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Continue in the faith
Jesus repeats remain in me, love and bearing fruit. What is the “fruit that will last(16)?
In Colossians 1:23, “If indeed you continue in the faith…” Hebrews 2;1, “For this reason we pay much closer attention to what we’ve heard lest we drift away from it.” In other words, the message here is, Look, we had better have a salvation from which we do not drift or we will not escape the judgment of God.What before and after story do you see in your life?When (if ever) did you drift away from the faith? Why? What “evidences for faith” helped you back?Chapter 3 verse 14, this is so clear. “For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance, …” Four:14, “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus Christ the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” Chapter 6 verse 11, “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, that you may not be sluggish but imitators of those who through faith and endurance inherit the promises.” Chapter 10 and verse 34, again same concept, “For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and an abiding one, don’‘t throw away your confidence, you have need of endurance and you will receive what was promised,” verse 36.What was one of the most rebellious times in your spiritual life? What resulted from it? Who (or what) helped to bring you back?What situations have made you wonder about turning away from Christ? At those times, of what advantage is it to you to remember him as your high priest?When have you been spiritually lazy? What got you going again?
After such a dire warning necessary (10:32-39), how does the author appeal to previous testing, present action, and future events–all to encourage the Hebrews? Which appeal do you find persuasive?Verse 37, He who is coming will come and not delay, and all the while my righteous one shall live by faith. And if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him but we are not of those who shrink back to destruction bout of those who have faith to the persevering of the soul, Hebrews 10:39. Hebrews 12:14, Pursue peace with all men and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.”.What in Hebrews 12:14 comforts you? What makes you uneasy?
And then James 1:2 and following “Consider it all joy, my bretheren when you counter various trials knowing the testing of your faith produces endurance, let endurance have its perfect result that you may be perfect, complete lacking in nothing.” And verse 12, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial once he has been approved, he receives the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who at one time in the past believed in Him.” Is that what it says? “Those who love Him.” Those who love him, those who obey Him, those who persevere in the faith, they’re the true believers.Concerning a trial you have experienced, what pressures did it bring on your faith? What wisdom did you gain through it?
- Salvation (georgehach.wordpress.com)