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Sunday’s Sobras

“The Christian faith is about relationship.”   Have you heard that?  said that?  There is truth in this idea. When we believe we become children of God and we are brothers and sisters with other believers.

However we need to be careful that we do not overemphasize relationship at the expense of truth. The relationship we have with God, and consequently with other believers, is founded on truth. If truth is missing, then so is the relationship.

We see this is Hebrews 2:1, “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” In Chapter 1, the author of Hebrews makes the case for the greatness and uniqueness of Jesus. The author begins 2:1 with “therefore” indicating that what he is about to say is a conclusion or a result of what he has said in Ch.1. The author then makes his charge. In light of the greatness and uniqueness of Jesus, we must pay much closer attention to the teaching (apostles, Jesus, prophets – the Bible) lest we drift away from it. He does not say lest we drift away from “him”, which would seem appropriate since he just talked about “him”. It would also seem appropriate if his primary concern was relationship. But he says “it”, the teaching, the truth, the Bible.

The revelation and truth about Jesus makes the Bible important. Our relationship with Jesus is based on the truth revealed in the Bible. So there is a direct correlation: if we drift away from the Bible, we drift away from him.

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Sunday’s Sobras

Much is said today about the Christian faith as relationship. And there is truth in this idea. When we believe we become children of God and we are brothers and sisters with other believers.

However we need to be careful that we do not overemphasize relationship at the expense of truth. The relationship we have with God, and consequently with other believers, is founded on truth. If truth is missing, then so is the relationship.

We see this is Hebrews 2:1, “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” In Chapter 1, the author of Hebrews makes the case for the greatness and uniqueness of Jesus. The author begins 2:1 with “therefore” indicating that what he is about to say is a conclusion or a result of what he has said in Ch.1. The author then makes his charge. In light of the greatness and uniqueness of Jesus, we must pay much closer attention to the teaching (apostles, Jesus, prophets – the Bible) lest we drift away from it. He does not say lest we drift away from “him”, which would seem appropriate since he just talked about “him”. It would also seem appropriate if his primary concern was relationship. But he says “it”, the teaching, the truth, the Bible.

The revelation and truth about Jesus makes the Bible important. Our relationship with Jesus is based on the truth revealed in the Bible. So there is a direct correlation: if we drift away from the Bible, we drift away from him.

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