Warning Against Unbelief: Studies In Hebrews
- We must always understand the warnings and exhortations in the context of the purpose of the
- The purpose of the letter was to prevent these Christians from letting go of their Christ-centred faith and reverting to a ritual/performance focused faith. The writer pursues his purpose by exalting Jesus Christ and his sacrificial death, teaching that Christ and his sacrifice far surpass all that these believers were in danger of embracing.
- The situation of the original readers was that they were under pressure
- We must also understand that the writer does not issue his warnings because of some gross on-going moral sins in these people. They had not forsaken Jesus Christ to return to a worldly, sinful lifestyle. The sin that threatened to take them captive was the sin of unbelief, as it was in the rebellion at the borders of Canaan. It is against this sin, against this disobedience, that the writer urgently warns his readers.
- As we study these warnings their message is of current relevance to us. Because our sinful human hearts invariably and automatically lean towards and embrace legalism, we also stand under constant threat of letting go of true, Christ-centred faith, and putting in its place a faith focused on our own conformity to rules, regulations, and ritual. Such a change of focus involves us in the sin of unbelief and disobedience. God has commanded us to believe in his Son. He has never commanded us to believe in ourselves. In fact he has told us that if we rely on our performance we are under a curse (Gal 3:10) and will never be acquitted in the law courts of heaven (Rom 3:10-20). It is to remind us of, and rescue us from, the threat of this curse and this condemnation that the writer pens his strong and unequivocal warnings and exhortations…More Commentary for “Warning Against Unbelief: Studies In Hebrews” @ http://www.godswordforyou.com/bible-studies/hebrews/103-study-eight-warnings-against-unbelief.html And for Galatians 3:10 @ http://biblehub.com/galatians/3-10.htm And Also for Galatians 3:10 at the Variety of Commentaries located @ http://biblehub.com/commentaries/galatians/3-10.htm And Finally for “No One Is Righteous - Romans 3:9-20” @ http://biblehub.com/niv/romans/3.htm And @ http://biblehub.com/romans/3-9.htm Plus at the Variety of Commentaries located @ http://biblehub.com/commentaries/romans/3-9.htm