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.”
God’s covenant with Abraham was reconfirmed following Abraham’s attempted offering of his only son, Isaac. In this, God specifically stated, in:
Gen. 22:15-18—“Then the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven, & said, “By Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this thing, & have not withheld your son, your only son, indeed I will greatly bless you, & I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens, & as the sand which is on the seashore; & your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.””
...that He swore by Himself. God’s promise is always secure because there is nothing above Himself to use as collateral. Praise be unto Him that He is not a product of man & thus possess man’s recklessly self-driven actions.
God’s promise was essentially that God Himself would “bless” & “multiply” Abraham. This He did even though Abraham owned no land & had only one child(Isaac) thru whom the promise was to flow.
“Swear”—omnuw—To swear; Affirm, promise, Threaten with an oath.
“Bless”—eulogew—Lit.—“Well speak” or ‘Speak well of.’
“Multiplying”—plhyunw—1) To increase, to multiply—1a) To be increased, (be multiplied) multiply; 2) To be increased, to multiply. Strong—To increase (transitively or intransitively):-- Abound, multiply.
God is Able, Good, Truthful
Deut. 32:3-4—“For I proclaim the name of the LORD: Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth & without injustice; Righteous & upright is He.”
Ps. 25:4-5—“Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth & teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.”
Ps 31:5—“Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.”