Hebrews 6:13–20 (NKJV)
While the author of Hebrews has been calling the people of God in Christ to dedicated discipleship and service to God, he now gives them a reason to believe the promises of God. He refers back to Abraham, and then applies the blessing of God upon Abraham to the followers of Christ now living by faith. He gives Christians an anchor to which to hold.
13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. 17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, 18 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 6:13-20
19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
God made a promise to Abraham. The writer of Hebrews makes the statement that God could swear by no one greater, so He swore by Himself. What a powerful statement! Men swear by things that are greater than themselves, and that is considered the end of the discussion. God could only swear by Himself, for there is no other being or thing greater by which to swear. He is the greatest! In this passage, the promise made to Abraham is discussed and explained in order to demonstrate the promises of God to all men and women everywhere. God promised Abraham that in blessing him, He was also blessing all the earth. He promised to bless and multiply Abraham and his progeny and heritage. After Abraham patiently endured, he saw the promise fulfilled. God showed Abraham His faithfulness by what the writer calls “two immutable things.” These two immutable things are not specifically named, but some scholars suggest that the two things are the promise of God and the oath of God. While the promise would be enough with God as the Promisor, the oath (made by Himself) makes it even more certain, because they support the idea that it is impossible for God to lie. His word is certain and secure, unable to be disputed.
This example seems to be a comfort and assurance for the Heirs of promise. God’s counsel is immutable, unchangeable. God does not lie or change His mind once a promise has been made, and especially once an oath has been confirmed. In light of this true statement, we can have strong consolation and hope, and we can overcome fear and lay hold onto the promise of God. Verse nineteen gives the powerful poetic phrase, “this hope we have as an anchor of the soul.” This anchor is Jesus Christ, the sure and steadfast one Who enters the most holy place behind the veil, offering His blood before the Presence of God on the eternal altar. He is the forerunner of all humanity to God, the advocate for all mankind, and is the High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. This passage describes the great hope Christians have because of the work of Christ as our High Priest. Hold strongly to this Anchor of the Soul and believe that His promises are true to each one who will believe!
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