Summary: The Hebrews were exhorted/urged to place their trust in the promises of God thru Christ. God is utterly faithful to His promises & plan for mankind. But How do we receive that inheritance? Our promised inheritance is built on...
INHERITORS OF PROMISE—Hebrews 6:13-20
A sister and brother are talking to each other when the little boy gets up and walks over to his Grandpa and says, "Grandpa, please make a frog noise."
The Grandpa says, "No."
The little boy goes on, "Please...please make a frog noise."
The Grandpa says, "No, now go play."
The little boy then says to his sister, "Go tell Grandpa to make a frog noise."
So the little girl goes to her Grandpa and says, "Please make a frog noise."
The Grandpa says, "I just told your brother 'no' and I'm telling you 'no'."
The little girl says, "Please...please Grandpa make a frog noise."
The Grandpa says, "Why do you want me to make a frog noise?"
The little girl replied, "Because mommy said when you croak we can go to Disney World!"
The kids wanted to bring about the inheritance of the promise.
Heb 6:9-12—“But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner. For God is not unjust to forget your work & labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, & do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith & patience inherit the promises.”
The Hebrews were exhorted/urged to place their trust in the promises of God thru Christ.
God is utterly faithful to His promises & plan for mankind.
How do we receive our heavenly/spiritual inheritance?
5 building blocks of our promised inheritance.
1—Our promised inheritance is built on...
:13—“For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,”
‘Merit’(English)—‘The quality of being particularly good or worthy, esp. so as to deserve praise or reward.’
Merit that is not their own but God’s!
:12—The specific example of Abraham’s faith is made to illustrate a faith & patience that is worthy of imitation due to its bringing Abraham the very promises of God.
The promises of God are attained/secured by His servants, ultimately, because of God’s faithfulness to Himself. God does not make frivolous empty promises.
God did in fact make “the promise” to Abraham. In Gen. chapters 12, 15 & 22, God, upon calling Abram to leave his land & family, destines him for an unknown & unnamed land—“a land which I will show you.”(12:1) And in so doing is acting on His promise that “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed”(12:3c). God reveals the future(obviously beyond Abram’s lifespan) bondage of his offspring & their deliverance & recognition as a nation.(15:12-21).
:14—“saying, “I WILL SURELY BLESS YOU, AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.”