The Anchor of Hope!
Scripture reading for November 4th: Hebrews 6:1-20
The writer of Hebrews says some very difficult things to these Hebrew believers who are struggling with faith and some desiring to return to Judaism. He encouraged them to move forward in their faith and understanding of Christ. They needed to grow to maturity and not become stunted in their growth.
“It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him to public disgrace.” (Hebrews 6:4-6) These words are very difficult to hear. This gives a very stern warning to those who had made a commitment to Christ and been saved and experienced the gift of the Holy Spirit. This statement speaks of falling away from the truths of Salvation as a very dangerous thing to do. When someone who is enlightened and aware of truth chooses to turn away from that truth, darkness overtakes their souls and it becomes impossible for them to be brought back! What they are doing in turning away is likened to crucifying Jesus again by our actions of rejection. Doing this after making a commitment is dangerous and fatal to faith.
But hope for these Christians is sure. They must hold tightly to the Gospel. “We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make you hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” (Hebrews 6:11-12) Drift is always away from God but faith and patience applied to every-day living will bring results. Laziness is a spiritual sin to be avoided!
The hope of eternal life has been promised by God on an oath. God is a truth-teller. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek!” (Hebrews 6:19-20) Jesus Christ is our anchor of hope and He will keep us as we trust Him.