Hebrews 3:12-14 – John Piper

http://www.desiringgod.org/labs/take-care-brothers

This is where knowing the Greek tense of a verb is very helpful.  Verse 14, “We have become partakers of Christ . . . ” (past perfect tense) – “if we hold fast” = if we persevere, it proves we were partakers of Christ in the past and have been partakers – the perfect tense speaks of past action with continuing results.

So, the warning of “take care” is for everybody in the audience, for believers and those that claim to be believers in the church.  If a person perseveres, it proves he was justified in the past, if they don’t persevere in the faith, it proves they were not really partakers of Christ in the past, and in that sense “fall away from the living God”.

Warnings to take care and persevere are means that God uses to give us grace to keep on persevering in the faith.

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About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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