As the Day draws nigh

Hebrews 10:19-25

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

The passage from Hebrews 10:19-25 is an important text for believers, especially in the day and age we are living in. The world around us seems to be crumbling and devouring itself. Anger and malice abound while good is overshadowed. It can sometimes, if not oftentimes, seem as though there is no hope. But for the Christian, we do have hope! We should not be surprised when we see evil in the world. The Bible tells us to expect it, and even to see it as a foreshadowing of the Day that is drawing near. What is that day? The glorious day of the return of the King! 

So let’s look at the three key exhortations in this passage from vv.22-24.

Let us draw near to God.

The writer encourages believers to draw near to God with a true heart in full assurance of faith. What a blessing that for those who are in Christ, we can have full assurance of knowing that the Lord holds fast to us, and nothing can pluck us from His hand. 

[James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.]

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess

The word unswervingly means to hold fast or keep firm possession of. Life is tough, and the billows of hurt, pain, and heartache will roll over us throughout our lifetime. The call to Christianity is not a call to a peaceful life, but a life of peace no matter what comes because of our great High Priest, Jesus.  

[Hebrews 4:14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.]

Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds

As those who carry the name of Jesus, believers are ambassadors of the kingdom of Christ. We are to be salt and light to the darkness around us. The context of this passage, however, is towards other believers. We are to gird up and support our brothers and sisters in the face, and in one accord build each other up.

[1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,]

Thanks be to the God that in Christ we have a new and living way opened for us through Jesus Christ. Draw near to Him as the Day draws nigh!

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