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Epistle to the Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. .”Hebrews 12:14

  • Working at living in peace

Paul said in Romans:

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Romans 12:17-19

The author of Hebrews and Paul, mentioned about the importance of not being hostile. It is about having Christ’s attitude and not causing harm to others. We often want to fight for our rights and at the end we are becoming foes to others.  As far as it depends on us we need to make our best to be peacemakers. There’re situations where you naturally because an enemy to others because you want to lift up Christ’s standards. Being at peace with everyone does not imply compromising Christ’s standards to be inoffensive. Jesus had enemies because He wanted to do His Father’s will and it naturally caused disagreements.

When desiring to follow Jesus it is inevitable that discord and opposition will occur even in families. He said: “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.” Mat 10:34

The peace we’re talking about here refers to our attitude towards man. We need to work at it in our workplace, at school and even at church. Some people won’t oppose you because of your faith in Christ so if you’re hostile to them, you’re expected to reconsider your behavior. Peace is something we need to work at to make it happen. Several times, I heard Christians saying that they are persecuted at work because of their faith but the truth is that they get into conflicts because they do not demonstrate Christ-likeness.

As Peter said:

So be happy when you are insulted for being a Christian, for then the glorious Spirit of Godrests upon you.If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs.But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!” 1 Peter 4:14

We should be the one who make our working place a healthy place to work and not a place of tension.

Jesus said in Mat 5:

God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” Mat 5:9

  • Work at living a holy life

Your ears are perhaps saturated hearing this exhortation of living a holy life. But we always need to be reminded about living a holy life because our flesh is weak and our God is Holy. We cannot have fellowship with God if our hearts and thoughts are evil. God is intransigent concerning holiness. In the old covenant, if an animal even touched mount Sinai, it had to be stoned to death (Ex 19:13). God’s anger burned against Uzzah because he wanted to give a helping hand to the ark which was falling. Even if he was a Levite, he was struck to death by God on the spot. Uzzah was a religious man whose job was to actually look after holy things. However, perhaps Uzzah became too familiar with God’s things and probably started to take lightly God’s holiness. Maybe he assumed it was permissible for him to touch God’s Holy things at that instant.

If you’re a minister of the Gospel, be careful of not treating as an ordinary thing God’s Holy Gospel and presence. No matter how a faithful servant you have been, if you ever rebel against God’s holiness, you’ll have Him as foe. For example, remember that Jesus said that the sin against God’s Holy Spirit will never be forgiven.

I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.” Mark 3:28

No matter how innocent act it was to prevent the ark from falling, Uzzah violated God’s law and it was fatal at that very moment (2 Sam 6). We cannot approach God’s holy presence if our heart is evil. In fact without holiness no one will see God. We should not take it for granted that we are going to heaven no matter how we live. Yes we know that Jesus’ blood is powerful to cleanse our sins, that He is our advocate and the High Priest who intercedes for us. But remember that Jesus is also God. Your attitude should demonstrate that you abhor what is evil and work at it to get rid of every sin that entangles you.

“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9

Job was a man who wanted to live a holy life, he said: “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman.” Job 31:1

Jesus even taught us:

So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown into eternal fire with both of your hands and feet. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell Mat 18:8

What is your attitude with sin? Do you work at getting rid of sins or are you complacent with how you are? A Christian should hate sin and not cherish them. God is love, faithful, forgiving and merciful but He is also Holy. It is because of His holiness that sinners are going to hell. It is because of His holiness that Jesus had to endure God’s holy wrath. God is righteous and sin is not something that He tolerates. The Spirit works in us to make us holy (2 Cor 3:18) because without holiness no one will see God.

So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as “foreigners in the land.” 1 Peter 1:14

In God’s presence John (Revelation 1:17), Daniel (8:18), Isaiah (6:5) and Moses (Hebrews 12:21) were terrified and were like dead.

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead.” Rev 1:17

Moses himself was so frightened at the sight that he said, “I am terrified and trembling” Heb 12:21

While he was speaking, I fainted and lay there with my face to the ground.” Daniel 8:18

Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” Is 6:5

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Posted August 16, 2013 by Cedric in Theology

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