The Anchor Of Our Soul

Hebrews 6:11-20–And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: that ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. 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: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

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As Christians we are to show diligence.  That is we are to be constant, putting forth careful effort and persevering in hard work.  “We are laborers together with God”.  We have been ordained unto good works that we should walk in them.  We are to “be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as we know that our labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).  This results in us having a full assurance of hope unto the end. We are not to be “slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises”–v. 12.

Abraham, our example: God made a promise to Abraham, “Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply the”–v. 14.  After Abraham had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

We have a strong consolation because of God’s promise and oath.  This consolation comforts us and cheers us up. We have this consolation because we chose to flee (run away or escape from danger or pursuit) for refuge (shelter or protection) that we might lay hold upon the hope.  This hope is that which God Himself has set before us.

The hope we have as an anchor of our soul. This hope is both steadfast and sure.  It keeps us from drifting away from God. It gives us stability and security.  It protects us from the storms we have to face in this life.  This anchor of our soul is held fast within the veil of the Holy of Holies in heaven where Jesus has entered for us as our high priest forever.  The hope that serves as an anchor of our soul is Jesus Christ, our Prophet, Priest, and King.

Listen to the words of an old hymn: My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.  When darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on His unchanging grace; in every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.

Thank you Lord.