My Righteous Ones Will Live By Faith (Hebrews 10:37-39)

Hebrews 10:37-39“For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved” ( Hebrews 10:37-39 )

Faith pleases God, in fact Hebrews 11 records, without faith it is impossible to please God...” This means that our faith is a baseline. The verse goes on to say, “...because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” ( Hebrews 11:6 ). So it is no surprise that the Bible says that the righteous will live by faith.

We first come to God by faith. We place faith in what Jesus did for us to bring us into fellowship with God. Colossians tells us that in the same way we received Christ we are to continue living in Him ( Colossians 2:6 ). We received Christ by faith so it makes sense that all of our lives we are to continue in faith believing God in all things.

So we learn an important truth in this passage, through faith we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed throughout life, instead we are of those who believe and rise to any occasion because of what God is able to accomplish through us. Paul said that we are more than conquerors ( Romans 8:37 ), nothing in life can stand in our way, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” ( Romans 8:38-39 ). His love enables us to be more than conquerors and to rise up in faith by believing what God has spoken to us in the midst of this world.

We also have a promise that Christ is coming very soon. He will not delay, so as we wait for that glorious day, we are to live by faith knowing without a doubt that this day is quickly approaching. To prepare, this is how we can please God, by trusting Him in all things, By waiting patiently knowing that what He has said will come to pass and by continually standing in faith. Because “we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved” ( Hebrews 10:39 ).

Do Not Throw Away Your Confidence - It Will Be Richly Rewarded (Hebrews 10:35-36)

Hebrews 10:35-36“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” ( Hebrews 10:35-36 )

Did you know that each one of us has a mission in life? God has a will concerning us. He has chosen something very special for each one of us, but it is up to us to carry it out. We learn what this will is, by renewing our minds to the Word of God and presenting ourselves as living sacrifices ( Romans 12:1-2 ). After we know what this is, then we should pursue it at all costs because it carries with it the promise of a very great reward.

These verses, encouraging us to continue in the will of God, come on the heels of persecution. They early church had been persecuted, ridiculed and publicly humiliated, however the writer is reminding us to continue on, not throwing away the confidence we have in Christ; because this carries with it a great and glorious compensation of reward ( Hebrews 10:35 ).

We are reminded that we will receive what God has promised us, even in the midst of painful trials and persecution. In fact if we are suffering in this way we can be confident that we are doing the will of God. Persecution comes because of the Word ( Matthew 13:21, Mark 4:17, Luke 8:13 ). If we are walking according to His will for our lives, we can be assured that we will probably be persecuted for it. It happened then, it will happen now.

Paul experienced this everywhere he went. There was such opposition to the gospel that He was given a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet him wherever he went. “To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” ( II Corinthians 12:7-10 ).

Satan tried his best to snuff out the gospel message from being preached, so he stirred up trouble and persecution everywhere Paul went. He constantly faced resistance to preaching the gospel message because it is the power of God ( Romans 1:16 ). He was constantly under the fear of death; however he also had a promise from God that His grace was sufficient to overcome any opposition. Paul was reminded not to throw away his confidence in Christ because it came with a great reward. The reward Paul received was millions of believers coming to know Christ throughout the centuries because of his perseverance with the message he was sent to preach ( Romans 1:1 ).

We like Paul, and countless others, need to persevere in the midst of trials and persecution so that we can complete the will of God for our lives. We need to rest in the confidence we have through faith in Jesus Christ who enables us to carry it out. We should disregard everything that hinders us and run the race set before us looking only to the glorious finish line ( Hebrews 12:1-3 ). Then for the rest of eternity we will also enjoy to the fullest of what God has promised us!

Better and Lasting Possessions (Hebrews 10:32-34)

Hebrews 10:32-34“Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions” ( Hebrews 10:32-34 )

Jesus said in Mark 4 that persecution will come after someone receives the Word of God ( Mark 4:17 ). The intent is to choke the seed from taking root and growing. If the seed can be snuffed out in the early stages then no crop will grow and flourish as result. However, Jesus also said in the Parable of the Sower of the Seed that when the Word is understood taking root, it will grow and the yield is thirty, sixty, one hundred times what was sown ( Matthew 13:23 , Mark 4:20, Luke 8:8 ).

Once the truth of God’s Word is rooted in your life then persecution has a reverse effect. We can see this from our example of the early church. They were publicly exposed to insults and abuse. They were mistreated, laughed at and even killed. They were stripped of their property, their jobs and their means of support and yet they stood their ground in the face of such hardship. Not only is this so, but others joined them, to stand side by side with those who were being so treated. Persecution merely served as a catalyst for their faith.

The reason these believers rejoiced was because they understood their reward and lasting possessions were vastly different than anything the world offers. The things they valued started changing as they saw the glory of God through suffering and hardship. James gives us this promise which we can cling to when trials come our way,Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” ( James 1:2-4 ). We will always come through the fiery trails as pure gold.

The other reason these men and women could rejoice was that they bore the name of Christ. Peter tells us, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name” ( I Peter 4:12-16 ). Persecution and suffering happens because of the Word and because of trusting in God, so when it comes, rejoice; because you know that it is not on your account, but on the account of God that you bear the glorious name of Jesus.

We are the recipients of such faith. We enjoy the benefits of the men and women who gave their lives to pass the Word of God to us. The centuries are riddled with stories of martyrdom and suffering. These great men and women now enjoy their very great rewards and lasting possessions in the heavenly places. Paul told the church at Corinth that they not only participated in his suffering but they also shared in the comfort he received as a result ( II Corinthians 1:3-7 ). True to this idea, we also have received immeasurable comfort and joy that has come as a result of the suffering and persecution that the early church faced and we are so very thankful for their sacrifice.

It is a Dreadful Thing to Fall into The Hands of the Living God (Hebrews 10:28-31)

Hebrews 10:28-31“Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” ( Hebrews 10:28-31 )

I’ve only seen the movie The Passion of the Christ once. When the film was released I went to the theatre and I watched the horrific portrayal of the crucifixion of Jesus. It was a somber day. But in reality, I know the images of this movie, which are burned into my mind, do not even come close to what Jesus actually experienced; dying a criminal’s death on the cross to redeem me. We cannot even begin to imagine what Jesus went through that day. Isaiah tells us; “his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness” ( Isaiah 52:14 ). It is hard to comprehend the intense suffering our Savior endured.

Isaiah went on to tell us, in perhaps one of the most beautiful passages in scripture, that it was God’s will that Jesus suffer so intensely because the result was the justification of many ( Isaiah 53:10-12 ). He describes what Jesus went through that day. He was pierced, He was stricken and smitten by God, He was oppressed, He was afflicted, He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, He was cut off from the land of the living and He was assigned a grave with the wicked ( Isaiah 53 ) and yet in spite of all these things He poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” ( Isaiah 53:12 ). Jesus went through with this because it meant restoration for us.

In fact, Jesus died for everyone, for those who accept His grace and for those who willingly reject it. He eliminated any barrier in bringing us to God dying for all. Because of this, Jesus has inherited a name that far exceeds any name in existence and He owns a position for eternity far above any other (Philippians 2:9-11, Colossians 1:18, Hebrews 1:4; 2:8). So, imagine how dreadful it is to reject the name and person of Jesus Christ.

We see examples from the Law, anyone who rejected the law died without mercy. How much more severe is rejecting everything the law pointed to. Jesus’ blood was given to cleanse mankind of sin and the guilt associated with it. How dreadful and unforgivable it is to spurn and consider this blood unholy. How outrageous it is to reject the only One who can save. It is a public humiliation of Jesus; it is like crucifying Him over and over again.

The Holy Spirit imparts grace to mankind on behalf of God because of Jesus. He is the one to speak these truths to our hearts and to invite and draw mankind toward this grace. Repeatedly rejecting and denying this grace is an insult in the face of Jesus. How dreadful it will be for those who reject Jesus and trample the Son of God underfoot.

This is why paying attention to the message of Jesus is so very important. He took the punishment reserved for us upon Himself and bore the marks we deserve on His body. He became sin so we could become righteous (II Corinthians 5:21). If there is only one thing in life that matters, it is this; to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. By doing so, not only do we escape the wrath of rejecting Jesus, but we gain so much more. We gain eternal life wrapped up securely in our Savior. We experience mercy, grace and love in an endless and wonderful way. We experience restoration at the hand of Jesus in all things. He speaks peace and love over us and there is no fear in death. “In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (I John 4:17-18).

No Other Sacrifice for Sin is Left Only Judgment (Hebrews 10:26-27)

Hebrews 10:26-27“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God” ( Hebrews 10:26-27 )

In today’s world of political correctness, it is not popular to say that Jesus is the only way, but that doesn’t change this truth which rings loud and clear; Jesus is the only way to get to heaven. Jesus is the only way for salvation. Jesus is the only way to be right with God.

This is good news for us because it simplifies something that the world tries to complicate. What we hear from many sources is that we must be good, we must follow the rules, we must attend a certain church and we must adhere to certain religious practices; all the- while keeping us busy with other things so we miss the Savior. God didn’t want it to be complicated; He wanted it to be accomplished, so He sent Jesus to do what we could not.

Jesus was our sacrifice for sin. Not only is this so but the Scriptures also say “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” ( I John 2:2 ). Jesus died for all; even those who do not accept this wonderful message of grace have been forgiven and absolved from sin. He died to bring forgiveness to everyone, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit” ( I Peter 3:18 ). This is an amazing truth, all sins; past, present and future have been paid for and forgiven by Jesus!

Since this is an absolute truth we also know that there can be no other sacrifice for sin because the debt that sin left is gone and paid for. Jesus came, died and rose again. This chapter has been written and closed. There has been one sacrifice to atone for sin which is why “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” ( Acts 4:12 ). If we reject that name and the person behind it who has provided the means for salvation, then there is no other option; only a fearful expectation of judgment.

Jesus came not to judge the world, but to save it ( John 12:47 ). However, there is one who will judge. The judgment has nothing to do with sin. But rather, the judgment has to do with whether or not you have accepted the gospel message and believed in Jesus Christ as Savior. The answer to this question is the determining factor for Salvation. The Scriptures are very clear on this point, God loves us and did everything to reconcile us to Himself, but He has given us the choice whether or not we accept Jesus who paid the price of our forgiveness. If we reject Him, then there can be no other payment because there was, and is, only one sacrifice (the death of Jesus) which can atone for sin.

This is what this passage in Hebrews is saying; if we deliberately and willingly refuse Jesus, then this sin is the only thing that will not be forgiven and the only thing that will send us to hell. All other sins have been paid for, and there is no other sacrifice which can be made. There is then, only the fearful prospect and expectation of divine judgment against those who set themselves up in opposition to God.

But it doesn’t have to be like this, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son" ( John 3:16-18 ). What you do with Jesus is the determining factor for eternity. However, we already have the answer to the question. The answer is to believe in the name of the One and Only Son and by doing so you will find abundant life starting right now! Praise God for Jesus!