I must prepare myself spiritually to fellowship with God. The Old Testament priest had to go through various washings and the applying of blood on the Day of Atonement. Also, during the regular daily ministry, the priests had to wash at the laver before they entered the holy place. The New Agreement disciple must come to God with a pure heart and a clean conscience. Fellowship with God demands purity.
Let us hold fast. The readers of this epistle were being tempted to forsake their confession of Jesus the Messiah by going back to the Old Agreement worship. The writer did not exhort them to hold on to their salvation, because their security was in the Messiah and not in themselves. Rather, he invited them to hold fast “the profession [confession] of … hope.”
There is an emphasis on the glorious hope of the believer. God is “bringing many sons unto glory”. Believers are “partakers of the heavenly calling” and therefore can rejoice in hope. Hope is one of the main themes of Hebrews 6. We are looking for the Messiah Jesus to return and we are seeking that city that is yet to come.
When a believer has his hope fixed on the Messiah, and relies on the faithfulness of God, then he will not waver. Instead of looking back (as the Jews so often did), we should look ahead to the coming of the Master.
- Ezekiel 36:25 — 25 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
- Zechariah 13:1 — 1 “In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity.
- Hebrews 10:22 — 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of hope, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.