Persevering In Love By Giving Up Freedom

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Ibrani 10:19-39 | Rev. Matt Waldron

The Full Assurance of Faith (Listen)

19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33 sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34 For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. 35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. 37 For,

  “Yet a little while,
    and the coming one will come and will not delay;
38   but my righteous one shall live by faith,
    and if he shrinks back,
  my soul has no pleasure in him.”

39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.

 

Ibrani 10:19-25 mengajarkan bahwa bagi kita yang telah menerima penebusan darah Yesus, seharusnya memberikan respon yang benar kepadaNya. Yaitu beribadah kepada Tuhan
dengan benar (ayat 22-23) dan memiliki relasi yang baik dengan saudara seiman (ayat 24-25). Dalam terang kebenaran ini, ada 3 hal yang dapat kita lakukan, yang mana hal yang pertama seharusnya tidak terjadi pada kita.

Remember your hell
Ada orang yang memahami penebusan Kristus namun sengaja tetap hidup dalam dosa (ayat 26-29). Respon seperti ini seharusnya tidak terjadi pada kita. Sebab jika kita telah
memahami kebenaran tentang penebusan darah Yesus namun sengaja hidup dalam dosa, kita telah menghina Roh Kudus yang telah membuat kita bisa memahami kebenaran. Orang-orang seperti ini adalah calon masuk neraka.

Remember your heaven
Pembaca surat Ibrani sedang berada di dalam penderitaan dan aniaya. Mereka hidup dalam penderitaan ini oleh karena imannya kepada Yesus Kristus. Dengan mengingat bahwa
sebagai orang percaya Tuhan telah menyediakan surga bagi mereka, mereka kuat dalam menghadapi kesulitan hidup (ayat 30-35). Kita saat ini juga menghadapi berbagai masalah
kehidupan. Mari kita mengingat anugerah keselamatan hidup kekal dalam Yesus, sehingga kita mendapat kekuatan untuk menghadapi berbagai tantangan hidup ini.

Give up your freedom
Setiap orang percaya yang telah diselamatkan, dipanggil untuk hidup dalam ketekunan dan kesetiaan kepada Tuhan. Ini berarti kita tidak boleh lagi menjalani hidup bebas semau kita sendiri. Kebebasan dalam ikatan dengan kebenaran Firman Tuhan adalah kebebasan yang sejati. Ini sepertinya kita kehilangan kebebasan, tetapi sebenarnya kita hidup dalam kebebasan sejati dalam kasih Tuhan.

 

Ringkasan kotbah Rev. Matt Waldron tanggal 24 Feb 2019