Promise on a Promise

13For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 14saying, ”Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” 15And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. 16For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation.17So 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, 18so 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. 19We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 6:13-20

pinky_promiseA promise is a declaration that something will or will not be done, given, etc. In other words, a promise is an expressed assurance on which expectation is to be based. Over the years, there have been some promises made by people which just didn’t come true.

  • “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” — Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
  • “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” — Western Union internal memo, 1876.
  • “Who wants to hear actors talk?” — H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.
  • “Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” — Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre
  • New York Times declared, “Thomas E. Dewey’s Election as President is a Foregone Conclusion.”
  • “A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.” –New York Times, 1936.
Sometimes people make promises upon a concept or idea that is suppose to give assurance to the person receiving the promise. For example, I child might say, “I swear on my dog’s life that I’ll give back that video game to you tomorrow.” Picture the setting of Hebrews 6:13-20… Since God had no one greater by which to swear, He swore to Himself. There is power in that statement, because God did not just make a promise to us, He made a promise to Himself, and since He is God, He cannot break His own promise! God placed an oath on His promise, so we can know that God is going to fulfill it, just as He did for Abraham!
What Did God Promise?
1. He promised an anchor.
As several Biblical commentaries have pointed out, the Greek word for forerunner was used in the second century A.D. of the smaller boats sent into the harbor by larger ships unable to enter due to the buffeting of the weather. These smaller boats carried the anchor through the breakers inside the harbor and dropped it there, securing the larger ship. The forerunner presupposes that others will follow. Jesus is not only the believer’s anchor but He is like the forerunner that has taken our anchor into port and secured it there. These is no doubt as to whether this vessel is going into port.
2. He promised inheritance.
Where is our port of call? We’re promised inheritance in heaven! It’s interesting that our spiritual inheritance is the only inheritance that we receive when we die. God the Father qualified us to share in the inheritance (Colossians 1:12), Jesus Christ purchased our home (1 Peter 1:3-4), and the Holy Spirit serves as our deposit, guaranteeing that we will receive it in the full in the future (Ephesians 1:13-14). Be encouraged and ALIVE today because we can rest in the promises that God made, not only to us… but to Himself!

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