Assembling to exhort one another

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching. For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins… Hebrews 10:23-26

What does this text say? Assembling together is having church (a church is an assembly) and it is for the purpose of exhorting one another, to consider one another, to help each other love and have good works and live in victory over sin. And as we see the Day of the Lord approaching we are to increase this assembling and exhorting of one another.

Exhorting is the word parakaleo in Greek, which comes from paraclete: comforter and helper. So, as the Holy Spirit is our paraclete, called alongside us as our comforter and helper, so are we called alongside our brethren as comforters and helpers. As we are comforted and helped by God we can comfort and help others. This is what assembling is meant for: exhorting one another: church is for one another: it is for one-anothering: it is for considering others.

It’s not to go to a show and sit in the audience.

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