For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 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. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:13-20)
The Unbroken Promise
Abraham believed in the impossible. The promises God made to him were beyond his understanding. He is a powerful testimony to what abiding faith and trust can do to a man’s life. First the Lord told him to leave his country and family traveling to a place he did not know. Abraham obeyed. Remarkably he was promised a son. It did not matter that he was seventy-five years old when the promise was made and the promise of an heir would come when he turned a century old but Abraham believed. His faith was tested severely when this same God of promise told him to kill his only beloved son in a blood sacrifice. He never wavered nor hesitated. There was in the mind of Abraham an understanding of how great God was. Whether he understood the promises of the Lord fully was not the important thing for Abraham. He trusted the word of the Lord. A promise was made by God and he knew that God would never lie. Time and again he saw the promises of God come true and every time Abraham gave his life in trust to the Lord he was securely held within the word of the promise. God never failed him once.
These stories of old are preserved to show all men today the promises of God are real. Every time the Lord made a promise He held to His word as immutable. Unchanging was the word of God because He would fulfill all the promises He made to man. The Hebrew writer is extoling the virtues of God that it is impossible for Him to lie. Think about that very deeply. There are many honest men today who seldom ever lie. This is not the same. When we speak of the character of the Heavenly Father we are describing a God whom it is impossible to lie. When a promise is made there is an absolute assurance the word will be fulfilled. What God says will come to pass. What a joy to know a God that is a God of promise.
Having the promises of the Lord before us we can rest assured that what He says will come to pass. Salvation is not a ‘maybe doctrine’ but a real promise given by the One that cannot lie. Often a child of God will hope that maybe they will be saved. The character of the Lord assures the salvation of the believer because He cannot lie. Redemption is not a wayward anchor but one fastened firmly to the rock of promise. It is sure and it is steadfast. Embracing the promises of the Lord is accepting our need for His grace, His mercy and His love to allow us to abide with Him in eternal glory. He does not want his children to think that Heaven is only a one in ten chance but a 100% promise given by a God that does not lie. Our strong comfort is found in the knowledge that we are saved. The unbroken promise of God is given to all those who obey Him and who walk in the steps of His Son, Jesus Christ. There is a crown that has my name on it. Thank you God.
God never draws anyone to Himself by force and violence. He wishes all men to be saved, but forces no one. (John Chrysostom, Sermon, c388)