And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

As you read these words remember the context. These Hebrew Christians were in danger of going back to Judaism. They were being persecuted; they were under pressure for their faith. It probably felt like the safer option to return to the synagogue.

Whenever we read such words in the Bible (and we do find similar exhortations in other places), it is easy to get into a theologically academic debate as to whether it is possible to be saved and lost. But in the first place, I believe we should simply allow them to act as:

  1. a spur to keep going;
  2. a warning that things can and do come along to discourage us and make us want to give up. This is a reality of the spiritual battle.

Sadly, we probably all know people who ran well for a time, but we wonder, ‘Where are they now?’

Prayer: Lord, this is not an easy way, and you never said it would be. I know I am totally dependent upon your grace. Help me to keep going, without stopping, until I cross the finishing line.