Promises Revelation
John 14: 21
21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.
Building a relationship with Christ opens us up to a deeper understanding of God. There are truths that can only be understood from the inside.
The most intimate relationships reveal truths and love,
Everyone wants to know all the answers to life, that is human nature, but human nature’s wisdom is empty.
Condition for Promise: Whoever has my commands and keeps them.
Psalm 119: 4-6
4 You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.
5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!
6 Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.
17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.
2. Jesus promises Friendship –
John 15: 14-15
14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you
Jesus didn’t come to just build a bridge
He didn’t come to give us a get out of jail free card
He came to restore the intimacy and friendship between man and God.
The disciples asked Jesus how they should pray. This was an indicator that they did not know how to have a personal relationship. Jesus told them to start, “Our Father, who art in heaven, “
Matthew 12: 50
50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
Condition : doing the will of my father in heaven.
3. Jesus promises Joy:
John 15: 9-11
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
Joy comes from remaining in God’s love.
To remain in God’s love takes perseverance, because the world would like nothing more than to steal your joy.
David – a man after God’s own heart.
5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
Hebrews 12: 1-3
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4. Jesus Promises Trials
John 16: 31-33
31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Matthew 5: 10-11
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me
1 Peter 4: 12-14
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
2 Timothy 3: 12
12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,