Today’s devotion is an excerpt from a Bible Study Series taught at Fellowship Baptist Church, titled “Biblical Building Blocks for Strengthening Relationships.”
Biblical Building Block #21 Exhort One Another (Hebrews 10:25) PART 2
Hebrews 10:25, Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
I. Let Us Challenge and Compel Others
1. An Exhorting Assembly - Hebrews 10:25c, “...but exhorting one another...”
The word exhorting comes from the Greek "parakaleo" which means "to call a person to your side; to comfort, console, challenge, admonish, strengthen, instruct, or encourage someone." “Exhort” means to call near, or call for, invite. It carries the idea of admonishing, walking along side of someone and encouraging them. Many Christians have fallen away because of a lack of encouragement. The local assembly is the best place to get encouragement from one another. We are created to fellowship. We need one another. Christian companionship and Biblical instruction will provide the necessary encouragement to help each of us hold firmly to faith in Christ. It is the plan and expectation of Christ that believers grow in community with each other as we grow deeper in our relationship with Him. Time together with other Christians will be a blessing to God as we worship Him, a blessing to us through our deepened friendships and continued instruction and a blessing to the world because we will be better encouraged and equipped to spread Christ’s message among them.
Seven Ways We Can Exhort One Another.
1) With Our Tongue (Proverbs 12:25; 15:23; 16:24)
2) With Our Talents (Philippians 4:10-23)
3) With Our Time (II Timothy 2:2)
4) With Our Tenderness (John 13:35)
5) With Our Tenacity (Galatians 6:1)
6) With the Truths of Scripture (Romans 15:4)
7) With Trust in the Lord (Exodus 14:13; Proverbs 3:5-6)
II. The Incentive - Hebrews 10:25d, “...and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
1. An Excited Assembly. Life was difficult for the believer in that day, and the writer knew it was only going to get worse. We know that men will be lovers of their own selves more than lovers of God (II Timothy 3). As we draw nigh to the coming of the Lord, we know that things will only wax worse and worse (Matthew 24:14). We know there will be a great falling away (II Timothy 3:13). As these perilous times come, we need the support and encouragement of one another. The world isn't going to provide Biblical instruction or spiritual guidance. You will not find the help you need in the world. As our society continues to deteriorate, we need one another. We need all the Biblical instruction we can get. We need all that the church offers! I Corinthians 1:8, “Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Thessalonians 5:2, “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” What day? The day of the Lord's return. The term “the day” refers to “the return of Jesus Christ for His people”. His return is immediately upon us. We are to challenge one another as the return of Christ approaches. Jesus could come today. We should all be looking for His coming and be ready. Therefore, we need to challenge and encourage one another. God's people are to be ready and engaged in His work as they anticipate the return of Christ.
G. Campbell Morgan said, "I never lay my head upon the pillow without thinking that maybe before the morning breaks, the final morning may have dawned. I never begin my work in the morning without thinking that perhaps He may interrupt my work and begin His own." II Thessalonians 2:1, “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him.” The believer's duty is to live at all times the way he would want his Saviour to find him living at the rapture. R. A. Torrey said, "The imminent return of our Lord is the greatest Bible argument for a pure, unselfish, devoted, unworldly, active life of service."
The imminent return of Jesus Christ
1) Prompts the believer to live a holy life.
2) Promotes the purity and separation of the Church from the world.
Points to Ponder:
If not, I urge you to come and seek the Lord in order to fulfill your potential.
You will never be satisfied unless you are striving to be all you can be for the glory of God.
He will guide you in a spiritual inventory of your life.
Questions to Consider:
Has the Lord spoken to your heart through the Word?
Are you fulfilling your potential for the Lord?
Are you doing all you could and should before Him?
Thank you for reading PART 2 of Biblical Building Block #21 of this series. Please visit this website tomorrow for Biblical Building Block #22 of this series.
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.