14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,
if [reduced probability]
The idea of this “if” is not what will be true if Christians hold on to their faith, but what is already true. They show this by their endurance through trial to the end. The “if” here is not conditional but descriptive. It is important to build our faith day by day. There is a very present danger of losing confidence in what the readers of Hebrews believed. It is important to finish well.
It is important to finish well.
Continued trust will assure persistent fellowship with the Lord. It is not enough to begin the Christian life strong; we must finish it well.