The tone has been urgent . . . the arguments, fast and furious . . . the logic solid. We have a better High Priest who has offered a better sacrifice and has made for a better way for all to enter the Most Holy Place. But unless these great truths are mixed with something, they ring empty . . . the wonder never materializes . . . their implications fall flat. Having access to the Holy of Holies . . . being offered a new and living way opened to us . . . being invited to enter with confidence . . . all ring hollow unless the assertions of something “better” are believed . . . unless the evidence of the superiority of Christ is accepted . . . unless the examples of a greater way are received . . . unless these great truths are mixed with faith.
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith . . .
(Hebrews 10:19-22a ESV)
The latter portion of Hebrews 10 starts the transition from emphasizing the superiority of Christ’s person and work, to focusing on the superiority of the Christians walk . . . a walk of faith.
Our boldness is founded on what we believe . . . access is opened to us because of what we have accepted . . . perseverance is possible because of who we have trusted in. And so, with full assurance of faith, we draw near.
. . . but My righteous one shall live by faith . . . (Hebrews 10:38a ESV)
Hebrews 10:38 is the third time in the epistles that we are reminded that the just shall live by faith. In Romans 1:17 the emphasis is on THE JUST . . . those who are declared righteous through the gospel, the power of God for salvation for all who believe . . . thus, THE JUST shall live by faith. In Galatians, Paul is combating the false gospel of “Jesus plus” in order to be saved . . . that performance is necessary to attain the promise . . . and so his focus on BY FAITH . . . that it is not on the basis of human effort or discipline, but that the righteous will live BY FAITH. And here, in Hebrews, where the author is combating the temptation to “drift away” (2:1), or “shrink back” (10:39), he emphasizes that believers SHALL LIVE . . . shall walk the worthy walk, despite the circumstance, . . . by faith.
Faith is the fuel for the fire. We keep on keepin’ on because of what we keep on believing.
Thus, we draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith . . . possessing a confidence that He who promised is faithful (10:23) . . . and fully convinced that what God has promised, He is able to do (Rom. 4:21).
. . . for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard until that Day what I have entrusted to Him. (2Timothy 1:12 ESV margin)
Great truths . . . mixed with mustard seeds of faith . . . enriched with abundant grace . . . results in those who draw near . . . those who hold fast . . . those who persevere . . .
For His glory . . . amen?