Hebrews 10:35–36 (ESV): 35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
The Hebrews writer used the illustration of the Old Testament sacrificial system to explain how Jesus is a better priest and provided a greater sacrifice.
The ministers of the Old Covenant offered the blood of bulls and goats to make atonement for the people’s sins, but these sacrifices never took away their sins (Hebrews 10:11). Jesus offered once a single sacrifice to take away all sins and then sat down at the right hand of God the Father.
We now have confidence to enter into the Holy of holies to seek God, but this privilege must be handled with supreme responsibility, living holy before him. We must not throw away our confidence, but rather endure for Christ.
The grace we have received from God must be valued highly. Despite opposition and suffering for Christ, we must endure in order to gain the crown.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your great grace. Help me to live holy before you. Amen.