Discussion Questions to Follow
7 Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “Today if you hear His voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me, as in the day of trial in the wilderness.
Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.
17 And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.
Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience,
Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.
2 Peter 1:10
Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you…
2 Peter 3:13-15
13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,
15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation…
Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
… I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
1 Timothy 4:10
… we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God…
1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called…
2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.
12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.
9 The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it? 10 I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds.
For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.
… God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 4:4-5
4 For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord.
5 Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.
2 Corinthians 5:10-11
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men…
1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son…
2 For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty, 3 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it (the word-logos) was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
Revelation 1:13-18 (Description of Jesus)
13 and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. 14 His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. 15 His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. 16 In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, 18 and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.
Revelation 19:11-16 (Description of Jesus)
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
Hebrews 3:6, 14
… 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.
For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end,
17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
4: 1 – Let us fear – coming short of the “rest” that God offers.
4:11 – Let us be diligent – to enter that “rest” so we don’t fall through disobedience to God.
4:14 – Let us hold fast – our confession.
4:16 – Let us draw near – with confidence to the throne of grace.
- What lessons are we to learn from Israel in the Old Testament?
- Do you assume that you should always follow your heart? What does Jeremiah 17:9-10 say about that?
- Should it concern you that God sees everything about you – to the deepest recesses of your thoughts, intentions and motives?
- Do you think that you do your very best, make every effort, to live for and follow Jesus? If not, what will you need to change to do that?
- What do you think standing before Jesus to be judged for what we have done will look like? Should that concern you?
(1 Corinthians 4:4-5; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11)
- Do you think you ever take God for granted; that regardless of how you live you can come to Him for help in time of need and He has promised to help you? Do you think there are any conditions that must be met? What does Hebrews 4 say about this?
- How are you going to draw near to God this week?