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Today I’ll talk for a little while about a heart of unbelief:

Let me say before we began that the writer here is not writing this epistle to lost people, these believing Hebrews were in danger of trying to slip back under the law of Moses, or so they thought.

And then some people try to explain away the “problem” of losing your salvation by claiming that these readers were not truly born again, but were only professors of the Christian faith.

But the writer, whom I believe to be Paul called them,” Holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling (3:1).

He told them that they had a High Priest in heaven (4:14), which he would not have written if they were lost. And according to 6:4 they had been made partakers of the Holy Spirit

At the heart of every problem is a problem of the heart

The writer is contrasting the Old Testament system of law with the New Testament ministry of grace.

He is making it clear that the Jewish religious system was temporary and that it could not bring in the eternal “better things” that are found in Jesus Christ. Eternal is a third word that is important to the message of Hebrews.

Christ is the “author of eternal salvation” (5:9). Through His death, He “obtained eternal redemption” (9:12) and He shares with believers “the promise of eternal inheritance” (9:15).

The word better is used 13 times in this book of Hebrews, as the writer shows the superiority of Jesus Christ and His salvation over the Hebrew system of religion.

Listen as I read today’s text;

Hebrews 3:7-19

7Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

9When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

And let me say that we that are saved today don’t fully know His ways at this time either, not like we will one day.

11So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) 12Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 15While it is said, “To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.” Reference- Ps. 95

16For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.

17But with whom was He grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?

18And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

In these verses we find a warning directed to the unbelieving, and the judgment is that of missing God’s rest. Not losing ones salvation.

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