Jesus: Anchor for Our Soul!
Scripture reading for October 21st: Hebrews 6
The writer of Hebrews wrote to warn the believers of the danger of apostasy. There was pressure from persecution and the suffering of trials that tempted them to leave Jesus Christ and return to their old way of Judaism. Although we are secure in Christ and His promises, we must maintain our steadfast faith through the trials.
“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 are difficult words of warning! Believers are being warned that falling away from faith in Christ and life in the power of the Holy Spirit will result in an impossible situation and reproach for the cause of Christ. Renewal to repentance will not be available! This is something to avoid at all costs!
“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” . . . “Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, He confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.” (Hebrews 6:12, 17-20) Don’t ‘fall away’ but ‘anchor away’–into Jesus Christ!