Are God's Promises Conditional or Unconditional?
A careful Bible reader notices that they are usually a mixture of both. Listen carefully to what God promises the young king Solomon:
And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” (1 Kings 3:11–14 ESV)
Understanding this is one of the keys to understanding the Old Testament – more than that, it’s one of the keys to understanding the Gospel! Keep reading...