North Point 
Alliance Church 
English Ministry

CONTACT
Rev. Stera Chan
Pastor Lawrence Choy
+852 2807 5200
em@npac.org.hk

ADDRESS
2/F Phase 2, Maximall
233 Electric Road
North Point, Hong Kong

No Other Way

By Rev. Arnold Chow

Apr 7, 2024

       “By faith, he left Er; because of faith, he sacrificed his beloved son…” You may be familiar with this Chinese worship song (“Because of Faith”), the lyrics of which come from the Book of Hebrews. Using the stories of the heroes of faith, Hebrews shows that the Christian life is like a long journey.

       Christians on earth are like sojourners on a foreign land. Roaming far and wide can be colorful but not without adversities and crises. In difficult times and environments, some may falter and are reluctant to continue to walk on the heavenly path. Compromise seems easier than persistence.

       The Book of Hebrews was written around 60 to 70 AD. It may have been a sermon circulated among the churches. It carries exhortations and reminders from an anonymous writer to the Jewish Christians and pagan believers in Rome. The Roman emperor then was Nero, a tyrant according to historical records by writers including those from Rome. He watched Rome badly burn and blamed the great fire on the Christians in Rome, ordering the arrest, torture, and execution of Christians. That started the Roman empire’s persecution of Christians. The Christian faith was not welcome in society. That caused some Christians to publicly forfeit their faith. These people were not against God. They still hoped for a channel by which they could be sanctified. At that time, the temple was still in Jerusalem (the second temple was not destroyed until 70 AD). Thus, the temple’s sacrificial rites along with the food cleansing rules in Judaism became a choice for compromise amid the persecution. Some chose to rejoin the Jewish religion and no longer profess their faith in Jesus Christ.

      The Book of Hebrews cites the Old Testament extensively to support its assertions, illustrations and proclamations about the superiority of Jesus Christ and that He fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament. The Book points out that Jesus Christ is the ultimate salvation. Compared with the noble and special characters in the Old Testament such as herald angels, Moses the mediator between God and His people in Exodus, the High Priest Aaron as well as the sacrifices under the Old Testament laws and the lamb in the atoning sacrifice, Jesus Christ is better, nobler, more superior and He is perfect. On the cross, He has made for man a new, living, lasting and ultimate way out. It is ultimate, meaning there is no other way. The old ones are obsolete. There will not be any new ones in the future.

      The song “Because of Faith” concludes with these lines: “By faith we have the assurance; Because of faith we have the promise; By faith we realize we are exiles on earth heading towards a better home!” The Book of Hebrews tells us that all along, “faith” means “trust” in the Lord Jesus who is the same yesterday and today and forever. In other words, we are not relying on the faith in our hearts but we follow with assurance the trustworthy Chief Shepherd of the flock to walk this journey of life.