Two Immutable Things (Hebrews #17)

Text: Hebrews 6:13-20

There are two events on which all truth and life hinge.  Two points from which all of our blessings flow.  Two events that provide the source of hope for every believer in Jesus Christ. These two events are: 1) the offering of Jesus Christ’s sinless flesh and blood as a sacrifice for your sin. 2) The resurrection of Jesus Christ by the power of the Spirit of God.  In these two things accomplished in one mediator, Jesus Christ, every truth can be summed up.  These are the pillars God set up as strong consolation to every believer.  As a note, this is why we remember these two events in the Lord’s Supper and baptism.  The Lord’s supper is a memorial of his sacrifice.  A baptism is a public acknowledgement of new life in Christ.  Life and death.  (Baptism doesn’t save anyone, but is a public display of a decision to follow the Lord Jesus Christ in new life.)

The promise and the oath in type (vss 13-16)

  • Swearing in for court, put your hand on the Bible to swear on greater words than your own.
  • But God had nothing else to swear by, so he told Abraham to set up a sacrifice of a goat, ram, turtledove, and pigeon and God passed through them.
  • The best way I can put this is when God swears by himself it’s going to mean God will put himself up as collateral in these next verses.
  • The oath is like collateral.  Men accept the negotiation if you’re willing to put something valuable on the line.
  • The illustration Paul uses in verses 13-15 is Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22 where Abraham’s faith is tried on two foundational points.
    • OATH: Innocent sacrifice of his only begotten son of Sarah.
    • PROMISE: And the resurrection; spiritual life after the physical life is gone.
  • So the sacrifice and new life were the two areas Abraham was tried in Genesis 22.
  • Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

God’s promise and oath in Christ (vss 17-20)

  • God himself would be the promise and the oath.
  • OATH: Sacrifice of sinless flesh and blood as substitution for sinners is the new testament.  Under a new oath so to speak.
    • Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
    • 1 Corinthians 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
  • PROMISE: Spiritual life seen in the resurrection.  That same spirit given to believers.
    • So immediately after the resurrection the Holy Ghost is associated through baptism.  Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
    • Now, this changes as God goes to Gentiles.
    • But the two ordinances of Lord’s Supper and Baptism stand.  Not for salvation, but for a memorial of the sacrifice and identification with the spirit of God.

Two immutable things

  • Immutable means unchanging.
  • So the two foundational events God would perform that would be the basis for all truth were the sacrificial death on the cross and the resurrected life from the grave, both performed in Jesus Christ.
    • In these two things all doctrine and Christian living would be based.
    • Let this mind be in you…. Love even as Christ loved… die daily… comfort one another with these words… Everything would be built on two pillars.
  • Words characterizing God’s promise and oath are strong consolation, hope, anchor of the soul, sure and stedfast, and refuge
  • These two immutable things describe the priesthood of Jesus Christ.
  • Put these two things back into context here with the Hebrews.
  • Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
  • The oath and the promise, the sacrifice of Christ and the resurrection of Christ, are the two things that offset the deception when this antichrist starts running things in Israel.
  • The Jews will be offered economic benefits for temple worship.  And moreso, their lives will be spared if they’re not disciples of Christ.  So a Christian Jew will have to live as though his physical life is not important.  That’s a view toward the resurrection.  And he’ll have to live as though the sacrifice for his sin has already been paid.  That’s a view toward the cross of Christ.  Those are the two things that will keep him out of trouble with God.