Hope Draws Near

Hope Draws Near

Abraham believed that God who promised (was willing) would perform what He had promised (was able). The verb tenses of faith and hope are often ignored to the frustration of the power of the gospel.  Ignorance of them is like pulling on an endless rope that is not sure and steadfast – not anchored on the other end. 

God, Himself is the object of faith.  His promises are the object of hope.  Faith is the substance of things hoped for.  So, find the promise of God (Hope) and trust Him to perform it (Faith).  Look at Abraham as the prototype for your “Walk by faith”:

Romans 4:17-18 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”

Past tense is faith (“I have made you…”) stated as fully accomplished.  Future tense is hope (“So shall your descendants…”). Hope sees what cannot yet be seen by natural senses. It is a firm expectation. It and faith are both in God (His Person and His word). 

Abraham’s position was, “contrary to hope, in hope, believed.”  Natural hope won’t work but we need hope as the starting point for change.  Thus, we require a change agent – who is God.  Hope is what you are looking for but faith is who you are looking to.  God’s promises (your Hope) are all Yes and Amen in Jesus (your Faith).

Hebrews 7:19 for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

Hebrews 7:22 by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

Hope draws us near to God – faith enters in… (in hope we believe)

Romans 5:1-2 1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

So, faith won’t go into the Presence (Throne Zone) until we draw near.  Therefore:

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

He is willing and able.  Keep the thermostat high to keep the furnace burning… You need substance given to your hope so keep the hope without wavering.  Hold it fast!

Hebrews 4:14-16 14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Jesus is High Priest and reason for our hope and our entrance before the throne.

Hebrews 3:1-6 1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, 2 who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. 3 For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. 4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. 5 And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, 6 but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.

Moses was faithful in God’s house but the Son is faithful over the house (us) if we hold fast our confession of hope.  Jesus as Apostle is “Sent” by our confession:

John 14:12-14 12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

Let us go back to Abraham as the example to imitate:

Hebrews 6:11-12 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Remember, “…whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.”  Don’t let the devil trick you into thinking your faith failed.  Imitate Abraham who “in hope, believed.”  He held on with patience to his hope, all the while putting his faith in God.  Patience is just one more minute…

Hebrews 6:13-18 13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. 17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

Notice that it is in fleeing for refuge that we must seize the hope.  Notice also:

Hebrews 6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,

That is, you can’t see where your hope is anchored (veil) but you can feel it is sure and steadfast.  You need that hope as an anchor until:

1 Peter 1:9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

This is all tied to Jesus (Author and Finisher – who fills all in all).  “The Forerunner.”

Hebrews 6:20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

The picture is we’re in a storm (life) and seek refuge (God and His salvation).  He lays a hope out to us to lay hold of (energetically seize) to anchor our soul so that we are not wavering, tossed to and fro, or shipwrecked.   

This hope is anchored in the Presence of God behind the veil (the part we cannot see) where Jesus has already entered as the Forerunner.

Hebrews 10:19-23 19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

It is this hope by which we draw near, because Jesus has consecrated or set apart this way into Father’s Presence.  Remember, we read that in 7:19

Heb 7:19 for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

Jesus is the surety just as the rope is:

Heb 7:22 by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

“Forerunner” is a nautical term.  It refers to one who would voluntarily lay out their life on behalf of their shipmates when the fog (VEIL) was too dense to allow for safe passage into a harbor (REFUGE).  He would swim between the rocks and perils while carrying a rope to shore where he would make it sure and steadfast (anchor).

The Forerunner is gone but the rope (Hope) offers you connection to Him and His work.  He has made it to refuge and anchored the rope to a great weight.  As you pull on the rope, you draw near to the safe harbor.  Even though you can’t see the end, you can feel it IF you pull!  This is the strong encouragement if you hold fast… 

Amen!  As long as you believe the Forerunner is out there on the other side of your need, you know how to find grace and help.  Keep the rope taut or you get tossed to and fro by every wind.  Pull or you have no substance or evidence of your hope.

Jesus has gone on our behalf and we are secured to the very throne of God, immovable.   If you pull and keep on pulling, you draw nearer and nearer…

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

That is, your hope and faith are in God.  Pulling on an unanchored rope won’t help – having an anchored rope without you pulling is no help!

1)  Have you fled for refuge?  If you can see what you’re anchored to, it isn’t taking you into the Presence (Holy of Holies).

2)  Have you seized the hope (Rope) that is set before you?  It is your escape and refuge.

2 Peter 1:2-4 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.