how do I know if I have enough faith? Hebrews study pt. 11
Updated: May 5
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Hebrews Chapter 10: Your Faith Has Saved You
I was mad with myself for allowing this Bible study to become so delayed. It had been my plan to post a study every single day for two weeks, but those two weeks have now become three. As I read this chapter I had to smile- because maybe God allowed my busyness to delay this study for a reason. As we are going through a pandemic (at the time of my writing this at least), Hebrews 10 brings us peace and affirmation for our faith.
The opening sentence of this chapter really caught my attention. It plainly states: "The law is only a shadow of the good things coming." The law, the Ten Commandments, are the bare necessities of what is required to maintain a perfect society. Think about it- there is no good (or bad) thing that isn't able to be addressed through one of God's ten commands. This verse tells us that someday God's law will be everyone's law. It is referring to the New Jerusalem. Many people in today's world, even Christians, question the validity of the Ten Commandments but I personally believe they are still valid. There is nothing in them that is worth replacing or doing away with. They give us the standards we all silently strive towards. No one wants their possessions stolen. No one wants their husband or wife to cheat on them. No one benefits from envying others. Each of these topics are things we deal with every day we just don't always put it all together in our heads. It is human nature to want to follow God's Law.
Once again the author goes on to explain to his readers that there is no longer a need for sacrifice. Hebrews 10:9 says, "...He sets aside the first to establish the second." later down the pages Hebrews 10:14 makes it even clearer, "For by one sacrifice he made perfect forever those who are being made holy."
Jesus is the one sacrifice that saves us all. What Jesus has forgiven, humans no longer need to sacrifice for (Hebrews 10:18)
As I read the second half of Hebrews chapter 10, I felt as if God had penned it just for me during this time of difficulty due to the Covid-19 flu. Here in the pages of a book written hundreds of years ago, God reminds all believers to have confidence in him. He tells us to have confidence in our salvation. He asks us to draw near to him. "...let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Let us consider how we may spur one another toward love and good deeds." Ironically enough it even says not giving up meeting together!! Which just really made me chuckle with all the social isolation talk going around right now. The bottom line of this chapter is this: Jesus saves.
Do you believe that Jesus has saved you? Do you believe that Jesus is real? Real enough for the world to end? Real enough to take us to heaven? As everyone feels a little uncertain about what tomorrow holds, now is the perfect time to get to know Jesus more intimately through the Bible. Hebrews chapter 10 isn't all sunshine and butterflies. Although we can find peace and security in Jesus, we can also face pain and suffering if we choose to ignore that he exists. The author reminds readers of his day of their suffering- the suffering they experienced before they found the light (The Gospel). He points out that their suffering became bearable only when they accepted and believed in Jesus. When they realized that eternity existed and waited for them they gladly gave up their possessions and bore the criticism of their enemies.
I want to close with this short verse because I think it is a good thought to ponder:
In just a little while,
he who is coming will come and will not delay.
Today instead of simply giving you points to ponder, I want you to set a timer for 10-20 mins, put on some music, and think about heaven. What will it be like? What would make it worth it? Do you believe it is real? How can you make heaven seem real and relevant in your future?