What an AWESOME chapter! The author makes compelling challenges and explains many needful things that we need in this life and also explains the dangers to watch out for.
Things like: brotherly encouragement, not forsaking the assembly with the saints of God, not backsliding, willfully sinning and more! This is, no doubt, a powerful chapter in God's word that needs to read a few times.
But, if I may highlight one thing and that is the last verse. I really like it!
"But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition, but of them that believe to the saving of the soul."
Sometimes, you just need to flat out say "I'm not turning back, I AM a believer!" There's a huge difference when you say something out loud with passion, with intensity.
Say it out loud and say it like you mean it!
Say it like you are standing on the battlefield and across the way is the enemy and his giant army that is trying to intimidate you!
Most of all, say it to God. Tell God how much you believe Him. Shout to Him how much you trust Him and how diligently you plan to believe to the saving of your soul!
I'm not drawing backward, I'm going forward!
The weakness of sacrifices under the law
1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
We must hold fast to the faith
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 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.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
Born and raised in The Master's House has greatly deepened my relationship with Jesus and I can't be any more grateful for how the Lord has blessed me and kept me! Through some very difficult trials in my life, I have found the Lord to be there which is why 2 Corinthians 12:10 is one of my favorite scriptures.
Faith to me is his word is truth. Even though we are going through trials his word promises
That he will Never leave us nor forsake us. We must look to him for help he will see us through.
I love your words Bro Garrett, many encouraging points. I DO need to say things out loud... so I can hear them, gather the Lords strength in a trail, encourage myself and yes, read this chapter a few more times
About 15 years ago, I was going through a very difficult time in my life. When I started feeling discouraged or tired or upset, I would say out loud, "I serve a BIG GOD!" And immediately I could feel the comfort of God's hand in my life. I need to remember that time and continue to do this again!!!!