Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
We face many temptations that call us to compromise with the world around us. Even Peter, who spent three years of intensive discipleship training with Jesus himself denied Jesus three times when peer pressure came to him. To hold fast to our confession means more than verbal speech but includes how we live. If we let sin into our lives, we are denying the effectiveness of what Jesus did on the cross. Jesus’ blood is sufficient to make us holy, so there is no reason to dabble in unholy things. The author here exhorts his readers to hold fast without wavering. If God calls us to be holy, he will make it possible for us to be holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). God would not set us up for failure. The one who calls us is faithful to what he has promised and commanded (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24). We must do our part, however, by holding fast. We must stick to our convictions by moving forward in our obedience of faith. We must not be like the ancient Israelites who failed to move forward in faith and obedience when they came to Kadesh Barnea (see Hebrews 3-4). The central theme of the author throughout this epistle appears in this verse: move forward into God’s promises in Jesus because what Jesus has done is sufficient and 1) takes care of sin and 2) makes it possible to be with God.
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