The Power of Grace Ministries

October 20

Because of God’s promise to Abraham and His Seed, we can have confidence. Not just hope, but complete confidence in that we can lay hold of that promise God made to Abraham and his Seed for ourselves because of Jesus’ perfect work on the cross. 

Hebrews 6:16-17
, 16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation for them an end of all dispute.17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

In verse 16 the writer of Hebrews, is trying to help the Jews truly understand the power and magnitude of God's promise. By reminding them that they too swore and secured their oaths by using the name of God, their faith is being stirred up as they remember the Old Testament teachings where God swore by his own name when he made his promises to Abraham. The importance of this, rest in the wording of the promises and the Jews knew of the promises were. They knew they were the lineage of Abraham, and as a result of that lineage, they too would receive the same promises that God made to Abraham. This we see in verses 17 and 18. In the last half of verse 18 it says we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. Here they are being reminded why they had to flee. Keep in mind during the first church, the church actually became the hunted. Christians had to flee sometimes even into the hills in order to worship their Lord. Being away from their family and from their normal lifestyle, hiding in caves it was easy for them to begun to lose hope. Remember that Hebrews was written to the Jews who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, but have begun to slide back into their religious laws. 

As Christians today we have a tendency of going back into following the laws of Moses as some effort of trying to prove our own personal righteousness before God. Today we can learn from Hebrews, that there isn't any fruit to mix faith with the law. Paul is very clear in his statement in Galatians 4:5, "you have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by the law: you have fallen from grace." This puts all of the weight of fulfilling His promise to us His children on God. This promise we can only receive by faith, and is never something that can be earned.Notice in verse 19 that the writer of Hebrews says this hope we have as an anchor for our soul. He does not say our spirit but our soul. We must remember from Galatians 4:6 that we have received the Spirit of the Son crying out Abba father. Our spirit man truly is that of Jesus’ Spirit today, hence spiritually we are already 100% perfect. For we have the greatest difficulty today here on Earth is we are still under the guidance of our soul, and bound by the futility of our flesh. We cannot change our flesh, but we do have authority and power to begin to change our soul. We must first understand that our soul is actually our mores, morals, and personality which make up the essence of who we are all we are here on Earth. We do not have to hold on to God or his promises as an anchor for our spirit, the true holding on rests on the power of God promised to us. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, God will hold on to you. This promise from God's we have in Philippians 1:6, which tells us that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Verse 19 is also telling us that this hope in God for killing his promise is our authority that allows us to enter into the Holy of Holies. This statement does not mean as much to us today as it did to the Hebrews in the day of this writing. But it should be a reminder to us that even the Jews could not by choice walk into the Holy of Holies, it can only be high priest and he must live perfect before God. But today because of our faith and belief in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we can come boldly to God in our time of need. This truth is established in Hebrews 4:6. We also know from Scripture that after Jesus rose from the dead, that He sprinkled His blood in heaven as payment for our sins. Just as the High Priest did in the days of Moses and following the Law when he would sprinkle the blood of goats and rams on the Ark of the Covenant as a blood sacrifice for all of the Jews, Jesus sprinkled His blood in heaven for our sins. Hence Jesus has become the High Priest for us and the Jews, forever making intercession for us. The writer of Hebrews goes on in verse 20 the let us know that this priesthood is from the order of Melchizedek.