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Hold Fast To The Lord

By Rich Carmicheal

    "Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house. For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant...but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house – whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end" (Heb. 3:1-6).

    Do you notice the significant condition included in this passage? We are the Lord’s house "if we hold fast…firm until the end." The same condition is expressed a few verses later: "For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end" (Heb. 3:14). And again in the tenth chapter, "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful" (Heb. 10:23).

    Our life in Christ is not just about a good beginning, but it is about holding fast and finishing well. We know all too well that along the way we will face our share of temptations, trials and troubles. In fact, Jesus clearly teaches us that in this world we will have tribulation (John 16:33). In order to continue on and finish well, we must by necessity hold fast and persevere.

    Jesus stresses this in His parable about seed sown in different types of soil (see Luke 8:5-15). There He teaches that some people receive the Word with joy, and believe for a while, but when the time of testing comes, they fall away. Other people receive the Word and begin to grow, but are eventually "choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity." It is only those whose hearts are like good soil, those who receive the Word, hold it fast, and persevere, who bear fruit.

    The times of testing will come. They may come in your own life, in your family, in your church family, in your community or nation, but they will come. In the parable about the wise man who built his house on the rock, and the foolish man who built his house on the sand, Jesus taught that in either case storms will come – rain will descend, the floods will come, and the wind will blow and beat against the house (see Matthew 7:24-27). The issue is how strong our foundation is when the storms hit. Only the house built on the foundation of Christ and His Word will stand.

    And so the writer of Hebrews exhorts us to "consider Jesus." He is the Builder of the house and is faithful over His house. And we are His house. Even now, in ways seen and unseen, in the good times and the bad times, He is building our lives. "And coming to Him…you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house…" (1 Pet. 2:4-5).

    The key to perseverance is to keep our eyes on the One who is building us, the One who is faithful over us. He is the Author and Perfector of our faith (Heb. 12:2), who Himself persevered and finished well, enduring the Cross, facing death itself, and conquering it! No matter what tribulations we may face in this world, we can take heart because He has overcome the world! (John 16:33). He has all the grace we need, all the help we need, all the holiness we need, all the strength we need, all the peace we need, and all the encouragement we need. He is all we need!

    The focus of this issue of the Herald is Christ. May these pages help you draw nearer to Him. "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28).