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“…dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case…”
July 27, 2011, 2:04 pm
Filed under: Q - Letter to Hebrews

The author of Hebrews in Chapter 6 after describing the foundation of Christ that the apostle had provided them and the importance of moving forward in living by His life, describes how impossible it is to God to think of anyone falling back to the legalism and institutionalism of Judaism, since He sees all who are in Christ in relation only to His Son, hidden in Christ. God’s great desire is for the expression of His Son, to be the all in all. That expression of His Son is the fruit of His life manifested through His Body. When we live by His life His life is expressed, “full of grace and truth,” love. But if we fall back to our old ways of the flesh, not putting it off, not seeing it as dead, forgetting our foundation of Christ, Christ is not expressed, His life of love is held back to the hurt of those who have not so learned Christ; we must hear Him and believe Him.

“Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case – things that accompany salvation.” The sense is that in the body you are going to find those who will hear and believe Christ and will be moving forward while there will be those in the body who will need more help to do so. The body will only express their measure of the fullness of Christ as every member is moving forward in Christ. To have brothers and sisters fall back to the flesh, to the legalism and institutionalism of religion and do nothing to help them is to keep the body immature, acting as children, to the limiting of the expression of His life in and through His body. Have we not seen this before to our sorrow? Hasn’t our own group of brothers and sisters after having lost families of God’s people because we were unable to help each other move forward in Christ together been to each others hurt? Is our own expectation of “church,” the religious baggage of our flesh, legalism and institutionalism, which we still haven’t learned is dead, the cause for our falling away from one another? Instead of trying to help each other put off the flesh in love how easily we dismiss one another instead of pursuing love for one another. If Christ is our life, do we see that in truth to dismiss one another, to be faithless with one another, is to dismiss Christ, to be faithless with Christ? If we could see the importance that God places in the building of our relationships with one another we would not so easily dismiss one another. Oh how crafty is our enemy to make us think our conflict is with our flesh and with one another when in fact it is with only his craftinesses. Can we see what the devil is trying to do? The devil wants to kill, steal, and destroy the expression of Christ in, to, and through the body of Christ! How easily we let this impotent foe do so. But in Christ, having such a glorious foundation of Christ, each member founded under His loving lordship and life, seeing the importance of what He did on that cross, His resurrection, and His eternal purpose that He places on the life in the body of Christ, we would do nothing else but sacrifice everything for Him. But how many ekklesias have been so founded? How many ekklesias have so learned Christ, to live organically by the life of Christ? May the ekklesia that God has placed us in, in His Son, so live by His life to do all in love, to encourage one another daily, and to help the body move forward. Haven’t we heard what the author says about living by Christ’s life? Christ is superior to all things! He is our great salvation! How could we ignore what He has done for us and desires to do through us? Haven’t we seen what He has done? Let us remember our foundation in Christ!

“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess…Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast…See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first…Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts…Now we who have believed enter that rest…There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience…Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

When we are tempted to live by the flesh, to live by the old ways of legalism and institutionalism, when ever we suffer, brothers and sisters, may we quickly, with courage and confidence, go to our Lord and let Him help us! Do not be fooled by “the crafitnesses of the devil” and not go to our Lord, to try and “do it” on our own. The work of putting off the flesh and putting on Christ is God’s alone! Christ is faithful and merciful, He will do it! “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” When we hear Him, believe Him and help one another to put off the flesh and put on Christ, because our brothers and sisters are in Christ, He is our life, we are loving Him. Hearing Him, believing Him, loving Him is obeying Him and living by His life. When we see the flesh raise its ugly head, we are given opportunities to show love to Him, by helping each other in love put off the flesh and put on Christ.

“We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Helping each other takes living by the life of Christ, His faith and patience. Those who are living by the life of Christ have been given to the body to help the rest of the body to live by the Spirit. Only when each member is living by the Spirit of Christ together in His body, based on their measure of faith, based on their measure of the grace of the gift of Christ, will the body grow, will it express fully, to the Complete Man, to the measure, the fullness of Christ. May it be so.

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