posted Oct 12, 2011, 11:48 AM by Dale Barnes
“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.  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 offered to us may be greatly encouraged.”(Heb.6:17-18 NIV)  That is quite an eye full!

God has a purpose which is unchanging.  To make this clear he made promises and confirmed them with an oath. (two unchangeable things).  It is impossible for God to lie.  We who come to Christ can be greatly encouraged.

“...he (Christ) became a priest with an oath when God said to him: ‘The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: You are a priest forever.’” (Heb.7:21 NIV)  “Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.” (Heb.7:22)  He has gone into the presence of God for us! (Heb.6:20) He will always be there for us.

What are some of these sure promises?  God will forgive our sins and remember them no more.(Heb.8:12)  He will never leave or forsake us. (Heb.13:5-6)  He has promised us a new eternal body. (2 Co.5:4-5)  He has promised us a new heaven and a new earth where everything will be right. (2 Pet.3:13)  God had promised and taken an oath; it is impossible for him to lie.

All true believers should be greatly encouraged!  If you have not come to Christ and submitted to him, you can, for the promises are for all who will come to him. God has the lasting plan and purpose. Let’s trust him, live for him and his will through this short life.  It will count for eternity!