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Faith Perseveres (Hebrews 11:1-3)

June 23, 2013 by Pito


    The hall of heroes of Chapter 11 challenges us to persevere as they did, in faith. We are to do so because apostasy is a real threat to real people in the Church. The warnings given to us in the book of Hebrews are not hypothetical. Christians were really considering returning to Jerusalem to the sacrifice of bulls and goats.

   We believe God’s Word because it is true and because God has given us eyes to see, even though Jesus is not physically before our eyes. Apart from this gift men will not come to Christ. Apart from this gift Christians will go back to Jerusalem just in time for the war, the judgment. God calls us to persevere, not to fall back into that from which He rescued us.

   We are to persevere by faith through the curse on creation. We are to persevere by faith through the consequences of our own sin. We are to persevere by faith through persecution for righteousness sake.

    We persevere by faith when we are sick, when we travel, when we work by the sweat of our brow, when we lose a loved one. Through all the effects of the curse, we persevere.

   We live by faith though the consequences of our own sin. The vast majority of our troubles we afflict upon ourselves. Therefore, let us not blame others or our circumstances, or our God. Let us not be easily offended. Let us take responsibility for our sin and move on in the purposes of God. Let us be determined to persevere through the consequences of our own sin; to confess, to be instantly cleansed, then to

  “…teach others thy ways; so sinners shall be converted unto thee.”

   We are to persevere by faith through persecution. Jesus told us that we would be persecuted because He was persecuted. The servant is not greater than his Master. God trained Job to trust Him by taking things away from him, his children, his wealth and his health and it was not because he did anything wrong.

    We see God’s loving discipline all through this chapter and we see it all through the history of the church. We should not be surprised. Jesus said, “I  have chosen you out of the  world, therefore the world hates you…”

  Through the times of our sojourn here, we live by faith. We are assured that He died for our sins and that He rose from the dead and that He is putting all His enemies under His footstool. The fact that we have gathered here this morning is evidence of His grace working in history. We are His people and He is our God and nothing will ever change this. Romans 8:35-39.



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