Are the Old Testament Promises Made to Us?

Isaiah 41:10

Did God bury promises to you in the Old Testament? In this lab, Pastor John answers whether we should take ownership of the rich promises made to Israel in the Old Testament.

Principle for Bible Reading

Do Old Testament Promises Apply to Me?

As we read the Old Testament, we come across lots of promises God made to Israel. Do any of these promises apply to me? When reading Isaiah 41:10, for example, is it okay to trust that God will strengthen me, help me, and uphold me?

John Piper says yes based on Galatians 3 and 2 Corinthians 1:20. The promises to Israel were made to Abraham’s offspring. Paul ultimately identifies Jesus as that offspring. Because faith unites us to Christ, all of those promises are ours in him.

Study Questions

  1. By in large, Old Testament promises were given by God to the people of Israel. If we apply those promises to ourselves, are we stealing? Why or why not?
  2. Read Galatians 3 (especially verses 7–9, 16, 29) and 2 Corinthians 1:20. How does Paul, in these verses, answer whether the Old Testament promises are ours or not?
  3. What are some Old Testament promises that you can trust today as your own?