Hebrews 6: 13-20 – 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.”[d] 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.16 People 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 set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
A promise according to some definitions is a declaration, verbal or written, made by one person to another for a valuable consideration in the nature of a covenant by which the promisor binds himself to do or some act, and gives to the promisee a legal right to demand and enforce a fulfillment.
This is quite remarkable when we consider the nature of the rights we have as children of God. We as heirs of the promise have inherited the amazing grace of God in that He bound Himself to us. God’s intention was to show Abraham the credibility of His word; hence He sealed it with an oath.
Let’s be clear on the fact that Abraham had many reasons not to believe because of the limitations of his physical body. He and his wife were well advanced in years and had passed the stage of child bearing. Scientific studies and research couldn’t help because of the changes in their physiology. Please be aware God is not on trial to prove to us His ability, because He is all powerful, we however though relationship will get to know He is a covenant kneeing God.
In ancient Jewish tradition, it is the custom to swear by something / someone greater to show ones commitment and loyalty to a promise. This is quite important because it means the parties are willing to bear the consequences that could be inflicted when they renege on their responsibilities in the covenant. The scriptures says God swore by Himself because there was no one greater, this is quite comforting to us because the promise and oath which God made are unchangeable and abide, hence this is the confidence we have that the promise of God will come to pass in our lives. God is not a man to lie or change His mind, this is the reason His word is sure no matter the circumstances we find ourselves. Sometimes we feel we are disadvantaged because of the impact of the ideologies of our environment like the race, level of education, hereditary traits, a doctor’s report and the likes. In fact promotion to us will seem like a tall order because we consider our own weaknesses. The good news is we are in covenant with an all-powerful God whose word is immutable.
The word immutable is from two words: im which means not and mutate which means to alter. Immutable therefore means not changeable. To mutate on the other hand means changes especially gradually overtime. Mutation is very subtle but clearly portrays a deviation and an aberration from the original. When something mutates, it means it is not quite as before. Immutability of a thing means not subject to or susceptible to change, variation in form, quality or nature. Hallelujah! The promise of God of god won’t change.
This is quite powerful, because God is saying we are secure with His word. We can bank on Him. This is critical for us as participants in the covenant because our inheritance and promotion is sure in Christ.
Please be aware we also have our responsibilities in this covenant.
Hebrew 8:6 – 6 But as it is, Christ has acquired a [priestly] ministry which is more excellent [than the old Levitical priestly ministry], for He is the Mediator (Arbiter) of a better covenant [uniting God and man], which has been enacted and rests on better promises.
The mind of God before the foundation of the world had always been a relationship with man. This is the crux of the new covenant and promise in Christ which is God in man. Our role in the new covenant is our commitment to a permanent relationship with Him.
Friend, your supernatural promotion is sure in this covenant relationship.