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Our Epistle this week, Hebrews 4:1-16, continues in the theme of warnings. What of those people who have heard the Gospel and have not believed?
God’s Word is powerful. Verses 12-13 proclaim the power of God working through the Word. So why does it not save all who hear? Those who harden their hearts (v. 7) rather than believing (v. 3) will not enter the rest of God. Those who treat God’s words of grace and salvation as if they are cursing and condemnation do not receive grace. God’s Word, which can penetrate our hearts and minds, delivers judgment against those who have rejected the Gospel.
The conclusion of our passage? We find it in verses 14-16. Since Jesus understands our weakness and gives us powerful words of life, we should hold fast to those words, finding God’s grace. It is exactly what we need.
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