HEBREWS 3:14-19

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HEBREWS 3:14-19

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Heb. 3:14 “For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;”

The Israelites made a good start when leaving Egypt. They crossed the Red sea, marching toward Canaan as an army with banners. Their confidence, though, did not remain steadfast. Faith faltered, and they were unable to partake in all God had for them.

Many show confidence at the beginning of their profession, but the best benefits received in Jesus depend on perseverance in faith. Deep spirituality is not our automatically.

Men want a relationship that grows without tending. They want spirituality to be a plant, which thrives with out watering, fertilizing, weeding, or pruning. However, neglected faith produces withered lives. Without persistent faith, there is no fruitfulness, no land flowing with milk and honey. There is only “wilderness” living.

Heb. 3:15-16 “While it is said, TODAY IF YE WILL HEAR HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOU HEARTS, AS IN THE PROVOCATION. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.”

Like Israel of old, we are ever confronted with decision. God is always speaking, calling us away from a “wilderness” life. Fortunately, it is possible for us to respond with faith. Even in Israel’s dark hour, some believed. Most rebelle

HEBREWS 3:13

Posted in Hebrews 3

HEBREWS 3:13

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Introduction: In the wilderness, Israel often committed the sin of unbelief. “They would not learn, although their lesson-book had miracles for its pictures” (Spurgeon). This sin also besets us. When troubles come, we quickly begin to distrust and to suspect God. This is a grave evil, yielding terrible consequences.

Heb. 3:13a “But exhort one another…”

Here is a helpful remedy against an evil heart of unbelief. Encourage one another, help one another with counsel and guidance, stand beside each other and give all the help you can. Any person called by God is worth being encouraged by us.

Believers are interdependent. We need one another. We must see not only to our own heart, but also to the hearts of our brethren. We must watch over on another.

For a believer, isolation means disaster. It is hard to stand against the devil alone. “Unless our faith be now and then raised up, it will lie prostrate; unless it be warmed, it will be frozen; unless it be roused, it will grow torpid” (Calvin).

We are fellow pilgrims, members of a family. The Bible says we are to admonish one another (RM 15:14), care for one another (1 Cor. 12:25), comfort one another (1 TH 4:18), edify one another (1 TH 5:11), have peace with one another (MK 9:50), love one another (JN 13:34), pray for one another (JAS 5:16). We need each othe