Hebrews 4 Lesson

Pure hearts

Should the thought of God being able to judge our thoughts, intentions and hearts, worry us? The Hebrew writer tells us:

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12.

If we have righteous thoughts and intentions, we probably can find comfort in that scripture. Perhaps saying to ourselves, “God knows that my thoughts and motives are pure. I am confident that He will bless my steps.” But what if our thoughts and intentions are not pure? Are we prepared to be disciplined for our hard hearts? God loves us, and He disciplines those whom He loves.

“For those whom the Lord loves, He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom he receives.” – Hebrews 12:6.

Our thoughts are very important to God and to our salvation. He does not want us thinking about sinful things or having a hard heart. Instead, God wants us to focus our time thinking about Godly things. Here are a few scriptures related to today’s study about the types of thoughts and intentions that God wants us to have:

  • “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” – Philippians 4:8.

  • “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2.

  • “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23.

The Hebrew writer talks about how those who believe will enter God’s rest:

“For we who have believed enter that rest.” – Hebrews 4:3.

Conversely, those that do not believe in Jesus and do not have faith will perish.

He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. ” – Mark 16:16.

The Hebrew writer talks about how those that do not have faith and do not believe in Jesus will suffer God’s wrath. 

“But the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.” – Hebrews 4:2.

 “As I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest.” – Hebrews 4:3.

To sum up today’s thoughts on Hebrews 4:

  1. Keep our thoughts, intentions and hearts pure. God will judge us accordingly.
  2. Because of God’s grace, we can enter His rest through our faith and our belief. We obtain and strengthen our faith through the reading of God’s word, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17.
  3. We keep our faith alive through the works that we do to glorify God. “Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead,  being  by itself.” – James 2:17. 
  4. The people that we associate with will affect our hearts. “Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33

May God bless our study of His word, and may we be strengthened to seek Him, to purify our hearts, and to focus on Godly living.  



The more I read the Bible, the more certain I become of what is right and what is wrong.

That is how I understand the scripture when it says that it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart - by clearly explaining what is right and what is wrong in the eyes of God.