Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away. But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved. Hebrews 10:36-39
Today’s thoughts from today’s verses:
As believers in Christ we have launched out on the path of living fully for God. We have been given a relationship with God through redemption which Jesus Christ secured on our behalf. Through our relationship with God we are learning to do his will. Today’s Scripture deals with a concern that God has for his people. God is concerned that his people continue to do his will through to the end of their lives or until Christ returns. We are told that those who continue to do God’s will for the long haul are those who will receive what he has promised. We are told that patient endurance is what we need in order for this to happen.
The focal point of our passage, however, is faith, which means that our passage is showing us how to have “endurance through faith.” In order to discover the benefit of what our passage teaches us about “endurance through faith,” we need to pinpoint both what it is God “promised” us and what aspect of “faith” is in view here? The key to answering both these questions is found in the last part of our passage where it says, “We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.” What do you think about our passage speaking of “being saved” as something that happens in the future?
1 Peter 1:3-5 can help us with this. It says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected (kept) by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” Notice that being “born again” is something in the past and “salvation” is something in the future. Actually, it speaks of salvation being “revealed” in the last time and this just means that our salvation will be finalized.
Here’s how it works: We are born again in the past – redemption; we obtain the inheritance of heaven in the future – glorification: and we are protected (kept) by the power of God through faith in the present (in between) – sanctification. Our Salvation is all of this: redemption, sanctification, and glorification. It is the time “in between” our new birth and our being safe in “heaven” which is in view in our passage. God has “promised” to transform our lives here and now and we must “trust” him for it. Faith in the power of God will keep us from turning away. Instead of slipping back to living for ourselves and our own comfort and security (his displeasure), we will walk with God by “faith” and steadily become all that he wants us to become (his pleasure) as we do his will by sacrificially serving him and his kingdom throughout (endurance) our lifetime (living fully).
Today’s prayer response from today’s thoughts:
Lord, I put my faith in you so that I will have the endurance I need to stay on track with you. I trust you and your power to keep me from slipping back into regretful ways. I know you will help “endurance by faith” to become a greater reality in my life. It is your pleasure I live for and I am confident that I am truly among those who are “your faithful ones.” Amen!