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March 15, 2009
I. THE CONFESSION OF OUR WORSHIP. 23
A. WITHOUT WAVERING. 23a
Do not return to the shadows; we have the substance.
"without wavering" – without bending, leaning, firmness; not lying down. Not to lean back to the old life, but rather move forward (press on). Beware of the pull of the old life! The basis of appeal: the faithfulness of God.
Regardless of what may come your way, the believer stands firm in the confession of hope in Jesus Christ.
"hold fast" – when you are genuinely hopeful, you will "hold fast." Perseverance; not holding fast our salvation, but our hope. Present tense – keep on holding fast.
B. WITHOUT DOUBTING.
John 12:42-43, "Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God."
2 Timothy 2:13, "If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself."
1 Thessalonians 5:24, "He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it."
There is the human side of perseverance.
There is the divine side of perseverance.
We don't do anything to keep ourselves saved but it is evidence, on the human side, that we are saved.
"for He who promised is faithful"
John 2:23-24, "Now when He was in Jerusalem at
the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men"
"was not entrusting Himself to them" – they were undoubtedly those with a superficial start with Jesus, not true (sincere) hearts. The emphasis is on Divine Character. Hope speaks of spirit of expectation.
II. THE CONSIDERATION OF OUR WORSHIP. 24
"let us consider" – to fix eyes on; focus your attention (on other believers). Present tense; keep on doing so.
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