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Day 1, Week 6 of Come, Lord Jesus Come (A Love God Greatly Study) Encourage as the Day Draws Near!

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 10:19-25 (SOAP – Hebrews 10:24-25)

24 And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works 25 not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25 NET


With the exception of one trusted translation, which says “and so”, in all of the translations I study from, this passage (19-25) opens with the word “[having] therefore“. When we are studying the Scriptures this is one of many key words that should cause us to look back to see what came before. In this case, the author has been writing an explanation concerning the Covenant God had made with His people that ensured them that, by faith in the work of Jesus on the cross, they had been given the promise of entering into God’s presence with confidence. (You’ll find it below and it’s worth the read)

For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? 3 But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; 6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. 7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’” 8 When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), 9 then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. 15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, 16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” 17 then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” 18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. Hebrews 10:1-18

Our confidence, mentioned throughout the chapter, is explained best in verse 19, as coming from the blood of Jesus; and in verse 22, it is defined as belonging to those who by faith have assurance of salvation through the forgiveness of sins, once and for all, (11-18).

We can “hold unwaveringly to [this] hope” because God is trustworthy, (23).

It is important to understand these verses because they are the essence of why we can and should “spur one another on to love and good works”, which God created us in Christ1 Jesus to do2.

1So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 NET

2For we are his creative work, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we can do them. Ephesians 2:10 NET

Our focus/SOAP passage (24-25) follows this promise of good news with instructions to think about, in other words be intentional in looking for ways to encourage “one another”, those belonging to the body of Christ, on to live out the love3 and good works God created us for. For this reason it is wise to not give up meeting together, especially as the day of Christ’s return draws closer. One side note on this observation is since we don’t know the day or hour we should make it a habit to encourage “one another” often, in a formal meeting or outside of a formal meeting, so that we will not stop living and loving3 as He created us to.

 3“I [Jesus] give you a new commandment—to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. John 13:34  

3Jesus answered, “The most important is: ‘Listen, [people of God], the Lord our God, the Lord is one30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 13:29-31 NET

Application: So What Does This Mean For Us?

While this is a very familiar passage to me, as I’m sure it is to many who are reading this, I am convicted that this should be a passage we read often so that we don’t lose sight of why believers can and should have confidence in the work of Christ and the promised gift of salvation through our faith.

It is also a great reminder that we should be sharing the hope of our faith with others, but especially that we should encourage other believers often with this hope that is ours in Christ. Our salvation does not rest on our shoulders or our work but on the work of Jesus Christ4 and the grace of God5.

So, stand firm in the confidence that God has given us in Christ Jesus so that you do not stop showing love and doing good

(4) See Hebrews 10:1-18 above

(5) 8For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 NET

Prayer: Response to God’s Word

Father, thank You so much for the confidence You have given us through Your grace and Your promises to those who have believed in Christ Jesus, Your Son! You are indeed a trustworthy God and we have the full assurance of Your forgiveness through our faith in Him. For You have said whoever believes is forgiven once and for all, and no longer being condemned we are saved through His blood and have both the confidence to draw near to You now and the guarantee of a place in Your presence – in Your kingdom yet to come. Help us to faithfully stand firm in this hope and encourage one another often with these truths that are ours through Christ. And may we not fail to share these truths with those who still have no hope until He comes again. – In Jesus’ powerful name – amen and amen!!

 For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. John 3:16-17 NET

Reflections: Your turn

What are some ways you can encourage others in your life today?

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