In the final article in this brief series, I want you to see the relationship of the full assurance of hope to being energetic and passionate so that through faith and patience we might inherit the promises. Continue reading . . .
In the final article in this brief series, I want you to see the relationship of the full assurance of hope to being energetic and passionate so that through faith and patience we might inherit the promises. Look again closely at Hebrews 6:11-12.
“Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Heb. 6.9-12).
Here is how I perceive the cause and effect progression in this passage:
Being fully assured that God is for you and that you belong to him is what will energize your heart so that you won’t be sluggish and spiritually lazy and just coast through the Christian life. The joy that comes from the rock-solid assurance that God has destined you for an eternity with him will guard you from becoming presumptuous and arrogant and slothful. Being fully assured that God is your God and that his promises can be trusted is what will sustain faith and patience in your heart as you wait for the promises of God to come to pass.
Again, don’t miss the connection between being fully assured of the solidity and certainty of your hope, on the one hand, and your determination not to be sluggish or slothful but to energetically imitate the faith and patience of believers w