Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hope ~ Part 2

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. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hope ~ Part 1

Many people speak of having hope, keeping hope alive, losing hope, and having no hope.  The Book of Hebrews teaches that Hope is an Anchor of the Soul, both sure and steadfast.

This Hope is not the hope of being rich, or being healthy, or living a long life.  It is the Hope that gives stability to one’s life despite setbacks and challenges. 

Here are some parallels:
1)    An Anchor provides stability and security to a ship in a storm.  A mariner must have an anchor when he is in danger of rocks and sand bars.  Without it, the vessel will be in great jeopardy.  Our hope in God, through Jesus Christ, gives a sense of peace and calmness during the times of trouble.
2)    An Anchor, when cast into the water, takes hold of something which cannot be seen.  Our Hope is in Christ Jesus, Who is in Heaven.  We cannot see Him as He intercedes for us as the right hand of the Father.  But, our hope is that He Who died on the cross for our sins is now our Advocate in Heaven.
3)    An Anchor takes hold of a rock in order to keep a vessel from shipwreck.  Christ is the solid Rock which keeps a soul safe in perilous times and prevents spiritual shipwreck.
4)    An Anchor is attached to a vessel by use of a rope or cable.  Faith is the cord that attaches Hope to our soul.  Hope without faith is of no benefit to us.  In Hebrews 6:19-20, Hope must be cast within the veil, where the fore-runner, even Jesus, has entered.

Here are some disparities:
1)    An Anchor is cast downward into the water.  But, the Anchor of the soul is cast upward into Heaven.
2)    An Anchor may let go or be broken.  Hope, the Anchor of the soul is both sure and steadfast.  If Hope is lost, everything is gone.  But, Hope does not disappoint us. 

Here are the words of an old hymn that can strengthen and help us:

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.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
All other ground is sinking sand.

Check back soon to read Hope ~ Part 2 in the next Truth In Love Blog.