A Warning And A Promise
Eternal God, You are my help and my hope. Holy is Your name.
Read Hebrews 10:26–39
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“’I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).
The context of yesterday’s reading—the second coming of Jesus Christ as judge—becomes the main focus today. The quotation in verses 37 and 38 (Hab. 2:3,4), tells us that Christ will not delay his sure return and warns believers against shrinking back (39) from faith in him into a life of habitual sin (26). God has done the ultimate in providing his own Son as perfect priest, perfect king and perfect sacrifice. If his provision is rejected, there is nothing further he can offer. By way of illustration, the writer refers to what the Law prescribed for any such wholesale rejection of the Lord under the old covenant (28; see Deut. 17:2–7).
Rejection of the Lord under the new covenant would be far worse (29). The seriousness and strength of this warning becomes even greater when we realize that it is in fact the fourth such warning with exhortation in the epistle, following those of 2:1–4, 3:7—4:13 and 5:11—6:12.
Beware of thinking “That could never happen to me!” If it were never likely to happen, Scripture would not be warning against it. If, after committing ourselves to Christ, we later “shrink back” into apostasy, what are we in fact doing (26–31)? Note the combination of violent action, corrupt attitude and abusive words in verse 29. What can we do to help protect ourselves from such dangers? Note how the key lies not so much in what we do as in how we think (32–36). We are to remember who we were (32) and who we now are (39). We are to be confident (35) and to persevere (36). So the chapter ends on a positive note, with a double exhortation founded on God’s sure promise of being “richly rewarded” (35) in “just a little while” (37).
What “better and lasting possessions” (34) are yours in the Lord? How can you be more ready for Jesus’ return?
In the face of spiritual drift, I need to remind myself, Lord, that You are my Spiritual Rock. As I look to You and remain in You, I am secure.