The Certainty of God’s Promises

Dr. George Sweeting once estimated that “more than a fourth of the Bible is predictive prophecy. Both the Old and New Testaments are full of promises about the return of Jesus Christ. Over 1800 references appear in the O.T., and seventeen O.T. books give prominence to th … More

Promises

We are living in a day when it is hard to trust people. Promises are often made with very little intention of their being kept. It seems that lying has become the norm in much of society. In fact, even in the Church people promise to do things and then never show up. The question is - In whom can we trust? Without reservation the answer given in this portion of Scripture is that it is God. Whatever He says will happen you can be sure it will happen.

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 (v. 16). God has also bound Himself with an oath, so that those who received His promise can be perfectly sure that He will never change His mind (v. 17). This means that God has given us both His promise and His oath. It is impossible for God to lie, so these two things can not change (v. 18). Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can take new courage, for we can hold on to His promise with confidence (v. 19). Jesus has become our eternal High Priest in the line of Melchizedek (v.20).

The main point of this entire passage is that God’s promise did not depend on anyone’s faithfulness, but His own. It is unchangeable because of His promise and His pledge and cannot be turned around or altered. This means that when we come to Christ there is nothing to fear. Our security is not in our never letting go of God, but that He will  never let go of us.

Application

What area of life has been the hardest for me to trust God in? In what new area do I need to trust Him today? I want to be a man of integrity, and a person who can be trusted. When I promise that I am going to do something, by God’s grace I want to do it.

Hebrews 6:16-20 (English Standard Version)

For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

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