Welcome to the The Truth Network Podcast. That by two immutable things in which it was impossible for God for us, and then he describes it a little bit better in verse 19.
It goes a little further. I want to lay some groundwork today so that next week, in a sense, as we draw this all, you're going to understand, especially the end of this passage, how this all just comes together. How it glues everything together for us to understand as we're going through this journey of life that it is so easy for us to let circumstances and things knock us off course. And I want you to listen today. Just use your brains this morning. Open your hearts and minds. And I want to be a help to you. Let's pray. Lord, I love you. Thank you for all you've done.
Thank you for the music, how it's been encouraging. Thank you for our people that have been so faithful today. Lord, I pray that you'd bless them. And, Lord, I pray you'd bless your word as we have some brief moments here, Lord. I pray that you'd help me to not only rightfully divide your word, but to be clear and concise. And, Lord, to get the message of cross that you've laid on my heart. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
The anchor of hope. So, in order for us to understand this passage, there's so much in here. And you say, all right, preacher, there's a lot of fancy, big words here. What are we talking about?
Let's lay it out and make it very, very simple for you. Number one, I want you to notice the first thing, and of course, we don't know the author for sure of Hebrews. I believe it to be Paul, but that's just my opinion. A lot of people believe that. But it's not like if I'm wrong that I'm not going to heaven.
Okay, we just, we don't know for sure. But I just, for sake of illustration, I might have to say, and I believe Paul here says, notice the first thing that is brought up. The covenant from God. What is a covenant? A covenant is a binding agreement, a promise. Look at, if you go to verse 13. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself. So, what is, you say, preacher, okay, what is the covenant from God mentioned in this passage? It's a promise that God gave to Abraham. And whenever God promises something, that is a binding agreement. It means you can count on it. So, let me ask you this automatically. Okay, so what was the promise, preacher? Notice. He says here in verse 13 that God said, because I could swear by no greater, he sware by himself. Now, look at this.
I want you to get this. That means this. How do we know? What kind of guarantee do we have on this covenant? Well, God said, because there is nothing greater that he could lay down as a guarantee other than his own name. God laid down his own name as a guarantee for this promise. He could swear by no greater than himself, so he swore by himself. He made an oath. He made a promise.
And he basically used his name as collateral. If I ever let go or do not honor this promise, then my name is no longer powerful. I'm no longer God, and we know God's not gonna let that happen.
All right? So, first thing he brings is the covenant. You say, all right, so what was the covenant? Notice if you would, as he says here in verse 14, saying, surely I will bless, or in blessing, I will bless thee, and multiplying, I will multiply thee. This was God's covenant to Abraham. He said, I'm gonna bless you, and I'm gonna multiply your seed. Now, because God gave this promise to Abraham, this covenant, it applies to us.
We are of the seed and lineage of Christ, who is of the lineage and line of Abraham, and this is handed down to us. It's a covenant that God's made with us, that to his children, I'm gonna bless you, and I'm gonna multiply you. By the way, there's still verses in the Bible where God says, my grace is sufficient. That's his blessing.
There's still where he says, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. That is God's blessing. God's blessing his children. God has made a covenant with us, and he's laid down his very name as the collateral, and the promise was that I'll bless you, and I'll multiply you. Now, let me ask you this. You would ask this question, all right? How was that covenant accomplished?
How did it happen? Well, notice what the passage says. Look at verse 15. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
Look at me. I want you to get this. God makes a covenant with Abraham. When God makes this covenant with Abraham, he lays down his name as the collateral, and this passage says, all right, the way that promise was fulfilled is that Abraham endured, and because he endured to the end, he received the promise.
Everybody got that? Now, you say, all right, Preacher, so what is your point here? Do you understand in a covenant that there is always God giving the promise, and there is always an entrance interval period of time between when God gives the promise and when God fulfills the promise? It means there's the promise, and there's always a time period, and then that promise is performed. Everybody with me so far?
So God made a promise to Abraham, and because Abraham endured that time period between the promise and between God performing it, because Abraham endured because he stayed faithful God performed the promise that he had given. Is everybody on the same page so far? Now, I know it's obvious. You gotta understand this.
Is everybody good? Say amen. So that you understand it, all right? I got another question. You say, okay, so, so, so, Preacher, what are you trying to say?
Look at me. Well, you and I have to understand is that in our life, as God's children, God has given us promises, but we don't know sometimes it's a short period of time, sometimes it's a long period of time, but whenever God makes a promise, there's always a period of time where we must endure, where we must honor him, trust him, serve him, and then comes the promise when that is fulfilled. So we have the promise. We know that's where we're going, but we have to be faithful, and we have to endure to the end where we receive that promise.
Everybody with me so far? Okay, notice the second thing he brings up, not just the covenant from God, but notice secondly, the councils of God. Now you say, all right, Preacher, I don't really understand this. Now look at verse 17. It says this in this verse that God wanted to show the immutability of his council. Now you say, all right, what are the councils of God? Now notice verse 17. God wanted to show the immutability of his council, so he confirmed it, this passage says, look at verse 17 at the end, by an oath. What does that mean? It means this.
All right, look at me. God made a covenant, made a promise, and he wanted to prove that promise is so binding and so lasting that he proved it with his council. So God, through his council, made a covenant, and he proved that covenant with his council, and he proved his council with his covenant. Are you confused yet?
Let me put it this way. I want you to get this. We have the covenant of God, and we have the councils of God. So we know what a covenant is. What are the councils of God?
Now, I want you to get this. The covenants of God, or his promises, are all founded upon his council. You say, I don't really understand that.
Listen to me. The councils of God are the product of God's omnipresence, God's omnipotence, and God's omniscience. That means this. God is not going to make a promise unless he knows he can fulfill the promise. And the way God knows he can fulfill a promise is because he is omnipresent, which means he's everywhere. He is omniscient, which means he knows everything. He is omnipotent, which means he can do anything he wants to do. So because God knows the past, he knows the present, he already knows the past, he already knows the future, because God is not only here, but he's there, and he's everywhere. God has a whole lot of knowledge and a whole lot of wisdom that you and I don't have. And because his council is binding, it's unchangeable, he is therefore able to make covenants or promises that he knows he can keep. Are you with me so far? Let me give you a couple more statements.
If I can. God's councils is literally the sum total of God's wisdom, God's will, and God's word. It is literally everything God knows, everything that God has given to us, and every purpose that God wishes to accomplish. He has all knowledge.
He knows everything. That is the councils of God. The council of God is literally God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy, the Holy Spirit, who have settled on something, and God is his council.
Now, that means this, by the way. You and I need the council of God. So where do we find the council of God and the covenants of God? You say, preacher, what do you mean?
Get this. Now notice if you would, verse 18. Look at verse 18. That by two immutable things in which it was impossible for God to lie.
So here Paul says this. God's given his promises. He's given those promises based on his council. And God has given two things that are unchangeable. In order for us to get from point A, now listen, we're gonna get to all this in a second. In order to get from point A to point B, where the promises given and the promises fulfilled, in order for us to get from there to there, we need something we can count on.
So God has given his council and his covenant. It is unchangeable. It's immutable that you can count on it. It's never gonna change.
It's not gonna go up and down with circumstances or with culture or with anything else. And God promised it because of his wisdom and his word and his will, so you can count on that. And in order for us to get to point A to point B, God has given us two things that are unchangeable.
And guess where both of those things are found? In the word of God. Isn't it neat how God's organized everything that of all days we have this ministry in? To show how God has preserved his word?
Look at me. I want you to get this. I need something to get me from point A to point B as I serve the Lord.
We're not even there yet in the passage. So God says, all right, here's what I'm gonna give you. I'm gonna give you my promise, my covenant. I'm gonna bless you.
I'm gonna multiply you. So that when times get tough from point A to point B, I've got some promises that I can go to. I've got some promises because I can count on his will. Because I can count on his wisdom. Because he wouldn't have made the promise if he didn't already know he could keep it because he's already seen the future and he knows how everything's gonna turn out, so he made a promise knowing he could keep it.
Everybody got it. So this fancy word immutable means unchanging. And so literally who I believe is Paul here, he is saying this, that literally God gave Abraham a promise and Abraham endured, so Abraham received that promise. So God has given you and us promises and in order for us to receive those promises, we have to be faithful enough to endure. And the way you and I are faithful enough to endure is the fact that we count on, we stand on, we trust the counsel of God and the covenants of God.
And both of them are in God's word. Now I know you're like, I feel like I've got him in a class. You know, I sat through Sunday school and I heard all these things and now I'm sitting here and there's just too much I can handle. Alright, let's look at the third thing and let's start applying.
Alright, only got a couple minutes left. I want you to look if you would if you don't mind and I know you don't. Look at verse 18. That by two immutable things in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have, now look at verse 18, we might have God's given us because of we know we need to endure to the end, we might have, what does it say?
A strong what? Consolation. So this is what God's brought up. The covenant from God, the counsels of God, and the consolation from God. That word consolation is comfort. It's the things that literally encourage you as you are trying to endure from point A to point B. So God's given you consolation.
Now let's look at it before we apply. Look at verse 18. Who have fled for refuge, that's us, to lay hold upon the hope. So in order for me to get from point A to point B, I've got to lay hold of something that gives me hope. And when I lay my hands on something that gives me hope, that gives me consolation. It helps me to keep going even though it's tough.
Now what does he say? Look at verse 19. Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul. Now the majority of this we're not going to get to today.
I hope you'll come back next week. You'll really understand it all. Boy there's some good things in these last couple verses. Wow.
But let me explain if I can. I believe Paul creates a scenario here. And he says this, that God gave Abraham a promise. And when God gave Abraham the promise, there's always a time period before that promise is performed. And why Abraham ended up receiving that promise is because he endured through that time.
That's what we call life. God's given us promises from his word. And we are on our way where? So we are a ship.
And what does he say? It's an anchor to the soul. So our soul is the ship. You say now why is it our soul preacher? Well the soul, this is a picture of our life. Our soul has cargo that we carry.
In other words as I serve the Lord, let me show you this. Just part of it. One of the things my, I almost dropped around in that water there. One of the things, it's a good thing I know how to swim. So one of the pieces of cargo that our soul as a ship, I need in my soul for me to get to point A to point B is comfort.
That means this. I need to be able to lay in a hospital and even when my body cannot be comforted. Even when my body is diseased, in pain, in suffering, whatever. I might not have a medicine I can take.
There might not be a surgery that a doctor can do. There might be some physical things that I can't do anything about. But I need my soul to be comforted. And sometimes as I'm in my little boat heading to heaven, I need comfort.
Because if I can't get comfort, I'm going to quit. How about this? How about this little word?
How about this little piece of cargo? You ever tried to get through a day without peace? Some of you have been through months without peace.
It's tough, isn't it? Makes you want to get out of church. Makes you want to quit reading the Bible.
Makes you want to give up. Listen, our soul needs peace. You see, there's times in my life that my life could have chaos, but my soul can have peace.
How about this? If I can, just another little piece of cargo. How about joy? In order for me on my journey to get from here to there, guess what? I am going to stop and I am going to quit if I don't have joy. You see, my soul can have joy even when my body has pain. My soul can have joy even when my emotions have been crushed by a person. My soul can have joy even though we got that phone call on Wednesday evening. I can't do that from point A to point B.
That's just out of my pay grade. But what I can do is give them an anchor of hope that brings joy to the soul. God has given us two things that are unchangeable. His counsel and His covenant.
And both of them are in the word of God. And the picture He is painting is that our soul has been given a promise. We are on our way to heaven.
Look at me. Our body does not go to heaven. Our mind doesn't go to heaven. But our soul does. Aren't you glad we have an anchor not to the mind? We don't have an anchor to the body. We have an anchor to the soul. And as I am trying, I am heading my way to heaven.
Look at me. I want you to get this. There is going to be a whole bunch of things that are going to come against me to try to knock me off course.
Everybody got that so far? We are going to have some storms that are going to pop up. There are going to be a whole lot of things that are going to come against us. There are going to be a whole lot of things that are going to happen that is going to try to knock around our little boat. And the more things happen that knock around our boat and we are unstable and we are moved by every circumstance in our life, guess what happens? Joy falls off the side. That precious cargo of peace, expectation, comfort.
It falls over the side. Now we are here trying to get from point A to point B. Our soul is confused and our soul is at unrest. And before long, guess what happens?
We quit. I mean as you go through life there are some storms called trials. And they are going to fight against your soul. They are going to come at you. How about this one?
I thought it was interesting. Persecution. Remember what we preached a couple of weeks ago? God says there will be persecution. There will be persecution. That is going to come against you. I remember him in Sunday School talking about some of these men that preserved the Word of God were killed because of it.
I mean you think that wouldn't knock around your little boat a little bit? How about this one? Afflictions. Disease. Sickness. Things that come at you mentally. How about this one? Temptations.
Here you are. Hey God has given me a promise and I am serving God. And here I am going and all of a sudden Satan shows up and knows where to push the buttons. And then we mess up and then we feel guilty. Now our joy is gone. Now our peace is gone. And we think, well I tell you what, I've just blown it and I've done so bad.
Why even keep trying? And we put down the oar and we just let things go. So Paul says for us to get to this journey, we're heading to the dock of heaven. That's where our destination. And here we are and we're trying to go but our little boat is going to get tossed and turned because we're human. We're flesh.
And we're natured that way. So Paul says we need an anchor of hope to the soul. Now next week you're going to find out, this water is killing me.
I'm sorry did I mess the water up? You're going to find out next week a whole lot about our anchor. You're just going to have to come back. Paul says if I'm going to make it from here to here, here's what I need. I need an anchor of hope. And notice what Paul says in a sense.
Now I want you to get it. He says literally that I need an anchor of hope for the soul. Jesus is our rock, the Bible says.
So that means as I am going from the promise that God has made to me and I'm going to the performance of that promise, I've got storms, lightning, wind, trials, circumstances, disease, I mean all kinds of things coming at me and it's just knocking my boat back and forth and about every day or every other day I lose some joy and here comes a week and I lose some peace during that week and here comes this and I lose trust and I lose confidence in God and all these things. So I have got to stay anchored to something that doesn't move. I've heard people say that Jesus is my anchor, not according to this passage. Jesus is the rock that we are anchored to.
Look at me. So what is the anchor that he mentions in this passage? The anchor are the covenants and councils of God. The promises that you and I can hold onto by hope. I am anchored to Jesus.
Look at me. When I begin to lose trust in God's promises, when I begin to doubt God's counsel, then I am not anchored to Jesus. That's when life begins to just knock me here and there, tossed to and fro with the wind as the Bible says.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. But if I keep my focus and say you know what? God is my anchor. God gave me these promises. He made a covenant. God said I'll never leave you nor forsake you. And God wouldn't have made that covenant if he didn't know what was going to happen. Look at me.
I want you to get this. God's covenants, God's counsel is never changing because there will never anything come up in your life that he hasn't already seen. Because he's already seen it.
He already knew it was there. He was there before you were even born. So because he knew it before you were even born, his covenant, his counsel is unchangeable because it's not dictated by your circumstances because he already saw your circumstances.
It's not dictated by your failures because he's already seen your failures. So the way I and my little ship of my soul the only way I stay stable with all these storms coming at me is I'm trying to get to my destination and when I'm trying to get to the fulfillment, to the performance of my promise, I've got to stay anchored to the rock. I've got to stay connected to Jesus. I've got to put every bit of my trust, my confidence, everything that I have, I've got to lay it on Jesus. And the only way I can do that is if I believe his promises and his counsel.
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