of the Soul
|But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation,
though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love,
which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do
minister. 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
BETTER THINGS OF YOU
The Hebrew writer did not expect the Hebrews to turn their backs upon the Lord. He expected
them to hold on to their salvation, working and laboring in love as they had shown. He expected
them to be better than those who turned away.
MINISTERED UNTO THE SAINTS
How one treats their family defines what type of person they are as much as anything. Whether it
is their parents, their spouse, their siblings or their children, the respect, kindness and love
which is expressed defines the person. That is also true of how one treats their brethren,
spiritually. We are the family of God. We are brethren. But, this treatment is not only to our
spiritual family, but unto all men.
THE FULL ASSURANCE OF HOPE
Assurance, especially full assurance, is confidence. A confidence that is born of faith. It is the
recognition that that which we look forward to will be. We have faith in God through Jesus Christ.
That faith creates a diligence – a loving, zealous obedience – by which we work toward the end
that we know is ours.
1 Timothy 1:5
INHERIT THE PROMISES
The gospel consists of statements to be believed, promises to be received, and commands to
be obeyed. The reception of the promises is because we have become the children of God. As
the children of God, we have become the heirs of the promise of eternal life, our great hope.
Inheritance demands continued obedience, patiently awaiting the time when that hope will
THE PROMISE TO ABRAHAM
No figure is more central to the story of the Bible than Abraham. He represents the faith and
obedience that should characterize the people of God. The result of that faith, the result of that
obedience, was the reception of the promise: in thy seed all nations of the earth shall be
blessed – a reference to the coming of the Messiah, Jesus. God promised Abraham that he
would have a posterity through a son of his old age – and he did. God promised Abraham that
he would obtain a land of inheritance for his children – and he did. God promised Abraham that
all nations would be blessed through his seed – and they were, we are. As Abraham persevered
and obtained his promises, so we should continue in faith and obedience. As assuredly as
Abraham received his promises, we know that we shall receive ours.
IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE
People are used to saying anything is possible, but there are certain things that are impossible.
It is impossible for some to come back to the gospel. It is impossible for God to lie. It is
impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sin. It is impossible to please God
without faith. It is impossible for logical contradictions to take place. It is impossible for God to
do something wrong.
Hebrews 6:18; 10:4; 11:6
AN ANCHOR OF THE SOUL – HOPE
We do not yet see the realization of our hope; but, we know that it is ours. It anchors our soul. It
steadies our life. It keeps us from the being swept away by the difficulties that life provides, and
carried away with the joys that occasionally find us in this life.
Realizing that Jesus has entered within that veil (the figure drawn from the tabernacle, and the
veil that separated the holy from the most holy), into heaven, we know we shall be resurrected,
transformed, meet Him in the air, and shall ever be with the Lord!
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
(1 John 3:2) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall
be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he
(1 John 5:13) These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of
God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the
Son of God. (KJV)
See also: Pr 14:31; Mt 10:42; 25:40; Joh 13:20; Ro 3:4; 15:25; 2Co 8:4; 9:1,12; 1Th 1:3; 2Th
1:6-7; 2Ti 1:18; Col 2:2; Heb 3:6,14; Heb 10:36; Ge 22:16-17; Ps 105:9; Lu 1:73; Ex 22:11; Ro
11:29; Heb 11:9; Heb 12:1; Le 16:15; Heb 9:7; Heb 3:1; 4:14; 5:6,10; 7:17; 8:1; 9:24.
|Will Your Anchor Hold?
By Priscilla J. Owens is based upon this passage.
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love!