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Holding on to God's promises

For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater to swear by, he swore by himself: I will indeed bless you, and I will greatly multiply you. And so, after waiting patiently, Abraham obtained the promise. Hebrews 6:13-15 CSB

In the closing section of this chapter, the author wanted to encourage the believers of the hope that they have in Christ, in that their salvation is secure. In these three verses, the author speaks of Abraham and how God kept His promise. In Genesis 22:16-18, after seeing Abraham show his faithfulness by offering up his son Isaac, God provided a ram as a substitute for Isaac and declared that He will fulfill His promise: “‘By myself I have sworn,’ this is the Lord’s declaration: ‘Because you have done this thing and have not withheld your only son, I will indeed bless you and make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your offspring will possess the city gates of their enemies. And all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring because you have obeyed my command.’” The same Word that spoke the universe into existence was the same Word declared by God to fulfill the promise to Abraham. Thus, the author of Hebrews says, “Since He had no one greater to swear by, He swore by Himself.” Verse 14 was the covenant that God declared to Abraham and His descendants in Genesis 12:2-3 and Genesis 17:6-8, and after Abraham trusted God and displayed it through his actions, the oath was reinforced in Genesis 22. “And so, after waiting patiently, Abraham obtained the promise.” Abraham faithfully waited, and in the end, the promise was fulfilled, and the nation of Israel prospered. Not only that, but through Abraham’s lineage, through the line of David, Jesus Christ was born, blessing all of mankind with the fulfilment of God’s plan of salvation. Abraham’s attitude of clinging to God’s promise, being patient and faithful to Him despite trials and tribulations, is an attitude that every believer could imitate, clinging onto the hope of salvation, knowing that God will fulfill His promises. Abraham put his hope in God and trusted that God would keep his promise to make Abraham into a great nation. He waited twenty-five years for God to fulfill that promise. The promise assured Abraham that God would keep his Word in spite of the years of waiting that were in store for the recipients of the promise. Abraham indeed would have numerous descendants. Just like Abraham, let us continue to have faith in God for He keeps His promises.


Isaac De Guzman


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