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Hebrews 6:11-20 ~ Anchor of Hope

on March 13, 2013

Hebrews 6:10-20.  And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of HOPE until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.  For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.”  And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.  For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise (If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:29) 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 (to God) for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the HOPE set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a HOPE that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

Hope: confident expectation for a certain thing to happen

Promise: declaration or guarantee that a particular event will happen

One of the many blessings of knowing God’s full Word is seeing His promises fulfilled throughout thousands of years.  That gives us a confidence that what hasn’t yet been fulfilled will one day be fulfilled.  We can use the examples of others who received their promises from God to boost our hope.  Abraham was one such man.  For 25 years (from age 75-100) Abraham waited patiently–not perfectly–for God to give him a promised son who would be the start of descendants too numerous to count.  Abraham didn’t just have patience, he had faith! God counted Abraham’s faith as righteousness.  Righteousness covers all the mistakes he made along the wait.

Abraham’s life shows us the great, unchangeable character of God.  He is faithful to accomplish every purpose and plan in spite of our mistakes.  He keeps every promise in order to keep His Word.  He will never lie and He will never change.  All His Words are steadfast and sure.

God promised the world that if we would put our hope and faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, that we would be saved; we would have victory over sin and death; and that we would spend eternity in His presence without shame.  We must run to God and hold fast to this hope and promise.  The author calls this promise and hope a “sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.”

Anchor of the soul! What a beautiful picture!  I grew up around boats thanks to my uncles and can remember being fascinated by the anchor.  Anchors give a sense of joy, freedom, peace and confidence.  Anchors keep us from drifting off course.  They can be put down for a day of fishing (productivity), or an afternoon of swimming (pleasure); or a night of sleep (rest).  One hundred percent of our time can be categorized by either productivity, pleasure or rest.  Therefore, the anchor of our soul–hope–is necessary for every part of life.

  • Am I anchored to the hope that I will be in the presence of God for eternity?
  • Are there any ways that I have pulled anchor and started to drift in my life?  Maybe by putting my hope in other things? Or becoming impatient?
  • Do God’s promises fill me with peace, confidence, joy and freedom?
  • Do I live the belief that God’s Word, His promises, His purposes and His character will always be fulfilled and are unchangeable?

One response to “Hebrews 6:11-20 ~ Anchor of Hope

  1. Kevin Daniel says:

    Love the “anchor of the soul.” Great post!

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