Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
After we read this passage of scripture we cannot help but be drawn into the privilege, we have as New Testament believers.
Unlike the fearful Old Testament high priest who entered the holy of holies to offer up sacrifices to God for the people, we on the other hand can enter into the presence of God with boldness. We enter into the presence of God based on the shed blood of Jesus Christ. His sacrifice for our sins is complete and eternal. We enter into the presence of God as his born again children.
We must be careful, and never take this privilege for granted.
With this in mind, the author of Hebrews gives to us three present tense [continuous action at present time] verbs…
First, we are to draw near with a true heart.
The inward man must be right with God. Just as the Old Testament high priest needed to be right with God before entering the holy of holies, we too should have the same reverence. The God we approach is no less holy than He was in the Old Testament. God’s holiness is unchangeable.
Secondly, we are to hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering.
We look forward to a blessed life on earth and in eternity based on the promises of God’s word. We have no reason to doubt the integrity of God. There is no hope in going back into the ways of the world or returning to dead religions.
Thirdly, we are to consider one another.
This word, consider, means to perceive, to understand thus we should have a fellowship wherein everyone in the church considers the other. We do not get together to talk just about what we are doing. In addition, we are to provoke, or stir one another unto virtue love and to good works. This is not something coming down from the pulpit. This is the congregation encouraging itself, and exciting one another unto acts of unconditional love and good works for the glory of God.
Taking the time on a weekly basis to consider one another unto godly acts of love and good works is encouraging, and this goes a long way in saying I care about you. It tells the other person I am in this with you and I am here to offer you support, and you to offer me support in God’s work.
The writer of Hebrews knew how much we need each other as we struggle to honor the Lord in this world.
Even though we come together to worship regularly, there is the potential for us to maintain separated lives within our fellowship, where we encourage no one and no one encourages us.
The believer has no greater earthly friends than those of the body of Christ, especially those of his own local church. Friends sharpen each other with wit and wisdom. We identify with each other’s sorrow and accomplishments. We disciple in the word together through face-to-face teaching from our pastor and teachers; we pray together, and in unison we look upon the words of God together.
The local church is the geographical place where God’s people meet, and it is special in this New Testament era. Jesus Christ ordained that we should meet together for instruction, worship, praise, and fellowship at least once a week, and more if possible. Our Lord expects this, thus Heb.10:25 says we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some, but to exhort one another, and so much the more, as we see the day approaching. Eph.5:16 instructs us to redeem the time because the days are evil. To redeem the time means to take every opportunity to get together for the word and for fellowship. The more the things of God and the people of God mean to us, the less interest we will have in this temporary world. The more we can get together for the word and fellowship, the more we can work on becoming better believers, and better witnesses for the Lord.
If we are going to keep the commandment of Heb.10:25 and reap the benefits of our fellowship, we need to make attendance in our local church a top priority. We cannot encourage one another when we do not see one another. The message we send to others is we have higher priorities.
Our lives are lived out one moment at a time. For all of us our moments on earth will end, either in the Rapture of the Church or our death.
Let us all have a testimony of faithfulness to the people of God and the things of God.