Eight Promises for the Believer because of Calvary

By Dr. Ken Matto

The Promise for those who have died
(John 5:28-29 KJV) Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, {29} And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

One of the greatest promises in the Bible is the promise that the Believer will be raised from the dead, that is, they will be reunited with their body and will live eternally in the New Heaven and the New Earth. There will be one general resurrection where the unbelievers and believers will be raised and this will happen on the last day of history.

The Promise for those still alive
(1 Th 4:16-17 KJV) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: {17} Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

When the Lord Jesus Christ returns to earth on the last day, there will be billions who are alive. Those who are saved will be changed in an instant and will be taken to Heaven to live with the Lord forever. (1 Cor 15:51-52 KJV) Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, {52} In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. It is at this time that we will receive our new bodies which we will live in for eternity.

The Promise of the Preparation
(John 14:1-2 KJV) Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. {2} In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

The Lord Jesus Christ was speaking to His disciples about His impending crucifixion. In John 14:2, He is telling them that He was about to go to prepare a place for them and the preparation had required that He go to the cross to completely pay for their sins. Once He had completed the cross and was resurrected, then all the sins of His people were now paid for and their place was now prepared for them.

The Promise to be in His Presence before the End
(2 Cor 5:8 KJV) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

The Apostle Paul shares with all the readers of Scripture that when any believer physically dies before the return of Christ on the last day, they are immediately ushered into the presence of the Lord. The body goes into the ground but the soul into the presence of God to await the reuniting of body and soul on the last day. The Christian does not experience anything such as soul sleep or any judgment because all sins were paid for and removed at Calvary. (Col 2:13-14 KJV) And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; {14} Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

The Promise of a Prompt Exchange
(John 8:52 KJV) Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.

(1 Cor 15:52 KJV) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Here is one of the greatest promises in the Bible for the Christian. The Lord Jesus states that anyone who believes in Him will never taste of death which teaches us that the transformation from this life to eternal life in Heaven will be so immediate that the Believer will not see one moment of darkness or even know what death is. We will be more alive one moment after death than we have ever been in this life. The twinkling of an eye will be less than a second.  As soon as we close our eyes here, we are there!

Promise of a Pristine Place
(Rev 22:15 KJV) For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Never will the Believer ever have to face any sinful things nor any temptations anymore. We are free from all temptations for all of eternity. It is temptation that causes much anxiety in the Christian life and with that gone, there will only be the purest form of peace for the Christians.

Promise of a Pain Free Existence
(Rev 21:4 KJV) And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

One of the chief promises God gives us is that never again will there be any pain in our bodies. All the suffering the Believer will ever face will be on this earth. Take the greatest pain or chronic sickness you have in your body and try to envision yourself eternally without that pain or sickness. God promises it will be no more, therefore it shall be no more.

Promise of the Eternal Presence of God and the Lamb
(Rev 22:3-4 KJV) And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: {4} And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

Probably the greatest promise of all is that every redeemed believer will live in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father. No longer will there be any separation between us caused by sin. Since all our sins have been washed away in the blood of the Lamb, we now stand fully qualified to be in the Holy presence of God.