Do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere, so when you have done the will of God you will receive what He has promised.
*Endure hardship as discipline
*God disciplines me because He loves me. I am His child, and He wants what is best for me.
Because of Jesus let us:
1) draw near to God
2) hold fast to hope in Jesus
3) consider others
4) meet together
5) encourage others
Because of Jesus, we have confidence. We are confident, in that, we can go before the Father for Jesus made the way straight for us through His crucifixion.
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we who believe are totally covered by His blood, which opened up a new way for us to enter into the Most Holy Place – the presence of God. The old way of blood sacrifice is gone; no longer valid.
Because Jesus is the one and only Atonement, we can go boldly before the Throne of Grace & Mercy. We no longer are guilt-ridden, for the cleansing blood of Messiah washed our guilt, shame, and sin away. We can stand clean and guiltless before God.
Because of Jesus, we have a High Priest over us who loves and cares for us.
Because of Jesus, and the freedom we have in Him:
Let us – draw near to God with a sincere heart filled with faith in Jesus.
Let us – hold fast to our hope in Jesus. God is faithful and His promises are true. Let nothing rob us of this glorious hope that is in Jesus Christ.
Let us – consider others. Come along aside of them to spur them on in the truth of God’s Word; towards love and deeds, and living out their faith.
Let us – meet together. The body of Christ, the Bride, the church is what Jesus is coming back for. There is strength and power in numbers. Jesus said, “Where two or more are gathered, I am there.” God wants us to be a community; not separate and going our own way. He gives different gifts to different parts of the body. When one part is missing, the body does not function as it ought. To be a healthy body every member is necessary (1 Cor. 12:7-31)
Let us – encourage one another. The days grow short and the times are evil. Strengthen the weak, comfort those who mourn, rejoice with those who rejoice, lend a helping hand, share God’s Word, and pray for others.
Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being. 3 Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. 4 If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. 5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” 6 But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which He is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.
7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. 8 But God found fault with the people and said:
“The days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
9 It will not be like the covenant
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they did not remain faithful to My covenant,
and I turned away from them,
declares the Lord.
10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel
after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put My laws in their minds
and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be My people.
11 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know Me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.”
13 By calling this covenant “new,” He has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.
13 When God made His promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for Him to swear by, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
16 People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, He confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a High Priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
10 God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
12 For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Word of God is the Holy Scriptures; the Bible. Jesus Messiah is the Word of God. The Word, Jesus, became flesh and dwelt among us.