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Confidence To Come To God

Hebrews 10:19-22

We would naturally be apprehensive if we were called to meet our Head of State. But to meet God is more than awesome. His holiness and our sinfulness, His perfection and our imperfection, His wisdom and our foolishness – the contrast between Him and us is huge and awed fear is appropriate.

Confidence To Hold On And Encourage Others

Hebrews 10:23-25

The broken body and shed blood of Jesus was not a mystical idea: it was real and physical, it was witnessed and recorded (John 19:33-37).

A Warning Against Turning Away

Hebrews 10:26-27

This verse seems shocking. But it comes immediately after, "[Let us] … not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:24-25). Its context is the wilful sinner who rejects the Lord and His people.

A Warning Against Rejecting God's Grace

Hebrews 10:28-31

The old covenant law, the 'law of Moses', was literally unforgiving. Even though the Old Testament speaks about God forgiving sinful people, the system of sacrifices could not purge the stain of sin (Hebrews 10:4). The concept of atonement uses an original word meaning 'covering'.

Remember Your Early Devotion

Hebrews 10:32-34

It is important for believers to look forward but also to look back. The adventure of faith we have travelled with Jesus is more remarkable than many of us realise.

Don't Throw Away Your Confidence In Jesus

Hebrews 10:35-39

Persevere confidently. Those thoughts run through this section (Hebrews 10:19-39) as an appeal to discouraged and pressurised believers.

Faith And Unseen Truth

Hebrews 11:1-3

What is faith? It is an important question because many people use the same word but mean different things. So more precisely, what does the Bible mean by 'faith'? This chapter gives many examples of Bible characters who exercised faith: they all believed what God revealed to them and acted in obedience, even though their situation was unique and they had no previous experience to rely on. However, they had a relationship with God and they trusted what He said to them.

Sacrifice By Faith

Hebrews 11:4

The repeated use of 'by faith' introduces a series of people who trusted God. The first is Abel, taking us back to Genesis 4:1-12. The second son of Adam and Eve, Abel grew up with his older brother Cain. The two men were farmers: Cain grew crops and Abel looked after flocks of animals.

Living By Faith

Hebrews 11:5

Enoch's story in Genesis 5:18-24 is brief, but highly significant.

Informed Faith Pleases God

Hebrews 11:6

Many people think that God wants us to do what is right, and if we do He is pleased. In a way that is true but it is only a part of the story. God wants us to be much more than obedient servants; He is looking for friends (John 15:15).

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