“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure”
Hope, a word we use in everyday language to express wishful thinking [“I hope it doesn’t rain today” “I hope it all goes well”] but here “hope” is not used to express a fulfilment of desire but rather a CONFIDENT EXPECTATION.
In this passage in Hebrews we see reference to the story of Abraham where God promised him and his wife Sarah a Son (Gen 17:16). God made an oath to them in His own name to show that both Him and His promises are unchanging and trustworthy. Because of the unchanging truth the Christian hope is firm and secure in God, giving us a confident assurance.
Sailors have a confident assurance that the anchor will hold the ship, in other words they have hope that the anchor will hold the ship. A ship will drift whether in rough or calm waters and the anchor stops this. Likewise our soul can naturally drift due to fear and torment or being too content and comfortable this is because our soul is largely influenced by our emotions and situations around us. But when we are securely anchored in God’s unchanging and trustworthy word we find stability in Him even in bad situations.
In the 1st century many Christians had an anchor with a message of hope scripted on their tombs. For early Christian the anchor symbol represented hope during a time of persecution in anticipation of heaven and eternal life promised by Jesus. We hold this same promise today as Christians
Hope in Christ is a firm confidence because of who He is and what He has done. Christ has already fulfilled the greatest promise of dying in our place, resurrecting from the dead and going ahead into heaven, our anchor is secured because of His love. Nothing on earth should dislodge our hope in Him and His promises given to us through his word. We as people tend to put our hope in wealth, possessions and relationships even success – things that we earn to prosper in but can only give us temporary comfort, not lasting. The promise of Christ is an eternal comfort. This living hope is alive because our hope is not placed on dead works but rather Christ who is alive. 1 Peter 1:3
Jesus both strong and caring is our anchor giving us hope through everything that we do, as we look to the promise of reconciliation with God. Jesus our “forerunner” who went before us to prepare the way, has already fulfilled the promises and is now “Sat at the right hand of God”.
To be sat is to show a completion in his restoration work, giving us encouragement, assurance and confidence in the Christian hope of:
Romans 10:9-10 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
- Strength over temptation
1 Corinthians 10:13 And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
- Victory over sin and death
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.
It is easy to drift in the sea of life when we are influenced so much by our emotions and situations happening around us but when we focus on the word God we are found secure and firm.
Abraham was not focusing on he was in his old age or the fact that Sarah was past child bearing age; instead he focused on God’s word which was fulfilled.
By focusing on God’s word it helps us to trust God as we continually see His love and Him fulfilling His promises throughout the bible (Abraham, the Israelites, Coming of Jesus just to say a few).
And that brings me to the reason for this blog! A place where you can read my studies of the word, like this post. I believe by looking into the word of God we are able to secure our hope in God because we learn more about who He is, who we are in Him and encouragement throughout this Christian journey.