HEBREWS 6:13-20 (NIV – UK)
The certainty of God’s promise
13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, ‘I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.’ [Genesis 22:17] 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
16 People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest for ever, in the order of Melchizedek.
NO WORD OF A LIE
It’s not always easy to trust people, is it? In fact, you might find it extremely difficult to trust people – perhaps you’ve had a bad experience of being let down or some incident or event in your life has left you emotionally and spiritually scarred.
Here in Hebrews we are exposed to one unchanging truth – ‘it is impossible for God to lie’ (v.18). It might seem like an obvious truth – but when we really think about it – when we really consider it – it is actually incredibly important to who we are and the hope that we have.
God’s promise to us of salvation through his Son Jesus – he promise to give us new birth and a new life and an eternal joy with him – that can be taken straight to the bank. God won’t go back on his promise, he hasn’t tried to manipulate or deceive – it is 100% true and we can therefore ‘take hold of the hope set before us’ and be ‘greatly encouraged’ (v. 18).
Even though we may be lied to on a daily basis – maybe in hurtful and damaging ways – the one thing we can be sure of is that God does not lie to us – he does not disappoint – and when we truly know this, ‘we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure’ (v. 19).
Question: Have you ever been lied to – perhaps in a hurtful way? How does it make you feel to know that God does not lie and his promises are secure?