shelter, something waited for, a cord or attachment, and “fatness”. The useof the word “cord” (attachment) seems especially appropriate since itperfectly fits the description of hope in Hebrews 6:19, where it is identified asan
of the soul. Any person whose soul is
(attached by acord) to a solid foundation will not drift away on a sea of depression. The bodily location of hope is not discussed in the Bible; however, itseems clear from this biblical verse that hope is attached to, or identifiedwith, the soul. In Chapter 4, it was argued that decisions of the will are madein the soul. Thus, we see that for those who have “
laid hold on the hope set before them
” (Heb. 6:18 GNT), decisions of the will are anchored (bounded)by hope. In a place of refuge we feel safe and secure, not likely candidatesfor depression and suicide. Proverbs 13:12 says that hope deferred makesthe heart sick. This is an apt description of a person who has no hope.1 Thessalonians 5:23 indicates that man consists of three parts: body,soul, and spirit. Most biblical expositors argue that the soul includes ourmind, will, and emotions. A different argument is made in Chapter 4,wherein it was concluded that the mind and emotions are actually locatedwithin the heart, as defined by the Bible. The brain, and its associatedsoftware (the mind), is like a marvelous computer: it sifts, sorts, interprets,and stores information; reacts to impulses and other data input by sendingout messages to various parts of the body; is the seat of our senses andemotions; and has the capability for thinking and learning based on storedand real-time data. In the book entitled: “In His Image”, Philip Yancy and Dr.