THE CERTAINTY OF GOD'S PROMISES


       "For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise." (Hebrews 6:13-15).

Devotion 10 of  16


TWO IMMUTABLE THINGS

"That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us" (Heb 6:18).

Something "immutable" is abiding, constant, and unalterable. It is something that is not capable of, or susceptible to, change. It can in no way be altered, exaggerated, or understated. Kit is incontrovertible, irrefutable, and incontestable. As if one immutable thing was not enough, our text affirms our "strong consolation" is firmly founded upon "TWO immutable things."

The commitment of the Lord to our salvation is seen in its support by TWO things that cannot change things in which it is "impossible for God to lie." These "immutable things" are God's "promise" and His "oath." It is not simply that God WILL NOT lie. He CANNOT lie! He cannot misrepresent the case, exaggerate, or understate He CANNOT! His Divine nature will not allow Him to lie, and He has no inclination to do so. Therefore, no one who believes God will be "ashamed," or disappointed. As it is written, "As it is written, Behold, I lay in Zion a stumblingstone and rock of offense: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed" (Rom 9:33; 10:11; 1 Pet 2:6, NASB).  
 
In establishing moral justice, the Law of the Lord required two witnesses. "On the evidence of TWO WITNESSES or three witnesses, he who is to die shall be put to death; he shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness . . . One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of TWO WITNESSES, or at the mouth of three  witnesses, shall  the matter be established" (Deut 17:6; 19:15). This law was regarding the conviction of a sinner! In the Abrahamic promise, God applies His own law to Himself. It is not to avoid injustice, or suppress an abuse of the law. Instead, it is to convince the believer of the sureness of the blessing. He promises, then undergirds His promise with an oath, in order to strengthen our faith and help our unbelief. By so doing He has drawn attention to Himself, and His own immutability. If it is true, as God says, "I change not" (Mal 3:6), then both His promise and His oath are unalterable.
 
I am reminded of our father Jacob, who placed the priority upon the blessing of God. Later in his life, Jacob prepared to confront Esau, whose birthright he had obtained. He was apprehensive about the confrontation, deciding to send his family across the brook Jabbok in interest of their safety. The Word of God then says, "Then Jacob was left alone." In an unparalleled test of his faith, a heavenly visitor engaged the patriarch. It is written, "a man wrestled with him until daybreak." We know from the events that followed this was not just another man. Remarkably, the visitor did not prevail against Jacob, surely holding his powers in check. He then dislocated the socket of Jacob's thigh with a touch.  Still, Jacob wrestled this heavenly messenger. Finally, as day began to break, the veiled message spoke to Jacob. "Let me go, for the dawn is breaking." It is then that the faith of the patriarch surfaced. He saw the superiority of the blessing. "I will not let you go unless you bless me," he said.

That is enduring to the end! It is holding on when the thigh is out of joint, and night has waxed long! Jacob did receive the blessing, and that very night his name was changed to "Israel," because he "prevailed" (Gen 32:24-32).

Someone has said, "The main thing is to get a blessing!" Little wonder God confirmed His counsel with two immutable things His promise and His oath. Now those who flee to Him for refuge, to lay hold on the hope that is placed before them, can "have a strong consolation," or encouragement (NASB). They can be sure of obtaining the blessing, and of not being disappointed.
 
PRAYER POINT: Father, I am running to You in the name of Jesus to take hold on what You have promised and confirmed with Your own oath.

-- Tomorrow: STRONG CONSOLATION --