ASSURANCE OF FAITH

Hebrews 6:11–12 ESV

And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.——————————————-

The writer to the Hebrews has just praised them for their love for the saints. And now he urges them to be driven by this same love-earnestness for obtaining all that hope in God assures them is available.

So often we become “sluggish” in “faith and patience” and fail to receive God’s promised blessings and answers to our prayers. This may happen because we don’t place our hope fully in God—we hope in other things.

DON’T

Hebrews 6:4–6 ESV
For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.
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Don’t fall away. Don’t lose the faith. There is salvation in none other than Jesus Christ and his righteousness.

MADE PERFECT

Hebrews 5:9–10 ESV

Being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.——————————————-
There were several parts to Jesus becoming perfectly qualified to be our Savior.

  • He had to be born a man to identify with us and represent us..
  • He had to experience temptation in every respect as we are.
  • He had to offer himself as our sacrifice for sin.
  • He had to become our high priest to intercede for us. 

As a result of doing these, Jesus has become our perfect Savior.

DRAW NEAR


Hebrews 4:16 ESV

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.———————————————

Draw near to the majestic, awesome throne of Grace. Don’t be afraid as one would have been in approaching a King of ancient times on this throne. Draw near with confidence. Pray to the Father in Jesus’ name for mercy. Pray that he will save you and forgive your sin. Then pray as his child, in confidence that he will help you with all your needs. Bask in the joy of being in close fellowship with your Heavenly Father. 

🌠ABLE TO SYMPATHIZE🌠

Hebrews 4:15

We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.——————————————-

Jesus didn’t shout from his lofty place in heaven for us to resist temptation. Jesus came to earth, became one of us, and experienced life as we do. Therefore in this identity with us, he is able to sympathize with our struggles to conquer. And from this identity he challenges us to conquer temptation as he did and has mercy on us when we fail. 

LIVING AND ACTIVE

Hebrews 4:12 ESV
The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
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As the words of the Bible are communicated through people reading it—or hearing it read and preached—it becomes active and alive in those who receive it. 

It is alive and active for conditioning our hearts to love God and for empowering us to live out God’s will. Therefore, we must eagerly open our hearts to the word of God. 

RESTING IN GOD

RESTING IN GOD

Hebrews 4:9–10 ESV
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.——————————————————-When we quit trying to do things our way and fully surrender to God, his ways, and his will—then we can rest by faith in God. This is where the peace of God comes to us. And here is where we live out the abundant life God has reserved for us. This is where we find the joy of the Lord as we continue to seek God and identify with his cause

BEWARE OF DOUBT

Hebrews 3:12 ESVdo
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.

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Satan creates chaos in the world mainly for one reason. The reason is to get us to doubt God. He wants us to believe the philosophy of the chaos creators. But if he cannot do this, he is determined to get us to give up resisting the chaos to have peace.

We must pray with the faith that our prayers will be answered. And if we pray earnestly enough doubt cannot delude our faith. God is in control. We rest in this. But we don’t go limp in faith on this basis. We know God moves in answer to our prayers.

When we doubt God in any way the whole foundation of our faith is damaged. We must pray and believe. We must be sure to not doubt God in general. And we must also not doubt when we pray for something with the right motive.

MERCIFUL AND FAITHFUL HIGH PRIEST

Hebrews 2:17–18 ESV
”Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

Jesus became like us. He was born as a man into our world so he could endure our temptations. He not only suffered on the cross he also suffered through temptation. He did this without yielding to sin.

Therefore we can know that he knows by experience what we are going through in temptation. And we can know this in realizing he asks us to also resist temptation with his help.

DID JESUS DESTROY THE DEVIL?

Hebrews 2:14 ESV
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil.

Jesus became one of us so that on our behalf he could destroy the claim death had on us. Sin brings death so because we all have sinned, death was our unavoidable destiny. But Jesus paid the price to forgive us. Therefore we who believe no longer face eternal death. Instead we have eternal life.

Jesus destroyed the devil in that he destroyed his power to make us sin. And he destroyed the devil in that he can no long insist that we pay the price for our sins. If we are trusting Jesus as our Savior, have repented, and are living for him, the devil is destroyed regarding his power over us.