Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
The Book of Hebrews is unique in a lot of ways. It is an epistle whose author is doubted. What we know for sure is that the book focuses on encouragement for an entire group of people with exhortations that begin with two words: "Let us."
There are 14 "Let us" statements sprinkled throughout the entire book. Therefore, as you read Hebrews, you are bound to come across a "Let us" statement that is will lift your spirit.
Let's check out the "Let us" statements along with an explanation of that they mean.
1. Let Us Be Careful Not to Fall Short of God's Rest
Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. Hebrews 4:1 (NIV)
The verse begins with "therefore." Therefore, we need to know what it is "there for." Therefore, we need to read what comes before this verse in order to understand it. Therefore, we need to read what prompted the writer to give a summary verse.
Hebrews 3 ends with a warning against unbelief. Then Hebrews 4:1 advises us to enter into the Sabbath rest that has been introduced in Chapter 3.
2. Let Us Enter Rest
Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no-one will fall by following their example of disobedience. Hebrews 4:11 (NIV)
Here comes that word, "therefore" again. Also, in the above verse, the Hebrews were commanded to enter that Sabbath rest previously discussed in Hebrews 4:1. This verse is a command not to fall away by being disobedient.
3. Let Us Hold Firmly to the Faith
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. Hebrews 4:14 (NIV)
For the third time, we see the word "therefore." This time, it is in reference to holding firmly to the faith because of Jesus Christ, the Son of God who is our high priest.
4. Let Us Approach the Throne of Grace with Confidence
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
In order to receive mercy and find grace, the Hebrews were commanded to approach the throne of grace with confidence. We can approach the throne of grace the same way in order to receive the same thing in our time of need.
5. Let Us Leave the Elementary Teachings
Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God. Hebrews 6:1 (NIV)
The writer of Hebrews must have loved the word "therefore" because it is recorded again in the above verse. This time the word comes before the command to leave the elementary teachings about Christ and to move on to maturity.
6. Let Us Draw Near to God
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22 (NIV)
The above verse tells the Hebrews to draw near to God with a sincere heart full assurance of faith and hearts cleansed from guilt and having bodies washed with pure water.
7. Let Us Hold Unswervingly to the Hope We Profess
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
This verse gives reason to hold unswervingly to the hope we have. God who promised that hope is faithful to help us hold onto that hope.
8. Let Us Spur One Another On
And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)
Those who have seen cowboys in westerns on television might have noticed their boots were equipped with spurs to prod their horses to move faster when they were riding.
No one stands still if spurred on. Sometimes the spur hurts, but the result is worth the light affliction. The beauty of this verse is that when we spur others on to love and good deeds, we end up there also.
9. Let Us Throw Off What Hinders Us
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us. Hebrews 12:1a (NIV)
Here we see the word "therefore" again. Our great cloud of witnesses includes those biblical patriarchs, such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and others who are listed in Hebrews 12:1 as our examples who God commanded for their faith.
10. Let Us Run With Endurance
And let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1b (NIV)
This second part of Hebrews 12:1 tells us how to run a race with endurance. After we have gotten rid of heavy baggage that entangles us, we are better equipped to run the race that is set before us.
11. Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus
After we have reflected on the great cloud of witnesses as our examples, gotten rid of heavy baggage, and are running the race set before us, there is something else we need to do.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)
In order to run a successful race, we should fix our eyes on Jesus who is the author and perfecter of our faith. Jeus endured the cross and sat down at the right hand of God where He is today.
12. Let Us Be Thankful
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28 (NIV)
The kingdom we are receiving cannot be shaken. Therefore, we are instructed to be thankful and worship God with reverence and awe.
13. Let Us Go Outside the Camp
Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. Hebrews 13:13 (NIV)
"Let us go to him outside the camp" refers to Jesus who was taken outside the city walls of Jerusalem to be a sacrificial lamb (John 19:17–20). This image reminds readers that animals were also sacrificed outside the camp (Exodus 29:14).
14. Let Us Offer A Sacrifice of Praise
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. Hebrews 13:15 (NIV)
This is the last "Let us" statement in the Book of Hebrews, and it gives good advice. According to the verse, we are to continually offer God a sacrifice of praise that the author describes as the fruit of lips that confess the name of God.
The "Let us" statements listed above contain good material for a Bible Study, workshop, or sermon. Feel free to use the information to inform, teach, or preach how the statements pertain to us today just as they related to the Hebrews thousands of years ago.