Summary: To show that all arguments can be ended by coming to GOD.
Do you have arguments?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that all arguments can be ended by coming to GOD.
Hebrews 6:16 (New International Version)
6:16 Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.
I come to GOD to end all arguments.
An End To All Argument
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
How to end all argument?
A. Men swear by someone greater than themselves
"Men swear by someone greater than themselves,"
Hebrews 6:13 (Amplified Bible)
6:13 For when God made [His] promise to Abraham, He swore by Himself, since He had no one greater by whom to swear,
Genesis 14:22 (Amplified Bible)
14:22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand and sworn to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth,
Genesis 21:23 (Amplified Bible)
21:23 So now, swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my son or with my posterity; but as I have dealt with you kindly, you will do the same with me and with the land in which you have sojourned.
Men swear by GOD. We're not allowed to swear by GOD or His throne, but we just say yes when we mean yes, and no when we mean no.
James 5:12 (Amplified Bible)
5:12 But above all [things], my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath; but let your yes be [a simple] yes, and your no be [a simple] no, so that you may not sin and fall under condemnation.
We invoke a witness that is Eternal, that is our GOD.
B. The Oath confirms what is said
"and the oath confirms what is said"
Oath came from the Greek word: "horkos" meaning:
1. that which has been pledged or promised with an oath
Exodus 22:11 (Amplified Bible)
22:11 Then an oath before the Lord shall be required between the two that the man has not taken his neighbor’s property; and the owner of it shall accept his word and not require him to make good the loss.
2 Samuel 21:2 (Amplified Bible)
21:2 So the king called the Gibeonites—now the Gibeonites were not Israelites but of the remnant of the Amorites. The Israelites had sworn to spare them, but Saul in his zeal for the people of Israel and Judah had sought to slay the Gibeonites—
Ezekiel 17:16-20 (Amplified Bible)
17:16 As I live, says the Lord God, surely in the place where the king [Nebuchadnezzar] dwells who made [Zedekiah as vassal] king, whose oath [Zedekiah] despised and whose covenant he broke, even with him in the midst of Babylon shall [Zedekiah] die.