“Your Forerunner” is part of “A Christ-Centered Identity: Discovering Your God-Given Identity in His Son.” The book is scheduled to be released in February, 2017. You can sign up at www.thegloryofchrist.com/free-book and join the complete book launch.
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
Your greatest, rock-solid security in life is your identification with Jesus—who He is and what He has accomplished. Anything else is unreliable and uncertain. Your response to the gospel is likened to fleeing for refuge: “We who have fled for refuge” (Heb. 6:18). David expressed that as follows: “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him” (Ps. 2:12).
There’s real danger—God’s wrath—and there’s real salvation, found in Christ alone. Faith is a fleeing to Him and finding refuge from God’s righteous wrath against your sins. You’ll also find His eternal favor in His Son. Jesus is the “sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.” While your feelings may go up and down, there’s an anchor that’s “sure and steadfast.” While the billows of life may cause great distress, that anchor keeps you eternally safe.
Jesus is the “hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,” a reference to God’s presence. After His finished work, He ascended to the Father and presented it on your behalf. He’s the eternal High Priest who offered up Himself and presents Himself to the Father as your salvation.
He entered the Father’s presence as your forerunner. There was no reason for Him to do so for Himself. Everything He did and now presents to the Father is solely on your behalf. That “sure and steadfast anchor” is your only hope.
The anchor is an inseparable link that connects you with Him. No matter what you face in life or death, you have an anchor that’s unmovable—sure and steadfast. Nothing or no one can move it out of its place, not even in the slightest manner. This means you’re fully connected to Jesus’ finished work as He presents it to the Father.
The Devotional Writer