"And we desire that each of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises." (vs 11-12)
God desires for the heirs of the promise to know that they are heirs of the promise! His promise is founded in the unchanging nature of His eternal counsel and in the absolute certainty of His word. God does not change. God does not lie. Therefore, we should be encouraged if we are fleeing to Him for refuge and through Him laying hold of the hope He has set before us.
"In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of his purpose, interposed with an oath, in order that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us." (vs 17-18)
Beloved, seek better things than the peril of being a covenant breaker. Be desirous and diligent to make your calling and election sure that you may "realize the full assurance of hope until the end." Be strongly encouraged as you pursue that goal through the power and mercies of the immutable and honest God.
"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters withint the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek." (vs 19-20).
"We are in this world as a ship at sea, in danger of being cast away. Heaven is the harbor to which we sail. We have need of an anchor to keep us sure and steady. Gospel hope is our anchor and it is certain and steadfast. It is sure in its own nature. It is not a flattering hope made out of a spider's web, but is a true work of God. It is steadfast as to its object; it is an anchor that has taken good hold. It does not seek to fasten in the sands, but in the veil, and fixes there upon Christ. He is the anchor hold of the believers hope!"
Oh dear friends, we need not live in peril if we are building our lives upon the promise of Christ our great preserving Priest. Take strong encouragement as you flee to Him alone as the anchor of your souls.