Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hebrews Chapter 4

For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest,’” even though this rest has been ready since he made the world. (Hebrews 4:3 NLT)

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. (Hebrews 4:12, 13 NLT)

This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:15, 16 NLT)

This chapter has such an amazing starts with such a stern warning.  It clearly supports the -- only one way to God -- verses found elsewhere in the Bible.  I've heard people describe this "ultimatum" as unloving...but it's so clear.  And in context of all that God has done for us...our part is so small.  He's made it about as easy as can be made...but it is still up to us.

The description of the word of God is so beautiful and poetic...and sharp....and then the sobering knowledge that God knows everything.  That can be terrifying or freeing...and sometimes it's both.  :)

I love the invitation in the later part of the chapter...So let us come boldy...and what promise awaits, mercy and grace for when we need it most.  I know I need all those things.

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