The Joy in Responsibility
(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)
A Practical Look at Faith
It can be said that faith is the result of believing confidently in future events. Simply stated, it is only possible to faithfully endure suffering today if we believe things will be better in the future. Our text is all about practical aspects of faith.
Our author opens with a recount of days of Christian persecution: (Vs 32-33)
Two ways of suffering is given:
Choosing to be persecuted with the persecuted
How can a Christian choose to alien with others that are suffering?
The answer is given in verse 34…
Knowing (having faith) that better possessions are in the future
Better and abiding possessions
What is the result of this suffering?
JOY! (Vs 34)
How is joy the result of loss?
Only when faith sees the grandest of gains!
We lose stuff, we gain a person and a salvation:
Victorious King (2:15)
Rest in the Kingdom (4:9)
No more enemies (10:13)
Perfect conscience (9:14)
Sin forgotten (8:12)
Draw near to God (7:19, 25)
Faith destroys two key things in our life that cause us to be burdened;
FEAR and GREED
No fear – I no longer consider security, safety, ease and comfort as greatest value in this life.
No greed – I no longer hoard things because I have a great treasure in Christ.