Translation, Hebrews 6:13-20
October 27, 2010
13 For when God mad the promise to Abraham, he swore by himself since there was no one greater to swear by, 14 and said,
I myself will heap my blessings upon you
and will multiply your descendants beyond number.
15 And so Abraham was patient and finally received the promise. 16 Now, when making promises men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath resolves whatever dispute may arise. 17 So God, wanting to show the heirs of salvation that his promise to them was irrevocably guaranteed, 18 demonstrated this through two irrevocable aspects of the his pledge, both of which were absolutely assured since it is impossible for God to lie. He did this so that we who have fled to hope as our only refuge might be greatly comforted. 19 This hope is continually steadying our souls like a strong, weighty anchor and entering into the true heavenly temple, even behind the curtain of the holy of holies, 20 where Jesus has already entered and stands on our behalf as high priest with out end according to Melchizedek’s class.
13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
16 Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
13-18 When God made his promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line. He said, “I promise that I’ll bless you with everything I have—bless and bless and bless!” Abraham stuck it out and got everything that had been promised to him. When people make promises, they guarantee them by appeal to some authority above them so that if there is any question that they’ll make good on the promise, the authority will back them up. When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee—God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable.
18-20 We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.