These shall stand in force, though heaven and earth shall pass away. Length of time cannot diminish their efficacy, nor alter what the mouth of the Lord hath spoken. The sun may fail to rise, and men expect its returning light in vain, but the promises of everlasting truth cannot be broken. "The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee." (Isaiah 54:10) The course of nature may be reversed, and all be chaos again; but the promises of God cannot fail for evermore, since he that made them is immutable, and cannot by any change deceive the hopes of them that trust in him. It is impossible that he should promise any thing that it is beyond his ability to perform. He is not as a man that he should lie, nor as the son of man that he should repent. Hath he said, I will surely do thee good, and shall he not do it? (Numbers 23:19) Hath he spoken, and shall he not accomplish the thing that is gone out of his lips! (Isaiah 55:11)
"If he speak a promise once,
Th' eternal grace is sure."
Our fathers trusted in him, and were not confounded, they relied on his faithful word, and were delivered. All the succeeding generations of his people, from the beginning of time, have placed their confidence in what he hath spoken, and none could ever charge him, either with want of compassion, or breach of truth.
"He hath given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye may be partakers of the Divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." (2 Peter 1:4) They are great, as being made by the Most High God, the Possessor of heaven and earth; and they contain the greatest things that language can express, or thought conceive;--deliverance from sin, and all its consequences; the bestowment of all grace here, and of everlasting glory hereafter. "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." (1 Cor. 2:9) The promises are precious in their origin, the free and sovereign grace of God;--in their nature, as they contain the most precious things; in their suitableness to our case, and to all our wants; and--in their efficacy upon our souls; to subdue our fears, to support our faith, to calm our disquietudes, to elevate our hopes, to afford us comfort in all our sorrows, and to transform us into the Divine likeness; for by these promises we are made partakers of the Divine nature.