Hold on tight!

The focus of today’s article is Hebrews 3.6: “Christ, however, was faithful over God’s house as a son, and we are his house if we hold firm the boldness and the pride inspired by hope.”

The author of Hebrews uses an unusual term to describe the people of God. The “house” of God refers to his children, who are brothers and sisters with each other and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Moses was a faithful servant of God over his house and Jesus is a faithful Son over the people of God (God’s house).

We are members of God’s house (the family of God) if we “hold firm the boldness and the pride inspired by hope.”

What is meant by these words?

Boldness and pride are the opposite of half-hearted faith. Hope is not a weak “hope-so” of weak confidence.

Hope is a firm conviction that we are members of God’s house. We are proud members of the family, seeing that the Son of the house has such a magnificent character.

We are bold and not afraid to let others know that we belong to the people of God.

Why must we hold on tight?

If you knew you could lose your job if it were found out that you were a follower of Jesus, would your “bold” witness be a little less prominent?

If known followers of Jesus were routinely rounded up and jailed, would you be tempted to be a little quiet about your faith?

If all of your neighbors thought that the worship of a crucified Messiah was the most foolish decision of all, would you be hesitant to express your pride in him?

The Letter to the Hebrews is addressed to people who have faced opposition like this over the centuries.

Most readers of my blog don’t face issues like the three above illustrations. We can pray for brothers and sisters in Christ who do.

Whether we face outright persecution or the allure of contemporary society, we all need to “hold firm” to Jesus.

“Hold Firm” – A Deeper Dive

“Hold firm” is a single Greek word and is used frequently in Hebrews. There are over 10 possible uses of the word in the Greek language.

The word is used to describe tying a boat to a pier so it won’t drift out to sea. Hebrews warn us to beware of drifting away from the faith.

“Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” (Hebrews 2.1).

Whether we are being persecuted or tempted to compromise our devotion to Christ, we can hold firm to Jesus by practicing the same spiritual disciplines that have benefited Christians for ages.

(1) Daily prayer and reading the Bible are the foundation of a life that holds firm to Jesus.

I don’t recommend daily breathing or eating in my blog articles, because people are committed to breathing and food.

Just as food and oxygen are essential to life, daily prayer and Bible reading are crucial elements to holding firm to Jesus.

(2) Willing obedience is the second component of a life that holds to Jesus like a securely tied boat remains with the pier.

Willing obedience is not an optional exercise for God’s children. Rebellion is tragic.

If you are willing and obedient,
you shall eat the good of the land,

But if you refuse and rebel,
you shall be devoured by the sword,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
(Isaiah 1.19-20)

Not only does Isaiah call for willing obedience, but so does James, the Lord’s brother.

James writes, “So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead” (James 2.14).

(3) The third common element of holding fast to Jesus may seem strange. It involves suffering.

The spiritual writers of the past refer to suffering as the “cross” moments in a person’s life.

Richard Foster speaks of the importance of the cross. He believes that in the cross experiences of life God accomplishes what he is unable to do otherwise.

My experience with suffering and cross-like experiences is that Foster is accurate in his assessment.

Let’s follow the admonition of the author of Hebrews and hold fast to Jesus in every way.

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I talk about this passage today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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