Sunday morning, my friend Lew (over at “The Pursuit“) preached from Hebrews 10:19-25. Since Lew is a good friend of ours and since this is one of my favorite passages of Scripture, we decided to go hear Lew preach.
I think Lew explained the text very well. He explained how this Scripture describes two benefits we have as followers of Jesus: confidence to enter the presence of God and a high priest to make intercession for us. He then explained how we should respond to these benefits by 1) drawing near to God, 2) holding fast to our hope, and 3) considering one another. For each part of the teaching, Lew showed how these thoughts are woven throughout the book of Hebrews.
For the second response point, Lew pointed out that the author of Hebrews says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23, ESV) The basis for our hope is not our own confession, but the faithfulness of God. But, where in the book of Hebrews do we find the author explaining the faithfulness of God? Lew pointed out that he does just this in Chapter 11 – often called the “Hall of Faith”.
Hebrews chapter 11 talks about the the faith of Abel, the faith of Enoch, the faith of Noah, faith of Abraham, the faith of Sarah, the faith of Isaac, the faith of Jacob, the faith of Joseph, the faith of Moses, the faith of the people, the faith of Rahab… right? right? No. Through all of these episodes, the author is not highlighting the faithfulness of these individuals, but the faithfulness of God.
Anything that we do against the will of God (sin) is our natural response to this world. Anything that we do within the will of God is not a demonstration of our own faithfulness as much as it is a demonstration of the faithfulness of God.
God is faithful. Because He is faithful, we can trust him.