“The Love of Christ Jesus”/The Certainty of God’s Promise

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“The Certainty of God’s Promise”, Acts 6:13) For when God made promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no greater, He sware by Himself,  Genesis 22:16.  14) Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.  15) And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the Promise.  16) For men verily swear by the greater:  and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.  Exodus 22:11.  17) Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath:  Job 23:13; James 1:17.   18) 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:  Isaiah 27:5.  19) Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereh into that within the veil;  Leviticus 16:15.   20) Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an High Priest for ever after the Order of Melchisedec. 

Quest Study Bible – v13, Why would God have to swear by Himself?  To reassure Abraham, God swore an oath to show His determination to fulfill His Promise (v14).  v13, If God swore an oath, should we?  Some oaths are wrong because they trivialize the things of God while trying to validate words that may be insincere (Mathew 5:34-37; James 5:12).  But some oaths can be good when they demonstrate the intensity of a sincere promise or vow to do something.  v18, Two immutable or unchanging things:  (1) God’s promise and (2) His Oath (v13).  They were originally given for Abraham’s benefit.  But Believers in Christ today have experienced the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham (v14)—because people of faith are themselves part of the fulfillment; they are the many descendants of Abraham (Galatians 3:29).  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v15, Abraham is an example of faith and patience in God’s promise (v12).  He waited 25 years from the time the promise was first made until Isaac, the promised son, was born (Genesis 12:4; 21:5). 

John Gill”s Exposition of the Bible – v19, Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul.  This world is as a sea; the Church in it, and so every believer, is as a ship; the port that is bound unto is Heaven; Christ is the pilot, and Hope is the anchor: an anchor is cast on a bottom, out of sight; but is of no service without a cable: and when cast aright, keeps the ship steady: so hope is cast on Christ; whence He is often called Hope itself, because He is the ground and foundation of it.  both sure and steadfast; Grace, firm and stable; by virtue of what it is fixed upon, the person, blood, and righteousness of Christ; and by the immutability, faithfulness, and power of God.  and which entereth into that within the veil;   the Holy of Holies, Heaven itself; in allusion to the veil which divided between the Holy and the Holy of Holies: the things within the veil, or in Heaven, which Hope fixes upon, are the person of Christ, who is entered there, and appears in the presence of God for His people.  v20, Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, Christ had a race to run, which lay in going about to heal diseases, in preaching the Gospel, in obeying the law, and in suffering death for His people; which race was run by Him with great swiftness, strength, and courage, with patience, cheerfulness, and joy, and is now ended; as appears from the accomplishment of Salvation, from His entrance into Heaven, and session at the right hand of God; from the Glorification of His human nature, and its everlasting freedom from the dominion of death: as a “forerunner”; Christ is the most excellent.  He has entered into Heaven first by His own blood; and has cleared the way and opened the Gates of Heaven for His people.  made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec;  means “King of Righteousness”.  He, Melchisedec, appears suddenly in Genesis 14:18 as “Priest of the Most High God.”  This unique Priesthood was later applied to Christ (Hebrews 5:6, 7).  Amen.  

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