THE ANCHOR HOLDS
November 30, 1997
INTRODUCTION: It is interesting that in the very
chapter used to teach that Christians can be saved one
day and lost the next, we find one of the strongest
affirmations of the eternal security of the believer
to be found anywhere in the Bible. Because of the
"joy set before Him," (Jesus), we are told in 6:18,
"to lay hold upon the hope set before us." In 6:19 we
are told that "this hope we have as an anchor of the
soul." Hope is a word the Bible uses to indicate
certainty. This hope has an element of faith, not
Col. 1:5, "For the hope which is laid up for you in
heaven, of which ye heard before in the word of the
truth of the gospel."
I Peter 1:3, "Blessed be the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, who, according to his abundant
mercy, hath begotten us again unto a living hope by
the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
I Tim. 1:1, "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the
commandment of God, our Savior, and Lord Jesus Christ,
who is our hope."
The anchor holds and our hope can clearly be seen in:
I. THE PROMISE OF GOD. 13-18
A. ILLUSTRATED. 13-15
1. A Man We All Know. 13
Abraham is the foremost O.T. believer who, by faith,
claimed the promises of God, and then was willing to
wait for the fulfillment of those promises.
Abraham was held in reverence by the Hebrew people.
He was the founding father of their race.
NOTE: Because God could not swear by more greater
than Himself, He said, "I'll put my character on the
line. I will swear by Myself that my promises are
GREAT TRUTH: God has pledged Himself to see us safely
2. A Miracle We've All Heard. 14
God gave Abraham and Sarah a baby boy when he was 100
years old. Sarah "was past the age of child bearing"
Why Abraham? He had just come through the most severe
of all the tests of his faith and h ...
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