Stay the Course

Do you realize that salvation is a two-step process? You must first come to believe that you are a sinner. You and I fail at walking righteously in the sight of God. Every person is born with this condition. The source of our dilemma comes from Adam and Eve. Disobedience occurred when Adam and Eve ate an apple from the forbidden tree. They knew they weren’t supposed to, but they allowed themselves to be deceived by Satan. This act caused a separation between God and man. True knowledge is blocked and man has to find his way back to God. In this dark world, you and I don’t recognize God, thus, we are to seek Christ so we regain the sight needed to see clearly.

God will help you walk the path that He has called you to. You can trust Him.

In the book of Hebrews, you and I are studying who Christ is. Hopefully, the Spirit is helping you to walk in faith more deeply where you can say, “(Christ) must become greater and greater, and I become less and less.” (John 3:30) This sanctification process is the second step to your salvation. A child of God learns to walk by the Spirit and be obedient in what God is asking of him.

Today’s study lesson is Hebrews 10:19-39, God calls you to persevere as He leads you moment-by-moment into deeper faith with His Son. Go ahead and read the passage. God’s children are called to stay the course now that they chose to believe Him.

Jesus is the the way, the truth, and the life, and no one can go to the Father except through Him, see John 14:6. You and I can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place, verse 19. You could say that we have front row seats to God Himself. He freely gives of Himself and all He owns to you when you go to Him.

From verse 20, what did Jesus’ death accomplish that opened the door for you to freely enter God’s presence? Look at Matthew 27:51 for significance of the tearing of the curtain. Refresh your memory with Hebrews 9:1-9 in how life was like for believers in the Old Testament. How are you to enter His presence, see verse 22? What happens to you?

This is made possible because “Jesus is the great High Priest who rules over God’s house.”21

Verse 23 tells you to hold tightly without wavering to the hope you affirm. Do you know for certain that God can be trusted to keep His promises? Life likes to throw curve balls to get you to lose your footing so you will doubt God. You and I need to stay the course so we keep the faith and endure until the end.

The author of Hebrews gives a couple of ways that helps us all in staying the course in verses 24-25. What are they? You and I need to keep each other encouraged and focused on Christ. It is also important to meet together and worship God. By the way the world is currently going, take special note at the end of verse 25.

The author changes the tone of his message and gives a stark warning to God’s children in verses 26-31. What is he telling believers? Look at Ephesians 4:30 to help in understanding what he means. You are not to bring sorrow to the Spirit that resides within you as a believer in Christ. It does matter how you live your life. How does someone trample on the Son of God, see verse 29? How does someone live in such a way that they treat Jesus as if he’s common and unholy? It is easy to become blase’ about the very truths that we once cherished.

It is good to remember that Jesus is returning, not as a gentle lamb at His birth, but as a lion who will judge good and evil. Recall back to your early day of when you first believed Christ, see verse 32. Verses 32-34 give a glimpse of the reality of becoming a believer in Christ. You become an enemy to the world. As you take on the image of your Lord and Savior, others will see you as a foreigner. Read John 15:18-27 to help in understanding this. This very reality causes many to leave the faith and reject Christ.

“So, do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!”35

Even if the path leads you uphill, stay the course and keep the faith. He is with you.

According to verse 36, what are you needing? Believers are to continue to do God’s will no matter what circumstances they find themselves in. You and I do not know when the Coming One will return, see verse 37. Until Christ comes for you individually or His Church corporately, you are to live by faith and remain faithful to your Lord and Savior. Pay attention to verse 38. Do not be someone who turns away. If you have turned your back on God, do not let another moment go by, repent! God will receive you back. His love is that gracious and merciful.

Stay the course my fellow sojourners. God will see to it that you and I make it home.

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