There are some things in the Bible that are really fun to read…
It’s fun to read that “All things will work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”
It’s refreshing to read that God hears and answers our prayers.
It’s easy to read that God is faithful to keep is promises!
Some passages in the Bible aren’t so easy to read, though. And some are downright scary. But just as important as it is to be refreshed with such passages, it’s equally important to read the harder passages.
My church recently started a study in the book of Hebrews and I learned that it gives some pretty heavy warnings. Hearing them made me examine my life and motives. So I thought that I would share them with y’all, in hopes that you too would be encouraged to hold fast to your faith and live wholeheartedly for Him! Always!
Are you ready?
“Therefore, we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.”
Then the writer of Hebrews poses this question, “For if the word spoken through the angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?”
Whew! That’s a mouthful, isn’t it?
I think it can be unpacked like this: If God’s word is true and sin deserves a just consequence, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?
Departing From the Faith…
The next warning is more straightforward, but still definitely worth considering…
“Beware, breather, lest there b in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;”
“But exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
“For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end.”
In other words, make it a daily habit to encourage one another of Christ and His sacrifice and the life you have been called to live. That way being continually being brought back to Christ can prevent you from being drawn away by sin.
Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.”
Be diligent to come back to Christ… over and over… daily. Hourly. Minutely. Secondly. (Are those last two even words? I don’t know, but you know what I mean 😉.)
He continues, “For the word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
God knows all your intentions! Even better than you probably do! (Which is a scary thought!)
Dullness of Heart…
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”
Now to be honest, I don’t think I fully understand this. What I do know, however, is that I don’t want to be one ‘once enlightened’ who ‘falls away!’
“For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgement and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.”
Man, another scary one! Seek to serve Him… if it doesn’t glorify Him, don’t do it!
“See that you do not refuseHim who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from him who speaks from heaven.”
This final warning is another important one! When God tells you to do something, the safest thing is to do it! And promptly!
See what I mean?
These aren’t exactly easy things to hear.
Yet they are important to understand so that we can be sure we don’t end up in any of those situations! 😃 Am I right?
I hope that they help you to examine your life and make sure that your motives are pure before Him!
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