The Joy in Responsibility
(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)
Resting On Promises
The Context of Chapters 2, 3 and 4 (so far):
The main idea is “There is a rest for the people of God” (4:9)
Trusting in the promises of God (4:3)
Trusting comes through the Word by faith (4:2)
Strive to enter that rest (4:11)
2:1 Pay much closer attention [to the Word]
3:1 Consider Jesus…the Apostle [the message, or Word]
3:12 Take care brothers…evil unbelieving heart [not believing the Word]
3:15 Today if you hear His voice [Word], don’t harden your hearts
For… (our focal verses 12 and 13) we are taught about the Word…
About the Word:
Living and Active
Sharper than a double edge sword
Dividing – Soul and spirit, joints and marrow
Discerning – thoughts and intentions of the heart
The point of verse 12 is:
The Word of God penetrates very deep into the whole person
Once deep inside it assesses the heart
The assessment is NOT Good vs. Bad
The assessment is Belief vs. Unbelief
Are you resting on the Promise of Sin or the Promise of God?
The point of verse 13 is:
All are exposed in God’s sight. God sees and understands all about all.
However: Believers are “naked and unashamed”. (Genesis 2:25)
Everyone is a promise believer.
There must be a function to assess the promises on which we rest.
Spend time with God’s people allowing the Word to assess us.