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Fighting the Drift (8 of 11)
CONTEXT: Hebrews 10:19 is a hinge on which the letter to the Hebrews turns. We see this sort of thing in all of Paul's letters - Romans for example... he spends the first 11 chapters developing his doctrine, then in Romans 12:1 he turns to application and implication. Typically, you know you've come to the hinge verse when you see a, ''therefore''.
Throughout the first 10 chapters we see that Christ is a better Priest, a better Sacrifice, a better mediator of a better covenant... then in verse 19 we see a THEREFORE... that's like saying... so now what? OR what difference does it make. The remainder of the book will be more practical in nature.
Remember up to this point, the writer to the Hebrews is very much concerned that his readers don't approach their faith casually and drift slowly but surely into unbelief or worse yet that they begin to trust a system void of the Gospel for their salvation.
This is hard for those who have been for some time in a baptistic context to grasp. You see the bible very clearly teaches that God saves you and God keeps you saved. But that is not to say that God accomplishes that end without means.
I have been walking with Christ for over 20 years... and I can tell you there is a major undercurrent that seeks to carry us away individually and corporately.
ILLUSTRATION: A few years ago our family took a trip to the beach Julie and I sat down on a couple of lounge chairs and the kids went out to play in the in waves. I was reading a book then maybe 15 minutes later I look up and I don't see the kids. I began scanning the water and finally I noticed that they were all playing in the same formation about 100 yards down the beach. Why? Because of something called the undercurrent.
Well the Hebrews that were reading this letter had been caught up in a similar undercurrent. They were drifting - and they probably didn't even know it. Spiritu ...
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