3 Exhortations for Believers

Hebrews 10:19-25

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This morning our text is found in
Hebrews 10:19-25

Let’s start out with a little context.
Hebrews is a book about Christ being the fulfillment of
all of the Old Testament way of doing things.
The first few chapters describe Christ as being better
than basically everything.
He is greater than angels
He is greater than Moses
He is Greater than the high priests

It is with this lens that we must view our passage this
morning.

It’s easy to identify the exhortations because they
each begin with the phrase let us.

The first exhortation is to have:

Confidence in Prayer

Hebrews 10:22 “Let us draw near with a sincere
heart in full assurance of faith, having our
hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience
and our bodies washed with pure water.”

The reason we can have confidence in prayer is stated
in the verses before the one we just read.

There are two:
We can have confidence in prayer because of the
blood of Jesus.
He created a new way and living way for us to
communicate with God.
The Old Testament way was a way of death. The
priest would offer the sacrifice brought by the person
and sprinkle the blood on the altar.
He was the only one who could go into the holy place
and the high priest was the only one who could go
into the most holy place.
This represented the presence of God.
Prayer is coming into the presence of God.

We can also have confidence in prayer because Jesus
is our high priest.
He is the one who grants us access
to God.

He didn’t offer the sacrifice, He became the sacrifice.
He was the perfect lamb that was slain for the
forgiveness of our sin.

When Christ gave up His life on the cross, the veil in
the temple was torn representing the barrier between
God and man being torn down. Jesus provides us
direct access to the Father.

Hebrews 4:16 “Therefore let us draw near with
confidence to the throne of grace, so that we
may receive mercy and find grace to help in time
of need.”
Because of Jesus, we can come with confidence to the
Father in prayer!
We can be assured that He hears us and know that
we can ask Him confidently to grant us mercy and
grace.

The Hebrew writer explains that we should approach
the holy place with a sincere heart. The holy place is
referring to the presence of God. God knows our heart
so we should be sincere when we pray. He can tell
the difference.

He also mentions having hearts sprinkled clean and
bodies washed with pure water.

These are referring to the complete forgiveness that is
given through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.
His blood makes us new and cleanses all our sin.

The second exhortation is that we can have:

Consistency in our Hope

V.23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope
without wavering, for He who promised is
faithful;”

The Hebrew author describes the consistency with the
phrase without wavering. The idea is of an object
standing straight up. 90 degrees from horizontal.
Also, it’s a reminder of the steadfastness that
believers should have in their hope in Christ.
We should not be able to be moved like a boat being
tossed to and fro by the waves. We must hold on to
the hope that is within us. And that hope is that Christ
is one day coming back. He has promised in His word
that He will come back. He is preparing a place for us
to be with the Father.

Here’s the truth of this exhortation – Christ is Faithful
We aren’t able to hold on to our hope on our own. It’s
only because of the faithfulness of Christ that we can
endure to the end.

Recall the words Paul wrote to young Timothy in
2 Timothy 2:13 “If we are faithless, He remains
faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”

God is faithful even when we are not, but He grants
us the power to remain consistent in our hope.

The final exhortation is:

Commitment to Community

Vv.24-25 “and let us consider how to stimulate
one another to love and good deeds, not
forsaking our own assembling together, as is
the habit of some, but encouraging one another;
and all the more as you see the day drawing
near.”

Notice how these verses describe one another twice
and together once. It’s an exhortation to join together
in community.

The Hebrew author uses the word stimulate – this
word is mostly used in a negative connotation, but
here the idea is to stimulate one another to love and
good deeds. Together we can accomplish more and
share love with a greater audience.

This is also about accountability. Together we can
hold one another accountable for doing good and
sharing love with the world. We need to surround
ourselves with people who stimulate us to love and
good deeds.

Also, it’s an encouragement to join together in
worship. Your presence is an encouragement to your
pastor, but it’s also an encouragement to those
around you. Worship is not about what you get
out of it, it’s what you contribute.

Sadly, I hear people talking about leaving churches
because they aren’t getting what they want from the
church: worship isn’t their style, preacher is a teacher
versus preacher or vise versa, service times aren’t
convenient.

If God calls you to a place, He wants to use your
specific talents and abilities for His glory right where
you are!

APPLICATION

Each of the exhortations are only possible because of
the work of Jesus Christ.
Without Christ we wouldn’t have direct access to God.
Without Christ we would be without hope.

Without Christ we would fail to spur one another one
to love and good deeds.
Christ is the source of our Faith, Hope and Love.

Our response this morning is to
Celebrate His faithfulness and
Continue to pray
Remain steadfast in hope
Encourage one another.