Wednesday, March 15, 2017

HEBREWS 6:18-20a

" two unchangeable things (a promise and an oath)
it is impossible for God to lie,
we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement
to take hold of the hope set before us.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul,
a hope both sure and steadfast
and one which enters within the veil,
where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us..."

We have not been set adrift in this world. 
In fact, we have an anchor that does not plunge into the deeps,
but plunges into the heavens and anchors us with hope
since it is impossible for God to lie, it is the truth!

"Swallowing up all doubt and fear; who have fled--After having been tossed by many storms, to lay hold on the hope set before us--On Christ the object of our hope, and the glory we hope through him.  Which hope in Christ we have as an anchor of the soul--Entering into heaven itself, and fixed there, within the veil." (John Wesley)

Socrates says, "To ground hope on a false supposition, is like trusting to a weak anchor."  We have a sure anchor, our hope in the promise sworn by God to hold us.

"The hope of eternal life is here represented as the soul's anchor; the world is the boisterous, dangerous sea; the Christian course, the voyage; the port, everlasting felicity; and the veil or inner road the royal dock in which that anchor was cast.  The storms of life continue but a short time; the anchor, hope, if fixed by faith in the eternal world, will infallibly prevent all shipwreck; the soul may be strongly tossed by various temptations, but will not drive, because the anchor is in sure ground, and itself is steadfast; it does not drag, and it does not break; faith, like the cable, is the connecting medium between the ship and the anchor, or the soul and its hope of heaven; faith sees the haven, hope desires and anticipates the rest; faith works, and hope holds fast; and, shortly, the soul enters into the haven of eternal repose." (Adam Clarke)

"'Whither the forerunner'  The word does not merely signify one that goes or runs before another, but also one who shows the way."  Here He shows the way: He enters within the veil.

The veil.  I read that a wedding veil became more popular because George Washington's granddaughter, whom they took to raise, wore one.  The veil is a symbol of purity that once lifted, is the image of the bride is offering herself to her groom.  Christ lifts the veil of His bride.  It also is the image of the curtain before the holy of holies that was torn at His death as a symbol that there is nothing between His bride and His heart.  We are allowed the most intimate relationship with Him.  This is the pull of our heart, our hope, our anchor.  We are going down the long aisle to where our groom is standing, waiting.  Our very heart is anchored steadfast, trusting, with hope in His love. 

"Where our hope lives, there the heart lives."
(Andrew Murray)

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