Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
The second of the ‘let us …’ statements in Hebrews 10 tells us to hold on to the hope we profess. The writer tells us that ‘… he who promised is faithful’; in other words we are to be faithful because God is faithful.
The Greek word translated as ‘hold unswervingly’ could also be translated as ‘hold fast’. The idea being put over in these words is that we should not be easily swayed by new ideas and thoughts, but stick to the truths that are the basis of our faith.
When I read the words hold fast, I thought of the limpet that is renowned for sticking to the rock and being particularly difficult to remove. Its tenacity to stick to the rock is legendary. This is the image I would like you to think of.
One way for us to be able to hold unswervingly to the hope we profess is to spend time with God, in studying the Bible and praying. While reading the Bible is important, it is in studying the Bible that we can gain greater insight into God’s plan of redemption. From this we can develop confidence in God’s Word and his faithfulness.
If you want to study this idea further, look up the phrases ‘stand firm’, or ‘stand still’ and see how this idea repeats throughout the whole of the Old and New Testaments. God wants us to be well-grounded in our faith.
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