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1 A sure and steadfast anchor for our soul THE HOPE WE HAVE

2 INTRODUCTION God provided himself a lamb in the form of Jesus, the only begotten Son of God. He came to be the one and only final sacrifice for the sins of man. He did this for the Jew first, but also for the Gentile.

3 INTRODUCTION John 3:16 (KJV) 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

4 INTRODUCTION The promise that when we believe on Jesus, and specifically his death, burial, and resurrection as payment for our sin, is our hope that we are speaking of in this message. Romans 8:24–25 (KJV) 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

5 INTRODUCTION Since we are all sitting here, it is obvious we have not seen Jesus yet. That being the case, let’s look at Hebrews 6:19 and see what it further says about this hope.

6 THE HOPE WE HAVE Hebrews 6:19 (KJV) 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

7 THE HOPE WE HAVE Four words need to be defined here: Hope, Anchor, Sure, Steadfast

8 HOPE Confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well founded expectation of good; as a hope founded on God’s gracious promises; a scriptural sense. – Webster, N. (2006). Noah Websters first edition of An American dictionary of the English language. Anaheim, CA: Foundation for American Christian Education.

9 HOPE An opinion or belief not amounting to certainty, but grounded on substantial evidence. The Christian indulges a hope, that his sins are pardoned. – Webster, N. (2006). Noah Websters first edition of An American dictionary of the English language. Anaheim, CA: Foundation for American Christian Education.

10 HOPE As we read in Romans 8:25, we patiently wait for that which we hope for. Jesus’ return is the object of this hope that we have. We can have confidence in this future event because we base this hope on the well founded expectation that what God promises, He does!

11 HOPE Jesus said he would be killed, and he was. Jesus said he would be buried, and he was. Now, just based on these two facts we really don’t have that confidence our hope is based on because everyone else before us has done the same. But, Jesus said he would be resurrected three days later and he was! No one else has done that!

12 HOPE Harry Houdini had spent much of his time debunking those who claimed to be spiritualists; those who would supposedly speak with a person who was dead. Before Houdini died, he arranged with his wife, Bess, that should he be able to have his spirit talk with her, he would say, “Rosabelle believe.” This was a phrase Bess had performed in previously. For 10 years after Harry passed, Bess would hold séances on Halloween, but she never heard from Harry.

13 HOPE After 10 years, Bess came to the conclusion it just wasn’t going to work. She put out a candle she had kept burning beside a photograph of Harry since his death. In 1943, she said, “ten years is long enough to wait for any man.” There were a lot of folks waiting on Harry to return from the dead.

14 HOPE They based their hope on something they could not be confident in! They attempted to do something in a sinful way. 10 years went by and neither Houdini nor his spirit ever came back. No one, born of a man and woman, had ever done this before, so their hope was based on nothing.

15 HOPE We, on the other hand, have confidence in our hope because Jesus did return after 3 days. We have confidence that just as Jesus said he would raise himself from the dead after 3 days, he will return for His church as promised. Our hope is based on the Word. It is an anchor for the soul!

16 HOPE 2 Corinthians 1:7–10 (KJV) 7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation. 8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: 9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

17 HOPE Paul brings out the idea again of our hope. Our hope is not in man, as the world tells us it should be. Our hope is not in ourselves, as the false church tells us it should be. Our hope is in God, “who raiseth the dead.”

18 HOPE God is the one, “Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;”

19 HOPE Before we were saved, we were dead in our sins. Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection saved us from the death sentence we deserve for sinning against God. We are consecrated at that point of believing on Jesus for salvation, and are going through a process of sanctification.

20 ANCHOR In a figurative sense, that which gives stability or security; that on which we place dependence for safety. Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast. Heb. 6:19. – Webster, N. (2006). Noah Websters first edition of An American dictionary of the English language. Anaheim, CA: Foundation for American Christian Education.

21 ANCHOR Noah Webster used Hebrews 6:19 as a verse for this word, anchor. Stability, security, and that on which we place dependence for safety. Man changes constantly, but God never changes. God must be that anchor for us!

22 ANCHOR There are some that argue the word hope is not the right word to use in Hebrews 6:19. Imagine that! They argue that consolation is the word to use here. It is based on the idea of what is presented in the previous verse in Hebrews.

23 ANCHOR Hebrews 6:18 (KJV) 18 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:

24 ANCHOR This is just a poor attempt at dividing the word of truth. Comfort; alleviation of misery, or distress of mind; refreshment of mind or spirits; a comparative degree of happiness in distress or misfortune, springing from any circumstance that abates the evil, or supports and strengthens the mind, as hope, joy, courage and the like. – Webster, N. (2006). Noah Websters first edition of An American dictionary of the English language. Anaheim, CA: Foundation for American Christian Education.

25 ANCHOR Based on the definition of consolation, we see it comes from things like hope. Hope produces consolation Verse 18 states, “we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.” If consolation were the anchor, why would we lay hold upon the hope? Wouldn’t we lay hold upon the consolation if it is the anchor set before us?

26 ANCHOR Scripture is clear that we might have a strong consolation should we lay hold upon the hope set before us. Hope is the right word used here in verse 19 and is italicized because the actual word hope is carried forward from verse 18. It is there to make it clear, hope is the very thing that is there to provide stability, security, and is that on which we place our dependence for safety.

27 ANCHOR Again as Paul stated in Romans 8:24, “For we are saved by hope…” This hope, our salvation because of the finished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary, does provide us consolation. This anchor, which hope provides, is described with two words that fit together nicely. This anchor is both sure and steadfast.

28 ANCHOR SURE Certain; unfailing; infallible. Certainly knowing, or having full confidence. Certain; safe; firm; permanent. Firm; stable; steady; not liable to failure, loss or change; as a sure covenant. – Webster, N. (2006). Noah Websters first edition of An American dictionary of the English language. Anaheim, CA: Foundation for American Christian Education.

29 ANCHOR SURE Certain; unfailing; infallible. Certainly knowing, or having full confidence. Certain; safe; firm; permanent. Firm; stable; steady; not liable to failure, loss or change; as a sure covenant. – Webster, N. (2006). Noah Websters first edition of An American dictionary of the English language. Anaheim, CA: Foundation for American Christian Education.

30 ANCHOR STEADFAST STEAD´FAST, STED´FAST, a. [stead and fast.] Fast fixed; firm; firmly fixed or established; as the stedfast globe of earth.Spenser. 2. Constant; firm; resolute; not fickle or wavering. – Webster, N. (2006). Noah Websters first edition of An American dictionary of the English language. Anaheim, CA: Foundation for American Christian Education.

31 ANCHOR If I am going to grab ahold of something, such as hope talked about in Hebrews 6:18, I want that to be strong and unbreakable, firmly fixed and established, constant, not fickle or wavering. Something certain, unfailing, and infallible. God’s Word not man’s theories.

32 ANCHOR The Titanic was a huge ship capable of carrying some 2,000 passengers in comfort. It was built by top notch professionals using the best equipment and technology available to them in those days. It was said to be unsinkable. 5 days into its maiden voyage, it hit an iceberg and the unimaginable happened. Less than a 3 rd of the people onboard survived.

33 ANCHOR It was so big, so well built, so well manned, (well, except for the number of life boats). People had placed their hope in a man made object, and if you give it a little thought, you can see this disaster as a picture of how man sees God now, has seen Him before, and continues to see Him into the future. People believe they can save themselves and are putting their hope into that idea. After all, I do enough good works and I’m in heaven.

34 PATIENCE IN WAITING Once again, we read in Romans 8:25 earlier, Romans 8:25 (KJV) 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. We have not yet seen the return of Jesus, but we believe He will return and we patiently wait for His return.

35 PATIENCE IN WAITING Paul was continually reminding the churches about the need for this patience. He commended the churches because of their patience in waiting for the return fo Jesus Christ, all the while showing theis patience by the exercising of their faith. He commended them on remaining patient even in the face of extreme adversity, suffering persecution all the time.

36 PATIENCE IN WAITING 1 Thessalonians 1:2–4 (KJV) 2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; 4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

37 PATIENCE IN WAITING 1 Thessalonians 1:5–7 (KJV) 5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

38 PATIENCE IN WAITING 1 Thessalonians 1:8–10 (KJV) 8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God- ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

39 PATIENCE IN WAITING These folks in Thessalonica were going after idols, other gods, but they turned from that and Paul was able to commend them so highly here. Paul shows how their turning from these idols and waiting patiently on the return of Jesus saved them from the wrath to come. That wrath is still yet a future event. Jesus’ return is still a future event.

40 DO YOU HAVE HOPE? Are you patiently awaiting Jesus’ return to be saved from the wrath to come? In this present dispensation, we are only saved by believing on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. In the time of Jacob’s Trouble, that which has been and is being studied now, folks are only saved by enduring to the end. Just like the Titanic, two-thirds of the world’s population will not survive.

41 DO YOU HAVE HOPE? We are told we have hope, and that hope is only in Jesus Christ. Folks, I mean only in Jesus Christ, not in any other man; no matter how hard he tries to convince you he is God’s representative here on this earth. There is no hope in the Pope, only in Jesus. Will you believe and have that hope of His return; will you be saved and patiently wait for Jesus to return for His Bride? The choice continues to be yours!


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