The Anchor of Our Soul

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

The call of Hebrews is the call to press on. It is the call to grow up. We need a maturity in our faith that moves us beyond the foundation that is set. We have a bad habit in American Christianity of rehashing the basics and making it sound “mature.” We need to understand the basics that are set in our lives and build up.

The call of Hebrews is to move beyond the laziness of not growing up and get into life that is powerful and truly free. It is a life anchored by the very promise of God. The writer of Hebrews describes this as our “soul anchor.” What God has promised, and what Christ has done, is sure. Grasp the hope that is in front of you (v. 18) and move on to maturity.

Be “imitators of those who through faith and perseverance inherit the promises” (Heb. 6:12, NET Bible).

We don’t have a weak salvation. We don’t have a weak faith delivered to us. We have an anchor. There is no need to walk in fear of “losing God” when that anchor is right in front of us. The need of the hour is to move on in maturity in Christ. The need of the hour is to BUILD on the fundamentals of our faith, not keep digging up the foundation and planting it again and calling that “maturity.” It’s not maturity. It’s laziness.

The call is to grow in faith. Learn the Kingdom. Walk in the vast power and knowledge of the Kingdom. Find yourself swept away in the power of the Spirit! Let that anchor hold you firm, and then get out on those ocean waves and see what the Spirit can really do in your life.

A Holy Pursuit

As I read through Hebrews and meditate in certain spots, I am seeing the answer to a particular question. The question/ concern in the letter seems to be the concern of drifting away.

The consistent answer I am finding as I read is this: give yourself to one holy pursuit.

No More Hardness of Heart. No More Rebellion

12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from God, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account. (Heb. 4:12-13, NET Bible)

The LIVING Word of God, Christ himself, has his gaze on us. Our inner rebellion, our hardness of heart, our stubborn refusal to heed the call of the Kingdom obedience may miss the gaze of others. It does miss the gaze of the Savior.

While it is TODAY, hear the call of the Spirit. Do NOT walk away from the power of the Kingdom of God. Do NOT fall into the temptation of living for your own glory, satisfying your life with the smallness of self-satisfaction. Today, hear his voice. Hear the call of a powerful King longing to have you serve in his amazing Kingdom. It is HIS Kingdom, not yours. You have to surrender. But it is a beautiful life of surrender.

This is your TODAY. Hear he call.

 

Today is Your “Today”

3:13 But exhort one another each day, as long as it is called “Today,” that none of you may become hardened by sin’s deception. (Heb. 3:13, NET)

Encouragement to keep walking in faith is to continue as long as we have a “today.”

This is YOUR today. Walk on in faith. Keep your eyes on Christ. HE is your reward.

 

Sanctification

There are sentences that I come upon that, at times, take my breath away. As I am going through F.F. Bruce’s commentary on Hebrews, I am finding a lot of those moments.

The passage is Hebrews 2

10 It was appropriate for God, for whom and through whom everything exists, to use experiences of suffering to make perfect the pioneer of salvation. This salvation belongs to many sons and daughters whom he’s leading to glory. (CEB)

Bruce says this:

“For sanctification is glory begun, and glory is sanctification completed.” 

I love those sentences that sit me back in my chair, cause my gaze to move away from the book, close my eyes, and just wonder. This was one of those times.

Majesty

The Son is the light of God’s glory and the imprint of God’s being. He maintains everything with his powerful message. After he carried out the cleansing of people from their sins, he sat down at the right side of the highest majesty. (Heb. 1:3, CEB)

The first 4 verses of Hebrews are truly beautiful. As I prepare to teach Hebrews for the semester, I am working my way through these verses and am drawn in by the majesty of our Savior.

The one aspect of Christ to look at is in v. 3: “After he carried out the cleansing of the people from their sins…”

The author of Hebrews has us awestruck in the first few phrases of this letter by the majesty of the One who created by his word and sustains all things by the continuing activity of the Word. But then, we are taken in a different direction.

F.F. Bruce said this in his commentary:

“Here we pass from the cosmic functions of the Son of God to his personal relationship with mankind, to his work as his people’s high priest, which is elaborated throughout the epistle… The wisdom which crated the worlds and maintains them in their due order may well beget in us a sens of wondering awe; but the grace which has provided a remedy for the defilement of sin by a life freely offered up to God on our behalf calls forth a sense of personal indebtedness which the contemplation of diving activity on the cosmic scale could never evoke.”

We settle for so little! We think it’s something to blown away by the cosmic order of things, how God could have spoken this into existence at some point by his word, and knowing he sustains all things by his Word. To be in “wonder” at that is something that IS nice, but it’s not enough.

Why settle for the “wow” of staring at some stars? Because we don’t want to make this personal. A God “out there” is much easier to control.

But this Word from God came to do something more. Something personal. 

Why settle for shouting, “WOW!” at some stars when you can be blown away by the grace of our Lord who would give himself willingly for us?

Christ calls us to much more than admiration. He calls us to respond. Don’t just admire Christ. Respond to him.