Epistle to the Hebrews (10:23-25)   1 comment

Epistle to the HebrewsLet us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:23-25

We have gone through magnificent theological arguments and this should have led the Hebrew readers to hold fast and not wander. The author is here encouraging believers to remain in fellowship and incite each other to demonstrate love. We know that we are members of the body of Christ and we should edify each other with the gifts we have. We are not all evangelists but we all called to evangelise. We are not all specially called to teach but we are all called to edify each other. We are not all pastors but we are all required to look after each other.

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other...If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” ” 1 Cor 12:7,17

There is a call for unity amidst the diversity. In the church there has always been and there will always be people who do not think alike. We have different spiritual gifts and different characters and we often fail to realise these important facts. A body is not made up of one part but of many. If we were all pastors in the church, it would have been havoc. The Spirit knows what He did, He has put people with different gifts to meet the needs of each other. But this diversity often leads to conflicts when we refuse to walk in love. We should bring the most out of our fellow brothers and sisters. We should toil to fan into flame their spiritual gifts and calling. This will edify themselves and the whole church.

After Paul talked about the different ministries and gifts in 1 Cor. 12, he went on to talk about the ultimate reason for the spiritual gifts – love.

1 Corinthians 13 mentions that:

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”

The reason God has given us some special gifts and calling is to bless and edify the church. The Spirit works within us and pours out through us blessings to others. We should be vessels which excite people to charity and promote unity. We should watch over each other and be sensible to their needs. Oh may God forgive us for our selfishness! How many times we boast about our spiritual achievements but neglect the most important command – to love one another. We should leave our comfort zone and seek for those sheep who felt in a pit. May God deliver us from this hypocrisy and evil heart!

There are many reasons why people become frustrated, anguished, bored and discouraged to go to church. Sometimes people leave the church because they could not find themselves fit in. Some leave because they were seeking for meat but were given milk and starving. Some leave because of false teachings, which is a legitimate reason to leave. Another reason is because of sin, Christ is not the central being in the life of that person. But what has the church done to care for that lost sheep?

Someone does not leave Christian fellowship all of a sudden but little by little. There’re often unresolved conflicts which when piled up give enough reasons for that person to leave. Ferocious satan will not miss the opportunity to attack this bleeding and weak sheep with all kind of thoughts and sins. The church is responsible to take care of its members and not chase them. We will have to give an account to God on how we treated His sheep.

But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea” Mat 18:6

Let us not neglect our meeting together says the author. I submit to you that going to church does not save but the warmth of brothers and sisters keep us zealous and protect us from the snake. They rebuke us, strengthen and encourage us.

As iron sharpens iron,so a friend sharpens a friend. ” Prov 27:17

We are like burning charcoal but when we are isolated from those alike us, we lose heat and eventually become just a mass of cold wood. Jesus’ return is close and will He find faith and love on earth when He will return?

But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” Luke 18:8

Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Mat 24:12

Let us remain in fellowship and drag these isolated charcoals together. Let us build each other in the faith (1 The 5:11). You need to give and receive Christian love. You need to bless others with your spiritual gifts and also receive the blessings of others.

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Posted April 13, 2013 by Cedric in Theology

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One response to “Epistle to the Hebrews (10:23-25)

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  1. Amen! We are called to love others with the love of Christ, that is how they will know we are His followers. May we all be challenged to find someone to build up and encourage in the faith today. Blessings.

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