Hebrews 2. Forum Discussion

Faith

The Hebrew writer starts chapter 2 by saying:

“For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it,” – Hebrews 2:1.

That is true. Have you ever heard the expression, “If you don’t use it, you lose it?” That is true with respect to our faith. If we do not meditate on God’s word, and work to put those words into action, they will slowly lose their ability to help us.

Have you ever started a healthy new habit such as daily Bible study, found that it was really helping you, and then for some reason just stopped doing it? Most of us have, and many times without any good explanation.

Paul said in Romans 7:15-20:

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.  And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.  As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.  For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”

This is an important thing to stop and think about. Like Paul, do we do the things that we hate, and not do the things that we want to do? If we are honest with ourselves, we can all relate to what Paul wrote about in Romans 7:15-20. And like the Hebrew writer tells us in Hebrews 2:1, God wants us to pay close attention to what we have heard so that we do not drift away from it.

Later in Hebrews 2:18 we read:

“For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.”

We have a merciful and faithful high priest in Jesus. He knows that we are weak and are going to fall short. Jesus is also loving and merciful and full of grace. He loves us, even when we make mistakes. It is our belief in Him that saves us, not our own abilities. The Hebrew writers tells us to, “Pay much closer attention to what we have heard.”

When we find ourselves going through times of temptation, we need to turn to God’s word for guidance, strength, and encouragement. God will not abandon us, but we can abandon Him.

We will conclude today’s study with the following scripture from Deuteronomy 31:8:

“The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

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Michael

Mathew 26:41, "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak”.

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