For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God. – Hebrews 6:7.
For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. – Hebrews 6:10-12.
For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. – Hebrews 6:13-15.
Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.- Hebrews 6:17-20.
God has promised us eternal life in heaven with Him. Jesus, the forerunner, has entered God’s Presence behind the veil and become our High Priest forever. If there was a forerunner, there will, of necessity, be others following Him into the Presence behind the veil. That is the hope we have as an anchor of the soul. Because Jesus is present there, it is a sure and steadfast hope. By faith we already see Him there even though our present life in the flesh is fraught with trials and tribulations. God has promised to bless and reward us if we keep following Jesus steadily and steadfastly, being faithful to Him to the end.
God will not forget our work and labor of love shown toward His name in the service of His people. He has promised to reward us according to our works. We will be rewarded with eternal life if we patiently continue to do good thereby seeking after glory, honor, and immortality! By faithfully doing His commandments, we may have the right to the tree of life [eternal life], and enter through the gates into the eternal heavenly city.
For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. – Matthew 16:27.
[W]ho “will render to each one according to his deeds” : 7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil. – Romans 2:6-9.
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. – Revelation 22:12-14.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil. – Hebrews 6:19
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.