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The Unbelieving Heart

4 ways to move us forward to keep doing what God has told us to do.

Introduction

The Book of Hebrews is written as an extended exhortation to Jewish believers not to go back into the law, not to fall into the air of thinking that anything they could possibly do would ever add to the great work of accomplishing their salvation. Though we are not Jewish believers, though we did not grow up under the law of Moses, our nostalgia runs to other things. We find ourselves tempted to go back into the old way of thinking that says, “I can do something that contributes to what Christ has done, I can add to him, God will love me just a little bit more if I'm good, if I keep the law.” Instead of seeing holiness as a response to God's graciousness, that is done out of love for Christ and respect for what he's done for us and a passion to be like him, we begin to see good works and holiness as a means by which we receive God's blessing or a reason for God to love us a little bit more.

So we add to what Christ has done. The temptation for us is really the same. Hebrews is a reminder to us that the temptation is always to turn back.

The first part of chapter three, the writer reminded these Jewish believers that Jesus was far superior to Moses, that Moses was faithful in God's house, but Jesus was faithful over God's house. Moses was a steward in God's house, but Jesus is a Son. That Jesus accomplished the thing that Moses looked forward to and predicted by the giving of the Law. Jesus is the perfect Law keeper and he reminded us in verse six that we are God's household, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting is in our hope, if we continue to hold onto our confession, the conviction that we had at the beginning.

To further that argument, he ...

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Hershael York is pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky, as well as professor of Christian Preaching and dean of Southern Seminary's School of Theology in Louisville, Kentucky.

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