You Have Need of Endurance

Text: Hebrews 10:36

Endurance is a characteristic that we must have as Christians. But why is it so important? In this lesson, we will consider a few passages that explain why we need to have endurance. Note: We will notice a few different English words used in these verses (endurance, patience, perseverance), but they are all from the same Greek word.

To Continue Doing God’s Will (Hebrews 10:36)

  • We need endurance, but endurance in doing what? – “when you have done the will of God“; when you have completed your work for God
  • What is the work God has given us to do? – what He has commanded us in His word (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • When do we complete that work? – after death (Revelation 14:13)

To Bear Fruit (Luke 8:15)

  • In the parable of the sower, only one soil allowed the seed to bear fruit – the honest and good heart; allows us to hear the word profitably and requires us to hold fast to the word (James 1:21-22)
  • What does it mean to bear fruit? – something is produced in our service to God; personal growth, strengthening those around us, teaching others, building up the church, etc.
  • This can only be done as we abide in Christ (John 15:4-5) – this demands obedience (1 John 3:24; Colossians 1:10)

To Be Perfect and Complete (James 1:4)

  • The result of endurance is that we may be perfect and complete – endure through trials (James 1:3); that is why we “consider it all joy” despite unpleasant circumstances (James 1:2)
  • Jesus was perfected through sufferings (Hebrews 2:10) – necessary to fulfill His role as our high priest (Hebrews 4:14-16)
  • We must be willing to suffer as He did (1 Peter 4:1-2) – continue to press on toward the goal (Philippians 3:12-16)

To Develop Character (Romans 5:3-4)

  • Paul gave a list of several things in which one leads to another – tribulation brings perseverance/patience (cf. James 1:2-4); this brings proven character
  • The idea here is that enduring through trials proves who we are – we are found to be trustworthy
  • Many claim to be faithful (Proverbs 20:6; Matthew 26:33-35) – endurance proves it; this is valuable (1 Peter 1:6-7; cf. Proverbs 22:1)

To Run the Race Before Us (Hebrews 12:1)

  • The life of a Christian is described as a race – not a sprint, but a marathon; hence the need for endurance
  • As we run this race, we must look to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2-3) – do not grow weary and lose heart
  • How we must run the race – with endurance (Hebrews 12:1), diligence (1 Corinthians 9:24), and obedience to the rules (2 Timothy 2:5)

To Receive What Was Promised (Hebrews 10:36)

  • God offers a reward to motivate us to endure until the end – this promise is an eternal inheritance (Hebrews 9:15)
  • We have this hope through Christ (Hebrews 6:17-20) – it is obtained through faith and patience (Hebrews 6:11-12)
  • If we endure until the end we will be saved (Matthew 24:13) – be faithful until death (Revelation 2:10)

Conclusion

  • God has given us the opportunity to be saved – but we must have endurance to be saved
  • Starting down the right path and turning back will cause us to be lost (Hebrews 10:38)
  • We must have enough faith in God and His promises to endure until the end (Hebrews 10:39)

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