Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works. (Hebrews 10:22-24)
A Three-Part Salad
The Hebrew writer has a difficult task ahead of him. He is trying diligently to help the Hebrew Christians keep their faith in Jesus Christ. Struggling under the weight of persecution the early saints were in fear of drawing back to a failed system of salvation. Showing Jesus Christ as the better way, the better promise, the better High priest and the only sacrifice that can take away sins, the letter to the Hebrews is an exhortation to keep the faith in true diligence. There are many nuggets that come out of the book but in chapter 10 there is a powerful three point lesson given for all of us.
LET US draw near with a true heart. Because of the blood of Jesus Christ we can enter the most Holy of Holies. Prohibited except by the High Priest once a year, the Holy of Holies was a place of danger for anyone to enter. Jesus came to remove the veil that separated man from God. The Father has granted access to Him by His people to come before Him as man has never done before. Consider what it means to be allowed to stand before the Lord God Creator. With a pure heart we are able to come before the Hallowed name of Jehovah. He invites us to come. Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith.
LET US trust in the word of God as faithful and true. There is no reason to draw back because God will never leave us or forsake us. Holding fast to the words we confessed in obedience to the gospel of Christ will bind us with the Father for eternity. He will not waver. We must not waver. No matter the level of persecution we can maintain the spirit of truth given to us by God. All of His promises are true and none have failed. Whatever the Lord speaks is true. His faithfulness is without end. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful
LET US help others find the same peace we have found in the assurance of God. Our role in the body of Christ is to exhort others helping them see the blessings of the Heavenly Father. The writer will encourage the brethren to assemble so their spirits can be lifted as one in love and good works. We need each other and we all need one another. Stirring others up will help them as it helps us. We help one another in our journey to Heaven by considering one another. Our care should rise from how we feel about one another. It becomes ‘our’ struggles instead of ‘their’ struggles. We share in ‘our’ joy rather than ‘their’ joy. We are one together in the body of Christ. Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.
A three-part salad filled with let-us.