Growth in Life by Holding Fast the Word of God

A prior post spoke about our initial salvation, which eternally secures all aspects of salvation, and our ongoing salvation in daily life. The organic aspect of our initial salvation includes our regeneration, which is the beginning of Christ as life in us. The ongoing salvation is our growth in life. This growth is unto maturity that matches New Jerusalem.

First Corinthians 15:2 says, “you are being saved, if you hold fast the word which I announced to you as the gospel.” Hebrews 3:14 uses the same Greek verb, exhorting us to “hold fast the beginning of the assurance firm to the end.” The beginning of our assurance is the gospel we have heard, the word announced to us as the gospel. In Colossians 1:6 it is “the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, even as it is also in all the world, bearing fruit and growing…” The phrase “bearing fruit and growing” indicates the operation of life, and this life is conveyed to us by the word of God.

The second part of Hebrews 3 describes a condition contrary to holding fast the life-imparting word of the gospel. In this chapter is hardness of heart, attributed both to our own doing (v. 8, 15) and to the deceitfulness of sin (v. 13). This hardness prevents us from receiving and believing the words of God, so it causes “an evil heart of unbelief” (v. 12), which is “disobedience” (v. 18). In contrast, Hebrews 4:2 speaks of the word being mixed with faith. May we be those who say amen to every part of God’s word, whether we understand or not, whether we think it possible or not.

Lord, be merciful to save us from hardness and to cause us to receive and respond to Your word so that it may bear more fruit and grow more.

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