Statements of persuasion from Hebrews…(13)
In the last post, we looked at the call to ‘draw near’ with a true heart with full assurance of faith. The reason we can tell the sinner this is because by the redemptive work of Christ, humanity has boldness to enter into the holiest of all.
Today, we go further to yet another statement of persuasion; Hebrews 10:23-26, ‘Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for he [is] faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,’.
The statement of persuasion here is; let us hold fast the profession of (‘our’ isn’t in the originals) faith. He then gives support to this claim; for he is faithful that promised. Salvation is a call into God’s faithfulness. It’s the celebration of God’s ability to keep his Word. He will save to the uttermost. Then, he proceeds to give a very important instruction as to the character and content of Christian gatherings. He says, ‘to consider one another to provoke one and other unto love and good works’.
Christian meetings are to foster spiritual growth. They are not to entertain the senses… Rather, they are to provide information that gives the Spirit much more influence over the mind. Therefore, we don’t have the latitude to choose what happens in our meetings. We have a pattern defined for us!
Another thing he says is to ‘exhort one another while you see the day approaching’. Contrary to what some folks think..It doesn’t refer to the rapture. What does it refer to? Let’s see a similar expression. Hebrews 3:13, ‘But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.’ He says ‘today’ here and in Hebrews 10:25, ‘as you see the day approaching’. They refer to one and the same thing. The day talked about in Hebrews, as explained in chapter 4 is the day of rest, the day of salvation. Why did the author use the phrase ‘as you see the day approaching’? Simple! He is describing faith and salvation from the thresholds of history. This is why he ends the exhortation in Chapter 10 with this; Hebrews 10:39, ‘But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.’ OF THEM?
Who are these? The first are the unbelieving Jews (Hebrews 4:2), the second are the patriarchs (whose faith in salvation as a futuristic phenomenon is described in chapter 11). Hebrews 6:12, ‘That ye be not slothful, but followers OF THEM who through faith and patience inherit the promises.’ But for us, the DAY HAS COME! It is TODAY! He emphasizes why the need to ‘exhort’ is necessary. So that, men wouldn’t sin willfully, which will be to fall after the same example of unbelief. This also informs us about the content of Christian meetings.
Whatever must be taught should be sufficient to grow people as well as persuade the unbelieving. The Scriptures are given for such a purpose. 2 Timothy 3:15-16, ‘And that, from a babe, those sacred letters, thou hast known which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through the faith which is in Christ Jesus: Every scripture, [is] God breathed, and profitable unto teaching, unto conviction, unto correction, unto the discipline that is in righteousness,’.
As Scriptures make wise unto salvation which through faith in Jesus, they are for conviction…To convince people towards faith in Christ as well as to ‘discipline’, to bring up in righteousness, those already saved. This should be the character of the messages of our meetings. We’ll continue later. #Dunamis