THE NEED TO FEAR GOD ALONE
When believers have known the truth and have been saved, they need to remain in that truth. The fear of drawing back is seen in the consequences that come with it. Jesus said that the return of the unclean spirit that has gone out of the man will make the condition of that man worse than before the spirit left.
In any situation God is the judge, and there is need to fear Him only. The text cited from the Law of Moses that God, as the supreme Judge, is the one who will recompense vengeance. It added that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Heb 10:31). It is thus important to be reconciled to Him so that one does not need to live in dreadful fear. This is the counsel of the writer at this point: “But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions” (Heb 10:32). Since there was much opposition to the faith in those early days, the general public attitude was to look down on Christians. The believers were indeed “made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions” (Heb 10:33), yet they had stood with other believers in the same suffering. He told them to remember those days and what they had gone through. Their faith was not in vain. Thus he encouraged them to remain firm.
The writer used his testimony as an encouragement to the Hebrew Christians. This servant of God was imprisoned for his faith and they had compassion on him. They stood with him joyfully and were not ashamed of their faith or of their pastor. The persecution of believers had continued in those early days and it took on many forms. Imprisonment, deprivation of their property and general ill-treatment were common. The writer commended them for taking joyfully the spoiling of their goods, for they had a better and enduring substance in heaven. Nevertheless these will not separate them from the love of Christ.
THOUGHT: “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus.”
PRAYER: Father, may I value salvation more than my possessions.