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  • Writer's pictureDwight Smith

Appropriate Fear

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“Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.” Hebrews 4:1-2 "Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me” Colossians 1:28-29 "Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”Hebrews 13:17 The Bible is full of loving warnings to all, but especially to those of us who are His children, in Jesus. We live in a world of noise, corruption in leaders of any type structure, temptation to question the validity of God's word, and, so many more things. Doubt about all of the promises that God has given for assurance, too easily invades. Too much of the ongoing research of what we evangelicals believe demonstrates this erosion of conviction. And, maybe there is nothing more sad to see than, this also erodes hope. The writer of Hebrews challenges us to see our sure hope in those who have gone before us, those who had greater “reason” to type cast God as one of the many other gods, not the personal God of creation. But they believed God, and not only received what He promised them, they also received the sure hope of His greater promise: life eternal. Luke says, “To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3) “The term “infallible proofs” translates a Greek word used only this one time, meaning literally “many criteria of certainty,” and it is significant that the inspired Word of God applies it only to the resurrection of Christ. It is not too much to say that Christ's resurrection is the most certain fact in all history, and many large volumes have been published setting forth the evidences thereof. No wonder the apostle Peter could say, “We have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty” (2 Peter 1:16). (Read Article) May God grant us today greater alertness to the dangers, and greater assured hope in Him and His promises!


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