Synopsis and Homework Week 16

“I know you can do this!” Hearing words like these can make a profound impact in your life. They are words that express confidence and give hope. When a father or mother or mentor blesses a child or student with these words, it almost always guarantees success. These words instill the drive and endurance that are necessary to achieve a goal. These words cause a person to graduate even if it takes four hard years of study. These words cause a person to bring a company from bankruptcy to solvency with energy to spare for years of successful operation. These words can even cause a person to step out into thin air.

It is God’s desire that His children, “heirs of the promise”, receive strong words of encouragement that create the type of hope that endures to the very end. In the latter example, one cannot be confidant absolutely because burden of success still rests on them. They know there are gaps in knowledge, strength, and understanding.

However, in this weeks text, Hebrews 6:13-18, God promises with an oath, “I will do this!”  God has no weakness and lacks nothing. God cannot lie. He swears with an unbreakable oath. Therefore our confidence in God is absolute. He will do what He promises. By the Blood of Jesus Christ, through the Power of the Holy Spirit, God will see to it that all who “take refuge” in Him, be birthed out of this broken world and live with Him in Glory for eternity!

A means by which He accomplishes this is HOPE!


Read Romans 4:13-25 (This is another account of Abraham’s faith)

Verse 13 declares that Abraham, and everyone else that has the faith of Abraham (vs 16),  is heir of something. What is it?



Verse 17 states two things (or workings) of God that would give us cause to place confidence in His promise to us. What are they?



Abraham is not weakened in faith as he considered how old he and his wife Sarah were. Why is this? (verse 21)



Is this account of Abraham’s faith told only for the sake of Abraham? (verses 22-24)



The following is a definition of hope; circle all the important words and discuss them.

An expectation or belief in the fulfillment of something desired. [1]

[1] Walter A. Elwell and Barry J. Beitzel, Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1988), 996.

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