Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward
Hebrews 10:35 (NASB)
Thoughts on Today’s Verse
The book of Hebrews is not for unbelievers, but for those that are maturing in the Christian faith.. and it has been beloved by countless generations of believers. It contains a wealth of spiritual truths, to help us in our spiritual growth, but we must never forget that it was originally written to early Jewish Christians, who had to come to terms with the fact that ‘in Christ’.. we are no longer under law but under grace.
As a result, we find many references back to the oracles of God, which are found in Old Testament scripture, with serious warnings, about legalism, for the Body of Christ. We are warned NOT to fall into the same spiritual snares as Israel. Much of the content of the book of Hebrews draws parallels between the pre-cross dispensation of Law and the post-cross dispensation of the grace of God – and the lessons that we can learn today from Israel’s past failure, are of paramount significance, in these closing days of history.
There are some very specific warnings, a great many words of encouragement and some important lessons for all Christians to learn. Born-again believers, who have been saved by grace through faith in Christ, are warned of the consequences of drifting from the truth of God’s word, and the danger of failing to enter God’s promised rest. We are cautioned of the peril of not pressing on to maturity and warned against developing an attitude of indifference – while in this passage we are counselled of the danger of wilful sin.
There are five very specific warnings in Hebrews, and this one cautions against carelessness in our spiritual walk. We are warned not to drift from the faith or doubt God’s goodness. We are not to distort the truth, despise the Lord or deny Him the right to govern our lives. All warning passages caution us against spiritual negligence.. but all are followed by words of helpful, spiritual encouragement.
In this verse we are encouraged therefore, not to throw away our confidence in Christ, which has a great and lasting reward. How tempting it can be, to start to rely in our own abilities and resources, in preference to trusting the Lord and depending upon His provision. However, we are exhorted not to lean on our own, human understanding and trust in our own provision .. nor are we to depend on others to the exclusion of our heavenly Father.
We are not to become weary in well-doing or abandon the work that God has assigned us to do. We are to keep on keeping on.. and are to occupy until the Lord comes – for we are promised that in due season we shall reap a great reward, if we patiently endure, and do not faint.
Let us hold fast to that which is good, and seek to do everything to the glory of God.. so that our whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved complete, and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.. for His praise and glory.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the word of truth, and the warnings and encouragement that it contains for our spiritual learning and Christian maturity. I pray that I may be faithful to You in thought, word and deed and thank You for Your many precious promises which are “yes” and “amen” in Christ Jesus my Saviour, in Whose name I pray, AMEN.