Greetings one and all. This is the last blog post on this current series on the book of Hebrews. I have been rewriting papers I had written for a class assignment on Jesus’ High Priestly resume. This concluding piece is called The Christian Privilege from Hebrews 10:19-39. As always; comments, questions, further thoughts, etc are always welcome.
In verses nineteen through twenty two, we see we can confidently enter the Most Holy Place through this new living way because the old veil has been removed by Jesus’ death in the body. This Jesus is our Great High Priest over God’s house. Because of this we are able to draw near to God with faith that hearts have been sprinkled with Jesus’ blood sacrifice when we were washed in the waters of baptism. Verse twenty three tells us to hold on to Jesus, our hope we talk about. Jesus is faithful and won’t ever let us down. In verse twenty four we must continually encourage each other in good works. In verse twenty five, we must encourage everyone to faithfully attend our assembling together especially in the light of things that are coming in the near future.
In verses twenty six thorough twenty seven we see if we don’t encourage others in this, they may defect from the knowledge of the truth. Then there are no more sacrifices to be offered. The Levitical Sacrificial System is done away with. Those who would defect are leaving the only sacrifice that was offered for all who would accept it and be faithful to it. All that is left for the enemies of God is the great fear that comes with facing judgment and punishment. In verse twenty eight we see those who defected form Moses’ law were killed after the testimony of two or three witnesses. From verse twenty nine, how much more severely will those who reject Jesus and His sacrifice of blood on our behalf. They have shamefully smashed the Son of God in the mud and spit upon His blood that made them clean and whole. Verse thirty focuses in on Old Testament terminology when he says God will avenge and repay and He will judge His people. Verse thirty one tells us it is very scary for the unrighteous to fall into the hands of the God who lives.
In verse thirty two, the persecution of the brethren and how they had stood strong in its midst. In verse thirty three, they were insulted and persecuted personally and those who weren’t stood along side those who were. Verse thirty four says they sympathized with their brethren who were imprisoned and accepted it when their property and possessions were torn away from them, because they knew they had eternal rewards waiting in heaven.
Verse thirty five pleads for us to not discard this confidence, for in due time it would be richly rewarded. Verse thirty six urges patience and steadfastness under all circumstances, because those who do God’s will are going to be rewarded with what was promised. Verses thirty seven through thirty eight reflect on Old Testament imagery on Habakkuk stating God will come and He won’t be late. His righteous children will live by faith, but whoever turns away will not be pleasing to Him. But verse thirty nine states we are not amongst those who would detract.
I hope and pray this makes since and is edifying to those who have read this. Comments, thoughts, questions, etc are always welcomed.
This post is the last of this series. Next week I’ll start a new series on the book of Acts, called The Missional Church.
Thank you all for reading my thoughts. God bless you all. Grace and Peace.