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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Steadfast anchor of the soul

 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf Hebrews 6:19,20a

This verse would have been very significant to the jewish readers of this letter. Because, under the Old Covenant only the High Priest of Israel was allowed into the most Holy place of the temple once a year to make the atoning sacrifice for all of the Jewish people. In Jesus; the temple, the curtain and the priesthood have all been done away with. We now have direct access.

A hope that enters the inner place behind the curtain”. Our hope is in the Most Holy place. The place where God Himself lives. A place that man could not go before. A place that has been made accessible by Christ sacrifice. He entered into the Most Holy place on our behalf. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. Matthew 27:51 When Jesus died the curtain that separated God and man was done away with. Jesus had made the perfect sacrifice once for all as our High Priest. We no longer have to go through anyone or anything to go to God in the Most Holy place. All communication is now done directly with our heavenly Father. We now approach His throne directly.

This is the steadfast anchor for our souls because we know that through Christ we have been brought back into fellowship with God. We now have a father-child relationship with God as he had intended from the beginning. We are where Jesus is. But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering Hebrews 12:22 That is where are on a spiritual level.

That is why we can have confidence in where we will be for eternity. The apostle John said this, Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2 We can have great confidence in the day when Christ returns that we will be made to be just like Him and we will join Him where He is.

In Christ we have an anchor for our souls we are no longer adrift in the darkness. Lets remember that in Jesus we are safe and secure.

© 2012 Leo J. Woodman

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