19: Endurance of Faith (2) (Heb -29)
This passage continues the
exhortations concerning Christian living. These exhortations are calls to
respond to the grace of God. Because Christ is the author and finisher of
faith, we ought to look unto Him as we run the race. Because God chastens us
for good, we ought to endure in our sufferings. In this lesson, we will study
God’s grace of salvation as the reason and motivation to live godly lives. This
passage also contains the final warning of the epistle. While the author
reassuringly reminds us of God’s grace, he also earnestly warns us against
rejecting this grace.
“Therefore, since we are receiving
a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God
acceptably with reverence and godly fear” ().
regards to peace, what can you learn from the words “pursue” and “all” (14)?
reason does the author give for pursuing holiness?
3a. What are the three things we are to carefully guard against?
3b. How are these precautions related to the command in verse
3c. What do the words “looking carefully” teach us?
does it mean to fall short of the grace of God? (cf. 2Cor 6:1; Gal 5:4; Heb
kind of defilement is meant in verse 15?
6a. Suppose “fornicator” refers to one who commits sexual
immorality in the physical sense, why is this sin listed with being profane?
6b. Suppose we interpret the fornication in a spiritual sense,
how does it relate to the example of Esau?
Gen 25:29-34; 27:30-38. How was Esau “a profane person”?
8a. In what sense could a Christian today sell his birthright
“for one morsel of food”?
8b. Why would anyone make such a foolish exchange?
was Esau not able to find ways to change what he had done?
For the background of verses 18-21,
read Exodus 19:7-25.
10a. What different feelings do Mount
Sinai and Mount Zion
10b. Compare the locations of Mount Sinai and
10c. Compare the voices on Mount
Sinai and MountZion.
10d. Compare “exceedingly afraid and trembling” (21) and “blood of
11a. Why are the words “you have come to”
11b. What made it possible for us to come
city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem?
on the warning of this paragraph, what was the point of comparing Mount
Sinai and MountZion?
14a. Compare the two “shakings” (26-27).
14b. What are the things that can be
shaken? What cannot be shaken? Which are you pursuing in your life?
attitude should we have toward God’s grace (28)? What kind of life should
follow this attitude?
God is a consuming fire.” What does this statement teach about God?
17. What is the difference between the fear at Mount
Sinai (18-21) and the fear that we ought to have on MountZion (28-29)?