This caught my attention a couple of days ago as I’ve been focused on the theme of hope in our first week of advent this year.
So I took some time to look at the verse in a variety of versions and then realized that I wanted/needed to read the whole chapter and even more to gain a better understanding of what the author was trying to communicate.
Below is a look at four verses that include verse 19. I encourage you to read at least all of Hebrews 6 to get an idea of the bigger picture. Go ahead and read these verses below and then I’ll share a few brief thoughts.
Among men it is customary to swear by something greater than themselves. And if a statement is confirmed by an oath, that is the end of all quibbling. So in this matter, God, wishing to show beyond doubt that his plan was unchangeable, confirmed it with an oath. So that by two utterly immutable things, the word of God and the oath of God, who cannot lie, we who are refugees from this dying world might have a source of strength, and might grasp the hope that he holds out to us. This hope we hold as the utterly reliable anchor for our souls, fixed in the very certainty of God himself in Heaven, where Jesus has already entered on our behalf, having become, as we have seen, “High Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek”. Hebrews 6:16-19 (Phillips)
I love how in the first couple of verses the author is reminding us that we can trust God, who has proven himself faithful and trustworthy. And because of this, when God offers us hope in His Messiah, Jesus, we can find strength in that.
Verse 19, the part that is in bold above, pumps me up each time I read it. When I think of an anchor in use I see a boat that is unable to drift about in the sea. The anchor gives the boat security regardless of what’s going on around it.
That’s the kind of hope we have for our lives. We don’t have to wonder if God will keep His promises. There’s no need to fear. Our hope is secure. He’s given us His word. You see, God promises to make all things new, even us. And He’s proven it by raising Jesus from the dead. We too can be fully hopeful that God will resurrect us when Jesus returns in the same way so that we can enjoy how God has made all things new.
Remember, this is hardly scratching the surface of what is available to us in these verses, but it’s a start. So glad that God continues to communicate his purpose and plan to us so clearly through the Scriptures.
What captures your attention in these verses?