Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hebrews 10:35-36

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.

--Hebrews 10:35-26 NASB
In chapter 10 of the Book of Hebrews the author emphasizes the finality of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice by contrasting it with the Old Testament system of law and sacrifices. The Old Testament system must be repeated without end, but the redemption of Christ does not need repetition or supplementation--it is final.
God's redemption of us through Christ is more than just “fire insurance”--comfort in the knowledge of our own eternal destiny. God’s redemption comes with the expectation that we will share with others, just as it was shared with us. Because of Christ, we can speak to others with confidence. The Greek word in verse 35 is transliterated as parrēsia (“par-rhay-SEE-ah”), meaning a freedom of speech; a boldness; a confidence. We cannot be merely be content in our own redemption and ignore those around us. We must boldly share with others the new of God's redemption.
And we must endure in our task. The Greek word in verse 36 is hupomoné (“hoop-om-on-AY”), meaning to remain behind; to endure with patience. We cannot just move forward with our own redemption. We must stay back with those who are not redeemed and continue to patiently work with them until they understand--until they "get it."
The concept of God’s “fire insurance” is nice, but it seems selfish and hollow without fulfilling the expectation that comes with it. Once we we have endured to the end in our task, which is God’s will for us, we will then receive in full our promised redemption.
Father, I thank You for redeeming me. While I may not think myself worthy, You do. Help me to share Your love and redemption with all of the worthy ones around me. In Jesus’ name. amen.