“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/A Call To Persevere

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“A Call To Persevere”, Acts 10:19) Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the Holiest by the Blood of Jesus,  20) By a new and living Way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the Veil, that is to say, His Flesh;  John 10:9.  21) And having an High Priest over the House of God;  22) Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.  23) Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;)  2Thessalonians 3:3.  24) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another:  and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  2Peter 3:9.  26) For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the Truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,  27) But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.  Ezekiel 36:5.  28) He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:  29) Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the Blood of the Covenant, wherewith He was Sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of Grace?  Matthew 12:31.  30) For we know Him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto Me, I will recompense, saith the lord.  And again, The Lord shall judge His people.  Deuteronomy 32;35.  31) It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.  32) But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;  33) Partly, whilst ye were made a gazing stock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.  Philippians 1:7; 1Thessalonians 2:14.  34) For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in Heaven a better and an enduring substance.  Matthew 5:12.  35) Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.  36) For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.  Colossians 3:24.  37) For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry.  Hebrews 2:3, 4.  38) Now the just shall live by faith:  but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.  39) But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. 

Quest Study Bible – v22, How are our hearts sprinkled and our bodies washed?  A heart that has been sprinkled means a conscience that has been purified; the guilt has been removed.  Jesus Christ does this when He takes away our sin, enters our lives and redirects us toward God.  The washing of bodies describes water baptism as a rite connected to this spiritual cleansing (1Peter 3:21-22).   v25, The Day:  The time when Jesus comes to judge the earth.  Unbelievers will be judged for not acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Saviour.  v26, Is there no forgiveness for sins committed after becoming a Christian?  Forgiveness is always available to those who repent (Godly sorrowful and turn) and confess their sins (1John 1:9).  This warning is against deliberate, persistent sinning.   v39, Who are those who shrink (or draw) back and are destroyed?  Some link those who shrink back with those who drift away (2:1), harden their hearts (3:8), fall short (4:1), fall away (6:6), throw away their confidence (10:35), or do not persevere (10:36).  Some think these words warn Christians about the danger of giving up on their faith or not growing in their faith.  Others think they are warnings for pretenders.  Either way, these warnings should be taken seriously, we are to draw near and hold fast (vv. 22-23).  Amen. 

More to come and God Bless You.   

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