Warning Three (Part II): Fear—Lest You Fall Away, 6:4–8
(6:4–8) Introduction: this is one of the most severe warnings in all of Scripture and it is one of the most controversial. It is so controversial that no matter what a person says about it, there are a host of people who differ with him. What we must keep in mind is this: one of the primary reasons why there are so many differences is because we come to this passage with our minds already made up. We already hold a theological position and have a theological system that we follow and interpret all Scripture by. Therefore, we interpret this passage…
- in light of what we already believe instead of letting Scripture speak for itself.
- in light of our theology instead of letting the passage speak for itself.
- in light of what we have been taught by others instead of letting Scripture speak for itself.
- in light of what we have already concluded that Scripture teaches elsewhere instead of letting this passage speak for itself.
- to keep our system consistent instead of admitting there are some teachings of Scripture that are beyond our understanding and accepting the meaning as a warning to all believers.
Of course, everyone thinks he is right—that what he believes is exactly what Scripture teaches. And he should think this; he should be a person of conviction or else he should sit down and study and find out the truth to the best of his ability and become a person of conviction. However, three things are needed when we approach a passage like this where so many true believers differ.
- We must let Scripture speak for itself—be as objective and honest as we can and make a supreme effort not to twist the Scripture to fit our beliefs (theological system). That is, we must—as much as we possibly can—be truthful to the Scripture and let it speak for itself.
- We must be humble and understanding toward each other as we pray and seek the Lord for understanding and as we seek to share His Word with one another and the world. And we must learn from each other despite our different views. No one of us and no body of us have a corner on the truth. We are at most only a speck of sand in a universe of truth. Just think how mammoth the universe is and how unsearchable God and His Word and ways are (cp. Romans 11:33–36.) What God wants us to do is to be humble and to learn from each other.
- We must let the Scripture speak to us—let its message guide and warn us—to the fullest extent possible. We must let the Scripture work in our lives and not get hung up on interpretation and in getting our point across. What is important is what God is saying and letting what He says take effect in our lives. We must let the Scripture work in us.
The Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible is written for the ministers of God, every true minister of God regardless of belief and denomination. For this reason we deliberately, strenuously, and constantly keep before our minds the utter necessity to let the Word of God speak for itself and to present no denominational position. Our purpose is to study and write, first of all, for our own personal growth in the Lord, and then to share what God has fed to our hearts. That is what The Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible is—all it is. It simply arises out of our own personal devotional studies where our hearts cry out to God to conform us to Christ so that we can better witness to His mercy and grace—to His eternal mercy and grace which He has poured out upon us by saving us and delivering us from the sin and death of this world.
The point is this: a deliberate effort—even to the point of straining—is being made to let the Scripture speak for itself in studying this passage. In fact, we are writing this even before we begin our study and exposition of it. May God touch our hearts and warn all who read hereafter—all to His glory and to our growth in Christ Jesus our Lord. (The following passages should be studied along with this passage for a complete overview of the severe warnings in Scripture.
- 1 Cor. 3:11–15
- 1 Cor. 5:3–5
- 1 Cor. 9:27
- 1 Cor. 11:27–30
- Hebrews 2:1–4
- Hebrews 3:7–19
- Hebrews 4:1–13
- Hebrews 5:11–6:3
- Hebrews 10:26–39
- Hebrews 12:25–29
- 1 Cor. 3:11–15
- 1 Cor. 5:3–5
- 1 Cor. 9:27
- 1 Cor. 11:27–30
- Hebrews 2:1–4
- Hebrews 3:7–19
- Hebrews 4:1–13
- Hebrews 5:11–6:3
- Hebrews 10:26–39
- Hebrews 12:25–29
- 1 John 5:16
The Christian privileges (v.4–5).
The warning: it is impossible to repent of falling away (v.6).
The meaning illustrated (v.7–8).
(6:4–5) Warning— Believers: the believer’s great privileges.
It is difficult to see how these five experiences could be said about a person unless he was a true believer. Being as honest and objective as possible, we would have to strain the meaning to make them apply to anyone else. The Greek Scripture definitely uses the aorist tense, which means that the person had a once-for-all experience; an experience that was once-for-all completed, fulfilled, and finished. How could this apply to anyone else other than a believer? Note how each of these read in the aorist tense: the person…
- was once-for-all enlightened
- had once-for-all tasted of the heavenly gift
- was once-for-all made a partaker of the Holy Spirit
- had once-for-all tasted of the good Word of God
- had once-for-all tasted of the power of the world to come.
The word “tasted” (geusamenous) means to partake of, to take in, to experience, to come to know. The Greek scholar Marvin Vincent says that it means to “have consciously partaken of” (Word Studies In The New Testament, Vol. 4, p.445). The very same word is used of Christ when it said that He “tasted death” for us (Hebrews 2:9). And one thing is sure: Christ tasted, that is, consciously experienced, death for us. Therefore, this passage must mean that this person fully tasted and fully experienced salvation. As stated, it seems that we have to twist Scripture to make it say any less than a conscious and full experience. Note the glorious experiences and privileges these persons received in Christ.
1) They were once-for-all enlightened. Enlightened means the light of the gospel and of salvation; the light of Christ, that is, seeing Christ as the Savior and Lord of men; the light of salvation that breaks through the darkness of sin and death. Note: receiving the light happened once-for-all. It was an actual experience of the people, a once-for-all experience. That is, it really happened and it was fulfilled and completed in the people’s lives. They received the light of Christ, of His gospel and salvation once-for-all.
2) They had tasted of the heavenly gift. The “heavenly gift” refers to Christ and His salvation, which God gave to the world. Scripture proclaims time and again that Jesus Christ and His salvation are God’s gifts.
- Christ is God’s “unspeakable gift” (2 Cor. 9:15).
- Christ is God’s gift to a lost world (John 3:16).
- Salvation is “the gift of God” (Ephes. 2:8–9).
- Christ is the One who came down out of heaven as the gift of God to a lost world (John 3:13; John 3:16; John 3:31–32; John 6:32–33, and a host of other verses.)
Note that this is again a once-for-all experience. They had experienced Christ and His salvation once-for-all.
3) They were once-for-all made a partaker of the Holy Spirit. The word “partaker” (metochous) means to share as partners. W.E. Vine says that it means “the fact of sharing” (Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words. Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H. Revell, 1966, p.162). The Greek scholar A.T Robertson says, “These are all given as actual spiritual experiences” (Word Pictures In The New Testament, Vol. 5, p.375). These people were sharers in the Holy Spirit. It is very difficult to see how they can be made to be a false profession without straining the Scripture.
4) They had once-for-all tasted God’s good Word. This is the gospel of Christ, of His glorious salvation. The Greek scholar Marvin Vincent says that this means that they received…
- life (Acts 5:20)
- the Holy Spirit (John 3:34; Acts 5:32; Acts 10:44; Ephes. 6:17; Hebrews 2:4)
- cleansing (Ephes. 5:26).
- spirit and life (John 6:63)
- salvation (Acts 11:14)(Word Studies In The New Testament, Vol. 4, p.445.)
5) They had once-for-all tasted the powers of the world to come. They had experienced some of heaven upon earth. They had actually experienced the presence and power of Christ in their lives…
- the power of Christ in conquering the trials and temptations and sufferings of this world.
- the healing power of Christ in touching both their bodies and spirits.
”And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us” (1 John 3:24).
”Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit” (1 John 4:13).
2. (6:6) Warning: the warning is severe and frightening to any heart that will listen.
”It is impossible for those who were once enlightened…if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance” (Hebrews 6:4, 6).
As discussed in the previous point, this is bound to be speaking to believers. But what does it mean? Note exactly what Scripture says and only what it says.
First, Scripture says “impossible” (adunaton): if a believer “falls away,” it is impossible for him to ever repent again. The word impossible just cannot be made to mean anything other than impossible—not without straining and twisting the Scripture. As Marvin Vincent says: “Impossible (adunaton). It is impossible to dilute this word into difficult” (Word Studies In The New Testament, Vol. 4, p.444).
Second, Scripture uses the words “fall away” (parapesontas). This means to turn aside; to turn away; to deviate. It means…
- to turn aside from Christ.
- to turn away from Christ.
- to deviate from Christ.
Third, Scripture is talking about renewing and bringing people back to repentance. These people had gone beyond the point of repentance. No matter how strong an appeal was made to them—no matter how often their sin was pointed out to them—no matter how much the love and cross of Christ was proclaimed to them—they would never again repent. They had gone too far into sin and rebellion against Christ to ever have their hearts touched again. They would never repent—no matter what.
Now, for the critical question: What would ever cause a believer to reach such a stage in life? What could a believer do that would harden his heart so much that he would never again repent? Again note exactly what Scripture says:
”They crucify the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame” (Hebrews 6:6).
The action is present: they continue on and on to crucify Christ and to shame Him. They continue on and on in their sin, disobedience, and rebellion against Christ. The continuous action is critical to note.
The believer turns back to the world, back to a life of sin, disobedience, and rebellion; and he continues on and on, never repenting and never turning back to Christ. This, of course, breaks the heart of Christ and adds suffering upon suffering for Him to bear.
- It is stirring and causing the pain of the crucifixion for Christ all over again. In fact, it is continuing to crucify Him over and over again; it is putting Him through a continuous experience of suffering upon the cross.
- It is also shaming Him. Being a professing believer and returning to the world and continuing to live in sin day after day and month after month brings shame upon Christ and His holy name.
Note a critical fact in this point: the person is continuing on and on in sin never repenting. He has returned to the world and its sin and is just never going to repent. He has gone so far into sin that his heart has become so hardened that he will never repent—no matter how much the love and forgiveness of Christ is shared with him, he will not repent. Never again will he walk with Christ, not while he is on earth. Scripture says that he is beyond repentance. He has returned to the world and fallen away from Christ. And tragically, he is harming Christ and His mission. He is breaking the heart of Christ by crucifying Christ afresh—by heaping suffering upon suffering upon Him. And he is shaming the name of Christ among men by living a hypocritical life.
Thought 1. Note a critical fact. This cannot refer to what is commonly called backsliding. Why? Because Scripture is clear: a backslider can repent. A backslider is never beyond reach. This passage is bound to be speaking of a person who backslides and begins to love his sin more and more. Therefore, he keeps on in his sin—sinning and sinning and sinning—until he becomes so hardened in his sin that he will never repent. He keeps on and on crucifying Christ and shaming Him and nothing stirs him to repentance. Can believers ever reach this point? F.F. Bruce states it well:
”God has pledged Himself to pardon all who truly repent, but Scripture and experience alike suggest that it is possible for human beings to arrive at a state of heart and life where they can no longer repent” (The Epistle to the Hebrews. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1964, p.124).
”But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation” (Mark 3:29).
“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (1 Cor. 9:27).
“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God” (Hebrews 3:12).
“If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame” (Hebrews 6:6).
“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26).
“For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears” (Hebrews 12:17).
”Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme” (1 Tim. 1:19–20).
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Tim. 4:1–2).
”For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Tim. 4:3–4).
“Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness” (2 Peter 3:17).
(6:7–8) Warning: the meaning of the warning is illustrated.
This is a simple illustration about the soil of a vineyard keeper or a farmer.
1.) The good soil drinks in the rain and brings forth its fruit and crops for those who dress and keep it. That is, believers are the good soil who drink in the Word of God and produce fruit for God and Christ and for His ministers and teachers.
2.) The bad soil drinks in the rain also, but it brings forth its thorns and briers. Therefore, the bad soil is rejected and near to being cursed. Its end is to be burned. Matthew Henry was unquestionably one of the greatest Bible scholars and probably the most inspirational Biblical writer who has ever lived. He strongly believed in the eternal security of the believer, but even he said the following. His exhortation stresses the utmost necessity that all heed this warning and the severity of it:
”Its end the rejected ground’s end is to be burned. Apostasy will be punished with everlasting burnings, the fire that shall never be quenched. This is the sad end to which apostasy leads, and therefore Christians should go on and grow in grace, lest, if they do not go forward, they should go backward, till they bring matters to this woeful extremity of sin and misery” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary, Vol. 6, p.914.)
F.F. Bruce, one of the most excellent Bible scholars of the twentieth century, who would also hold strongly to the security of the believer, says this:
“Our author compares those believers who persevere in faith to fertile land which produces fruit, while those believers in whose lives the fruits of righteousness do not appear are compared to land which will never produce anything but thorns and thistles, to be kept down by burning, ‘for our God is a consuming fire’ (Hebrews 12:29)” (The Epistle to the Hebrews, p.125)
Thought 1. This passage is a most severe warning to us all no matter our position on the security of the believer. It is a passage that serves as a warning to us all and must be heeded by us all. It is a passage that Biblical writers—those who give strong indications of walking with the Lord—strongly urge us to heed, even when they hold to the security of the believer. F.F. Bruce is one of these, and what he has to say should be noted by us all:
The Scriptures contain encouragement enough and to spare for the feeblest believer, but the Scriptures are full of solemn warnings to those who think they stand to beware lest they fall. A credible profession of faith must be accepted as genuine, but ultimately it is only the Lord who knows those who are His.
For it is possible for people who can be described in the language of verses 4–5 to ‘fall away’ irretrievably. This warning has been both unduly minimized and unduly exaggerated…for men and women who have taken Christ’s name upon themselves do commit apostasy; and biblical writers (the writer to the Hebrews being no exception) are not given to the setting up of men of straw men who never exist. The warning of this passage was a real warning against a real danger, a danger which is still present so long as ‘an evil heart of unbelief’ can result in ‘falling away from the living God’ (Hebrews 3:12)….
Our author’s meaning can be exaggerated to the point of distortion when he is understood to say that for sins committed after baptism there can be no repentance….
But the writer to the Hebrews himself distinguishes (as did the Old Testament law) between inadvertent sin and wilful sin, and the context here shows plainly that the wilful sin which he has in mind is deliberate apostasy. People who commit this sin, he says, cannot be brought back to repentance; by renouncing Christ they put themselves in the position of those who, deliberately refusing His claim to be the Son of God, had Him crucified and exposed to public shame. Those who repudiate the salvation procured by Christ will find none anywhere else (The Epistle to the Hebrews, p.122f).
”And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire” (Matthew 3:10).
“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire” (Matthew 7:17–19).
“He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22).
“He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: and if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down” (Luke 13:6–9).
“But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing: whose end is to be burned” (Hebrews 6:8).
E. Warning Three (Part III): Precautions Against Falling Away, 6:9–20
(6:9–20) Introduction: the writer has just given the Hebrew believers the most severe warning that could be given to a people. They must fear lest they fall away—fall so far away that they would never again repent. What is the answer? How can believers keep from falling away? This is the discussion of this passage: the precautions against falling away.
- Precaution 1: the love and confidence of people (v.9).
- Precaution 2: God’s justice (v.10).
- Precaution 3: being diligent and not being slothful (v.11–12).
- Precaution 4: imitating the believers of faith and perseverance (v.12–15).
- Precaution 5: God’s promise and oath (v.16–18).
- Precaution 6: the anchor of hope (v.18–20).
- (6:9) Encouragement: precaution one—the love and confidence people have in us. There was danger that the Hebrew Christians would slip back into sin. There was danger that they would return to the world and begin to live like the world. There was the danger that they would again ignore, neglect, and deny Christ. But the minister of God believed differently: he loved them, and because he loved them, he had great confidence in them. Note three things.
1) The minister calls them beloved. They were dear and ever so close to his heart. Although it is not mentioned, he was bound to be praying for them not just daily, but all through the day. He loved them so much that they never left his mind or thoughts.
2) The minister expressed great confidence in them: “we are persuaded better things of you.” He does not expect them to fall back into sin; he does not expect them to forsake Christ and return to the world. He has confidence in them; he expects them to stand fast in Christ and to hold on to their faith in Him.
3) The minister expects them to do the works of salvation. This is striking. Not only will the believers not fall away, but they will do the works of salvation—so says the minister. What a great confidence the minister has in them!
How could the believers return to the world? How could they return to live in sin when they are loved so much and have someone who believes in and has so much confidence in them?
The point is this: if a believer turn away from Christ, he will hurt those who care for him and cut them to the core. But if he stands fast, he will prove that he loves and appreciates them. He will prove that he is well worth their love and confidence.
Thought 1. We must always remember two significant things: when we fall away, we not only hurt ourselves, but we hurt and cut the heart of both Christ and all those who love us—we hurt and cut them to the core.
How can we keep from falling and hurting Christ and those who love and have confidence in us? By taking certain precautions, and the first precaution is this: look at the people who do love and have confidence in us. Look at them and…
- think about how sin and shame will hurt them and cut their hearts.
- think about how it will break their trust in us.
- think about the damage and destruction.
- think about how much better it is to please their love and fulfill their confidence in us.
- think about how much better it is to do the works of salvation than to do the works of sin.
”Let love be without dissimulation hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good” (Romans 12:9).
“Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be” (Galatians 5:7–10).
”I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things” (2 Cor. 7:16).
“And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ” (2 Thes. 3:4–5).
“Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say” (Philemon 21).
(6:10) Judgment— God, Justice of: precaution two—the justice of God.
Note a most interesting thing: the Hebrew Christians were weak and immature in the Lord. They were not growing in the Lord, and some were so close to falling away that they had to be severely warned (cp. Hebrews 5:11–6:3; Hebrews 6:4–8). But they had not forgotten the poor, sick, bedridden, homebound—those who needed attention and help. They had grown cold toward the Lord and His Word; they had become dull of hearing, and were no longer listening to the preaching and teaching of God’s Word. But they were keeping in touch with the people who needed help. They were cold spiritually, but warm in social ministry and service. They had lost interest in Christ and His Word, but were active in helping other people.
The point is this: God Himself is vitally interested in the needy. Note the words: “your work and labor of love, which ye have showed to His name.” God loves and cares for the poor and needy as much as He does for anyone. Therefore, when a person ministers to the poor and needy, God sees it and He will not forget it. God cares about how we treat people, and He notices our love that reaches out to the poor and needy. Therefore, we need to remember the justice of God:
- that God is not unrighteous or unjust.
- that God does not forget; He sees all.
- that works and labor of love to people are acts of love shown toward God.
God is just; He will not forget our love for Him or for people. He is going to judge us; therefore, we should love Him, His Word, and His people.
Thought 1. William Barclay has a very practical comment here that will challenge the hearts of those who might be cooling off toward Christ and His Word.
There is a great practical truth here. Sometimes in the Christian life we come to times which are arid. Sometimes the Church services have nothing to say to us. Sometimes the teaching that we do in Sunday School, or the singing that we do in the choir, or the service we give on a board or court or committee becomes a labour without joy. At such a time there are two things we can do. We can give up our attendance and our work. If we do that we are lost. We can go on grimly with it, and the strange thing is that if we do, the light and the romance and the joy will certainly come back again. In the arid times, the best thing to do is to go on with the habits and the routine of the Christian life and the life of the Church. If we do, we can be sure that the sun will shine again (The Letter to the Hebrews, p.61).
Thought 2. The justice and judgment of God, the fact that He sees all and does not forget, should stir us to never fall away. The justice and judgment of God are a precaution against returning to the world and denying Christ.
“For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works” (Matthew 16:27).
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Cor. 5:10).
”And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear” (1 Peter 1:17).
“So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth” (Psalm 58:11).
”Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work” (Psalm 62:12).
“Before the lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth” (Psalm 96:13).
”I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work” (Eccles. 3:17).
(6:11–12) Diligence— Slothful: precaution three—being diligent and not being slothful.
Note two things.
1) Everyone must be diligent—every believer. And every believer must be diligent to the very end. Note the word end. There is to be an end to our hope; our hope for salvation will be fulfilled. The glorious day of redemption is coming. The way to keep from falling is to take precaution: we must be diligent in our hope for salvation and in ministering to people. In the meantime be diligent to the very end.
Note that assurance comes from diligence. If we are diligent in living for Christ, our hearts are filled with assurance. If we are not diligent, then we cannot be assured that all things will be well. Living an up and down life—sometimes living for Christ and other times not living for Christ, sometimes living in sin and sometimes living in righteousness—causes doubt, questioning, and wondering about salvation. And it should. We should fear lest we fall away from Christ and His Word. But remember: the precaution against falling away is diligence—diligently hoping in Christ to the end.
2) This precaution is straightforward: do not be slothful. Do not become sluggish. Some had already become dull, sleepy, and lazy in seeking to grow and mature in Christ. They needed to arouse themselves, and the faithful needed to guard themselves lest they begin to cool off and slip away from Christ (cp. Hebrews 5:11–6:3).
Thought 1. Sluggishness is always a danger for believers. The answer is diligence—staying alert and diligent. We can tell whether we are diligent or slothful by asking ourselves a few questions.
- Do we diligently listen to the Word preached and taught or are we sluggish, allowing our minds and thoughts to wander about?
- Do we diligently read and study God’s Word in our daily worship and devotional time or are we complacent and slothful in worshipping God on a daily basis?
- Do we diligently pray every day—really pray—or are we complacent and neglectful in prayer?
- Do we diligently share Christ or are we sluggish in sharing Him?
- Are we diligent in our weekly worship of God in His church or are we sluggish and complacent in our weekly worship?
“That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:12).
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).
“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11).
”Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58).
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13).
”Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall” (2 Peter 1:10).
“Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14).
Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible – Commentary – Hebrew, James.**