We look at three exhortations from the writer that we should watch out for one another, to seek to encourage one another in the race we are called to run. We are to see to it that:

  • no-one falls short of God’s grace. We should watch out for one another that we do not fall away. Fellowship and mutual love and concern are one of the means God has appointed to keep us in the narrow path
  • no root of bitterness grows up and many be defiled. Looking at the context of the passage in Deuteronomy 29, this is also a warning against apostasy - understanding that when one falls away through wrong teaching or practice, many will often follow after and similarly fall
  • there is no Esau among us. Again, a warning against apostasy.  Esau despised his birthright - his place in the covenant God had established with Abraham and all the blessings associated with it (including being in the line of Christ Himself). He sold all this for a bowl of soup and is therefore viewed as godless and immoral.

We are therefore encouraged to watch out for one another’s spiritual needs and to seek to admonish, encourage and rebuke one another if need be so that we do not fall away from the Lord and cease to run the race.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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