Q. Re: Hebrews 10:38-39. “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul”. God warns that those who renounce their confession of the Lord Jesus draw back into perdition. His true believers must stand firm, hold steadfast and believe until the very end.
I read this interpretation of Hebrews 10:38 on another website. Do you agree with it?
A. I believe it’s an incorrect interpretation of the verses. The writer of Hebrews very clearly states that his readers (the Church) are not among those who draw back unto perdition. Therefore it must be those who aren’t really believers who do so. The statement that true believers must stand firm, hold steadfast, and believe until the very end contradicts what the verses say. It’s not that they must, implying human effort, but that they do, implying the work of the Lord, who has promised never to lose even one of us. (John 6:39)