Practical: The Results of Christ’s Superiority in the Believer’s Life
Hebrews 10:19 – 13:17
Hebrews 10:19 – 13:17
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Exhortations That Flow From Access Into the Holiest
Draw Near to God by Faith (10:19-22)
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness for entering into the holy of holies by the blood of Jesus, 20 the new and living way which he has dedicated for us through the veil, that is, his flesh, 21 and having a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us approach with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, sprinkled as to our hearts from a wicked conscience, and washed as to our body with pure water.
Hold Fast in Hope (10:23)
23 Let us hold fast the confession of the hope unwavering, (for he is faithful who has promised;)
Stir Up One Another in Love (10:24-25)
24 and let us consider one another for provoking to love and good works; 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the custom is with some; but encouraging one another, and by so much the more as ye see the day drawing near.
(An Accompanying Warning: Don’t Despise the Sacrifice of Christ) (10:26-31)
26 For where we sin wilfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains any sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and heat of fire about to devour the adversaries. 28 Any one that has disregarded Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses: 29 of how much worse punishment, think ye, shall he be judged worthy who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and esteemed the blood of the covenant, whereby he has been sanctified, common, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? v.29 How can someone be lost who was sanctified by the blood of Christ? Here (this is an example of Provisional Sanctification, see also 1 Cor. 7:14). We have to remember that this verse comes after eight chapters of the greatness of Christ’s Person and two chapters of the greatness of Christ’s work. To “sin willfully” in the context of this epistle is to reject Christ after having been fully presented with Him, “after receiving the knowledge of the truth”, and after having made a profession of faith. A person who does this is an apostate. They’ve turned their back on the only thing God will accept, and “there no longer remains any sacrifice for sins”. God has nothing more for you than what He has given.
30 For we know him that said, To me belongs vengeance; “I” will recompense, saith the Lord: and again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31 It is a fearful thing falling into the hands of the living God.
Exhortation to Endure Persecution (10:32-39)
32 But call to mind the earlier days in which, having been enlightened, ye endured much conflict of sufferings; 33 on the one hand, when ye were made a spectacle both in reproaches and afflictions; and on the other, when ye became partakers with those who were passing through them. 34 For ye both sympathised with prisoners and accepted with joy the plunder of your goods, knowing that ye have for yourselves a better substance, and an abiding one. 35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense. 36 For ye have need of endurance in order that, having done the will of God, ye may receive the promise. 37 For yet a very little while he that comes will come, and will not delay. 38 But the just shall live by faith; and, if he draw back, my soul does not take pleasure in him. 39 But “we” are not drawers back to perdition, but of faith to saving the soul.