27th January 2017

Truth and Promises 

“People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.
Hebrews 6:16 (NIVUK)

Last week millions of people around the world witnessed the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. The new president made an oath using two bibles, namely his mother’s and Lincoln’s Bible, the one traditionally used at such ceremonies.

The idea behind taking an oath or a vow is that what you are about to promise you will fulfil, or that what you are about to say will be the truth and nothing but the truth because, in so doing, you are submitting yourself to a higher power who would call you into account if you broke your promise or told a lie. In his ministry Jesus discussed the idea of taking oaths. His teaching was that you should always tell the truth anyway, so where’s the need for an oath? Simply let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no”, he taught (see Matthew 5:33-37).

When it comes to God, says the writer of Hebrews, since he had no one greater than himself to swear by, God’s word is his oath. What God says is certain, and, because of this, we who “take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged” (Hebrews 6:18). God is who he is, and his promises and word are eternally true.

Let’s remember always to speak the truth in Christ, and let’s be re-assured that, what God has promised, he will fulfil. 

Eternal God, thank you that you are true to who you are and to your promises. Help me, please, through your Holy Spirit, to be true in all that I say and do. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


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James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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