Author: Ron Graham

Christ in Hebrews

God’s Three Oaths
—To his Son, to Abraham, to the Israelites

The writer to the Hebrews believed that there is a rest for the people of God. God invites all to enter his rest if they will hear his voice and not harden their hearts in rebellion against him. The Hebrew writer shows that this hope of heaven is based on three oaths which God made. He could hardly find a stronger foundation, could he? We have this hope as an anchor of the soul.

1 God’s Oath to His Son

Hebrews 7:21, Psalms 110:4

In a coming lesson, we will notice God’s oath to his Son, "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek" (Hebrews 7:17-22 Psalms 110:4). Only through this One can anybody enter into God’s heavenly rest.

2 God’s Oath to Abraham

Hebrews 6:13-14, Genesis 22:17

The Hebrew writer points out that God swore an oath when he made his promise to Abraham that in his seed all nations would be blessed (Genesis 22:15-18). This shows the unchangeable purpose of God, and we can look foward to its fulfillment with strong encouragement, for it is impossible for God to lie in two unchangeable things, his promise and his oath. "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul".

3 God’s Oath to the Israelites

Hebrews 3:11, Psalms 95:11

God swore in his wrath "They shall not enter my rest" (Hebrews 3:11). The Hebrew writer turns that bad news into good news. Since the promise of entering into God’s rest was denied them, it remains to be fulfilled. And it will be fulfilled for any who will listen to God’s voice and soften their hearts to his will.

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