Warning Against Apostasy
Apostasy in Hebrews
By definition, Apostasy means:
1:an act of refusing to continue to follow, obey, or recognize a religious faith.
2:abandonment of a previous loyalty : defection.
One of the major purposes of the book of Hebrews is: “WARNING AGAINST APOSTASY.” (Hebrews 12:14-17) Some of the Hebrew people who had become Christians were turning back to the Law of Moses and forsaking Christianity. The admonition against falling away is not limited to turning to the Law, it includes leaving Christ and going to any false doctrine, evil attitude or overt sinful practice.
Apostasy or Law verses Ways of Christ
The book of Hebrews shows emphatically the superiority of Jesus as a Son over His house contrasted with Moses as a servant in his house; the power of the gospel contrasted with the weakness of the Law; Forgiveness offered through Christ contrasted with remembrance of sin under the Law; the ultimate blessings of Christ for those who follow Him contrasted with the condemnation on those who persist in the Law. It plainly points out that the Law of Moses with all its ordinances and formalities were types, patterns, figures and shadows of the priesthood, sacrifices and other details of the new covenant by which we are sanctified. We must refuse Apostasy and remain faithful to Christ.
We Must Remain Faithful to Christ and Refuse Apostasy
The encouragement, based on all the arguments and contrasts set out by the inspired writer, is to remain faithful to Jesus Christ in order to receive the ultimate rest and avoid all the pitfalls and punishment of sin.
We as Christians MUST remain faithful to the one who has called us out of darkness, and has translated un into the kingdom of his dear Son.
Remember that Jesus said; “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give to you the crown of life.
See Also: Saved-Becoming a Christian | No Substitute for God
In Christian Love,
Bill Arnold, Minister
Ridgeway Church of Christ
YOU MUST DO THESE THINGS to Become a Christian
Becoming a Christian, Saved, Born Again, In Christ, or becoming a new creature all talk about salvation.
1) You must believe and confess that Jesus is the son of God. John 8:24 Jesus said you must believe that He is the Christ the Son of the living God. Matthew 10:32-33, Acts 8:36-37 further tells us to confess that Jesus is God’s son.
2) Luke 13:3 Jesus said you must repent of your sins.
3) Mark 16:16 Jesus said you must be baptized.
4) Live faithfully unto death. 1 John 1:2
Therefore, as a new creature, a Christian, we will live faithfully unto death and then arise to live forever with God. In conclusion, this is the God who loves you, who wants you to be his child. You can become the child of a King!
Won’t you heed His word?