Hebrews 16: Our Soul’s Anchor

Many people know this verse:

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,

This is Hebrews 6:19 and it is a wonderful reminder that we have a hope because of God. But this verse doesn’t actually explain what this hope is. In order to see this hope, we need the whole passage, which says:

13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” 15 And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. 16 For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes han oath is final for confirmation. 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

There is a lot going on here, but all I want to point out is the nature of the hope that 6:19 says we have. And that is that God, who is unchangeable, keeps His promises fully and completely. He does this BECAUSE He is unchangeable. Since He is such a firm foundation, strong and true until the end, our hope in Him is so secure as to be an anchor, keeping us steady against the raging sea of life. And this hope, has anchored our souls in the very presence of God through Jesus who made a way for us by the cross.

Our hope is that God’s promises are unchangeable.

Which promises?

All of them. His promise to give wisdom to those who ask is sure. His promise to give the Holy Spirit to those who trust in Christ is firm. His promise to never leave us or forsake us is true. His promise to lead us through every valley is secure.

God has made countless promises to His people, and He keeps them all. every single one. Without fail. And that hope, that His promises never fail, is an anchor for our souls.

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