Following his exhortation to not abandon the gathering, HW pointed out that Jesus was the only sacrifice God had that could put an end to empty, fruitless sacrifices. There was no future sacrifice to look forward to ("there remains no more sacrifice for sins").
What could they expect if they abandoned their call and "trampled" Jesus under foot? It was bleak: "a fearfull expectation of judgment and the fury of fire which consumes." With vengeance God was about to judge His people (see Deut. 32); and Jesus was the only rescue!
In a very, very little while Jesus was about to come in judgment upon them. What could they do? Like everyone who needs to find inner strength, they were urged to "remember" the passion with which they had endured earlier persecutions. Use that drive to hold on during their current crisis. Jesus was about to come; He would have no pleasure in any who "shrank back" (apostatized). So, hold on (the admonition that runs the length of this book). And, HW knew that they had the character, drive and strength to do just that. "We are not of those who shrink back," he said, "but of those who have faith and preserve their souls."
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