Hope ~ Part 2
Hebrews 6:17-19 KJV 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 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: 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
An anchor must be lodged in something solid in order to provide security and stability.
A Sure Ground for the Saints’ Hope is:
1) The Love of God
The grand old text of the Bible, John 3:16, teaches that God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son and whoever believes in Him will have everlasting life. God loves us with an everlasting love. If, according to Romans chapter 8, nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord; then, our Hope is sure and steadfast.
2) The Death of Christ
Christ died for us. He laid down His life for His sheep. We are redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. He met all of the righteous demands of a holy God so that we through His substitution might be saved. Since His death atoned for our sins, our Hope is sure and steadfast.
3) The Resurrection of Christ
The question is asked in Romans chapter 8, “Who can condemn those who believe in Jesus? It is Christ who died, yea, rather that is risen again.” He died for our sins and was raised back to life for our justification. Since all who believe in Christ are justified, our Hope is sure and steadfast.
4) The Intercession of Christ
From Romans chapter 8, we understand that after the resurrection of Jesus, He ascended to Heaven and was seated at the right hand of God to make intercession for us. Another passage in Hebrews reveals that He ever lives to make intercession. Jesus told Simon Peter, “I have prayed for you” and He said to His Father, “I know that thou hearest me always.” Christ’s intercession is a sure ground for our Hope.
5) The Mercy of God
Psalm 33:18 declares. “Behold the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy:” Elsewhere, we learned His mercy endures forever. Accordingly, our Hope is sure and steadfast.
6) The Promise of God
God, of whom it is said in scripture, has given promises and it is impossible for Him to lie. He has given us exceeding great and precious promises. His promise is that He will never leave nor forsake us. Therefore, our Hope is sure and steadfast.
7) The Power of God
The divine grip of God holds believers in such a way that no one can pluck us out of His hand. We are kept by the power of God, through faith, unto salvation. His power is able to keep believers from falling and preserve them eternally. So, our Hope is sure and steadfast.
Circumstances and situations are often like powerful storms that threaten our safety and peace of mind. May we never forget that we are not without an anchor to give us stability and security. We have hope.