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 June 2021

      “I promise,” I said, “You can consider it done.” I do my best to stick to my word whenever I make a promise. Unfortunately, because I am only human, I sometimes fail to uphold my end of an agreement, or as I am finding as I get older, I forget there was ever an agreement to fulfill! I am so thankful, however, that God never forgets and never goes back on his word with mankind.

      Throughout Scripture, we see God making “agreements,” more accurately called “covenants” with man. Some of these covenants were conditional, like the covenant between God and Israel, but some of them were unconditional. One of these covenants is found in Genesis 15 details how God told Abraham he would have an heir and that his decedents would be as numerous as the stars in the heavens. God knew there was no term Abraham would be able to meet, and as such God would unconditionally fulfill this covenant regardless of Abraham. Genesis 15:6 records, “And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” God made the covenant, and Abraham had faith in God’s word.

      In the book of Jeremiah, God tells Israel he will make an new covenant with his people. This new covenant is also one-sided, because man has never and will never be able to meet God’s requirements. Just like Abraham had faith in the covenant God proclaimed in Genesis, all those who have faith in the new covenant will be made righteous. This came to fruition in the Son of God, as is so beautifully recorded in John 3:16. Only God could fulfill this covenant and we are to be reminded often of this “new testament in my blood” when we gather around the Lord’s Table. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

      What a message we have to share in God’s covenants! Learning about God’s covenants is such an encouragement to see that only a good, wise, all-powerful God could create and uphold such covenants. Only our great God could keep these promises!

      I pray that you are able to share the good news of the new covenant right where you are. Thank you for praying for and giving to your missionaries who are called to carry this message to the world. As Paul says in Romans 10:14, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” Thank you for your part in spreading the good news!


Hal S. Pope

​IFM Executive Director

“...he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”  2 Corinthians 9:6


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