God has always spoken to His people, most recently and most magnificently through Jesus Christ. Jesus is a part of the Godhead, the heir to all, active in creation, the radiance of God’s grace, the exact representation of God, the source of power through His word. He provided purification and sits at the right hand of Majesty in heaven.
3. a. At least one purpose of the Hebrews author was to provide encouragement and warning to new believers to stay the course, continue to grow in knowledge and faith and to not fall back.
b. The key word the author uses is “hold”. This is something we already have, not something we have to reach for or earn. We simply need to hold it like something truly precious (which it is). And Christ is faithful. He has promised we never need to hold onto it alone. We are holding onto our faith – He is holding onto us.
c. Pray. Remind me of the promise of the scriptures. Help me to focus not on the troubles all around me but on the joy to come. Help redirect my eyes from looking down at my situation to looking up to God. It is really hard to climb looking down.
4. In addition to all the things written in question 2 (above)… Christ is faithful, Christ is the Son of God and master of His house. We (the church) are his house.
5. Even when we are most discouraged and down, we are not out on the streets. We are living under God’s roof, cared for by the master of the house, a part of his family. You can focus on your problems or you can turn them over to God. Only one way works.
I love Hebrews 6:1. How much time do I spend digging the same basement of faith in God and then filling it back in with sins, only to dig it out again through repentance? This verse yells at me to get out of the basement and move up in God’s house. I don’t need to pour the same slab again and again. I need to change my focus from looking down on my situation to looking up to God.