That by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, we who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an ANCHOR OF THE SOUL, both sure and steadfast, and which enters within the Veil; where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, even Jesus, having become a High Priest forever after the order of Melchizidek. (HEB 6:18-20).
The above quote is a promise of security. Yet it comes in a passage most used by some to introduce doubts as to the security of our salvation in Christ Jesus. As I have travelled around most of this world, I have found this to be the number one question troubling believers. This is true not only of new converts, but also of pastors, evangelists, and teachers. I have spent entire days in seminary classes, explaining all the passages which to some seem to suggest that a believer, once saved by faith in Jesus Christ, might in some way lose that salvation and be eternally condemned.
The question is a serious one. If salvation can by any means be lost, then everyone who has believed must be made aware of it. Furthermore, if this is true, then the gospel message should never be proclaimed without also adding this warning! We have no right to say, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved,” if that salvation could by any means be placed in doubt. We should then say, “if you believe in Jesus Christ, you might be saved.”
Ultimately, the question concerns, not us or our conduct, but the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. The question that must be asked, and honestly faced is this:
Is the blood of Jesus Christ all-sufficient for our salvation?
The moment we add anything to the cross, we have declared that it is not. This is true whether the additional condition is placed before or after salvation. As we will see, and as the above passage boldly declares, the ANCHOR OF OUR SOUL, which is the finished work of Christ, is SURE and STEADFAST! It is my prayer that this small work may lead many who doubt into “The full assurance of hope" (HEB 6:11; HEB 10:22 ).