I’ve been reading in the book of Hebrews for my Quiet Times this week and I have been blessed, challenged, and rebuked. I’ve been blessed by the picture of the supremacy of Christ above all thing: he is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature (1:3), he is greater than angels (1:4), greater than Moses (3:3). Jesus is our great high priest who sympathizes with our weakness, yet without sin (4:15), who lays down his life as the propitiation for the sins of the people (2:17), who intercedes for us (7:25), and who is the founder and perfecter of our salvation and our faith (12:2). I been challenged, even rebuked, by reading through Hebrews again. One verse strangely stood out to me out of many great verses in this book: Chapter 10 Verse 36, “For you have need of endurance…” This is one of the overarching exhortations of Hebrews: the call to endure by looking in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Verse spoke to me of my lack of endurance and encouraged me to keep pressing in faith. “Don’t give up, don’t surrender to sin, laziness, discouragement, discontentment, etc.” Don’t lose heart! Don’t lose faith! Run the race! Fight the good fight of faith! Yes, I have need of endurance… I’m sure you do too.
Hebrews 10:38 says, “but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him” Verse 39 is key: “BUT WE ARE NOT OF THOSE WHO SHRINK BACK AND ARE DESTROYED, BUT OF THOSE WHO HAVE FAITH AND PERSERVE THEIR SOULS. Who are you? Are you of those who shrink back (backsliding down to destruction) or are you of those who have faith and preserve your souls? Whose are you? I belong to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, my high priest, my Savior, my Lord and my God. How about you?