)Steady to the poleColeridge's Aids to Reflection.Late observations have shown that under many circumstances the magnetic needle, even after the disturbing influence has been removed, will continue wavering, and require many days before it points aright and remains steady to the pole. It is God's presence makes holy ground; God's immediate presence in Christ makes any place the holiest of all: and this is it into which we are to draw nigh, and in which we are to abide. SOME MOTIVES BY WHICH THIS DUTY MAY BE ENFORCED. Then, the promise of the Holy Ghost. We now consider the faithfulness of God to His promises. The fidelity of God to his glorious promises should ensure our fidelity in the confession of our hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. "Truly that is everything good," answered Luther. or refuse to go forward? They met for many nights behind the gun, reading and praying. They became the butt of the men in two or three messes, but still continued, bearing and forbearing. These promises are not mere movements of the Divine mind arising only under the exigencies of new circumstances or of events which spring up in the progress of time, but they flow from the deep fountains of His own grace and love; they embrace all that which is involved in the gift of His dear Son, the great work of the Saviour, the communications of the Divine Spirit, and in the application of every blessing which God has engaged to bestow on His Church on earth. He is able to perform all and everything that he has promised. Burns, D. D.I. They became the butt of the men in two or three messes, but still continued, bearing and forbearing. )The effect of dwelling in the holiest of allAndrew MurrayEnter into the holiest of all, and dwell there. The one is, that no man can in this life be absolutely sure that he is sated, because no man in this life can become perfectly holy; the other is, that as holiness of heart and life is salvation, it is only in proportion as this is attained that we have any real ground for believing that we are personally saved. Before his death he was earnestly persuaded to recant, and among other things a friend said to him, "Take pity on thy golden years and pleasant flowers of youth before it is too late." God is unchangeable both in His nature and purpose; it is impossible, therefore, that He can ever disappoint the hopes that His goodness has raised.(G. Let us hold fast the profession of hope without wavering.3. To guide us and keep us from doing wrong. We regard the Divine promises themselves. Have you found Him faithful? (Owen Clarke. "Having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience." D.The doctrine of the Incarnation is a promise; it assures us that God has become man to save us from sin. During the reign of Queen Mary, Bishop Latimer was brought to trial for conscience' sake. The name of the Lord is faithful and true.2. If such things can be done in earth's prisons, what are sinners to look for in a future world? And in this spirit of love we should cherish Christian communion; "not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together." WHAT IS IMPLIED IN THIS, "Let us draw near."1. He will abundantly pardon.2. Before the First Advent believers looked forward in faith and hope to the good things to come. On examination it was found that the charge was wholly groundless, and that these accusing voices were imaginary, being but the echo of a guilty conscience. And there, by "standing fire," by standing firm, true to what was his duty, God has blessed that solitary sailor, and made him a spiritual father to at least thirty of the men on board the ship.Confidence in deathIn the reign of Queen Mary of England, a man named Palmer was condemned to die. )Hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience.Sins of ignorance and weaknessJ. They have all an immediate connection with the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20).3. It is not on your own works and your own productions that you can repose. or refuse to go forward? What a struggle it then appeared! Lawson. Having received, through Christ's sacrifice and Christ's present priesthood boldness, a full right of access into the holy of holies, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. (1) When this is borne in mind, how important the Jewish Law becomes to us Christians I important in itself, over and above all references contained in it to that gospel which it introduced. But God will not, God cannot, for God who hath promised is faithful; for as He cannot forget or be hindered by any contrary power, so He cannot change His will. No. The "assurance of faith" is a firm persuasion, a satisfactory evidence, that God does accept, pardon, save, and bless us, for Christ's sake; and this firm persuasion, this satisfactory evidence, arises, not only from the exceeding great and precious promises of His Word, but chiefly from the direct influence of His Spirit, bearing witness with our spirit that we are His children. [Heb 6:17-19 KJV] 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed [it] by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 19 Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; God’s word is unquestionable. It is no doubt true that to believe in Christ is to trust in Him for our own individual salvation, for the forgiveness of our own sins and the salvation of our own souls. We stand before God as the Israelites at the passover of Hezekiah, who desired to serve God according to the Law, but could not do so accurately from lack of knowledge; and we can but offer, through our Great High Priest, our sincerity and earnestness instead of exact obedience, as Hezekiah did for them. Religion has cost many of its disciples somewhat dear: but it has cost nothing compared with its worth. [Heb 7:19 KJV] 19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope [did]; by the which we draw nigh unto God. It is a kind of clock made to wake persons at a particular hour by making a loud noise. THE COMMAND OF SCRIPTURE REQUIRES ASSEMBLY. What a sad state of things this would be! As well might he endeavour to escape from his shadow when the sun is shining. Look at God your Father, look at Jesus Christ, look at recognize the indwelling of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Heart established, mind fixed, soul stayed upon God. We can only approach with our heart, and by faith, which has its seat in the heart; with a heart which is in earnest, true, and purposeful in this very work of approach. Red. Not faith in our having faith, in our being accepted; but faith that we have a right of access, that Jesus is the living way, and that He is the High Priest in the holy of holies. During the reign of Queen Mary, Bishop Latimer was brought to trial for conscience' sake. With the heart. But if our consciences are troubled on account of our sins against God, then how are they to be healed. Not halting between two opinions. While pacing the deck at night, on the lonely seas, and talking with a pious shipmate, he became convinced of his need of a Saviour and became His disciple, remaining true to his profession to the last. God is omnipotent, and therefore it is not the want of power that can render Him unfaithful.6. )Steady to the poleColeridge's Aids to Reflection.Late observations have shown that under many circumstances the magnetic needle, even after the disturbing influence has been removed, will continue wavering, and require many days before it points aright and remains steady to the pole. That gnawing canker! B. Meyer, B. Granting that this is not to be confounded with that full assurance of faith of which the apostle speaks, may there not, nevertheless, be such a thing as this personal assurance of salvation, and may we not speak of it under other and more appropriate phraseology? God is again coming to us in that ordinance: an ordinance appointed for the most special nearness out of heaven (1 Corinthians 10:16).3. [3] Brooke Foss Westcott, ed., The Epistle to the Hebrews the Greek Text with Notes and Essays, 3d ed., Classic Commentaries on the Greek New Testament (London: Macmillan, 1903), 325–326. (3) Further, look into your own souls and see if you cannot discern some part of the truth of the Scripture statement, which I have been trying to set before you. Burns, D. D.)An unwavering confessionH. But suppose we have thick, heavy shutters to the window, and keep them closed. If you were not false then, if you were not deceivers then, hold fast the confession of your hope without wavering, for" He is faithful that promised." anxiously asked the Doctor. It is a kind of clock made to wake persons at a particular hour by making a loud noise. )The security of the promiseG. (4)More glory to God.Application:1. The thing which we desire, and which is promised unto us, is not only the reward of eternal glory, which is the object of our hope, but power and ability with assistance to do all things necessary for the attainment thereof; for in the gospel, not only the reward, but power to perform our duty, are promised (Ephesians 1:16-19).2. No; it will be dark. Now nothing can be more unscriptural than such doctrines. IT IS A FACT — "He is faithful that promised."1. II. There they are! Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. God has provided abundant resources for our comfort and safety.5. 4:16). 20).3. Shall we come out of Egypt, and come so near the borders of the heavenly Canaan, and turn hack? Those around you know you to be professedly an heir of heaven, a child of God: it is well that they should. Another came, and another, and the last account I heard from that ship was this, that every night thirty-two were meeting for prayer, thirty of them believed to be converted characters. This is a better rendering. Burns, D. D.)An unwavering confessionH. You meet an acquaintance, and complain that he was distant, i.e., he was not hearty.2. The bishop said that the sound of that pen made him very careful to say nothing but what was strictly true. 1. (Owen Clarke. that burden too heavy to be borne! If He has, then do not hold fast your profession. If you are to appear before the Lord, go, dip, wash, bathe in the fountain opened for sin and for uncleanness (Zechariah 13:1) that you may be clean. Come in, ye blessed of the Lord; why do you stand back? The way to heaven is associated with conflicts.3. The bishop said that the sound of that pen made him very careful to say nothing but what was strictly true. "With a pure heart." (Coleridge's Aids to Reflection. During the reign of Queen Mary, Bishop Latimer was brought to trial for conscience' sake. "LET US DRAW NEAR." If you ask how you have renewed your vows, I reply: you have done it many a time at the table of communion. While the first 10 chapters of Hebrews may just seem like an intellectual argument to prove the person and work of Christ, the writer is doing so much more. "How many soever be the promises of God, in Jesus Christ is the yea," etc. Conscience no longer sleeps, allowing us to sin, but is restored to its original office. The bishop said that the sound of that pen made him very careful to say nothing but what was strictly true. The bishop said that the sound of that pen made him very careful to say nothing but what was strictly true. If we read the text according to our present authorised translation, we have faith. When in the midst of the flames he exhorted his companions to constancy, saying, "We shall not end our lives in the fire, but make a change for a better life; yea, for coals we shall receive pearls. He has promised to reward our profession; and " He is faithful."Application:1. H. Newman, D. D.)Healing the evil conscienceR. Faith means trust, reliance, confidence, leaning. This promise is not the promise of any man or angel, but of God; this is more than if all the best men and all the holy angels had bound themselves unto us and given us all security, which possibly they could. SOME MOTIVES BY WHICH THIS DUTY MAY BE ENFORCED. A true heart is a heart which accepts the testimony of God, which distrusts itself, which believes God's Word, declaring our sin, guilt, and helplessness, and which responds simply, and without reservation, humbly and joyfully to the Divine gospel of the gift of God, eternal life through the righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ. We now consider the faithfulness of God to His promises. But the apostle speaks in our text of "an evil conscience." that burden too heavy to be borne! Campbell. The way to heaven is associated with conflicts.3. Another Jack Tar was creeping along, and said, "May I come?" Always setting the Lord before us, etc. Suppose you have one of these clocks, and you wish it to waken you so that you can rise every morning at four o'clock. How MAY AN EVIL CONSCIENCE BE HEALED? He often preached to his crew on Sundays, and was ever forward in doing good.(H. If, after all, it has been a mistake and a delusion, then give it up. SOME CONSIDERATIONS TENDING TO ESTABLISH OUR CONFIDENCE IN THE DIVINE FAITHFULNESS AS A SECURITY THAT THE PROMISES WILL BE FULFILLED.1. Outward life is, therefore, right — "Our bodies washed with pure water."II. Believing the promise, they expected in hope the glory of Messiah's reign. You meet an acquaintance, and complain that he was distant, i.e., he was not hearty.2. God is omnipotent, and therefore it is not the want of power that can render Him unfaithful.6. )An evil conscienceWhen the compass loses its proper polarity at sea, the whole course of the vessel might be altered by it; and when the conscience loses its right direction, its responsibility to God, its deference and inclination to His law, by its continued violation of the higher duties, the heart is filled with fears, the dispensations of Providence are suspected to be judgments, when they may be real and satisfying mercies.ConscienceNeighbour Jones has a conscience that looks forward and keeps him from doing wrong. Then, the promise of the Holy Ghost. (2)Hold you next to your hope.2. Nothing else but faith in full, vigorous, healthy exercise. God has provided abundant resources for our comfort and safety.5. It is not on your own works and your own productions that you can repose. We draw near to God when we engage properly in the solemn exercise of public worship.2. Stedfastness is essential to our final salvation.4. We have a blessed hope, a hope most "sure and steadfast, which entereth into that which is within the veil." Let us love the Lord who has given us the first two.II. (5) As children to a Father in Christ, to receive the portion of children. (2) Next, to pass from the Jewish law, you will observe that God tells us expressly in the history of the fall of Adam, what the legal ceremonies implied; that it is our very nature which is sinful. If, after all, it has been a mistake and a delusion, then give it up. A. Morris, D. D.I. Again, we draw near to God when we engage properly in the exercise of social worship.3. )The faithfulness of God the Christian's support in life and deathOwen Clarke. The reason hereof is that His power is absolute and almighty, and nothing can resist or hinder it if once it begin to work. Herein is the importance of the doctrine of original sin. They have all an immediate connection with the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20).3. Christ invites you to Him. And can we see anything in the room when the shutters are closed? "Us." The first promise was that the seed of the woman should arrive in the fulness of time, and that He should bruise the serpent's head; that He should give Himself as a ransom, and purchase the Church with His own blood. (6) As a spouse to a husband, for our Maker is our Husband. We stand before God as the Israelites at the passover of Hezekiah, who desired to serve God according to the Law, but could not do so accurately from lack of knowledge; and we can but offer, through our Great High Priest, our sincerity and earnestness instead of exact obedience, as Hezekiah did for them. And thy heart will be the holiest of all, in which He dwells. And God makes use of conscience as His detective police to find out those who have sinned secretly.II. The day of our Lord's appearing will be the day of the redemption of the body from the dust with which it mingles. There they are! "LET US HOLD FAST."1. Come in, ye blessed of the Lord; why do you stand back? We also draw near to God, in a peculiar sense, when we engage properly in the exercise of secret devotion.II. As IT IS THE EXPRESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN'S EXPERIENCE — "He is faithful that promised." (2) In the holy sacrament of the supper. Next, it is a call upon you to join the public services of the Church, not only once a week, but whenever you have the opportunity; knowing well that your Redeemer is especially present where two or three are gathered together. H. Spurgeon.I. To some of them I must now advert.1. The first promise was that the seed of the woman should arrive in the fulness of time, and that He should bruise the serpent's head; that He should give Himself as a ransom, and purchase the Church with His own blood. We will take both renderings; for they are both correct in fact if not in the letter. That gnawing canker! It came to the ears of the commander, who was a Roman Catholic — but I mention this to his honour. We have made a public avowal of our faith. WHAT ARE WE NOW TO DO?1. Saphir. (2)By the constraining influence of Christ's love. Even if you reject them, still do they not answer Satan's purpose m inflaming your mind at the instant, and so evidence that the matter of which it is composed is corruptible?2. To this I reply at once that there is such a thing, and that Christians may not only speak of it, but ought to seek earnestly, each one for himself, to attain to it. It is an error to suppose that assurance of personal salvation does not admit of degrees; in other words, that it may be as full and strong in one just entering on the Christian life as it can be in one who has kept the faith for many years, and has passed through the varied experience of the Christian course. This means a conscience that has been injured like a diseased eye, so that we cannot see clearly.I. Renew it.IV. Come in, ye blessed of the Lord; why do you stand back? A. The one is, that no man can in this life be absolutely sure that he is sated, because no man in this life can become perfectly holy; the other is, that as holiness of heart and life is salvation, it is only in proportion as this is attained that we have any real ground for believing that we are personally saved. Constant in duties; especially prayer, praise, reading the Divine Word, etc. With faith. Sin has set us at a distance from God (Isaiah 59:2). Instead of checking the bad elements within us, perhaps we indulged them for years; and they truly had their fruit unto death. For he [is] faithful that promised; D.)LinksHebrews 10:23 NIVHebrews 10:23 NLTHebrews 10:23 ESVHebrews 10:23 NASBHebrews 10:23 KJVHebrews 10:23 Bible AppsHebrews 10:23 ParallelHebrews 10:23 Biblia ParalelaHebrews 10:23 Chinese BibleHebrews 10:23 French BibleHebrews 10:23 German BibleHebrews 10:23 CommentariesBible Hub. Spurgeon. You need, every day — yea, every hour — to be coming to Christ for blessing.(H. No; great as this privilege is, God has meant something for us infinitely greater. Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works, labouring and waiting together, and helping one another in the unity of brethren. His beautiful reply was, "Sir, I long for those springing flowers which shall never fade away." To the believer. Do not in future fall into the same fears. But Christ's faithfulness is here laid down as the great motive.1. He often preached to his crew on Sundays, and was ever forward in doing good.(H. Christianity is a hope — "Christ in you the hope of glory." Newton, D. D.)The cure for an evil conscienceJ. The first promise was that the seed of the woman should arrive in the fulness of time, and that He should bruise the serpent's head; that He should give Himself as a ransom, and purchase the Church with His own blood. Faith in what? All Christians. If, after all, it has been a mistake and a delusion, then give it up. But the apostle speaks in our text of "an evil conscience." If we read the text according to our present authorised translation, we have faith. The end will amply recompense for the trials of the way.(J. It means that we must receive into our hearts a sense and full belief of the efficacy of the death of Jesus Christ to cancel all our guilt and condemnation, and of the power of the Holy Spirit to make us yet good and holy and fit for the presence of God. From the nature of his position — saved from the wreck — he is in a position to look around — to think.1. But the eye of faith contemplates the Infinite Being. )Christian lifeJ. They are all written with His own hand, they are all stamped with His own authority; and in His own Word they stand out in all their truth and in all their fulness.3. What inconceivable agony to be shut up with the ghostly memories of past sin, and to hear, through long centuries of gloom and despair, only the uttered and echoed curses which sin brings down upon the soul! But the eye of faith contemplates the Infinite Being. )The effect of dwelling in the holiest of allAndrew MurrayEnter into the holiest of all, and dwell there. Maybe you’d like to be back in that place but it doesn’t seem to be as easy as flipping a switch. Campbell.I. We have a joyful, glorious, blessed hope which purifies, and comforts, and strengthens, and sustains us, and this hope is in us now. Oh for that grace which sprinkles our hearts from an evil conscience!Saved from an evil conscienceF. It is a good thing that we have no such trouble with our bodily eyes; but the soul has an eye as well as the body. There must be constancy of spirit. Those legal sacrifices and purifications which are now all done away, are still evidence to us of a fact which the gospel has not annulled — our corruption. Suppose that the glass in the window instead of being clear is stained glass — one pane red, another blue, another yellow, and another green. Besides, God's mercy is like His power, and as He is able, so is He willing to do what He hath promised, and He hath signified His will and purpose, through faith, by His power to preserve us unto salvation.3. Before his death he was earnestly persuaded to recant, and among other things a friend said to him, "Take pity on thy golden years and pleasant flowers of youth before it is too late." (3) Get your hearts beforehand " sprinkled from an evil conscience." )Abiding in the holiest of allAndrew Murray.Some speak as if the "Let us draw near" meant prayer, and that in our special approach to' God in acts of worship we enter the holiest of all. Christ has not changed this, though He has died; it is as it was from the beginning — I mean our actual state as men. (1)By loving rebuke — not from the love of fault-finding. Notice how thin and tender is the skin on your hand or face. He has promised to acknowledge our profession; and " He is faithful."3. Guilt is again contracted, and must be again repented of and washed away.1. Nothing else but faith in full, vigorous, healthy exercise. Hebrews 10:23-25; Materials. Let us embrace Him in the arms of faith, give the love of the heart to Him a full vent (Song of Solomon 8:6).4. "To provoke one another." Trust in Him; rest on Him; come unto God through Him and be saved. Suppose that the glass in the window instead of being clear is stained glass — one pane red, another blue, another yellow, and another green. Glad news this to poor sensible sinners! They have all an immediate connection with the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20).3. Shall we come out of Egypt, and come so near the borders of the heavenly Canaan, and turn hack? So is it ordinarily with the soul, after it has begun to force itself from the disturbing forces of the flesh and of the world. The form in which they are directed is not always the same, but sometimes assumes a more absolute, and sometimes a more conditional, appearance.4. Adam had a way to it, but that is blocked up; there is a new and living way consecrated for us (ver. WHAT ARE WE NOW TO DO?1. (1) When this is borne in mind, how important the Jewish Law becomes to us Christians I important in itself, over and above all references contained in it to that gospel which it introduced. The Redeemer ascended up on high; and He has poured forth the Divine Spirit: it has been granted and it is still continued to the Church.II. Faith, hope, and love — this is the threefold result of Christ's entrance into heaven, spiritually discerned.A believing, hoping, and loving attitude of heart corresponds to the new covenant revelation of Divine grace.1. B. Meyer, B. A.The sailors on the French coast have a legend, that beneath the waters as they lap the shore, deep down, there are the ruins of a buried city, and that on still, quiet nights it is possible for a voyager to overhear the music of the church bells as they gently sound fathoms deep. And shall we, who have so great advantage, so many helps, so blessed an opportunity, and the promise of a faithful God, neglect and injure ourselves so much as to lose this glorious and incomparable prize? Granting that this is not to be confounded with that full assurance of faith of which the apostle speaks, may there not, nevertheless, be such a thing as this personal assurance of salvation, and may we not speak of it under other and more appropriate phraseology? Now, all these promises are perfectly reliable. (1)Insensible sinners will .not (John 5:40). It means that we must receive into our hearts a sense and full belief of the efficacy of the death of Jesus Christ to cancel all our guilt and condemnation, and of the power of the Holy Spirit to make us yet good and holy and fit for the presence of God. To guide us and keep us from doing wrong. The way to heaven is associated with conflicts.3. Are you to come to His table? II. The history of redemption, if it is to be effectual, must begin from the beginning with every individual of us, and be curried on through our own life.