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Message of the Day: Our Hope In Christ is Firm and Secure

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain…” (Hebrews 6:19, NIV)

The anchor was a frequent metaphor in Greco-Roman literature, especially for the secure hold on hope which moral qualities produced. Like an anchor holding a ship safely in position, our hope in Christ guaranteed our safety. Whereas the ship’s anchor goes down to the ocean bed, the Christian’s anchor goes up into the true, heavenly sanctuary, where he is fastened to God himself.

“Inside the curtain (veil)” means the believers have a secure hope in the “holy of holies” (Lev. 6:2), which only the high priest could enter once a year. The author means not the earthly but the spiritual holy of holies, in the heavenly temple.

Our security is based on the work of Christ. That work is our guarantee that God will never cast us out. The Levitical high priest entered God’s presence as the people’s representative when he went through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. Jesus Christ, the great high priest, enters God’s presence as our representative. More than that, he is our forerunner. He is the guarantee that one day we too will be permanently in God’s presence.

Thus, those who remain faithful and true to Christ, the hope of eternal salvation is absolutely sure and steadfast, based on the immutability of God’s promises to those who trust Him.

Sources:

Keeper, Craig S. The Bible Background Commentary. New Testament. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

http://www.biblestudytools.com

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