“And my righteous ones will
live by faith. But I will take
no pleasure in anyone who
turns away.” Hebrews 10:38
Here Paul is quoting Habakkuk 2:3-4, although it is not an exact quote. Perhaps the Scriptures Paul remembered were changed over the years, but it is a good summary. It warns us once again that we must stay faithful to the end.
Let’s look at what surrounds this verse. Again the material in quotes is taken from Habakkuk.
“For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.” But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved. Hebrews 10:37-39
This is very important because those who turn away and don’t remain faithful will not be saved. If you don’t remain faithful, then you deny Jesus, and then He will deny you. 2 Timothy 2:12 say, 12 If we endure hardship, we will reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us.
What does it take to remain faithful? It is mostly believing in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In order to believe you have to know who they are and what they did and what they are going to do. How do you know all that? By reading the Bible.
Get a translation you can read easily, choose a time when you can really concentrate on it, and commit to read some part each day. Pray first, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and teach you what you need to know. Go to church and listen to the sermon. In most churches the sermon is based on various parts of the Bible. Go to Sunday School, often they go through one book of the Bible at a time. Watch TV. One of my favorites on TV is Tony Evans. Look for ones who don’t spend the major part of the program trying to get you to send money. Set up or join a Bible study where you can discuss the Bible and learn from each other. In the comments please say what you do to learn about the Bible. I pray that you will take the time to know God through his Word.