nchor - Anchored
OpeningScripture: Hebrews 6:19
Bible Challenge: Read Galatians - One Chapter a day - 6 Chapters
Spiritual Growth - The Word, Worship, Prayer, Living Generously
One if the greatest acts of worship is TheLord’s Supper! When used properly it is the greatest Anchor we can use.
"An anchor is a device, normally made of metal, used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to wind or current."(Wikipedia)
19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
What is the writer of Hebrews saying is our anchor of the soul?
1. the unchangeable character of his purpose (vs. 17)
2. it is impossible for God to lie (vs. 18)
When you got born again, your spirit was anchored, born again, and made new.
Your soul, which consists of your mind, will, and emotions, is very prone to drifting. You must anchor your mind. You must anchor your will. You must anchor your emotions. If we do not anchor ourselves, even a gentle breeze can quickly turn into an unprecedented storm.
33 As day was about to dawn, Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense and without food, having taken nothing. 34 ThereforeI urge you to take some food. For it will give you strength, for nota hair is to perish from the head of any of you.” 35 And when he had said these things, he took bread, and giving thanks to God int he presence of all he broke it and began to eat.36 Then they all were encouraged and ate some food themselves. 37 (We were in all 276 persons in the ship.)
26 Now as eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you,28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.”
In the Old Testament, to get into the presence of God, the priest had to go to the Tabernacle. There were specific requirements to get to the Holy of Holies, where God's presence would come and rest on the mercy seat.
Step 1 was to find a perfect lamb, one with no physical defects.They would have to kill perfection for their imperfection.
Step 2 was to go past the Brazen Altar. This altar is where the blood of animals was shed for the forgiveness of sins.
Step 3 was to go the Laver. The Laver, filled with water, was for washing or sanctification. Priests would come here after the blood was sprinkled on the Brazen Altar for our justification.
John 6:51, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread thatI will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
How do we take of the Living Bread? We do it by faith. When we take of the Communion wafer (a natural bread), we eat it and acknowledge by faith that we are partaking of spiritual bread, the Bread of Life.
The natural bread is a representation of the spiritual bread. Taking of the bread is a natural act with spiritual meaning and significance. By faith, we remember what Jesus did for us. By faith, we partake of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. By faith, we celebrate the healing and salvationChrist has provided.
Christ decided he would lay down his life; they would have to kill perfection for their imperfection. Every time we acknowledge the shedding of his blood, there had to be a breaking of the physical body.
In the New Testament
I John 5:6 “This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: theSpirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.”
Blood - Saves/Cover Sin
Water - Cleansing/Sanctification - cutting off of the old
Spirit - Empowerment.
Blood - Justification
Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
Wounded - to wound (fatally), bore through, pierce, bore.
Transgressions - transgression 84, trespass 5, sin 3, rebellion 1
Transgressions are the outward actions, the visible, the acting upon of the thoughts and motivations of the heart and mind.
The word sin means to trespass, to transgress, or to step over the line.
He was wounded outwardly for the outward actions and the stepping over the line.
Bruised – it is bleeding underneath the skin because of the breaking and crushing of blood vessels.
Iniquities – The thoughts and the motivations of the heart and mind. Any outward sin of the hand is birthed from iniquity in the heart. If iniquity is in the heart, the sin hand will be close to follow.
Christ paid the price outwardly for the outward actions and inwardly for the inward motivations.
Our Response as a Believer
5:6 “This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven:the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.”
Blood- Saves/Cover Sin
Water- Cleansing/Sanctification - cutting off of the old
Water - Sanctification
Sanctify is used over 700 times.
Righteousness/Justification occurs to a believer upon salvation.God does this because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ.Righteousness/Justification is what God gives us.
Sanctification occurs after salvation that we do as we begin a walk of holiness.
Hebrews 12:1 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."
How do we achieve this if truly Sanctification depends on us? Your first step is coming to the Lord and acknowledging him and the price he paid for your freedom.