"We are confident that you are meant for better things..." (NLT) Don't you love that statement in verse 9? "...better things that come with salvation." (NLT) Salvation is definitely better, and what better things could there possibly be than the promise of entering God's presence? I want to point out that verses 10-12 show us that it is an active faith that God wants from us. He wants to see our love for Him lived out in the way we treat each other. As Andy Stanley said, "one-anothering one another." The author says in verse 11 (NLT), "Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts..." This isn't a one time deal or when we feel like it, we are to be one-anothering one another as long as life lasts. As we have seen all this week, the book of Hebrews lays out how important our obedience is in our faith walk. In fact, obedience is the evidence of our faith. We now see an important part of obedience is loving one another; we are told in these verses it is essential to keep us from becoming "spiritually dull and indifferent" (verse 12, NLT).
Continuing on in Hebrews, we see it is through our obedience and endurance we will get to experience the promises God has given us. One of the promises we looked at earlier last week is the opportunity to enter His rest (Psalm 95). The author of Hebrews reminds us this is possible because Jesus has already gone into the Most Holy Place as our High Priest and He will lead us there. That is our great hope we have in our salvation! Oh how I could keep going, but I will have to leave it there for today and continue on in my next post. Otherwise this post will be too long!
How are you doing at "one-anothering one another?"
This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.