The warning sections of the book of Hebrews set forth the truth that how we live our lives after our initial salvation will result either in eternal gain, or in eternal loss. The examples of both are found in the Exodus generation (Heb. 3–4). Although this generation was made up of believers (Exod. 12, with 14:31), “With most of them God was not well pleased” (1 Cor. 10:5). They died under discipline in the wilderness! Five warning/exhortation passages in the book reveal a growing spiritual lethargy in these believers, which would inevitably lead to a point of no return:

1. The danger of drifting from God’s Word (Heb. 2:1–4),
2. The danger of doubting God’s Word (Heb. 3:124:13),
3. The danger of dullness to God’s Word (Heb. 5:11–14),
4. The danger of willful disobedience to God’s Word (Heb. 10:26–39), and
5. The danger of despising God’s Word (Heb. 12:12–17).

The Failed Legacy of the Exodus Generation Applied (Hebrews 3:1–19):
1. The failure of the Exodus generation was due to unbelief in God’s promises, resulting in failure to enter into the promised land, vv. 7–11.
2. The “rest” spoken of here referred to both blessings in time and reward in eternity. Note in Deuteronomy 12:8–9 “rest” equals “inheritance.”
3. The recipients of Hebrews, and we today, are in danger of even greater failure, vv. 12–19. Note vv. 1–6, Jesus Christ is eminently “greater than Moses.”
4. The most important day of your life is “today,” vv. 7, 13. Your choices today will affect your status in eternity.
5. Participation in the household of Christ is conditional on holding steadfast faith “to the end,” vv. 6, 14.
6. You are only “partakers” in the “household” when you are “faithful,” vv. 5–6.

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