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July 13, 2011 / Daniel

Hebrews 10, Perseverance is a Community Project

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Last week I posted a couple of paragraphs from a sermon that I gave on Hebrews 10.  In this chapter, the author challenges his audience to persevere in their faith in Christ.

In chapter 10, the author focuses on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross as an “once-for-all” event.   On the cross, God dealt climatically with sin.  Therefore, there is no longer need for us to make sacrifices for sin, because  Jesus’ death dealt with sin in a “once-and-for-all” fashion.  Forgiveness of sin has been made available through the blood of Jesus Christ.

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,  and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

In vv. 19-25, the author discusses the implications of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.  He challenges us to hold on this truth.  To cherish it.  To persevere in our faith in Christ.  Keep on keeping on.   Run until you cross the finish line (Heb 12:1-2).

Now here’s how I’ve broken down this paragraph.  In vv. 19-21, the author gives two reasons to persevere, to cross the finish line.

  1.  Jesus gives us access to God.(v. 19-20)
  2.  Jesus represents us before God (v. 21).

In vv. 22-25, the author gives us three commands, three different ways for us to continue to persevere in our faith.   Each of these commands begins with the phrase “let us.”  This suggests that these things need to be done as a church.  They are group projects.

  1. “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith…”
  2. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope…”
  3. “Let us consider how to stir one another to love and good works…”
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