(19-39) The Full Assurance of Faith
Through the piercing of His flesh and the shedding of His blood, Jesus the Christ opened a way for us to enter the holy place and come before the throne of God. There is no longer any need for us to fear coming before God or depending on someone else to communicate with God on our behalf. If our hearts are clean from evil and full of faith, we can come before God on our own and have confidence that He will hear us.
Believers should encourage other believers to love and good works. We should meet together often because Christ never intended for following Him to be done alone.
Once we receive and believe the knowledge of the truth, which is that Jesus the Christ made the ultimate sacrifice on the cross for our sins, then we should not go on sinning. If we do, we can expect to be judged. Paul likens those who know about Christ’s work on the cross and then ignore that work as someone who tramples Him underfoot, defiles His blood, and outrages the Holy Spirit which is full of grace. After all that Christ endured to provide us salvation, sufferings, reproach, affliction, and mistreatment should not cause us to turn back from following God. We know that a great reward awaits our faith and our confidence. Instead, we need to endure. We need to do the will of God so that we can receive what has been promised us. We are not of those who shrink back from salvation into destruction, but of those who have eternal faith to the saving of our soul.
Favorite verse: (39) But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.