(Note: Rarely but on occasion I publish for my weekly “Hugh’s News & Views” an article/essay written by someone else. Such is the case this week as I feature an article by Alan Highers titled “Let Us” from Hebrews 4. Alan and I have been friends for 66 years. We were students together at Freed-Hardeman College back in the mid to late 1950s. We both studied Hebrews (and a number of other subjects) under H. A. Dixon, president of the school and a marvelous teacher. Alan is a retired judge from the Tennessee Court of Appeals with over 30 years of service on the bench. He has served as editor of The Spiritual Sword for over 31 years and is one of the ripest and most able Bible scholars among us. I know of no one whose Bible knowledge and understanding I more highly respect or more deeply trust than Alan’s. I urge you to read and benefit from the following article from his able pen. All scripture references are from the book of Hebrews unless otherwise indicated. The article appeared in the bulletin of the North Jackson (TN) Church of Christ of February 2, 2021 where Alan and Sandra are members and a church that I served as the local minister in the early to mid-1960s when I was still in my mid-20s.)
Hebrews, chapter 4, has been described as the “let us” chapter of the Bible. Four different times in this chapter the author admonishes Christians to “let us” accomplish certain things.
(1) “Let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it” (verse 1). Christians should fear lest we fail to enter into the rest which God has provided. The last verse of the preceding chapter tells of Israel’s failure: “So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief” (3:19). But the rest offered by God has not failed. “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God” (4:9).
(2) “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience” (verse 11). The writer sounds a note of urgency for Christians to be diligent. According to W. E. Vine’s dictionary, the word “signifies hasten to do a thing, to exert oneself, endeavor, give diligence.” The KJV says, “Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest.” Christians must exercise every effort to be faithful and not to fall away because of unbelief. (See Psalm 95:10-11).
(3) “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession” (verse 14). Some Jewish Christians had been faithful since the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41). Others had obeyed the gospel in the intervening years. They had suffered persecution, alienation from their families, and many tribulations. Some were in danger of falling away (3:12). The writer urged them to “hold fast” to their confession that Jesus is the Son of God.
(4) “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (verse 16). God is mindful of our struggles, and He is our refuge and our strength (Psalm 46:1). “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. . .let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering” (10:22-23). “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works” (10:24).
Yes, “let us” all be mindful of these admonitions from the book of Hebrews.
Hugh Fulford, March 2, 2021
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