(THE IMPORTANT MIXTURE OF FAITH)
us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his
rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the
gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not
profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
How great is the good news! It is fraught with promises of wonderful things which God has for those who believe Him and follow Him. The context of Hebrews Chapter Four necessitates the inclusion of the last few verses of Chapter Three. Here, ancient Israel is held up as an example of warning to modern day church saints. It speaks of the generation of Hebrews that came out of Egyptian bondage, but who refused to exercise faith in the promises of God, by which they were denied His rest and the blessings of the Promised Land.
Notice the symbolism (1 Cor.10:1-11): Delivered by the blood; baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; traversing desert wasteland under the protection and provisions of God to the Promised Land; crossing Jordan River to enter the new land, the new life. Those symbols are recognized today as our deliverance by the blood, baptism in water to walk in newness of life; traversing the desert of this worldly life; crossing our Jordan of death to enter His rest and all of its attendant blessings.
So the writer of Hebrews says that both they and us are recipients of the gospel (good news). “But the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
Then, the warning: “Let us therefore fear…” You see, it is one thing to be spiritually saved, and quite another to exercise faith in following God. The Hebrews were saved, baptized people, but died because of a lack of faith. The important phrase is “…not being mixed with faith…”
Today, there are a lot of people who are saved, but who are not hearing the Word with that all important mixture of faith. They are often regular church attenders, but church means little more than a civic club or a social event. Soon, such religious practices become dull, boring, and the probability of falling by the wayside looms imminent.
In the ancient language, “being mixed with” is a composite of two words, “together,” plus “to mingle or mix”. Let there be no misunderstanding of the lesson. Those who receive the promises are not those who hear them or can quote them only, but those who believe them with all their heart. With all of your Bible knowledge, do you have this underscored mixture of faith in the Word?