Hebrews 10

Hebrews 10 reminds us that the law has been replaced and sin dealt with by Jesus.  “It can never….make perfect those who draw near”.  Bottom line is that no one – none of us – will make it on our own by obedience to the law.  We will sin – we will fall short – and that is a big problem. It is why Jesus came and gave His life on the cross. It is why God was willing to sacrifice His only son.  Scripture goes on to tell us “every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins”.  There is no other way to deal with sin.  “Christ has offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins”.  He paid it once and for all.  His sacrifice was enough – it was adequate – and it paid the bill in full.  We need to remember that.  Our salvation is because of His single sacrifice.  “By a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified”.  That is a big deal and it requires us to pay attention.

The writer goes on to remind us that “his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet”.  Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that Jesus won the war.  He defeated the enemy of God – Satan himself – and put that to bed forever.  “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more”.  It is a once and for all victory – we don’t have to wonder how things end – it is done.  Jesus has taken care of evil forever.  That doesn’t mean there is no more evil in our world – but it does mean we do not have to wonder who is in charge and total control.  

The writer goes on to remind us how we should live based on these realities about Jesus and the law and His victory over sin.  Three times he begins sentences with “let us”.  Check these out:

–       “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith

–       Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering

–       let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works

We need to have faith, hope and love – where have we heard these before except in 1 Corinthians 13.  God has given us so much to hang on to with the gift of His Son Jesus Christ.  We need to collectively – as Christ Followers – cling tightly to these things.

But as he wrote on stirring each other up – the writer continues like this: “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near”.  We need to be together – encouraging each other and driving each other to go deeper with our Lord.  If you wonder whether it is important to spend time together with others in the family of Christ – it is.  It is very important and something we are commanded to do.  Does that mean you have to be part of a church?  It doesn’t really come out and say that here – although there are other places in scripture it talks about the importance of the body of Christ.  But it certainly tells us here we need to be in fellowship with others – we need to surround ourselves with like-minded believers and encourage each other.  Are you doing that?  Who are you meeting together with regularly?  How are you encouraging them?  It is a critical thing we need to be doing!

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