ENDURANCE TO THE END
Persecution brings fear but the positive side is the promise of Christ of a great reward ahead for those who will endure. The writer also made reference to that reward when he told his readers not to cast away their confidence which has a great recompense of reward.
The context of this encouragement has to do with the doctrinal aspects that the writer had dealt with in the book. All these were geared towards giving the Christian church a strong foundation. The Hebrew believers were to be transformed from the old order to embrace the faith of their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The appeal that the writer made in Hebrews 12:1-2 is also applicable in the current context. It is gratifying to know that God is faithful to His promises, the writer appealed to that faithfulness. The message here also has a universal appeal as it has remained preserved in the inspired text. It is the Word of God and belongs to the Church of Christ. It speaks today.
The writer gave them direction of enduring to the end: they had need of patience. Do the will of God and receive the promise. The enemy will deride and persecute them to make them give up. Their study of God’s Word would give them direction and the Lord will not forsake them. The text says that the Lord does not delay His coming. In the meanwhile the truth of God always stands: “… the just shall live by faith ...” (Heb 10:38). There is need to adhere to that faith and see what God can do. While seeking to endure to the end, the danger of drawing back is real. The writer closed with a note of hope. He said, “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul” (Heb 10:39). Can we join the writer in affirming this resolve?
THOUGHT: Knowing God and all that He is will always make one remain confident.
PRAYER: Father, may I stand to the end and see the salvation of the Lord.