“It Is Time To Get In The Ark”
“23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25 NKJV
The word confession here is the same word used in Romans 10:10. It is the Greek word (ὁμολογία)Homología meaning: “A confession, profession, or recognition. Homología is also used in 2 Corinthians 9:13. Used in an absolute sense, it means -confession of Christ and to Christ- used also in First Timothy 6:12, 13 and Hebrew 4:14.” (Logos Bible Software 4) In Hebrew 10:23 God is telling us to hold fast to the confession of hope we made when we were saved.
Verses twenty-four and twenty five of Hebrew’s ten gives us two powerful ways to stay firm in our faith, stay strong in love, stay active in good works and stay encouraged. These two things that we are commanded to do are:
1. To consider one another:
To consider one another comes from the Greek word (κατανοέω)katanoéō: It means to think, to observe, to notice, to contemplate, to have respect to, to regard; to learn thoroughly or consider accurately; to perceive fully; to discern; to apprehend, to comprehend, to perceive. (Logos Bible Software 4)
Beloved, our Christian life together is more than just the Sunday Morning Show. God want us to truly get to know and be a part of each other’s lives.
We need to think about each other, we need to observe each other, to make sure we are all right; we need to notice when our brothers and sisters are moving away from fellowship. No one in the church should feel that they are ignored. Everybody should feel a part of the family. We need to have respect for one another; we need to learn about each other and have a clear understanding of each other’s character and gifts; etc.
Many are members of a congregation, but there is not really any consideration for one another taking place. You are just a member who goes to church on Sundays to do God a favor. You hug a few brothers and sisters when the pastor says so and after the service is over, everybody goes their separate ways. Beloved that is not what God is asking of us. So you may think you are ok because you are a member of a church, but in reality you are just as lost as the one that rather stay home on Sundays.
2. To come together as an assembly:
The word assembly in the Greek is the word(ἐπισυναγωγή)episunágō. It means “To gather together; it means the act of gathering or assembling together. The word assembly in this verse of Hebrew 10:25 does not merely denote the assembling for corporate worship as a solitary or occasional act, but as customary conduct.” (Logos Bible Software 4)
Again, it is more than just our Sunday-morning thing. We need to consider and press on in our fellowship with one another so that we can:
- Stay firm in our hope (Faith).
- Stay firm in our love for God and in our love for one another.
- Stay active in good works.
- Stay encouraged.
TO BE CONTINUED…