When God works in a personís life, two opposite reactions are possible.
Some people want a close relationship with God. In other words, they approach him, or they enter his holy place (Hebrews 10:19-22). They are not entering an actual holy place on this earth. But they receive a real relationship with God, as his sons and daughters. So they accept the kindness that God offers to them. They are the people who have faith (active belief and trust in God). And so God saves them.
Other people refuse Godís kindness. They do not accept any kind of relationship with him; they do not want to be close to him. It is impossible to run away from God (Psalm 139:7-12). But they would do that if they could. They do not desire his love; they do not consider his holy things precious. Therefore, God will not save them. By their attitudes, which are wrong and wicked, such people bring about their own punishment.
The author of Hebrews has already given an example of how people may refuse Godís kindness (Hebrews 3:7-19). And he has urged his readers not to behave like that. Christians must not act like people who have no faith in God. They should trust God constantly, even when their lives are very difficult.
And now the author will show his readers how to have faith in God. To do that, he will use many examples from the Old Testament (the earlier books in the Bible). Many people consider that the next chapter, Hebrews chapter 11, is one of the greatest passages in the Bible.
Next part: What is faith? (Hebrews 11:1)
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