Monday, February 18, 2013

5 Warnings/Dangers in Hebrews

1. The Danger of Neglecting One's Salvation
Hebrews 2:1-3: "Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.  For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?"
2.  The Danger of Hardening One's Heart ~ Hebrews 3:7-4:13
Hebrews 3:12, "Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God."
Hebrews 3:18-19, "And to who did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey?  So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief."
3. The Danger of Not Progressing Spiritually ~ Hebrews 5:12-6:12
Hebrews 6:11-12, "And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises."
4. The Danger of Drawing Back ~ Hebrews 10:19ff
Hebrews 10:22-23, "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." 
Hebrews 10:35, "Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward."
Hebrews 10:38-39, ""Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him."  But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul."
5. The Danger of Refusing to Listen to and Obey God ~ Hebrews 12:18-29, 13:22
Hebrews 12:22a,24-25, "22 But you have come to Mount Zion... 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.  25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks.  For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven."
Hebrews 13:22, "And I appeal to you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words."

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Hebrews 11 is the famous hall-of-faith chapter.  What was the motivation for all these people of faith - Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Samuel, David - to do these hard things?  "A better resurrection," (v. 35), the heavenly reward they knew they were going to receive. 
Hebrews 11:35b, "Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection."
Hebrews 11:39-40, "And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us." 
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Hebrews 12:1-3, "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


If anyone is interested, here's a new reading list for Pro-Western Christianity:

There's an interesting discussion in the comments thread one the above resource.