After concluding his thoughts regarding the sacrifice of Jesus and His presence with God as High Priest making intercession for His children, the Hebrews writer turned his attention to applying this knowledge to increase their faith in the risen Christ. He urged them to, “draw near with a true heart…” and “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering…”
Then, as now, there were weak Christians who had strayed from the church. The writer urged the Hebrews to remain faithful and continue to assemble as a body to encourage and edify each of them. To illustrate the importance of close contact with fellow Christians, consider what happens when a coal of fire is removed from the main body of fire. It quickly cools off and completely dies. Likewise, a Christian will not remain hot alone.
If one willfully withdraws himself from the church, and seeks salvation through any other means or returns to the world, he WILL BE lost unless he returns. Christ died only once. There will be no other sacrifice for sins.
Hebrew Christians were reminded of the severe consequences that came to those who had rejected Moses’ law. If one rejects Christ’s authority and the law which He purchased with His own blood, the consequences will be much greater. He has, “Trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace.” The Lord will judge and take vengeance on him. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
The writer reminded the Hebrews of the persecutions they had endured and the encouragement that they had given to others who were being persecuted. They had come so far in their Christian service that it would be tragic for them to turn their backs on Christ at that time in their lives. It was important that they remain confident in God’s reward for their faithfulness. Whatever sufferings they may have endured on earth would be more than compensated in heaven.