Friday, April 5, 2019

Hebrews 3-4! Day 95~ If, indeed!

We have only 25 days left of the reading!  Time is flying!  We will be done at the end of this month!!

So, as far as the reading today......I read, "But Christ is faithful as the Son over God's house.  And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory." (Heb. 3:6) To be honest, I just skimmed over it, because the wording confuses the heck out of me!  I didn't want to deal with it, so I moved on....
Then,  I come to this, "We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end." (Heb. 3:14)  Arg!!!  Why is the author repeating himself??
I can't ignore it if he repeats it!!

Well, that launched me in to reading a LOT of commentaries on the sentences that seem to hold a conditional clause.  One commentary said, "Perseverance in faith is the best evidence of the sincerity of our faith".   That sounds good.....but it still left me feeling some pressure.  "You better hold on! If you don't, you were never a Christian in the first place!" 😨 Um...I think I am...but what if I'm not?.... This reminded me of a poster I had on my wall when I was a young teen.



Then, I came to a commentary that made a clear statement (at least clear in my mind), "The question is not one of the retention of salvation based upon a persistence of faith, but of the possession of salvation as evidenced by a continuation of faith." (based on Heb. 10:36 and 11:6, as well)

I like that!  There is no desperate "hanging on to your faith" in that statement.  So, in reality,  these sentences with the "if" in them, are not conditional clause sentences, but descriptions of one who holds the belief in Jesus(as opposed to those described in 3:19).
In other words the writer could have said, "And we are his house, if indeed we are true Christians (one's who hold to their confidence in Jesus)." (my paraphrase of 3:6b)

I'm not confused by the wording now.  But I made notes in my Bible in the margin of those verses to remind myself to read the "if" sentences in the proper way!  I might forget the next time reading through the N.T. 😜

2 comments:

  1. Amen and thanks for the clarity... I too am prone to skipping over verses like that... Thanks for digging!!😊

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    1. It's truly my pleasure! I get more out of the reading when I do a little digging! I'm glad you are reading with me!!

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