Summary: To show that we have to wait patiently for the LORD's return, while doing so, we have to enjoy doing righteousness here on earth.
Do you get bored in waiting for someone else?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we have to wait patiently for the LORD's return, while doing so, we have to enjoy doing righteousness here on earth.
Hebrews 6:11 (New International Version)
6:11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.
Hebrews 6:11 (Amplified Bible)
6:11 But we do [strongly and earnestly] desire for each of you to SHOW THE SAME DILIGENCE and sincerity [all the way through] in realizing and enjoying the full assurance and development of [your] hope UNTIL THE END,
I stay with GOD with rejoicing. I wait patiently for the LORD's return by being brave and courageous.
Show The Same Diligence Until The End
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
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Our spiritual leaders earnestly desires us to do this
"But we do [strongly and earnestly] desire for each of you to"
Romans 12:11 (Amplified Bible)
12:11 Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.
Lag is slowness, I remember my internet is lag, but never again. Be like an iron or steel that is burning hot and when you touch it you will be burned 3rd degree.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (Amplified Bible)
15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose].
Galatians 6:9 (Amplified Bible)
6:9 And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.
If this is the desire of our spiritual leaders for us, then this must be our desires too for ourselves.
B. Show the same diligence and sincerity until the end
"SHOW THE SAME DILIGENCE and sincerity [all the way through] in realizing and enjoying the full assurance and development of [your] hope UNTIL THE END,"
2. Enjoy the full assurance
3. Enjoy the development of your hope
Hebrews 3:6 (Amplified Bible)
3:6 But Christ (the Messiah) was faithful over His [own Father’s] house as a Son [and Master of it]. And it is we who are [now members] of this house, if we hold fast and firm to the end our joyful and exultant confidence and sense of triumph in our hope [in Christ].
Colossians 1:5 (Amplified Bible)
1:5 Because of the hope [of experiencing what is] laid up (reserved and waiting) for you in heaven. Of this [hope] you heard in the past in the message of the truth of the Gospel,
Galatians 5:5 (Amplified Bible)
5:5 For we, [not relying on the Law but] through the [Holy] Spirit’s [help], by faith anticipate and wait for the blessing and good for which our righteousness and right standing with God [our conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action, causes us] to hope.
Colossians 1:23 (Amplified Bible)
1:23 [And this He will do] provided that you continue to stay with and in the faith [in Christ], well-grounded and settled and steadfast, not shifting or moving away from the hope [which rests on and is inspired by] the glad tidings (the Gospel), which you heard and which has been preached [as being designed for and offered without restrictions] to every person under heaven, and of which [Gospel] I, Paul, became a minister.
Don't get bored in waiting, do something about it, enjoy your stay here on earth:
A young boy complained to his father that most of the church hymns were boring and old-fashioned, with tiresome words that meant little to his generation. His father challenged him with these words: "If you think you can write better hymns, why don't you?"
The boy accepted the challenge, went to his room, and wrote his first hymn. The year was 1690, and the young man was Isaac Watts. Among his 350 hymns are "Joy to the World," "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross," "I Sing the Almighty Power of God," and many other classics.