Lord's Day Liturgy

Don’t Shrink Back

One of the three places that Habakkuk 2:4 is quoted in the New Testament is Hebrews 10:38. (Philip preached on this passage in January, and I recommend a re-listen.) It is not about justification by faith, it is about perseverance and preservation by faith (for those justified by faith).

For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. (Hebrews 10:36-39)

We do not lose heart. We have confidence, we are con=with and fide=faith. We are those with-faith.

Those with faith do not shrink back from communion, and I mean that in three ways. We do not cringe or cower from Christ Himself—our faith in Him gives us access. We do not pull back from Christ’s body, from one another—we share “one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all” and so we are one body. And we do not drag our feet to the Lord’s Table.

In fact, you can often see those who do not make communion a priority will drift away from fellowship with fellow believers and (often, though we pray not inevitably) it won’t be long before their confession of faith in Christ is a confession of serving the flesh. Don’t shrink back.