We can have ultimate confidence in the power of God. There is nothing God cannot do. In Hebrews 10:23 Paul says: Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. More importantly than God’s power, which is unquestionable, is God’s faithfulness. While we may not always see where God’s will is taking us, we can rest assured God’s plan is perfect. In the end, we will be with Him and there is nothing sweeter than knowing this truth.
Because of Christ’s sacrifice we are free. Paul says in Hebrews 9:14, How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our conscience from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! What we must remember is the last passage in this verse where is says we are free from sin that we may serve the living God. Freedom from sin gives us the freedom to serve.
Why do we hang onto our attempts at righteousness through our own efforts? Christ died on the cross to make our own efforts towards righteousness obsolete. In Hebrews 8:13 Paul says: By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear. Since Christ died on the cross for our sins we no longer have to strive for perfection through our own works because Christ has made us perfect in God’s eyes through His sacrifice on the cross for us.
We are wasting our time when we look for fulfillment from anything other than a life with Christ. According to Hebrews 7:26 He fills all our needs: Such a high priest meets our need – one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. What more should we look for? Nothing.
Doing the right thing can sometimes feel very lonely. Paul says in Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. When we do the right thing, we always have an audience and when the audience is God, it’s the only one we need.
If we never grow up, we will never be able to fend for ourselves. The same goes for our spiritual growth. Hebrews 5:14 says, But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. The more mature we grow spiritually, the more we can distinguish the difference between right and wrong. When we are young we make simple mistakes, but as we grow older, we should not be making the same silly mistakes we made in our youth.
We all need help sometimes and we all need grace when we fail. While many people around us are incapable of granting grace, God’s grace is unlimited. Hebrews 4:16 says: Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. When we come into the presence of God, He has already forgiven us. He loves us and wants an authentic relationship with us that can only be possible through forgiveness because of the blood of Christ. Let us never take that for granted.
When I first read the Bible all the way through a few years back, the biggest thing that struck me was the fact that there are no perfect people in the Bible; at least not until we reach Jesus. Every single character sinned and was saved by the redeeming blood of Christ. And, every single character’s purpose was to ultimately point everyone back to Christ. Hebrews 3:3 give a wonderful analogy of this: Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater than the house itself. No matter how great the individual is, we were all created to be a reflection of Christ and to point others to Him, without exception.
God is more capable of understanding what we are go through than we can ever imagine. Christ experienced what we experienced when He was on earth and in some cases even more. In Hebrews 2:18 Paul says, Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted. We must trust that He is able to empathize with us and stand with us in our temptation.