We find many important phrases and terms in today’s text to help us better understand the riches of Christ’s work for us and in us. Examine the bolded words and phrases below…
Hebrews 6:16–20 (NKJV) 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. 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.
Today’s text contains so many rich insights for believers today that we will move slowly and carefully examining the bold terms and phrases above. Hebrews chapter six continues the theme of the superiority of Christ over everything and everyone in the Old Testament. The five verses above, however, especially focus on the character of God and His immutable word and will.
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19, NKJV)
in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,” (Titus 1:2, NKJV)
God’s word is life changing and immutable
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” (Isaiah 55:8–11, NLT)
God said it. That settles it.
Our personally believing it secures God’s promise for ourselves.