Anchors of faith - Part one



It would be reckless for any of us to suppose we possess our Christian Faith like one would possess a piece of furniture.   Some feel they could never lose their faith.  As too often happens, however, the seed for basic faith in Christ may have been fully sown in childhood, only to wither and die as real life comes crashing in.
Go back with me in history to about 64 A. D.,  to a time when it was not easy to confess the name of Christ.  An un-named Christian who we believe to be the Apostle Paul penned these words which are so fitting to our study today:  Hebrews 2:1-4 (KJV) “¹ Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. ² For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; ³ How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; ⁴ God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?”
Most translations render verse one of this text with the words “lest we drift away from them.”  The word “drift” suggests the picture of a ship which has carelessly been allowed to float with the wind and waves out of the harbor unanchored!  Society is filled with decent, self-respecting people whose lives were once anchored to the great Christian certainties, but who have now drifted dangerously on the high seas of life − sometimes from indifference − sometimes, materialism or many other possible reasons!  Many did not deliberately turn their backs on God.  Some grew perplexed with confrontations and seeming contradictions in the world with their faith;  thus, they lost their grip on the faith.
William Barclay translates verse 1: “Therefore we must more eagerly anchor our lives to the things we have been taught, lest the ship of life drift past the harbor and be wrecked.”
There are critical times in our lives when we must “give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest we drift away from them.”  There are many timeless truths found in the Bible that can reassure us that our faith is not empty, vain, hopeless.  Since there is the danger of drifting, of neglecting this great salvation delivered unto us, and since there is no escape if we do, we must throw out the  anchors of our soul,   the certainties of our faith” (Heb 2:1).  Notice these four specific anchors of certainty that will help us hold on to our faith in the face of a doubting society, and a changing world.
The anchor of prophecy –   (Heb. 2:2-3a) “For if the word spoken by angels (messengers) was stedfast...”
The divine origin of Christianity – (Heb. 2:3) “Which at first began to be spoken by the Lord...”
The Witness of the Eyewitnesses – (Heb. 2:3c) “Was confirmed to us by them that heard him...”
The Signs and Wonders Confirming Their Testimony – (Heb. 2:4) “God also bearing witness by signs and wonders and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will.”

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