Hebrews 6:17–20; 10:19–23 comment (0)
July 3, 2014
By Kenneth B.E. Roxburgh, Ph.D.
Related Scripture: Hebrews 6:17–20; 10:19–23
Bible Studies for Life
Chair and Armstrong Professor of Religion, Samford University
God is Faithful
Hebrews 6:17–20; 10:19–23
In the midst of the uncertainty of life, our hopes for the future are not always filled with confidence. Sometimes we are brimming with hope and certainty — what lies ahead is more like an adventure and exploration, something to be encountered with joy and expectation. Our plans all appear to be lining up for great things ahead. But on other occasions, we are not quite so sure or clear. In such circumstances, as we reflect on our hopes as well as our fears, our doubts and uncertainties, we look for a word from God that will sustain us. The Book of Hebrews brings a word concerning the faithfulness of God.
This book was probably written to a community of Jewish believers who were being persecuted for their faith in Jesus as Messiah. They were tempted to “give up” and return to Judaism, and the author writes to them, not only to demonstrate the finality of Jesus as the ultimate sacrifice for their sins but also to encourage them to “press on” and know that in the midst of all their troubles that God is with them.
God is Faithful to His Promise (6:17–18)
The purpose of God is based upon His unchanging character and the promises He has made to His people. This indicates that it is “impossible for God to lie.” He who promised is faithful, whereas human promises often fail because of our forgetfulness, our inability to act on what we say or just because we do not follow through on our commitments. Yet God is true to His word.
As believers we sometimes forget the Christian life is lived on the basis of grace and that our relationship with God is constant, because although we are constantly making mistakes His love toward us never changes. Many Christians think that unless they achieve a certain level of spirituality, God’s love for them will not be as strong as it once was. If we think in this way then we have forgotten our relationship with God is based entirely on His covenant commitments to us, and we have moved from grace to works. We will never know assurance of salvation.
“Let me not more my comfort draw, from my frail hold of Thee; In this alone, rejoice with awe — Thy mighty grasp of me” (John Campbell Shairp).
Jesus is the Fulfillment of God’s Promise (6:19–20; 10:19–21)
On this foundation we can build our hope and confidence and have a “sure and steadfast anchor of our soul.” As a ship is held fast when at anchor, so the Christian is held safe and secure by the anchor of God’s promises and by the ascension of Jesus Christ as our great High Priest to the right hand of the Father in heaven. Knowing that He is there, praying for us, reminding the Father of His purposes of love for His people, fills our hearts with joy and gladness.
In heaven we have One who represents us in the presence of the Father. His presence, as the risen One who was crucified for our sins, calls forth the mercy and grace of God. He prays for us and brings our feeble words into the presence of the Father and they are answered. His faithfulness toward us is the foundation of our eternal salvation.
We Can Have Unwavering Confidence in God’s Faithfulness (10:22–23)
The confidence that is generated in knowing the faithfulness of God enables us to come with “confidence” and boldness into the presence of God and know “full assurance of faith.” It is when we are filled with assurance of the love of God toward us through the trials and temptations of life that we will “hold fast to our confession ... without wavering.”