Yes I Can Because God Won't (Lie to Us)
“When God made His promise to Abraham, since there was no-one greater for Him to swear by, He swore by Himself.” Hebrews 6:13
The word ‘swear’, means to declare by an oath. We might swear on a Bible, but to whom or what does God swear? There is no higher office or individual. God has to take an oath on Himself, the only absolute - He is it. Often, we use two words we cannot fulfill: always and never. Both are absolutes (zero deviation) that are impossible for us, in our frailties and failings, to keep. But when God uses ‘always’ and ‘never’, he, in all His power and glory, can and will fulfill them. So if God said it, then: IT WILL ALWAYS HAPPEN.
“Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear, …He confirmed it with an oath.” Hebrews 6:17
The unchanging nature of God is His power to declare something and it happens - period. This is because one of the divine qualities of God is immutability - He can’t be tempted or coerced to alter what He said He would do. There is no opposition to Him - God has no adversaries. “But He stands alone, and who can oppose Him?” Job 23:13
God’s purpose on earth is to save mankind through the blood of Jesus and then conform us into His image. He has firmly decided this, so who can stop Him - except us? SO WE NEED NEVER DOUBT HIM.
“God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, …be greatly encouraged.” Hebrews 6:18 Two unchangeables about God are who He is (His name) and what He is all about (His word). Because of this, it is impossible for Him to lie. He is light, truth and life - there is no darkness in Him, nothing FALSE and nothing remains dead in His presence. With this being true, why do we doubt Him? Is it because we apply our logic or experiences to God? How can we compare anything to Him? He has no equal. Just as it is impossible for God to lie, so it is equally impossible for us to fully grasp Him. The more we understand God’s Word, the less we doubt.
“To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” Isaiah 40:25
from sermon notes 9/11/2022