"My Anchor is God’s Nature"
What is it that the Hebrew writer finds as an anchor for the soul? It is the hope we have in who God is and what Christ has done for us. This is our anchor – the assurance of God’s nature.
My Anchor Is God’s Nature
A. I love a rainbow. It is absolutely amazing to me to see the way the colors come into our visual spectrum in this wonderful arc shape. There are lots of scientific explanations of how the water droplets refract light, but the bow itself is amazing, that arc shape that seems so defined. I am not here to argue how that happens, I have belief that it does because God brought forth rain to cleans the earth of sin and when he was done, God wanted Noah to see a sign, a reminder, not of the past rain, but of a future promise – God would not destroy the earth by water again.
B. Let me ask you this question, “Do you believe the story of the rainbow written by Moses and told to us in the book of Genesis?” If you answer, yes, let me push you a little more. Do you believe God will never destroy the whole earth again by water? My point is, I believe in the promise because of the one who made it – God.
C. But I will also admit that there are times when my faith is weak, when it gets tested by God or tempted by sin. Believing in the promises of God when life is not easy that is a mark of spiritual maturity. It is easy to believe in the promise of the rainbow after the storm, but what about when the storm is raging and the rainbow isn’t yet visible? Do you still believe?
I. Abraham and God
A. When Abram was 75 God call him to leave his home to simply go for a walk. God didn’t outline for him the path he was going to take. God simply said (Gen. 12:1-3).
B. For 24 years God reminded Abram of this promise, but for 24 years God never gave Abram a child through Sarai his wife. Then when Abram was 100 and Sarai was 90, God blessed them with a baby named Isaac. The visual of that great promise was in that little baby boy, child of promise.
C. Then the story continues. The boy grows and God tells Abraham to take Isaac to a specific mountain and to offer him as a burnt offering. No explanation, just a command. Do you know the amazing thing? Abraham took Isaac and was ready to obey God, even though this child was promise. God stopped Abraham from killing the child who was placed on the altar and we get these words (Gen. 22:15-18)
D. Why is that story and this calling to obey and believe so important to our reading of Hebrews? Because the writer wanted his readers to trust in the one who make a promise and never fails to deliver it.
E. Remember as a kid when people would “I swear on my mother’s grave.” Most kids didn’t even have a mother in the grave when they made that oath. Or maybe you heard, “cross my heart and hope to die.” The truth that we learned as kids that people lie. They can promise on their mother’s grave or cross their heart, but the bottom line is we learned that people fail us. So we became pragmatists. Show us the facts that I can trust in.
II. Hope As An Anchor
A. Read Heb. 6:17-18. Don’t leave the context of Hebrews 6. God wants you to be saved. God loves you and calls you to himself. But how do you know that God will keep His promise of your salvation? That is where you must trust in who God is, His very nature. When God makes a promise and give an oath, those two things will always come true.
B. You can ask me to help you and I might promise you I will, and I fail, but God never fails. His promises never fail. When He gives an oath he will never purge himself. The very nature, character of God assures me that my salvation can be secure in Him. Jesus, my high priest and sacrificed, opened the way directly to God through the cross.
C. Read Heb. 6:19-20. From the moment men built ships and sailed the seas, the anchor became a symbol of hope. The Hebrew writer talks about this hope as sure and steadfast, just like the promise God gave on oath to Abraham. The idea of “sure and steadfast” is that of being secure.
B. Look at where our anchor, our hope is placed. In the idea of ship, you anchor to something that is solid and sure. You can’t put your anchor into sand and expect it to hold. You need to anchor to something solid, firm. But this anchor that we have is not anchored in this earth, but in heaven above.
C. Our anchor is placed behind the curtain, in the Holy of Holies. The place where God’s essence dwells. God wants you to know how sure your salvation is. The choice to follow him or not still belongs to you, but his love for you never fails. There are many times I doubt me and my ability to do all God asks of me to do, but I don’t doubt his love me and my salvation in Him.
A. Anchor deep. Anchor in Him whose very character proves that you are secure. Anchor in his promise of eternal life. Anchor in his purpose to bring that salvation to all nations.
B. The Hebrew writer tells us our hope is a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul. I am anchored in Christ and I know my salvation is secure in Him. Where is your anchor, your hope? Is it in this world? Is it in the things of life, the money and power of success? Is it in relationships where people can still fail you?
C. May your anchor be in Christ alone for it is only in him, and through him, that we have our being. If you are need of strength from this body to help you in your spiritual walk, then we invite you come. May you anchor deep in Jesus.
Because of Jesus,
Jeffrey Dillinger, minister