|Hebrews 10:35-39 |
35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has a great recompense of reward.
36 For you need endurance in order to do God’s will, so that after you may receive the promise . [In order to receive the promised salvation you must endure in waiting, tribulations, suffering, and obedience to crucify your sinful nature. Then you are righteous, permanently freed from sin, translated into His kingdom, and in union with Christ and God.]
37 Yet for a little while, and he who is coming will come and will not delay.9
38 Now the righteous shall live by faith; but if any man draws back, my soul will have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of those who draw back [don't endure] to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. [A believer can draw back into perdition before his soul has been saved in ceasing to wait, listen, and obey; or by failing to stay on the inward cross of self-denial until the death of his selfish nature, which requires patience and great endurance. The parable of the sower explains why people draw back failing to produce the fruit of the Spirit.]
9 Yet for a little while, and he who is coming will come, and will not delay. Paul was not a liar; Paul was not insane, as neither was Jesus or Peter or John or James — they all said, soon, the time is near, a little while, he stands at the door. Because the Lord's return occurred to those who had purified themselves in their hope and faith of his appearance in them.