So after he shared, I opened my Bible to Hebrews 10:19 – 25. As I was sharing the observations with him something happened. I began to see connections and patterns that I had previously overlooked.
The three effects are sub-divided into two sections. The first two, draw near and hold fast, are focused on us as believers. We are to get close to God and trust Him completely, essentially, using the language of the earlier part of Hebrews, rest in His grace, unwavering.
With that as the foundation we are to then consider how to stimulate one another. It is only from the place near God, where we are trusting in Him without wavering, that we are able to consider how to stimulate others.
In reality if we try to engage from any other foundation, well, like Christ said in John 15:5 we will accomplish nothing. If we are not near God and trusting Him without wavering, what could we possibly add to someone’s life that would stimulate them to love and good deeds? To think otherwise suggests an extraordinary level of arrogance.
It was by processing this section with my friend out loud that I saw this. That is really good way to push yourself in your study. Read the book out loud or share with someone what you are learning out loud. The difficulty of explaining what you are seeing helps crystalize your observations and thinking.
Try it, you’ll like it.