Names of Jesus – Day 23 – Anchor


To whom or what is your faith anchored? The function of an anchor is to keep a ship still in the midst of storm so it does not wander away. The anchor also stops a ship from moving when a mission at sea is necessary. Either way you look at it, the anchor holds a ship securely. What a wonderful depiction of our Saviour and a moving description of Christ.

~Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

The word anchor occurs only once in the Bible. How interesting this is to me. The number one is symbolized in the Bible to mean beginning/one. There is but one God – He was there in the beginning and throughout time. It blessed me that this word anchor appeared only once. In other words, there is only one anchor to keep our soul and provide our salvation and that is God!

Hebrews 6:19 says that the Anchor of our soul is both sure and steadfast. Strong’s definition of both of these words are:

G804
ἀσφαλής
asphalēs
as-fal-ace’
From G1 (as a negative particle) and σφάλλω sphallō (to “fail”); secure (literally or figuratively): – certain (-ty), safe, sure.

G949
βέβαιος
bebaios
beb’-ah-yos
From the base of G939 (through the idea of basality); stable (literally or figuratively): – firm, of force, stedfast, sure.

Applying these definitions to the Saviour speaks to our hearts and gives us a glimpse into His characteristics. Our Lord, our Anchor, is both sure and steadfast. It reminded me of another one of the devotionals on Jesus’ names, Foundation! Christ’s nature is revealed in all of the names. I love that Jesus and His Gospel are sure and stedfast. That means they never change. They hold fast – they are secure and certain. We are safe in Christ and our faith is stable – just as our faith is stable in the foundation Christ provided.

Any time the repentant, born-again believer is weak, He can rest assured that his salvation was purchased by Christ and, therefore, is secure in Him because our Anchor holds it. You may wonder why I use the term “repentant, born-again believer” rather than just the born-again believer. I do so because there are many who claim to be born again but their lives have never changed. They have not repented from their sins but have merely prayed a little prayerette to be saved and they think that this gets them saved. Alas, the Word states that you must repent. We must look at our sin as God looks at our sin. Our sin is putrid and disgusting, unholy and we deserve hell because of it. The repentant sinner acknowledges this and is just as revolted at his sin as God is. The repentant sinner desires to live a righteous life and moves onward striving to do so. He does not continue in his sin but his life changes. If he was a thief, he steals no more. If he was a liar, he lies no more. If he was an adulterer, he does this no more. There is a change in the true repentant, born-again believer’s life, just as Paul stated in 2 Corinthinas 5:17!

So, my friend. Is your salvation securely held by the Saviour? Does your faith grip to the Solid Rock or is it gripping onto the traditions of men and religion? This will collapse like a house built on sand. Are you depending on good works through sacraments, penance, baptism and purgatory to get you to heaven? This, again, is building your faith on sand. Christ is the Anchor – His salvation/Gospel is built on the Solid Rock – it is unshakeable – immoveable – impenetrable – and everlasting!

In Times Like These
by Ruth Caye Jones

In times like these you need a Savior
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

Chorus
This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One;
This Rock is Jesus, the only One!
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

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Desire to be a testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ and to lead others to Him!
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2 Responses to Names of Jesus – Day 23 – Anchor

  1. Elaine says:

    I like what you said about The Anchor. There is only one and He is sufficient for me.

  2. Kate says:

    Isn’t the anchor a beautiful depiction of our Lord? Our faith is anchored in Him!!! \o/

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