It should be no secret to any of us who have confessed and believed in the Lord Jesus that we are given many precious and powerful promises from the Father. All of those promises have been stamped “Yes!” and “Amen!” for us in the Lord Jesus Christ [2 Corinthians 1:20].
When God first made the promises known to our spiritual forefathers like Abraham, he wanted them and all of their spiritual followers to have the full assurance that those promises would truly happen in our lives so we would not become lazy and apathetic in living for him. It’s easy for us to allow our human nature to have its way as we go through the normal routines of life, but we need to remind ourselves that God called us to be exceptional people to live the Christian life with exceptional endurance to ultimately obtain all of God’s exceptional promises.
This is why God founded those promises on two immutable, unchangeable things, according to Hebrews 6:
13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee…
17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us…
Those two immutable, unchangeable things are:
- God’s counsel. When the three persons of the Godhead come together to make a decision in their counsel, they can make decisions that never need to be changed since they have perfect knowledge of all facts throughout eternity. God sees the whole picture–past, present, future–and can take into account all eventualities and ripple effects of all actions or inactions of anyone or anything that could alter any time period. God is full of righteousness and truth and perfect in all his ways. That’s why his counsel is totally trustworthy and is ultimately immutable.
- God’s oath. When the Godhead decided on the promises that would be placed in the accounts of every believer, his perfect counsel would have been enough to assure his children of what they would receive, but God took it a step further to keep his principle of having at least two witnesses to confirm every word [2 Corinthians 13:1]. Therefore, he swore by himself that his promises would happen. Can you imagine God saying, “I swear to God that so-and-so will receive this, that, and those”? That’s essentially what he did. Since we know it’s impossible for God to lie, then we know that when he gives an oath, swears on the Bible (his word), and swears to God that something will happen, then we can count on it.
It’s because of these two immutable things that followers of the Lord Jesus never have an excuse to doubt God’s promises or live in disobedience. We have “strong consolation” that should encourage us to hang on for dear life to the hope of those promises set before us since we have fled to him for refuge from our sinful nature, the evil world system, and all the power of the devil. May Jehovah be praised for his two immutable things.
Harry A. Gaylord