Hebrews 10:24 “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works:”
“Provoke” here, means to stir up…..to incite…to nudge someone….to come along….into the things God has for us.
All through the book of Hebrews….and I think this is wonderful….the writer says, “let us”….
It is not: you guys need to do this, or that……but “let us”.
(“Let” is an interesting word…..I did a message once on how many “Let” there were in the Bible….a lot, beginning when God, by Christ, speaks……”Let there be light” Genesis 1:3….
…..to the end of the Bible, when God by His Spirit says…..”And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
When God says “Let”,….it is a beseeching imperative….
As God, when He speaks, He commands obedience.(Period)
He is not asking our approval.
But,….”let” is also beseeching us to yield, to go along with Him, to submit to His plan for us….and be blessed.
When we say “let us”…..we are acknowledging that we, as well as those we are speaking to….need to keep these truths before us.)
The first “let us” is….
Hebrews 4:1, 11 “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
Simply, we should be “afraid” of losing out on a promise that God wants to give us…..
…..like the Israelites did when they refused to go into Canaan the first time.(Numbers 14:28-31).
That whole generation lost the Promised Land…..their part in it….because of unbelief….
….and we, too, should “fear”…be afraid of losing those promises God has given us in His Word….
….and that usually means a battle with our unbelief.
The term “let us” suggests that we, as Christians, have one goal….to follow on till the end.
The writer does not say he has been made so spiritual, that he does not need to be encouraged to “hold fast”….but he includes himself in all of these exhortations…..he is saying, so “let us”.
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
This is a promise we may all have…..Let us….come boldly….not in fear that our prayer will not be heard…..but boldly, because we have access to His throne, as His beloved children.
We can come into His presence any….and all times, for our needs…..some we do not even know….till that moment….but at that moment we may come.
Romans 5:1-2 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
By Whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Hebrews 6:1 “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.”
“Let us go on unto perfection”. We have begun in Christ….by the gospel preached to us….
….let us go on….not going back to “wallow” around in those dead works you did when you were lost…..but yielding to the faith that you have….take a onward step into….
“…those things that accompany salvation…” (Hebrews 6:9), which are the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)….
….and the promises of God to us (“…those exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers…” of God’s character….escaping the world’s corruption. 2 Peter 1:4-8)
Hebrews 10:22-24 “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;)
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:”
How hard it is, sometimes, to persevere till the end! That is what we are being reminded of here…..”hang on, God is with us”.
The writer is stressing the only means of doing this:…..drawing near with our hearts to God in faith,…
…and holding fast to the gospel of God….”For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;…” Romans 1:16.
Our salvation encompasses being saved from the love of sin, guilt of sin, the power of sin, and one day the presence of sin. God’s salvation is complete and powerful,….let us draw near Him.
Then he exhorts that we should help others hang on, by encouraging others to love the Lord, and do good to others.
(I had the Lord show me, once, a lot of batteries….all connected together, so they were putting out a steady power.
When one battery in the connection started to grow weak….although there were lots of other batteries there,…..they all started to grow weak….for the one battery started to draw off from the others.
The Lord said, we are like this….either keeping each other strong….or drawing off from each other.)
Hebrews 12:1, 28-29 “Wherefore, seeing we are also 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,
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
For our God is a consuming fire.”
Now the writer points down the road….to the place where we will be in heaven….the end of the race, and asks….
….can you see all the saints of the Old Testament….and the New Testament, that have gone before us….
….they are standing in their places….in heaven.
They stood here with the Lord God,….and now they are waiting for us to complete the race set before us….to finish our work, which is a part of the Great Purpose of God.
Scared? Afflicted?….then remember Who we serve:
We serve a King….Who has taken us into His kingdom…..a kingdom which can not….and will not be moved….no matter what enemies come against it.
And our God…..our King is a consuming fire…..
….fire that will purify for Himself a people without spot or wrinkle….He will see to us….whatever the fear, trouble, or sickness….if we will….
….”let us have grace”.
You must use the grace given….by the Holy Spirit within….use it….you can not spend more than He is willing to give….use it….like you were a citizen of the Great King Jesus….for you are.
Hebrews 13:13, 15 “Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach.
By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His Name.”
Jesus was crucified outside of the city…”suffered without the gate”. (Hebrews 13:12)
If you read the gospel accounts….the women that follow and ministered to Him with their substance were at the cross…..John was there….Mary, Jesus mother was there…..these followed Jesus in His reproach……to the foot of the cross.
Now, another invitation comes to us……”let us” follow Him in this time of His reproach by the world in which we live……wherever we are….how ever it comes against Him now……..we can stand with Him, in it.
1 Peter 4:14 “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye, for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified.”
And “let us” give thanks to God…..giving thanks to His name, for all that has, and will come to us. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
“Let us” is a call to “come on”…..we can all work toward Christ’ goal and purpose, for us.
“Let us go on…”