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18 So it is impossible for God to lie for we know that his promise and his vow will never change!

And now we have run into his heart to hide ourselves in his faithfulness. This is where we find his strength and comfort, for he empowers us to seize what has already been established ahead of time—an unshakable hope! 19 We have this certain hope like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding our souls to God himself. Our anchor of hope is fastened to the mercy seat[a] in the heavenly realm beyond the sacred threshold,[b] 20 and where Jesus, our forerunner,[c] has gone in before us. He is now and forever our royal Priest like Melchizedek.[d]

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Footnotes

  1. 6:19 Implied in the text and made explicit as that which is found inside the innermost chamber.
  2. 6:19 As translated from the Aramaic, which is literally “beyond the faces of the door.”
  3. 6:20 Or “trailblazer.” Jesus has blazed a trail for us to enter into the sacred chamber and seize the hope that has been fulfilled in his eyes already, to have a company of king-priests who will dwell with him in the holiest of holies and minister from there out to the nations of the earth. The clear implication of vv. 19–20 is that he takes us in to share his throne and his ministry as the royal Priest.
  4. 6:20 Or “in the order [likeness] of Melchizedek.”

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