The exhortation here is to hold fast the confidence. We need to start at home base when thinking of revival. The base of our relationship is faith and trust. Confidence is tied in with it. Confidence means an on-going assurance in someone else, in who they are. I have confidence in what I know you are—what you show you are. Jesus has never betrayed our confidence in him. We should be able to hold to him.
Hebrews 3: 6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. 14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.
How much confidence do you have in the Lord? I’m not talking about how much confidence you say you have but how much you show you have. To a much deeper measure the world tries to destroy the confidence people have in the bible, in Jesus and in believing God. I’ve never seen such a time of trying to undermine what we think of God. Let’s turn that around. When we see what people put confidence in, we see some of the foolish things they put it in. Yet they think it’s foolish for us to put our confidence in God. We can hold fast if we don’t let the devil and the world get to us. Confidence in this world is hard to come by, but we have a rock-solid Savior. There is no reason to let our confidence in him slip. He has earned it. To hold fast our confidence is the key to our success now and in eternity.
Our confidence is in a person, Jesus Christ. Verse 4 says for every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. In verse 6 we see but Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we are. The reason we can put such confidence in Jesus is that he is the builder of the soul. He is the rock of confidence. Peter declared him the Son of the living God. That was confidence. Upon that Jesus said I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. He’s building his house. I belong to him. He is over the house.
In John 14 Jesus said he was going away to build us a place. Certainly that is our eternal abode. He will come again and take us to the eternal house. Until then we can have confidence that Jesus will keep us in his spiritual house now. By showing our confidence we are kept. We can’t let it go. Hold firmly to the end. If I don’t hold this bottle of water firmly it will slip through my hands. Often people don’t grasp the Lord firmly, and he slips through their fingers. For us, it’s a reminder not to lose our grip on our confidence in the Lord. He has never betrayed our trust, and I’m thankful he’s forgiven our betrayal of his trust. We simply cannot put too much confidence in him.
Verse 1 says wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus. He is the reason we’re saved. He’s our best friend. If he’s willing to save us, he had first to put confidence in the belief that we could be his own. The least we can do is place our confidence in return and keep it there. Verse 14 says we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.
How much confidence do you have? If we are ever to achieve revival, we need a firmer grip on our confidence in the Lord. Proverbs 3:5-6 says trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Do you need a firmer grip?