Propelled, Not Paralyzed
On Sunday, Hebrews reminded us to stay the course by earnestly clinging to the certainty of hope we have in Jesus. The author of Hebrews shamed his congregation for regressing spiritually and losing their ability to eat the meat of God’s Word (5:11-14). He urged his flock to go deeper in doctrine and find the spiritual sustenance needed to endure in faith (6:1-2). Having thus stirred up his hearers to listen by calling them childish, he proceeds to give a grave warning of the peril awaiting those who “fall away” after having “once been enlightened.” The threat of apostasy is real. The wilderness generation had experienced the grace of God at multiple levels and yet had “evil, unbelieving heart(s), leading [them] to fall away from the living God.” Hebrews 6:3-6, therefore, wants to wake us up with a vivid picture of how heinous turning our back on God is, so we don’t slacken in commitment and drift beyond remedy. This warning is meant to propel us to action, not paralyze us with fear, which is why the pastor gives comfort and confidence for the chapter’s remainder. Notice, in 6:13-20, he lifts their eyes off of themselves and onto God. There he unpacks why God is so trustworthy – he guaranteed his promise to Abraham (and his descendants) with an oath! This Godward focus shows the author is not urging us to earn our salvation but prove it through clinging to God in faith for the long haul. Therefore, Jubilee, let us heed the author’s exhortation to pursue faith together:
Heb. 3:12-14 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.
The tornado siren Pastor Toph took pictures of while growing up 🙂 Sirens warn us so we take action, not so we cower in fear!Tags: Toph Majors