Anchors of faith -

Part two
In the face of challenges to the Christian Faith, and aware of the pull that worldliness has on the hearts and souls of so many, we need a reminder of the seriousness of taking our faith for granted, or of putting it on hold for a season of riotous living.  The writer of Hebrews offers a summary of the evidences that support our faith, and then raises this thought and question:   Hebrews 2:1, 3 (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. . . 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?”  In between and following these two thoughts, he reminds his readers of four Anchors of Faith for the Christian.
First of all, he addresses  The anchor of prophecy -  (Heb 2:2-3a)  “For if the word spoken by angels (messengers) was stedfast. . .”  The word “angels” is translated from a word indicating messengers.  Certainly God’s prophets of old were His messengers.  They foresaw our hope with the coming Messiah.  If their message was steadfast, our faith is confirmed.  The Christian can look back at these words of the prophets and then see in the New Testament their fulfillment.  God’s Messengers, His prophets, are important to our grip on faith.
To deny the reality of the Christian faith, one must deny this sure word of prophecy which Peter says is “confirmed.”  God has given you and me “a more sure word of prophecy”  2 Pet 1:18,19 (KJV).  All other translations say, “Word of Prophecy, made sure” or confirmed.  We’re not talking about some lucky guess-work of modern astrology, nor about latter day signs, wonders, and a divided understanding of a millennium, but we’re speaking about legitimate, proven, inspired Biblical prophecy.
If a person could tell you the name of our President 200 years in the future, where he would be born, who his parents would be, and what the father’s occupation would be, and if he added specific details about other world governments in power at that future time, plus this man’s accomplishments, and matters about his death and burial, then if we could peer forward those 200 years to see if these things happened, this would be a sign of a real prophet!
God’s Prophets did this! And scores of times over again! For example:  Isaiah told about Cyrus letting the Jews return from captivity back to Jerusalem in Isa. 44:28;   45:1;    Ezra 1.  This prophecy was 176 years before Cyrus reigned and issued the decree!  Isaiah also depicted details about Jerusalem in the last days, Isa. 2:2-4, and the beginning of the Gospel spread from there that would take place nearly 700 years later!!
Joel the Prophet told of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit in the last days in Joel 2:28 - “I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh . . .”    In Acts 2:16,17 it happened!   Peter announced that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost was the fulfillment of Joel’s “last days” prophecy.   Prophecy is a Christian’s friend, and not something to avoid like a plague.
Jesus was foretold to be the Son of God by prophecy some 700 years before He came.  In generous detail, prophets told of his birth as to when, where, tribe, name, style of life, mission, nature and manner of death, place of burial, resurrection, and glorious ascension! - “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isa. 7:14).    “Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:23).  The first Anchor of Faith mentioned then is the Anchor of Prophecy.  The Word of God’s messengers was steadfast!  Our faith is strengthened by this confirmation.


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