- “We have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus” and
- “We have a great priest over the house of God” (vs. 19-21).
Since we have these two benefits, he says, we should respond in five ways:
1) “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith” (v. 22). We should accept the cleansing that Christ has given us, and use it for its purpose: that we draw closer to God. The rituals of the old covenant symbolized separation; the coming of Jesus Christ emphasizes the approachability of God.
2) “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess” (v. 23). Christ is faithful toward us, so we must be faithful toward him, keeping him central in our thoughts.
3) “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
Notice the focus. It is not that each person should do good. That is true, but the focus here is on encouraging others to do good. And not just exhorting others, but thinking about how we might do it better. The good deeds will be multiplied. Our relationship with God will have results in the way we interact with each other.
4) “Let us not give up meeting together” (v. 25). It seems that some first-century Jewish Christians were no longer meeting together. Perhaps they were pressured by the Jewish community. Perhaps they were disappointed that Christ had not yet returned. Perhaps they felt that Christianity was a “gentile” religion. They were more interested in their Jewish distinctives than they were in Christ. So the author urges, Don’t drop out! If you don’t meet with one another, you can’t show love.
5) “Let us encourage one another” (v. 25). Repetition emphasizes. The first-century Jewish Christians needed to encourage one another; mutual encouragement helps everyone stay in the faith.