“For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: ‘Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion’…Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it” (Hebrews 3:14-15, 4:1).
The urgency of a continuous, obedient faith in God cannot be overstated. It is a divine exhortation that permeates Scripture, especially in the New Testament’s epistles.
The beginning of the exhortation given above is a staggering declaration: “We have become partakers of Christ” (see yesterday’s blog). This partnership with Christ will end with abundant spiritual success (i.e., eternal rest with God) IF…
We hold (katecho)—“a firm grip which provides full and secure possession”.
Steadfast (bebaios)—“firm, sure, certain”; as sure and certain as the message spoken by angels (Hebrews 2:2), as steadfast and immovable as the spiritual anchor called hope (Hebrews 6:19); as inflexible and unchanging as the contents of a person’s written will after he has died (Hebrews 9:17).
to the end—to that point in time when your time on this earth has expired.
If this is not another one of the Scriptures’ many exhortations of a continuous, obedient faith in God, then what is it?