Heb.10:19-39, Exercise Confidence

EXERCISE CONFIDENCE
HEBREWS 10:19-39 NOVEMBER 5 2006

The writer of Hebrews thoroughly and repeatedly
shared his mind about important doctrinal matters.
The sermon has been preached and the exhortation
begins! Because of the grace of God exhibited in
Jesus Christ, we can boldly draw near to God,
maintain our faith, and love other believers.

1. Confidence and Worship (Heb. 10:19-25)

Hebr. 10:19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence
to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 10:20
by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain,
that is, his body, 10:21 and since we have a great priest
over the house of God, 10:22 let us draw near to God with
a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts
sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having
our bodies washed with pure water. 10:23 Let us hold
unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised
is faithful. 10:24 And let us consider how we may spur
one another on toward love and good deeds. 10:25 Let us not
give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing,
but let us encourage one another —and all the more as you see
the Day approaching.

The writer gave the reader three exhortations: “let us
draw near’ (Heb.10:22), “let us hold fast”(Heb.10:23).
and “let us be concerned” (Heb. 10:24). All three are based
on facts mentioned in (Heb. 10:19-21), indicated by the
connective word since.

The phrase the day drawing near definitely relates to the
second Coming of Christ. Early Christians believed this
day was imminent. To live in the light of His return is a
powerful motivation toward moral living and genuine
worship.

2. Confidence and Sin (Heb. 10:26-31)

Hebr. 10:26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have
received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is
left, 10:27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of
raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 10:28
Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on
the testimony of two or three witnesses. 10:29 How much
more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who
has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an
unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and
who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 10:30 For we know him
who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The
Lord will judge his people.” 10:31 It is a dreadful thing to fall
into the hands of the living God.

This is strong medicine! God is not an indulgent grandfather.
He is the sovereign Lord. Any gospel that confounds the faith,
confuses the faithful , or comforts the faithless will not
stand in the judgment. God’s promises of judgment are as
certain as His promises of grace. This is a wake-up call for
anyone who relies on bumper-sticker piety or T-shirt
morality.

3. Confidence and Witness (Heb. 10:32-36,39)

Hebr. 10:32 Remember those earlier days after you had received
the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the
face of suffering. 10:33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to
insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with
those who were so treated. 10:34 You sympathized with those in
prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property,
because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting
possessions. 10:35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will
be richly rewarded. 10:36 You need to persevere so that when you
have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
10:37 For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will
come and will not delay. 10:38 But my righteous one will live by
faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.” 10:39
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of
those who believe and are saved.

Next the author changed the scene from potential divine
discipline to that of human persecution, providing words
of reassurance and encouragement.

This chapter closes with an expression of great confidence.
The writer rejected the very idea of shrinking back, saying,
we are not those who draw back and are destroyed.

Summary:

Are you shrinking or standing? If you continue down
the road you are traveling, where will you be a few years
from now? Either you need repentance to turn your life
around, or you need endurance to keep on keeping on.