Hebrews 1 verifies Jesus Christ as God’s Singular historical personality. In him alone God sent his full and final revelation. As God in the flesh, Jesus surpasses all Old Testament servants, including fabled Moses. Then, beginning with chapter 2, the writer begins a series of warnings that Christians must guard by effort their personal discipleship in God’s Kingdom.
For example, in 2:1 we “must pay more careful attention” to God’s word so we don’t drift away from him. For if we don’t “pay attention,” we will drift away. Note: attention, effort, perseverance.
In 3:1 we’re told to “fix our attention on Jesus….” so we can understand him as the SOLE depository of God’s truth. SOLE—no competitors, not even Moses, the only one before him who could have been. SOLE—none since, and so irrelevant in comparison they need never be named. Note: fix, effort, attention, perseverance.
In 4:1 “….let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it”—the Rest God promised through Moses in Canaan, but actualized through Jesus in Eternity. Any unbelief…any…jeopardizes our eternal life. Note: careful, attention, effort, perseverance.
In 4:11 “Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that Rest….” Heaven itself, where God resides, rules and reigns. Because it’s always possible for us to lose our place by unbelief, inactivity, fruitlessness. Note: make every effort, persevere.
In 6:1 “Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings of Christ….” Because maturity in discipleship, not entrance into discipleship, is God’s goal for us. If we don’t make an effort to grow in Christ, we’ll always be in spiritual kindergarten. While God demands we mature into Post-Graduate Christians in faith and service. Note: effort, leave, study, perseverance.
These caveats come in only the first six chapters, with more throughout the book. None of these warnings can bring comfort to Calvinists, who think they can’t be lost. Nor can they comfort Christians who know they can be, but approach discipleship casually, carelessly, passively, dispassionately. As if it doesn’t really matter. As if nothing essential is at stake. We can be lost both through false belief and false behavior.
Yours for a discipleship that thanks God for his FREE GIFT of Salvation, then “makes every effort” to mature in discipleship.
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Apologetics book: Their Own Best Defense, Volume 2, Part 1
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Their Own Best Defense, Vol. 2, Part 2 at www.createspace.com/7446349