Exhort One Another Every Day

Hebrews 3:12–14, Part 2


Principle for Bible Reading

God has appointed other believers as one of the primary means of our perseverance. In this lab, John Piper explains how sin wages war against our souls, and how God equips us with weapons for the battle. We will see that this fight is not one we should fight alone.

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Outline

Introduction/Review (00:00–02:20)

  1. Can true believers (“brothers”) fall away from the living God after having shared in Christ? The author of the Hebrews suggests yes, but then says no. (Hebrews 3:12–14)
  2. If we persevere in faith, we have come to share in Christ. If we do not hold fast until then, we prove we never did share in Christ. (Hebrews 3:12–14)
  3. Now, we need to ask how we are to help each other persevere until the end and thus prove that we have been found in Christ. (Hebrews 3:13)

The Hardness of the Human Heart (02:20–04:29)

  1. Hardness in our hearts produces unbelief and evil in us. (Hebrews 3:12–13)
  2. How do we become hardened? We believe lies that sin says to our heart. (Hebrews 3:13)
  3. What lies does sin feed us? Sin says God is not trustworthy. It says that the sin’s promises are more desirable and reliable than God’s. (Hebrews 3:12–14)

Defeat Sin’s Deceit Together (04:29–06:24)

How are we to help each other persevere to the end and prove that we have a share in Christ? We should counter sin’s deceit by speaking things that are true about God and evil to one another. We remind one another that God’s all-satisfying promises are better than the suicidal promises of sin. Eternal security is a community project.


Study Questions

  1. What does the “for” at the beginning of Hebrews 3:14 mean? How do verses 13 and 14 relate to one another?
  2. Looking at Hebrews 3:13, what specifically causes an evil, unbelieving heart?
  3. Based on these verses, how are we to help each other persevere to the end and prove that we have been found in Christ?
Piper: “God’s all-satisfying promises are better than the suicidal promises of sin.”