HOPE

HOPE

Hope

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest, forever according to the order of Melchizedek.  Hebrews 6:19 

The hope here has multiple purposes including a hope for eternal life, hope for power to overcome and a hope that we can share with others. 

Hope for eternal life.  This world is not where our hope lies.  We anxiously await the return of Jesus Christ.  This is not to say we do not cherish the things of this world, but our hope is not anchored in them.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Hope gives us the power to overcome.  God resurrected Jesus Christ from the dead and thus that same power is given to us as believers to overcome all things in this life.  The saving grace of Jesus opens our eyes to be able to see and believe these things.   

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your [f]understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,  Ephesians 1:17-20

Hope that we can share with others.  We should be anchored in Jesus that our lives should speak to others the hope we have in Him alone.  This hope is not just in the times of abundance but in the times of trial and tribulation.  It is in these times that who we are anchored to is revealed.  God does not bring these times upon us for us to suffer but for us to be able to share the hope we have in Him alone.  And to share this hope with gentleness and humility.  

But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 15 But [d]sanctify [e]the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;  1 Peter 3:14-15

An anchor as a verb means to make something or someone stay in one position by fastening him or her firmly.  Today, as you think about the things in your life, is your hope firmly fastened to Jesus Christ.  Hebrews states that the hope we have firmly anchors our soul!    That means it is unwavering, resolute, dependable.  It is sure! It is steadfast!

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