One Anothers of the New Testament - Part 4
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** Who is to encourage whom? ...and regarding what?
We believers are to encourage the unsaved around us to not harden their
hearts against the gospel of Christ. cf. V.14-15
** Back in verse 13, how often are we to be encouraging
others to accept the gospel?
"day after day, as long as it is still called 'Today'" That
means right up until now and continuing into the future that the Lord
gives us, one day at a time. cf. 2Corinthians 6:2
** What is it that causes the human heart to become hardened?
"the deceitfulness of sin."
Let me read from John MacArthur's commentary on Hebrews; "The
old nature constantly suggests that sin is not as bad and that trust
in Christ is not as important as the Bible says. From man's own perspective,
he does not seem so wicked. 'I take care of my family, I am a helpful
neighbor and a good citizen. I'm not perfect, of course, but I'm not
evil, either. My life has room for improvement, but it doesn't need
saving.' So the thinking goes. This is what the sin nature deceitfully
tells men about their need for salvation."
Turn now to chapter 10 and we will see the next command.
V.23-24 Read Passage
V.23 ** What reason does the writer give for holding fast to our
confession of hope without wavering?
Because "He who promised is faithful" cf. Psalm 36:5, Psalm
92:1-2, Lamentations 3:22-23
V.24 ** That unwavering hope introduces our next one another command.
What is it?
2) "Stimulate one another to love and good deeds!"
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