No good ever comes of carelessness. He who never examines himself is sure to be self-deceived.
Sin slyly insinuates itself and by slow degrees prevails, therefore must we carefully guard against it.
Hebrews 3:14, 15
Continuance in faith is necessary to salvation, and only those who persevere to the end are indeed saved.
Want of true faith causes the religion of many to be shortlived. Those who are not sustained by faith soon weary of holiness and provoke the Lord.
Hebrews 4:1-6, 9-16
nor did Joshua lead the next generation into rest, or else David would not have spoken of another day
Sabbath rest to the people of God.
It is clear that there is a rest of God, and that some are to enjoy it, and as Israel did not attain to it, it still remains for God’s people. Oh, that we might by faith be of that number!
Resting in the finished work of Jesus we feel that our warfare is accomplished. The work we now do is of another kind from our own self-righteous work of former years. Our faith has introduced us into joyful rest.
We should earnestly labour to be right, for no deceptions will avail. The Lord’s word lays us bare and opens up our secret selves. Oh, to be clean before the Lord! This we can never be except by faith.
Since salvation work is complete, let us hold to it and enjoy the consequent blessings. We should be foolish indeed to leave such riches of grace.
With joy we meditate the grace
Of our High Priest above;
His heart is made of tenderness,
His bowels melt with love.
Then let our humble faith address
His mercy and his power,
We shall obtain delivering grace
In the distressing hour.