Today's study is found in Hebrews 10:23 which contains the key word confession [NASB] or profession [NIV] This Greek word – homologia; which simply means saying the same with our mouth as God says in His Word. It is making the words of our mouth agree with the written Word of God at every point. As we advance in our Christian lives, our confession should come closer to complete agreement with the Word of God in every area of our experience.
This word confession (I prefer the NASB rendition in this instance) occurs three times in the book of Hebrews and I do believe that is a no coincidence that there is a progression through these three verses.
Hebrews 3:1 - Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. NASB.
Here we are introduced to the concept of confession and it is linked to the office of Jesus our High Priest. For it is Jesus in his Priestly function to represent us, to present our petitions, to intercede on our behalf, and to make good on every right confession we make.
Hebrews 4:14 - Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. NASB
Here we are admonished to hold fast to our 'right' confession. We must not change what we have said. We need to keep making the words of our mouth agree with the Word of God.
Lastly we come to today's verse found in Hebrews 10:23 - Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; NASB
Here we are admonished to not only hold our right confession fast but to do so without wavering. God knows that as the end times are fast approaching we need more than to hold fast the confession in our hearts. The Greek word for fast has a suggestion of holding down and speaks of a firm hold which masters that which is held. It is the same idea of binding Gods word in our heart. Bind them always on your heart... Prov. 6:21
Without wavering - the Greek word has the meaning of 'not leaning nor inclining or leaning backwards.' Whereas we are encouraged the bind our confession to our heart we are also admonished to not let our mind waver concerning our right confession. Our thinking must be upright in line with God's word and not blown by every doubt and worldly idea and thought pattern. We are to guard our heart and mind.
How do we do this? We can do no better than to look at the OT heroes set forth by the author in Chapt. 11.
Enoch pleased God in his earthly walk. Noah in holy fear builds his ark.
Abraham was looking forward to a city whose builder was God.
Finally Jesus in chapt 12:2 for the joy that was set before him turned his face towards the cross enduring the shame and suffering. When we turn our face to the cross with a pondering spirit and open mind we are held by the love of God as in a vice for his love constrains us to persevere, holding fast without wavering, as Christ demonstrated.
At this point I feel compelled to include a number of scripture texts that we can confess and stand firm on. These texts have been laid on my heart and I pray that they may give sustenance to those who read this blog.
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deleverence. Ps32:7NIV
You have not given me into the hands of the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place. Ps 31:8 NIV
Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. Ps 31:3 NIV
Therefore say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: None of my words will be delayed any longer; whatever I say will be fulfilled, declares the Sovereign Lord' Ezek 12:28 NIV
Nevertheless I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. Jer 33:6 NIV
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Is 43 1-2 NIV
no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and this is their vindication from me, declares the Lord Is 54:17 NIV
Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. Ps 71:20 NIV
I pray these confessions will become a source of strength and that we may stand firm on these truths without wavering for he who has promised is faithful. By wavering, we can forfeit our blessing and lose the benefit of Christ's ministry on our behalf as our High Priest. The remedy? We hold fast our confession without wavering – the perseverance of the saints as the reformers taught.
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As I read your blog, I was reminded of the verses God brought to my remembrance when I learned I had cancer.
"That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever."
2 Cor. 4:16-18 (NLT)
We must stand firm and hold fast... no matter what.
Love your reminder to look to the 'hero's of faith in Heb. 11. Some attained their promise while other were beat, died ... being sawn in half. Stll holding fats to the confession of God's word.
Homologia ,..same words. May the words in our hearts and on our lips be ever in line with, attuned to, and complementary (as well as complimentary ) to The Logos.