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"Three Divine Anchors for the Soul" (posted May 18, 2022)

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   "Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high."
   - Hebrews 1:3

To grasp the breadth or fathom the depth of God's mighty work of redemption, you must turn to the cross. That is earth's and heaven's lesson for eternity. But there are three divine statements which, if you grip, or rather if they grip you, then doubts and fears are gone for ever.

First: "When He had by Himself purged our sins, [He] sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Hebrews 1:3). The purging of our sins was part of His divine glory. It is a divine work to create worlds and to sustain them. It was as truly a divine work to purge our sins from the face and memory of God. It is done. He has done that very thing.

Your sins are purged, forgiven, and blotted out. Why question it? You may justly fear and tremble, but only when the throne of the Eternal totters; yea, when the royal diadem falls from the brow of the Mighty One who in love grappled with our sins on the cross and there purged them once and forever from before the face of God.

Second: "The worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins" (Hebrews 10:2). Now, through faith in the testimony of God, every believer, young and old, weak and strong, is "once purged," sins purged from the sight of God and purged from the conscience of the believer. The latter is an act within, and the former was an act without; both of present and eternal value, and never to be repeated.

This is enough to dispel every doubt and set the troubled conscience at perfect rest. Your sins purged once by the blood of Christ, and your conscience once purged by faith, are enough! God's eye on the blood, and His Word in your heart (Exodus 12:13)-- the former for security and the latter for confidence-- are lessons of priceless value.

Third: "For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified" (Hebrews 10:14). The one sacrifice of infinite value to God has righteously enabled Him to set the weakest believer in His presence, perfected forever. You are not "perfected forever" because of your faith, or service, or walk; but simply and absolutely because of the infinite value of the one offering of Christ for your sins. It is not a sinless state, but it refers to God's absolute dealing with sin at the cross so that, in all its worth, God views every believer "perfected forever," made fit to stand before His throne in perfect peace.

These three passages form a rock to which you may anchor your soul. You will ride triumphantly over every wave of unbelief. Grip God's Word; get on the rock of imperishable Scripture; then all is well.

Walter Scott

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