Sunday, March 30, 2014

Unfailing, unconditional Faithfulness of Jesus

Cambridge and Ian Hamilton family and warm, gospel-centered church family. What did we hear tonight? Christian life is subject to gusts and regressions, more horticultural than mechanical (Owen). Writer of Hebrews wants his readers to stop looking within and look alone to the sure and unchangeable promise of Christ's faithfulness for us. 

This was a thrilling and liberating message. Sure there are warnings and imperatives in Hebrews but Ian labored to demonstrate that none of those undo the certainty of the unshakeable promises of Jesus' grace in the gospel. Here is his text:

Hebrews 6:13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,
14 saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you."
15 And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.
16 For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation.
17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath,
18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.
19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,
20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

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