We need each other...those who have come to believe and rest in the new covenant of grace need each other.
Those who have put aside the law and picked up grace as the only way to relate to God need each other.
The reason we need each other is because of the rejection from church leaders and friends many of us have experienced since accepting and sharing with others the grace of God which he freely, fully, and forever gave to us in Jesus.
For many of us…
...we have been released from ministry positions,
...we have been asked to leave classes and small groups we were teaching or attending,
...we have been asked not to return,
...we have been slandered.
Our previous church leaders and friends now seek to avoid us and tell others to do the same.
They are afraid of us.
They are afraid we will destroy the church or the ministry with “false teaching”, as if resting in the finished work of Christ is false.
They do not want us “corrupting the church” with all this grace teaching...as if resting by faith in all that God has done for us in Christ is unbiblical.
They are afraid we will disrupt the unity of the church or ministry.
They are afraid we will give the church or ministry a bad reputation among other churches and ministries.
So they ridicule us...reject us...remove us.
This can leave us in a lonely place…
...disconnected from the body of Christ,
We need each other.
We need each other’s support and encouragement.
This is the heart of the writer of Hebrews in Hebrews 10:25 when he writes,
“...do not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching.”
There was a small amount of Jewish people (Hebrews) who accepted the grace of God and was resting in the finished work of Jesus, as taught in the letter to the Hebrews.
They were resting because they believed God had removed the first covenant of law and established the new covenant of grace.
They were resting by believing all of their sins had been paid for by the blood of Jesus.
They were resting by believng the had been made holy and righteous by the blood of Jesus...perfect in the sight of God.
They were resting by ceasing to seek God’s forgiveness, because they believed all of their sins were completely forgiven through the work of Jesus on the cross.
They were resting by laying aside the dead rules, rituals, and requirements of their traditional religious system and where now enjoying a living, loving, transforming relationship with God.
They were resting by leaving behind the law and holding on to grace.
The where resting by faith in the finished work of Jesus.
Consequently, these Jewish people were rejected by their spiritual leaders.
They were told to leave the synagogues they had been involved in for years.
They were told that what they believed about the new covenant of grace was dangerous and disruptive.
They were persecuted.
They lost their jobs.
They endured great opposition from their spiritual leaders and friends.
So the writer of Hebrews encouraged this small amount of people to meet together.
This small group of people who had come to embrace the new covenant of grace, the finished work of Christ on the cross, where all of their sins were forgiven, fully and forever, and where they enjoyed a real, honest, transparent relationship with God, needed each other.
They needed support and encouragement in the middle of the rejection they were receiving.
Not much has changed since the letter of Hebrews was written.
The same rejection continues from the church leaders, and many others, toward those whose spiritual eyes have been open to see the fullness of God’s grace given to us in Jesus.
As a result, we need each other.
We need each other's support and encouragement.
Some who have come to embrace grace through faith in Jesus and his finished work are fortunate to have a group of believers around them whom they meet with regularly, face to face, for support and encouragement.
Others are not so fortunate.
There is no grace group around them.
There are no grace churches for them.
They depend on their Facebook family.
So whether we are meeting together face to face, or through Facebook, remember, we need each other.
Let’s keep encouraging each other!