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Encourage0gram May 11. 2020

Posted by Pastor Rick John on

Encourage0gram
May 11, 2020
 
Dear Ones,
 
This is our third day in the “Let Us” patch in Hebrews 10.  We will take a moment to review the second command in the patch.
 
NIV Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,
for he who promised is faithful.
 
The hope we have in Christ is certain.  It is not expressed in words like: “I hope so.”  It is a confident hope that will never die. Peter calls it “living hope” in 1 Peter 1:3. As long as Jesus lives, our hope is alive!  After his resurrection, he lives forever so our hope is certain for all time!  This is the hope we profess in our words. 
 
This is a most wonderful command!  God’s commands are not burdensome!  They are given to us by His grace to comfort and protect us!  So, it is with this command “to hold unswervingly to the hope we profess.”  The verb to hold is translated: hold tightly or hold fast. It calls for a powerful hold or a grasp that will not let go! This is reasonable since there is no substitute for the hope we have in Christ! 
 
The writer of Hebrews uses this command in two other verses:
 
NIV Hebrews 3:6
But Christ is faithful as the Son over God's house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
 
NIV Hebrews 3:14
We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.
 
Holding fast to the gospel is expected.  All true believers will persevere in their faith.  Paul makes a similar demand in 1 Corinthians 15:1-2
 
NIV 1 Corinthians 15:1-2
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. (1 Cor. 15:1 NIV)
 
The NIV translation “unswervingly” is unique.  Other translations read: “without wavering.”  The adverb suggests consistency.  There will never be validity in transferring our allegiance to another “Savior” or looking for another “gospel” message.  We refuse to bend or lean on another foundation for life.  This intensifies the command to hold fast. 
 
The reason for this command is simple.  God keeps all His promises because He is faithful!  Peter affirmed his confidence in our Lord’s faithfulness to His word.
 
NIV John 6:66-69
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. 67 "You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve. 68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God."
 
I find myself in these days holding fast to God’s promises, don’t you?  We are called to persevere in our faith and God assures us that His path is secure!  These are days when our world is crying out for help and hope.  We hold fast and call others to join us!  Be encouraged! 
 
As you consider applying this truth, consider these words from John Stott:
 
“Just as the world is becoming more aware of its need,
the church is becoming less assured of its mission.
The major reason for this diminishing Christian mission
is it diminishing confidence in the Christian message.” 
 
Let us hold fast and keep holding tight to our hope in Christ!  Join me in prayer that we will grow in confidence in our message and our mission. People need the Lord!
 
Your servant for Jesus’ sake,
Pastor Rick

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