It is the cornerstone of our faith–God keeps his promises. What a great reminder for the chosen. The writer of Hebrews makes it clear–since there is no one greater than God, he swore by himself to Abraham and ultimately to us, that he would establish a lineage and preserve our relationship through Christ. While we have discussed the fact we cannot earn our salvation by what we do; we have seen that when we surrender to Christ, we become different people.
In that surrender, everything changes. The burden for our salvation rests entirely upon God–and His promise. He neither expects, nor hopes that we will come to him perfect. He takes us broken and sinful, but then, He transforms us through the power of His spirit. That is why Romans 5:8 says, “God demonstrated his love for us, in that while we were yet sinners–Christ died for us!” He also reminds us in Philippians 1:6, “He that has begun a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
The covenant of salvation rests entirely on a God who cannot lie or break a promise. If I were looking for a place to rest such an important covenant, I think that would be where I would gladly rest it!
God Bless You
When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
16 People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.