“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Heb. 6.19)
Of all the news we hear and all the script we read of “Oprah’s church” and the “Eldorado compound”, it causes me to raise this question: Will my religion stand the test?
Without being judgmental, I say emphatically yes. By faith and hope, I believe that it will. It should if it has as a foundation the Words of the Almighty as recorded in the New Testament.
What do we mean by “faith” and “hope”?
We all have read the favorite definition of faith: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11.1) Yes, but what does that mean? It means believing, trusting, obeying the testimony of many witnesses. It is a confidence in the testimony of another even though we have not heard or seen it with our own eyes. (Rom. 4.12) Thus it is a strong conviction in the promises of God. (Jno. 20.30-31)
The difference in faith and hope is this: Faith is believing the promises of God. Hope is the eager anticipation of receiving that which has been promised. (Read it again.) It is that expectation of future good. And it is a “living hope”. (1 Pet. 1.3) “Christ in you is the hope of Glory.” (Col. 1.27) As such, He is our “anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.” (Heb. 6.19)
I imagine several have sung this song many times:
“Will you anchor hold in the storms of life?
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?”
It will, beloved Lobos, if your anchor is fastened to the “Rock of Ages”!
“We have an anchor that keeps the soul.
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
Fastened to the rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love!” –Owens.
Yes Sir, I think my “religion” will stand test!
Y’all read ‘em, now, ye hear?! Thank you. -ci
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