From Daniel's Desk on 1/23/20
My Title: The FULL Assurance of Hope
My Verse: 1
"Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God."
WE NEED TO GROW UP. - Listen, this is serious business. I you have been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, shared the Holy Spirit, and tasted the goodness of the Word of God and the powers of the age to come... HOW could you fall away! (There WILL be those that do, so PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to the gospel truth that you have been taught!)
We will know them by their fruit - If you've heard God's voice and responded than you need to continually GROW in the Lord so that you will mature into producing GOOD fruit. When you see someone producing thorns and thistles (instructing people into false doctrine, or leading them away from the cross) you will know that they are headed for the WRATH of God. For God is NOT unjust, He will also not overlook your service and love you have shown for His name in serving the saints.
The best part about this is OUR HOPE STANDS ON and our FAITH is SURE IN the FACT and the TRUTH that GOD is UNCHANGING which means He CANNOT LIE AND it means by His very NATURE, He IS FAITHFUL. ALL of His promises have come true. We can HAVE FAITH in His FUTURE promises too. He IS coming back soon! So let's ACT LIKE IT.
Therefore (what's it THERE for?) - Previously, in chapter 5 we were looking at the fact that Jesus is a PERFECT High Priest that was MADE to BECOME that by conforming to His Father's will THROUGH suffering SO THAT He can relate to our humanity in EVERY way. He UNDERSTANDS our existence because He not only created it, He LIVED it.
GROW UP to maturity. We should not try to hang on to tradition rooted in WORKS. Have you been enlightened? Tasted the HEAVENLY GIFT? Shared in the HOLY SPIRIT? Tasted the GOODNESS of the Word of God AND the POWERS of the AGE TO COME? Then ACT LIKE IT!
Don't fall away from the TRUTH and PAY MUCH CLOSER ATTENTION to the GOSPEL TRUTH! <-- BECAUSE it is IMPOSSIBLE to RESTORE THOSE WHO HAVE AND THEN FALLEN AWAY FROM THIS TRUTH (been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, shared in the Holy Spirit, tasted goodness and the Word of God AND the powers of the age to come) to teach that we once again NEED to work to FULFILL the LAW to draw near to God. To repent from that again would mean that they are keeping their Savior on the cross.
You will know them by their fruit. If you are bearing fruit of thorns and thistles you are headed for the fire. God's WRATH IS JUST!
God is NOT unjust, He will NOT overlook your WORK and the love that you have shown for His name in serving the saints, as you STILL DO
The desire is THAT ALL will show full assurance of HOPE until the end.
Don't be sluggish! Imitate those who THROUGH FAITH and PATIENCE inherit the promises.
God's character is UNCHANGING. Our very hope and faith STAND on this FACT! - He cannot lie so He IS faithful. He doesn't TRY to be faithful... He IS FAITHFUL.
SO THOSE of us who have FLED for REFUGE might have STRONG encouragement to HOLD FAST tot he HOPE set before us. - We have THIS as a SURE and STEADFAST ANCHOR of the soul, a HOPE that enters into the inner place behind the curtain. (Behind the veil, man could not go because that is where God dwelt among man... that veil has been torn because God now can dwell IN man because we have been sprinkled clean by the blood of the lamb, His SON Jesus.)
Jesus is our High Priest.