Probably, the author of Hebrews did not realise that his book would become part of our Bible. He wrote his book to help one particular group of Christians. He knew about their situation, and he wanted to encourage them. But by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Book of Hebrews continues to help and to encourage Christians, even today.
When they first became Christians, that particular group of Christians was very confident. In other words, they were bold. They were bold because they trusted God. They lost their possessions, but that did not matter to them (Hebrews 10:34). They had received a relationship with God. And they knew that he would reward them (Mark 10:29-30).
But those bold attitudes were becoming weaker. Those Christians still believed God; and they still loved each other. But they were not developing in their relationship with God (Hebrews 5:11 to 6:1). They were not becoming more mature. In fact, sometimes they seemed to be less mature than when they first believed. And that situation did not please God (Hebrews 10:38).
It is dangerous for a Christian not to develop in his relationship with God.
So the author urged them to be bold in their relationship with God. They should be bold in their prayers (Hebrews 4:16). They could be bold because of what Jesus did for them (Hebrews 10:19). And then they would be like the holy people who trusted God before them (Hebrews 6:12). And, like them, they would be sure to receive Godís reward (Hebrews 11:16; Hebrews 11:26).
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