This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
Now here is the burning question for me. Is the anchor of my soul as firmly attached to my soul as it is to the altar of God? In other words is the picture here of an anchor with its hook and chain bound unbreakably to the altar of God in the holy of holies so that nothing could loose it from that end, but with the rope just hanging out of heaven in the air? Is the only point of this text to say “Take hold of the loose end of this rope and you will have safety and firmness and assurance”?
Would that give you the sense of security and confidence and hope and firmness that last week’s text and this text seem to be about? What was the point of an anchor in those days? It was to keep you from being blown by the wind or swept by the tide into destruction—out to sea or on the rocks. But what if someone said: I have fitted your boat with a good solid heavy anchor that will grip any sea-bottom. Only have not made it fast to the boat. Would that give you encouragement?
I don’t think that is the image the author has in mind here. When he says in verse 19 that we have an “anchor of the soul” I think he means that the anchor is firmly anchored in heaven, and the anchor is firmly attached to the Christian’s soul.
Here are my four reasons for thinking this, which I pray will give you a deep sense of God’s sovereign care for your perseverance and hope and encouragement. You are not left to yourself to hold on the storms of life.