Our assured hope
…so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. Jesus has entered there on our behalf as a forerunner, because he has become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:18-20 CSB
Throughout this chapter, the author has been encouraging his readers to actively cling to the hope that they have in their salvation. The author shares how they can find the strength to continue on in their walk. First, they can be completely confident in the validity of the Word of God. The “two unchangeable things” refer to the oath that God made, in which He had fulfilled with Abraham, and the fact that “it is impossible for God to lie.” Because He cannot lie, His promises will be upheld, and therefore, the believers can be hopeful of the future. When a professing believer claims that he or she will not accept God’s promises He gave us through His Word, the professing believer is telling God that He is a liar and that His Word cannot be trusted. But those who cling to God’s promises will find that that they can find refuge in God and “have strong encouragement.” Second, they can develop this strength daily by actively seizing “the hope set before us.” The state of hopefulness is an active choice to push away discouragement and doubt. The believers were warned of laziness and complacency. In order to combat that, they have to keep moving forward, choosing to follow Christ and run to Him when they experience hardship, as they had in the past, seeking “refuge” when they were under persecution. Finally, believers should be anchored and secured in the fact that Jesus Christ is their High Priest. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.” Christ completed the plan of salvation and is forever our intercessor to the Father entering “the inner sanctuary behind the curtain…on our behalf as a forerunner.” Jesus Christ guarantees, that if you are a believer, you will experience eternity in heaven. Through all these factors, believers should be encouraged and find the strength to persevere, knowing that future glorification is secured through Christ Jesus.
Isaac De Guzman