“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, 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.”
— Hebrews 6:17-18
God does not lie.
The life of a Christian is often a struggle between trusting in Christ’s blood and trusting in one’s own efforts to be moral and good. The struggle we find in Hebrews for Christians is between resting in Christ or resting in works of righteousness. It is the failing of the Christian to trust Christ completely that leads to falling away from the faith.
Trusting in Christ involves remembering that God delivers on his promises. God is just. He is not unfair. If HIS word calls Christians to mature and take on solid biblical food rather than holding onto the bottle of immaturity, we can trust that HE will grow us in faith as HE sees fit. When the Christian feels compelled to make a life of morality a substitute for forgiveness through Christ, rather than trusting in Christ’s work on the cross, immaturity is established and false teaching takes over.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
— Hebrews 4:15-16
Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Let us all help one another in trusting the gospel. Jesus’ blood rescues genuine believers from the guilt and slavery of sin. We must rest in HIS covenant and no longer attempt to prove our worthiness through good behavior (or the facade of morality). We can trust that God does not lie. If HE promises that we are redeemed in Christ, then we can trust that this is true. Please do not fall away from this promise. The lie of the devil is that we must prove our worth. Instead, let us show the world that we trust Christ and be God’s people in the process. In turn, the kingdom of heaven will grow as increasingly people believe in what we believe in. Jesus is our high priest and we are confident in HIS saving blood.
In HIS Grip
Pastor Bryant Owens