For example, there was God’s promise to Abraham.
Since there was no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in his own name, saying:
“I will certainly bless you, and I will multiply your descendants beyond number.”
Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised.
Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind.
So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.
This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.
—Hebrews 6:13-20, NLT
For your consideration:
When we look at this passage something really stands out:
The promises of God are reliable and, therefore,
provide a secure foundation for hope.
Beyond this we observe at least four additional points to treasure:
- God’s promises, secured by His oath, give us complete certainty that He will never change His mind.
- God’s promises give those who flee to Him for refuge great confidence, because of the hope which lies before us.
- God’s promises give us the unwavering conviction that those who hope in Him have a strong and trustworthy anchor for their souls.
- God’s promises give us hope—complete certainty, great confidence, and unwavering conviction—which leads us into the inner sanctuary to experience His glory-presence, where fellowship is secured by Jesus, our eternal High Priest.
Let us never cease to be amazed at the incredible lengths God has gone to make it possible for us to be in His presence.
Isn’t it incredible?
God wants a relationship with us. Wow!
© Bill Williams