The counsel and oath of God

Hebrews Bible Background

11.09.2015 New Testament: Heb 6.16–18

To read the Bible in a year, read Hebrews 6 on November 9, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

God wants you to know that the hope you have in Him is no vain hope, but He demonstrated the certainty of His promises in this manner,

For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us (Hebrews 6.16–18). 

God used two immutable things, two things that cannot be changed, to give us a strong consolation. The first immutable thing is His counsel, and the second immutable thing is His oath. He has given His counsel and confirmed it by an oath, and since He cannot lie, you can know that you will have what He has promised.

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