His Oath, His Blood, His EarnestBro. Ron Rupé
1/31/2010 6:00 PM
"He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform." – Romans 4:20-21 God is able, but he is also willing to do what is needed to meet my need.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
This is a straightforward promise: If you need wisdom, ask for it and it "shall be given" you. Our faith is rooted in the character of the giver and the faith of the asker. If you put your confidence in yourself you won’t be able to take hold of the promises of God. If you focus on the character of God it will inspire your faith. He giveth to all liberally and won’t turn you away. Our faith is a part of receiving. "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." – Hebrews 11:6. You have this faith. You believe that God is and that he will reward those that seek him. "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering … For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord." What causes confidence to waver?
1 John 3:20-22
For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
If we’ve displeased or disobeyed God, we won’t have confidence that he would bless us. A wedge has been driven between that one and God. The wedge is a guilty conscience. It intrudes into prayer. It needs to be taken care of for confidence to return. Keep the way between you and God clear.
And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him: and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
Sometimes our faith and confidence wavers, even though we have a clear conscience and have pleased God. This father believed / acknowledged in his mind, but he needed to get the belief in his heart. He asked for help and Jesus gave it. Jesus showed him his power. There is nothing wrong with this prayer. God knows when you are struggling with unbelief, bring it out to him and he will help you. God will answer that honest prayer. Ask for wisdom. God will give liberally and he won’t turn you away.
Three Assurances to Hinge Faith on
1. God’s Oath
2. Christ’s Blood
3. The Earnest of His Holy Spirit
When you kneel before God and reach out to touch Him as He reaches to you, remember his oath to you.
For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself. Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for god to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
"And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise…" We want to obtain the promise. God made promises to man and guaranteed them with an oath. We should be the ones doing this, not God. God has never given mankind a reason to question or doubt him, so why the oath? We’ve given God many, many reasons to question us. We should be making the oath to him. We should attempt to confirm that what we said is true. Mankind has a reason to doubt us. God doesn’t need to give an oath, but he did. Why? To help my unbelief. He wanted us to know that his word is unchanging. He promised to bless us and swore by himself that he would do it. He wants us convinced that he will do what he said he would do.
He gave us more than his oath; he gave us his blood.
1 Corinthians 7:23
Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
He paid a price for you.
1 Peter 1:18-19
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
We are redeemed / purchased. We have access to God by faith in the blood of Jesus, his Son. Our access to God was purchased by Christ’s blood. It is a purchased privilege.
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us: Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
We were separated from God and from all that was good and worthwhile. We were separated from his promise and had no hope. We were without God in this world.
God has made a change. We are no longer separated from him and now we have hope. Why? Because of the blood of Christ. "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ." Our access was purchased by His blood.
When we call on God to fulfill the promise, it helps to remember that Jesus paid so that we could have it. A price was paid so that we can enjoy the promise of God. Jesus paid for it for us. God fully intends to do what he said he would do.
His Earnest of the Holy Spirit
He followed up with his earnest so that we could have the assurance that what he has said he will do.
2 Corinthians 1:18-22
But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God: Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
God is true. There is no variableness or shadow of turning with him. He isn’t fickle. He is true. All of the promises of God are true. All his promises are in Christ. "For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us." Christ is the embodiment of God’s promise and he has paid for them. They are yes and Amen in him. He’s the embodiment and access of God’s goodwill to men. These promises were all his idea in the first place. "You have caused me to hope in your word…"
When you pray, you’re not forcing God to do anything. You’re agreeing with his idea. We’re working with him. He has given us His Spirit as an earnest to his promise. He felt it necessary to give us a pledge / advance / security. He gave us a guarantee to show us that he means it. The Holy Spirit is needed, but it is also the pledge of his promise. It is an advance on heaven. We have access to the rest and know it because of what he has already given. It isn’t our pledge on which we place our faith. God gave us his oath, Christ gave us his blood, and the Spirit came as his earnest.
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
How can the sinner believe God will save him? Cry out to God to help you past your unbelief. Ask him to help you believe he will save you.
The saved may be struggling with unbelief that God will bring them through. Call out to God for help to bring you through. Ask him to bring you through. Ask him to help your faith.
Have confidence because of his oath, his blood and his earnest. What God says, he will do.