Howdy and welcome to the first edition of the Anchored Soul Blog!
If you have by one way or another found yourself to be on this page you might be speculating, wondering “What is Anchored Soul?” Well, here I intend to fully answer that question and also, present the meaning behind the name and symbol.
However, if you are inquiring as to what my hopes are for this blog, or other information about me or my motives, much of that I have shared on the “About” page.
So, with out further ado, I will now commence to explain the reason for titling the blog, Anchored Soul.
If you will, image this scene. Perhaps you’ve been there.
So, you’re sitting in your church, the service begins, your pastor walks up to the pulpit, he begins to greet those in attendance, then he makes reference to what book he will be teaching out of. Enthusiastically, he states, turn in your Bible to the book of Hebrews, (you smile, begin to inconspicuously nod your head, thinking to yourself, “Yes! Jesus is the greater sacrifice, He is preeminent and supreme, this is going to be good.”)
Then, as things tend to do, something happens and a dramatic shift occurs. The pastor says we will be in chapter 6… It is here that the pastor you once loved becomes a source of confusion. Feelings of betrayal start to work their way into your heart. You begin to question yourself, asking, “Did I leave my stove on at home? Did my child’s nursery beeper just go off? Do I have to go to the bathroom?”
It is no secret that within the book of Hebrews there are apparent paradoxes and interpretive challenges that must be wrestled with in the endeavor of understating truth. And perhaps at another time, in a later blog I will revisit the passage as a whole and walk through it. However, for now, putting aside the extensive historical/theological debate of the doctrine of the “perseverance of the saints,” we will spend our time seeking to know the God whose heart as scriptures tell us, “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Therefore having so loved the world “He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
And it is here, delighted and inspired by these truths that I landed on the first symbol of the mark of the anchored soul, the Anchor. Hebrews chapter 6 verses 18-20 triumphantly declares, “17 In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, 20 where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek”.
There is an argument that God may at any whim of displeasure dispose of a beloved, purchased son or daughter. Standing immovably in the path of that argument is this truth: That God is unchangeable and the propitiation He made on our behalf is sure and eternal.
Jesus is our Anchor of Hope, He sits enthroned forever proving that our hope is as unchangeable as yesterday. But how did we arrive at such a great assurance of things past and to come? With this question in mind we arrive at the final symbol within the mark of the Anchored Soul, the crown of thorns.
Nearly 700 years before the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, around 739-686 B.C. the Prophet Isaiah uttered words from God that would foretell of a Suffering Servant. In the 53rd chapter of Isaiah it is foretold that when this servant appeared that He would be, “despised and forsaken of men”, and that He would carry our griefs and sorrows, pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities and that it would be God’s will to crush him and put Him to grief, His soul making an offering for guilt. The prophecy goes on to say that, “upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed.”
Leap forward 700 years and in the little town of Bethlehem Jesus would come, not being born in a kings suit but a stable, not as mighty baron but as a babe. And on the shoulders of the Son the fate of humanity would be set. As He grew Jesus would maintain a sinless existence and eventually, pour out His life on a Roman cross bearing the sins of many, making intercession for the transgressors that put him on it.
Although, this apex of history was long ago, you and I would do well to not dismiss the portion we played in this monumental moment. You see, no sin can be considered little or insignificant because a Holy God cannot have sin in His presence. If you’re having a hard time believing that sin is so at war with His nature, consider the fact that He needed to sacrifice His only begotten Son to atone for our outrageous debt. If there be anything that can be said that is true, it is that whether we readily believe it or not, we are depraved, sinful, and imperfect. God in His word publicly outs this shame of ours and if you’re honest with yourself, you know it.
But please, if you’re following with any of this, recall what we covered previously, that God so loved! That he gave us a way to be made righteous before Him. Jesus was not just the everyday servant or man, He was God and came to redeem and provide a way for you and I to be saved and have fellowship with Him when we repent and believe. Jesus did not stay in the ground but was raised, defeating death and the grave, forever proving that He was who He said he was and that his atoning work was accepted.
Therefore, I ask you to survey the things you’re anchored to, and inquire their worth. 1 Peter 1:24-25 states that, “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
If you’ve lived for any amount of time on this earth you know that all things pass and I believe that this reality is a sign of Grace, that God has endeavored to show us that there is more to life than what we can view horizontally.
Our Hope in Christ is sure, we are anchored because He is unchangeable.
I apologize for the post being longer than I intended, but this entry still does not account for all that Anchored Soul means to me. My hope is that in a future blog I can continue to share the testimony of how in certain seasons, God has allowed for me to reach some of the darkest times in my life. In these times I felt myself to be far from Him, convinced that there could be nothing that could rescue me out of the despair I found myself drowning in. But me of little faith. Rushing to my rescue, pulling me from the darkness was a link, a chain of Grace, connected to an Eternal Anchor Of Love, my God and my Savior Jesus Christ.
Even when I felt my hands weakening and in my mind believed that losing grasp of what I loved was inevitable, He showed me that His grip was never tested.
I’ll end with this word from the book of Isaiah.
“This is like the days of Noah to me: as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, and will not rebuke you. For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
Thank for following, blessings!
By His Grace,
A nobody telling everybody about a somebody who will save anybody.