Summary: To show that only our faith can preserve our soul, stopping or quitting will not do us any good.
Will you leave JESUS when there are tough times?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that only our faith can preserve our soul, stopping or quitting will not do us any good.
Hebrews 10:39 (Amplified Bible)
10:39 But our way is not that of those who draw back to eternal misery (perdition) and are utterly destroyed, but we are of those who believe [who cleave to and trust in and rely on God through Jesus Christ, the Messiah] and by faith preserve the soul.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS, for the very faith You've given to me preserves my soul.
Our faith preserves our soul
Subtitle: Study on the Book of Hebrews
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels - J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
There are two types of people in this world: (1) those who turned their backs from their faith, (2) those who keep on believing preserving their soul.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. We are not those who turned our backs
"But our way is not that of those who draw back to eternal misery (perdition) and are utterly destroyed,"
1. Examples of those who left:
a. Example of King Saul:
1 Samuel 15:11 (Amplified Bible)
15:11 I regret making Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not performed My commands. And Samuel was grieved and angry [with Saul], and he cried to the Lord all night.
Luke 11:26 (Amplified Bible)
11:26 And it goes and brings other spirits, seven [of them], more evil than itself, and they enter in, settle down, and dwell there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first.
Jude 1:12-13 (Amplified Bible)
1:12 These are hidden reefs (elements of danger) in your love feasts, where they boldly feast sumptuously [carousing together in your midst], without scruples providing for themselves [alone]. They are clouds without water, swept along by the winds; trees, without fruit at the late autumn gathering time—twice (doubly) dead, [lifeless and] plucked up by the roots;
1:13 Wild waves of the sea, flinging up the foam of their own shame and disgrace; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of eternal darkness has been reserved forever.
2. Examples of those who stayed:
a. Example of Simon Peter:
Mark 10:28 (Amplified Bible)
10:28 Peter started to say to Him, Behold, we have yielded up and abandoned everything [once and for all and joined You as Your disciples, siding with Your party] and accompanied You [walking the same road that You walk].
Be like Peter who can't turn his back from the LORD, his reason is:
Only JESUS has the WORDS of Life.