Love and Good Works in End Times

As a follow-up to the post https://sincerelawrence.com/2022/08/04/fellowship-agenda-in-the-end-times/,this post expands the context of Heb10:25 to encourage one another as the Day of the Lord is approaching, explicitly concerning, provoking to love and good works of Heb10:24.

Mat24 about the end times offers relevant context concerning the issue of love.

Mat24:12 -“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”

The word iniquity means lawlessness. The scope of the law in Mat24:12 can include the Laws of the OT without harming this verse.

The OT foreshadows the NT (Heb10:1), where the NT clarified that the whole Law of the OT rests on the laurels of love.

These are the 3 love commandments of love God, love your neighbor, and love one another (among believers) (Mat22:40, Jhn13:34).

Thus Mat24:12 causative relationship of lawlessness producing the absence of love makes sense in light of these love commandments.

Gal6:2-6 reinforces the immutable relationship between the law and love. Gal6:2 says this –
“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

God treats this law of Christ of bearing one another burden’s seriously, for Gal6:6-8 says this –

“Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

It appears violating the law of love is sowing in the flesh and reaps corruption.
How has the above got to do with anything with the end times?

Mat16:27 reveals the answer –
“For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”

Note that the “reward” means repaying for the good and bad works.

These realizations underpin the importance of Heb10:24 as an end-time agenda for fellowship.

Heb10:24 says this -“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:”
What is the evidence of love waxing cold?

Heb10:24 offers the answer – love without good works is evidence of love waxing cold.

Fellowship Agenda in the End-Times

The Fellowship Agenda for Believers in the End-Times

 

Heb10:25 -“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

 

Heb10:25 has a context that flows from Heb10:22-24, where the author exhorts us to do three things –

1. Heb10:22 – “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”

This verse speaks of the purification of the soul and body, as part of the repentance-sanctification process of falling short of God’s will.

2. Heb10:23 – “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)”

This faith is the belief in the resurrection hope as Heb11’s context that follows Heb10 talks about this faith of the OT saints looking forward to the hope of the resurrection, believing in this hope.

3. Heb 10:24 – “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.”

 

Against this context, it would appear that the exhorting among the gathering as believers see the Day approaching is referring to these 3 “Let us”