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Whether you realize it or not, if you are a Christian, the moment you received Jesus Christ as Lord of your life was when He gave you a pair of running shoes and a number. You began a race. A marathon.
As we finish chapter 11, we are reminded of miracles and great works by men and women of faith. People were rescued, healed, and raised from the dead. These heroes had faith in their future Messiah.
Our faith is not blind, naïve, or empty. Because that faith has a solid foundation, we can hang our hope (choices, resources, and lifestyle) on this stunning story of encountering Jesus alive and still making a difference.
So you want to live boldly? You want to slay giants? You want to have an unshakeable faith? Don’t rely on yourself. We have a better and more enduring possession.
Today’s Bible reading passage is entitled, “Warning Against Deliberate Sin.” The focus of the passage isn’t on the negative aspects of what happens when we ignore God’s truth, when we choose to willingly disobey God. Let’s focus on the unique sacrifice that Jesus Christ offered by being crucified on the cross, giving up his life for our sins so that we could have eternal life with God.
Because of Jesus’ one and done sacrifice for sin, God is always calling us back into fellowship with his people and himself. So what is one way God might be either calling you back into fellowship, or calling you into a deeper fellowship with his people?
This passage in Hebrews serves as a reminder that we cannot save ourselves. Without Christ, all our righteous acts are like a polluted garment. We can follow all the commands in the Bible but if we stumble at one point, it is the same as breaking all of God’s law. Because of this, we need a Savior.
We have a big problem. God and his holiness is completely and utterly incompatible with our human sinfulness. How can this incompatibility be reconciled?
If you were not already convinced that the old covenant is inferior–the writer seems to be saying–let me blow your minds!
To appreciate how great is the new covenant, we must first consider the faults of the old. The old covenant was powerless and imperfect, but the new covenant is the apex. How?