Imperatives from the Book of Hebrews Pt.6

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.” Hebrews 10:19-25 NIV

Draw near to God

We no longer labour under the old covenant with its endless sacrifices, washings and various offerings.  Jesus has opened a new and living way for us by His sacrifice on the cross.  We now have unlimited access to the Father through Jesus.  Therefore, let us draw near to God. If we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us (Jas.4:8).  Through regular pray, Bible study and meditation we can maintain a close relationship with God.

Hold to the Hope We Profess

Our faith is in Jesus, word and His finished work on our behalf.  The hope God extends to us is sure because the one who made the promise cannot lie.  Do not be discouraged and lose hope.  Our confidence in God must remain strong and firm.  As children of God, let us hold on tenaciously to the hope we profess in Christ Jesus.

Encourage Each other

God has not left us alone to struggle in this world.  He has given us brothers and sisters in the faith to support, encourage and sharpen us in the things of God.  Sometimes this life gets tough; trials buffet us from every angle.  When this happens, we need the support of other Christians who will pray for us; who will encourage us to stand strong, and who will lend us a helping hand.

Spur Each Other to Love and Good Works

Believers should meet regularly not only to hear a sermon and engage in worship songs.  The assembling together is for us to learn to display the love of God in a way that uplifts, strengthens and encourages each other. Our acts of love and good works occupy a major part of the time we spent being assembled. These should include, praying for the needs of others, giving support (financial and otherwise) to the widows, orphans, and the needy in our midst, and standing in solidarity with the persecuted church. This is the way we spur each other to love and good works by setting an example for other to follow.  We owe this service of love to each other.  Let us give it.

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