A Faith That Has an Anchor

February 15, 2016

                                 A faith That has an Anchor

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast” (Hebrews 6:19).

If we lack assurance that our faith is the truth it will not do for us what it should.  In Job 19:25 Job said, “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.”  It is a great consolation for us to know that we can accept the Bible as absolute truth.  I have never met anyone who found himself in serious trouble for accepting the Bible as truth.  I have met many who are obviously on the wrong road because they rejected the Bible as divine truth.

I once read about a man who wanted to know for sure that God exists. He was studying at the university and noticed that there was a course being taught on religion.  He thought it would be to his benefit to enroll in that course and find out for sure that God exists.  He enrolled in the class.  Numerous times the teacher put in doubt whether the Bible was right.  After finishing the course and taking the final exam he was still in doubt about the existence of God.  A number of the students shook the professor’s hand and thanked him for teaching the course.  This man waited until last to shake his hand.  When he did, he said to him. “I took this course to find out if God exists, but I’m still in doubt about it.  What is the truth?  Does God exist?” The professor said, “I don’t know.”  The sad truth is that many in this world are of that mentality.

Many refuse to believe that the truth about the existence of God is a closed system. That means that there is only one religion that has the truth, and that all the rest are wrong.  We are repeatedly told that we must be tolerant of the religious beliefs of others.  They advocate pluralism.  That is the teaching that there are many religious systems, but they are of equal value even though they contradict one another. That is to say that everyone believes in the same God.  They say it’s just that not everyone has the same concept of how God is.  They say “Everyone believes in God but….”

It is unfortunate that many who call themselves Christians have accepted this way of thinking. The result is that the word “Christian” doesn’t have much significance in our day. He who accepts the philosophy of pluralism doesn’t have confidence in his beliefs because he lacks assurance that they are true.  His faith is like a rotten plank.  He is afraid to put much weight on it because he never knows when it will break and let him fall in disgrace.

This is one of Satan’s devices we read about in II Corinthians 2:11. “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” The one who lacks assurance that his religious beliefs are true won’t be willing to make any great sacrifices for them.  They aren’t worth sharing with others because; perhaps what they believe has equal validity.  Therefore those who don’t have an anchor for their beliefs aren’t much inclined to defend them.  By this device, Satan leaves many professing Christians crippled and ineffective.  It may be that they aren’t really genuine Christians.

God wants us to accept what he says as the truth. The Bible gives us truth that we can know. In John 7:16-17 Jesus said, “My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.  If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”

How can we have assurance that what we believe is true? The true believer accepts by faith that the Bible is true.  Perhaps, at first, he has some doubts, but as time goes on, he is more and more persuaded that it is true.  In his heart he feels peace and tranquility.  He begins to realize that what the Bible teaches makes sense.  There is harmony and agreement.  Generally speaking, his beliefs don’t in any way hinder him from living a happy life.

In II Timothy 1:12 the Apostle Paul said, “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” He said “I know” and “I am persuaded.” There certainly isn’t anything to indicate that he believed in pluralism.

Another assurance we can and should have is that regarding our salvation. Many go through life without that assurance.  In great part, it is because they are inclined to think that entrance into heaven depends on their own merit.  That isn’t what the Bible teaches.  Titus 3:5 says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost”  If that verse isn’t enough to convince you, you can also read what the Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:   Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

We gain entrance to heaven only by the merits of the work Christ did for us when he died on the cross.  Good works will follow if we are truly saved and surrendered to God.  Good works result from God’s work in us according to what it says in Ephesians 2:10.  “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  Good works assure us of rewards that are laid up in heaven for us.  In Matthew 6:19-20 Jesus told us that we can and should lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven.  “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:   But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.”

The Bible tells us that we can know that we have eternal life.  I John 3:13  says, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”   If our salvation depends on our own merits, then we couldn’t have that assurance because we would never know if we had been good enough.

John 1:12 tells us that we become a child of God by putting our faith in the sacrifice Christ made for us when he died on the cross. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” That means to put our faith in Christ’s sacrifice and believe it is sufficient for us.  God isn’t going to let any of his children go to hell.  Jesus said, in John 14:3 that he wants us to be with him.  “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” Does your faith have an anchor? Have you accepted Christ as your Savior from sin?  If not, why not now?

If you have questions or comments you can send them to us at the following address: rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

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