from Lynda Lindsey
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:19-22
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:23-25
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 is promised. Hebrews 10:35-36
Confidence involves both a strong belief about something and a conviction to act on that belief. Perseverance is continuing in a course of action, regardless of difficulties or obstacles encountered. Christians need both confidence and perseverance to run the race marked out before us, as well as encouragement to strain towards the finish line where our promised reward awaits. Of what are we confident? That Jesus’ shed blood provides direct access to God; that Jesus’ blood washes us clean, inside and out, allowing us to approach Jesus boldly and confidently, fully assured of His welcome.
We have a new and living way to access God’s throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. No longer is our access to God achieved through the blood of a dead animal; rather our access is through Jesus who died and rose again, a living, one-time sacrifice. God’s laws, no longer written on tablets of stone, are written on our hearts and minds. God’s Holy Spirit transforms us, recreating us from the inside out, changing our hardened, obstinate hearts into hearts eager to do God’s will. Confident in Christ’s finished work on our behalf, we draw near.
Just as stirring the embers of a dying fire rekindles a strong blaze, so do we stir up one another’s faith, encouraging the discouraged, strengthening the exhausted. Draw near Christ, then draw near one another. Hold fast to your confidence. Don’t shrink back. Remember Christ’s faithfulness and be faithful. Don’t waver. Stand steady. Constantly consider ways to stimulate others to greater faithfulness. Stay together as a flock; there is safety in numbers. Consider all that Jesus has done, is doing, and will continue to do. And then in quiet confidence, endure.