“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.”
You will never forget that day in which you came to put your faith and trust in Christ Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour so many years ago, you are now on your sick bed and cannot wait for the pain to end and for you to be with the Lord in paradise for eternity. One night you gently pass away in your sleep, you excitedly came before the Father, you have been waiting to hear these words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” But instead God says, “Ja nee, so I change my mind. Off you go – I changed my mind, Jesus isn’t the only way to salvation anymore and you weren’t aware of it. Not my fault.”
How terrible would this be! Is there a possibility that God will change his mind on whether Jesus is the only way to salvation?
Scripture is very clear that this is not something that we have to worry about. In Scripture we have an assurance that God has set Jesus as the Saviour and he wants us to know this assurance – the author of Hebrews, when speaking of the promise to Abraham regarding the Messiah Jesus, writes in Hebrews 6:17, “God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind.” This oath that God bound himself to is found in Genesis 15, in which God basically says to Abraham, “If I go against my promise of Jesus being the Saviour of the world then my life will be forfeited.” What an amazingly gracious and steadfast promise because God cannot die and nor can he lie (Hebrews 6:18).
Therefore, we can stand with assurance of the hope that gives an anchor to our soul that all those who through faith, by grace, have received the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. That is will never change. For our anchor has found its rest in the steadfast work of Jesus entering the inner sanctuary of the temple, so that no matter the conditions on the surface of the water, our hope remains secure and certain – unchanging.
As Herman Bavinck (1951) says, “The truth of God’s unchangeable nature is of the highest significance for Christianity. The contrast between being and becoming marks the difference between the Creator and the creature. Every creature is continually becoming. It is changeable, constantly striving, seeks rest and satisfaction, and finds rest in God, in him alone, for only he is pure being and not becoming, Hence, in Scripture God is often called the Rock”