Tuesday, October 13, 2020
“Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec” (Hebrews 6:17-20 KJV).
What can we say about this “anchor of the soul?”
An anchor is “a heavy object used to moor a ship to the sea bottom, typically having a metal shank with a pair of curved, barbed flukes.” The anchor prevents the ship from drifting because of currents and/or winds. We can better understand the function of the “anchor” in Hebrews by appealing to the Book of Ephesians.
Chapter 4 of Ephesians: “ And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
Notice the “wind” of Ephesians 4:14, that which “carries about… tosses to and fro.” The imagery is a ship out at sea, rocking back and forth as the waves violently crash against it. That is the context of Hebrews….
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