And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Heb 6:11-12)
It seems that in today’s societal landscape, hope is a scarce commodity. People are experiencing financial stress, which often causes stress in the family. The political discourse is heated, and our country is deeply indebted, with no foreseeable solution. Add to all of this, a terrible tragedy by a crazed gunman in Tucson Arizona, its no wonder that there is an uncertainty that has permeated our society.
The first century Christians that were the recipients of this letter were in a similar situation, which is one reason I believe the writer of Hebrews draws them into a discourse on faith, assurance, hope, and the promises of God. They, like us, needed to be reminded of the faithfulness of God to keep His promises. The question of whether or not God will keep His word is one of the foundations of our faith. Will God keep His promises? What assurance do we have? The writer of Hebrews goes on to tell us…
Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. (Heb 6:17-18)
So saints, be greatly encouraged!
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