Thursday | 05 August 2021
Three dimensions of the oath

In the book of Hebrews, the apostle Paul outlined three dimensions of the oath that was sworn by Yahweh, guaranteeing the fulfilment of Their Everlasting Covenant. Previously, we have considered two dimensions of the oath. This is the dual-oath of the Father, designating Christ as King and as High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek. The Father made this oath so that we might have strong consolation as we flee for refuge in Christ to lay hold of the hope of sonship that is set before us. Heb 6:17-18.

However, in his letter, Paul was very clear that there was also an oath that was sworn by the Son when He was made the Head of the Father’s house, which is the temple of His corporate body. As the Apostle and High Priest of this heavenly temple, the Son swore that those who disobeyed His word would not enter the blessed ‘rest’ of eternal life and fellowship with Yahweh, which belongs to those who are part of His house.

Establishing this point, the apostle Paul recorded the words of Jesus, which are ministered by the Holy Spirit, writing, ‘Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, “They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.” So I swore in My wrath, “They shall not enter My rest.” ’ Heb 3:7-11.

It is remarkable to consider that the Lord Jesus swore this oath in relation to His covenant people. Recognising this sobering reality, the apostle Jude warned every believer by saying, ‘I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord [the Son], having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.’ Jud 1:5.


Further Study:
HEBREWS 3
Daily Proverb:

References:
Heb 6:17-18
Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

Heb 3:7-11
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: ‘Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, “They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.” So I swore in My wrath, “They shall not enter My rest.” ’

Jud 1:5
But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.
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