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The One Anothers of the New Testament - Part 4

HEBREWS, JAMES, 1PETER            Page 3
V.13 (cont'd.)

** 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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