(an oldie but goodie!)
“So when God desired to show more
convincingly to the heirs of the prom
the unchangeable character of his purpose,
he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two
unchangeable things, in which it is impossible
for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge
might have strong encouragement to hold
fast to the hope set before us.”
“Would you take this for the boat?”
I replied, “Would you put a deposit on that offer?”
“Congratulations. You’ve got a deal.”
The deal evaporated when it was time to pony-up on the down payment. It happens all the time in the wonderful world of sales. In fact, I’ve found that no deal is done until it’s completely financed, delivered, and the customer is satisfied.
After this boat deal, Hebrews six came alive to me. God didn’t just promise my salvation with words, he paid a double-payment on the oath that was enough to completely finance the deal of my salvation. I can rest, even when I mess up or fall-short because the deals done.
Because God is perfectly satisfied with Jesus. God’s first payment on his oath and promise was his only begotten son. Anytime you find yourself saying, “I don’t think God can forgive me this time.” In all actuality you’re really saying, “I don’t believe Jesus is enough to cover it.”
The second form of payment is the Holy Spirit dwelling in us as a guarantee. Jesus said, “Never will I leave you or forsake you.” And I’ll just say this: There’s going to be many times in the life of a believer where they don’t “feel” the Holy Spirit in them, and that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Just read 1 Corinthians 12:3 and Romans 10:8-9.
You owe yourself the rest for your soul that God purchased for you. He completely financed and delivered salvation. Are you satisfied with it?
By Aaron F. Jeffers