There are some attending dangers when studying right through a book of the Bible - especially a tightly packed and reasoned book like Hebrews. Because a study like this is carried out over many weeks it's easy to press forward in the text while not remembering past repeated ideas and themes. And there are some repeated themes that, even though studied weeks ago, continue to shed important light on future passages and studies.
This is the third time in twenty-eight verses our writer has urged his readers to continue strongly pressing into the implications of their faith in Christ Jesus:
Hebrews 3:6 - "...but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope."
Hebrews 3:14 - "For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end."
And today's text - Hebrews 4:14 - "Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God,"
Our writer is like a big dog with a bone in this repeated concern. He won't let this idea slip away from our minds. Holding on to our confession isn't automated. It takes great concentration and educated trust and persistent effort. Today's text is unique in that our writer piles up encouragements to lift our hopes for success in "holding fast" our confidence in the Lord. God hasn't left us to our own resources in our perseverance in faith. That's what we're going to examine in today's teaching.