Jesus Christ Our Unchanging Lord

Jesus Christ, Our Unchanging Lord

Book of Hebrews Chapter 13

We have had an exciting study of this Book of Hebrews. We must remember that the theme of the Book of Hebrews is the fact that Our Lord Jesus Christ and Christianity is far superior to that of Judaism, a religion that recognizes Jehovah but not the Holy Trinity.

In fact Jesus Christ and Christianity is far superior to any religion. Christianity is not a religion, It Is Simply The TRUTH!

We have only touched on many of the important things in this great book of the Bible. This is not to say that the scriptures not covered are any less important. The main thing about God’s Word is that all scripture is important to every believer!

2Ti 3:16  [All] scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

What we need to realize is that when we neglect God’s Word after we know we clearly understand what He is saying, can bring chastisement of the Lord that will replace any blessing that could have come from obedience!

Jas 1:23  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
Jas 1:24  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
Jas 1:25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, [this man shall be blessed in his deed].

We know that God loved everyone that has ever walked on the face of this Earth enough to send His Son to redeem us from “all” our sin.

This gift of His Son was Jesus Christ!

If God had such a great love then we should begin to show that love after we have met Jesus and He has saved us.

The Bible tells us:

1Jn 3:14  [We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren]. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

It is a sign of the Christian when he loves all his brothers and sister around the world, the full Body of Christ!

The love of our brothers and sisters should be noticeable in every place that the Body of Christ gathers.

But this is not all. We are still to show love to every stranger that we meet.

God had told the children of Israel this and our God never changes!

Deu 10:19  Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

We all were once lost and we know that the world does not show much love and hatred is growing in all our world!

The Bible teaches us many great things that will happen in our future once we are saved but the Bible also teaches us how we should act until that time comes!

Our Text:

*****Heb 13:1  Let brotherly love continue.

First this verse does not tell us to love as brothers!

The Bible teaches us that we are to love [Because We Are Brothers]!

We are all in the same family of God!

We are, once we are saved, and we will be throughout eternity!

Our love for one another is proof to the world that we belong to Jesus:

Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Joh 13:35  [By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another].

This should be a fervent love and not something that is fake or mediocre:

1Pe 1:22  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:]

We cannot allow our feelings toward one another grow cold!

***** Heb 13:2  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: [for thereby some have entertained angels unawares].

We might think that we may never meet an angel, much less entertain them but there is proof of this in the Bible:

It happened to Abraham:

Gen 18:2  And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
Gen 18:3  And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
Gen 18:4  Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:

It happened to Lot:

Gen 19:1  And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
Gen 19:2  And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
Gen 19:3  And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

It happened to the parents of Samson.

Jesus said in a parable, when we have entertained a stranger He will credit it just we had done this for Him.

Mat 25:40  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

This does not mean we can safely take in every stranger we meet!

It does mean we should have an attitude of hospitality to all our brothers and sisters in Christ.

We must follow the lead of the Holy Spirit in all things.

We might meet some wonderful people but we may also meet an angel unaware!

The Bible would not say this if it were not true!

*****Heb 13:3  Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

As persecution of the Christian increases throughout the world, we need to be aware of those that are jailed just for their belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We must always keep in mind that when one of our brothers or sisters are suffering, the entire Body of Christ is suffering!

When we cannot do anything else we have our greatest weapon [which is our prayers for them]!

If God lays someone on your heart or leaves a name on your mind, He wants you to pray for them immediately!

If that someone is suffering in anyway then God may even want you to find them and fellowship with them!

There are many a Saint of God not able to attend the House of God because of their health.

I know I fail miserably in these things!

Again Jesus said:

Mat 25:35  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Mat 25:36  Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

*****Heb 13:4  Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

I believe the Lord’s purpose for His creation was that of a perfect marriage between one man and one woman!

I also know that marriages fail but that does not mean that God’s purpose failed.

Mat 19:4  And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
Mat 19:5  And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
Mat 19:6  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

I believe that God intended that children be raised by this same family unit of one man and one woman.

I believe that the godly home is the center of every social structure.

I believe that when a husband and wife that are consenting to each other and close the doors to their bedroom that what happens is between them and God and He has already said that the bed is undefiled!

I also believe that any other type of sexual relationship is wrong whether it be, premarital, extra marital, homosexual, incestuous or anything else.

These are all illegal affairs that go against the Word of God!

It does not matter what the world thinks or says, God will judge this type of behavior!

Though I am single now and have been for more than 15 years, I still remember the good times of my marriage.

I also believe that since a marriage is a Biblical thing of God, it is foolish to teach sex education in our schools!

There is only one rule, abstain until a Biblical marriage.

The Bible says:

Eph 5:3  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
Eph 5:4  Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
Eph 5:5  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

*****Heb 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Heb 13:6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Someone once said that “it is harder to be a Christian when we are comfortable, “than when we are suffering”.

The word “conversation” as used in this passage means: “your manner of life”.

We as Christians must lead our lives without coveting the things of this world!

When we become covetous we will certainly be disappointed and become discontent with what we have in this life!

When we put the almighty dollar before the things of God, then money has become an Idol that we have placed between us and God.

There is no doubt that are many so poor in this world “that to be content in their conditions sounds like a terrible thing”!

BUT, That word “covetousness” as used in this verse is a direct reference to the “love of money”!

We as Christians are to be content with what we have. This does not mean that God will not bless us and make things better because He knows what we need:

Jesus had these words for all of us:

Mat 6:7  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Mat 6:8  Be not ye therefore like unto them: [or your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.]

God knows what we need even better than we do and He will do something about meeting our needs!

Again God tells us:

1Ti 6:6  But godliness with contentment is great gain.
1Ti 6:7  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
1Ti 6:8  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

God has certainly blessed me much more than I deserve!

When we are covetous, we are in reality not trusting God and believing that He will provide for us!

Chapter 11 was about “faith”. Our “faith” must include our trust in Our Lord God!

When we have God, we have enough!

He will never forsake His children!

Our security is not in the material things of this world!

Our security is in “the One” that made these promises to us!

Php 4:19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory [by Christ Jesus].

How can we expect anything of God when we do not believe His Son!

Heb 1:1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Heb 1:2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.

Our lesson manual teaches us to have the right attitude about the Word of God and we must also have the right attitude about ourselves and about others!

*****Heb 13:7  Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

Who are these that rule over us?

Those that have spoken to us the Word of God!

The Apostle Peter said he was one and he tells us of others:

1Pe 5:1  [The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder], and [a witness of the sufferings of Christ], and [also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:]
1Pe 5:2  Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
1Pe 5:3  Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

If we do not have these types of rulers in our place of worship then we need to find a better place of worship but when we do have such great examples, then we must remember them and follow in their “faith”!

It is the Shepherd who is to have the God-given authority over the flock!

A Shepherd is to be an example and not an overlord!

But that Shepherd must lead us in the ways to and of Jesus Christ!

Praise the Lord for our Pastor, Preacher Sam who is our shepherd here at Gethsemane!

In fact we are blessed in this Church to have so many that honor the Word Of God!

But we must all still “Seek The Lord” for His will in our own lives!

We cannot be loyal to Preacher Sam just because he is our Pastor but ONLY because he will lead us to Jesus Christ!

*****Heb 13:8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

The title of our lesson is “Our Unchanging Lord”.

There is no greater truth in the Word of God!

Remember what Peter said, Our example is Jesus!

We still have this same Jesus.

We still have this same Gospel of Jesus.

We still have the same Almighty God!

Rev 1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Our Lord does not ever change and He has given us His “unchanging” Word. We can depend on the “unchanging” Word of God.

God’s Word has not evolved into something that means something different in our so-called modern day!

*****Heb 13:9  Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

We must examine all teaching by how it matches up to the Word of God!

We must reject all that is false!

This age we live in, is the time of God’s Grace!

Act 20:32  And now, brethren, I commend you to God, [and to the word of his grace], which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

We must be strong in the “Grace of God” that comes through His Son Jesus Christ:

2Ti 2:1  Thou therefore, my son, [be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus].
2Ti 2:2  And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

What would the Apostle Paul write to us if he were alive today?

He would have this same message, because God’s Word will never change!

It is not what we eat that keeps us alive as much as it is The Word of God that sustains us!

The Bible says:

Col 2:16  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Col 2:17  [Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ].

We cannot be saved by a shadow!

We cannot be sustained by a shadow!

It is the truth of the Word of God that “makes” us free!

*****Heb 13:10  We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

To be a believer is to have an altar in Heaven, which is Jesus Christ.

Our Mediator, which is also Jesus Christ is there to receive our spiritual sacrifice!

All those that served the altar of the Tabernacle obeying those old dietary laws and believing that they could be saved by those animal sacrifices are not welcome to that altar that is in Heaven.

Our altar is at the “Throne of Grace” and is not based on any law but the “Law of Grace”.

There is nothing wrong with gathering to have fellowship around a meal in God’s House but Real Christian fellowship comes from fellowship around the Word of God!

*****Heb 13:11  For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.

On a normal day the Levite priests who tended the altar in the Tabernacle could eat the meat of the sacrifice.

But on the “Day of Atonement” only the blood use use in sacrifice [and the animal was taken outside the camp and burned].

*****Heb 13:12  Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

Because this was a “type” of the sacrifice of Our Lord, Jesus died outside the city of Jerusalem.

Joh 19:19  And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Joh 19:20  This title then read many of the Jews: [for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city:] and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.

His blood, in contrast to that of the animal, is the only acceptable sacrifice for all our sin!

We are to have no part with any religion that refuses Jesus and His blood sacrifice!

*****Heb 13:13  Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

Those early Jewish believers had to break all ties with Judaism!

Every “Born Again” child of God must break all ties to our past sinful life.

Yes we are still sinners, but the Law of “Grace” is greater than any law of man!

We are not just going outside the city, or outside the country. [Our home is outside this universe and in Heaven itself].

That’s where we will find our Savior!

*****Heb 13:14  For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

There is nothing on this Earth that should be dear to us. If you cannot tell by now just read the newspaper and watch the news.

The Christian is an outcast to this society we live in!

Even in America there is a movement that ask all Christians to leave our own nation. We are not welcome here anymore!

What are we seeking?

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

*****Heb 13:15  By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

The Christian Altar is “Spiritual”!

Our Sacrifice is our “Praise” and this should be the “fruit of our lips”!

Our Sacrifice is our “thanksgiving” to Our Holy God!

Psa 54:6  I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.
Psa 54:7  For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.

*****Heb 13:16  But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

We must not forget the Sacrifice of “ourselves in doing good”!

As God meets our needs, He makes us aware of the needs of others and He expects us to be a part of fulfilling the need of those others.

This is “Not” because He will not do this but it is because He gives us the opportunity to get one of His blessings.

Not just here on Earth but a reward laid up in Heaven.

Verses 17-19 are not part of our lesson today but the highlights are:

If in the place you worship you have a Pastor who preaches the truth of the Gospel of Christ, then we are to obey that Word of God.

That Pastor is held accountable by God Himself!

The greatest sin of the believer is to know the Word of God [and not obey the Word of God]!

We should pray for all the Body of Christ and especially for those that are ministering the Word of God!

****Heb 13:20  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Heb 13:21  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

God will bring judgment to this world but never in the Bible is He called a “God of War”!

We know that the number 5 is the number for “Grace” and exactly 5 times we can see the phrase “God of peace” in the written Word of God.

It is the “God of Peace” that brought about the “Resurrection” of the Lord Jesus Christ!

There is nothing in the entire Bible more important to the Christian Church than the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ came out of that grave on the third day!

We know that as the “Good Shepherd” Jesus Christ died for the sheep!

Joh 10:11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

But as the “Great Shepherd” we must know that Our Lord lives for the sheep!

Our Great High Priest has also become Our Great Shepherd.

When Jesus was on this Earth He worked to redeem our souls.

Now that Jesus is in Heaven, he is working to mature us to act in His Will to bring us to perfection. We cannot reach that point until He returns.

1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

As the Great Shepherd Jesus will return to to get His sheep.

1Pe 2:25  For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

1Pe 5:4  And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

It is on this day that we will reach perfection!

Throughout this Book of Hebrews we have seen that the ultimate responsibility for bringing every believer to perfection rests on Jesus Christ.

It is Jesus that will present His Church to the almighty God [and He will not present Him an imperfect Church]!

Jesus will do what He promised!

Our job as believers is to forsake those things that get in His way and submit to His Word!

It is our “Faith” that will make us whole!

Questions?

Let’s Pray!

Amen!

Jesus Christ Is Our Example

Jesus Christ Our Example

Book of Hebrews Chapter 12

Who are you looking at?

What is our process of Christian growth?

A “faith” that is never tested cannot be trusted!

The challenge of every Christian is to persevere until Jesus comes or until God takes us home to be with Him!

Unless you are a “citizen of Heaven” while you are still alive on this Earth, you cannot even take part in God’s challenge to remain “faithful” at all cost.

This chapter in the Book of Hebrews will teach us to have endurance and this endurance cannot happen without patience!

There is “saving faith”:

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

“Saving faith” requires knowledge, conviction, and trust!

But there is also the “gift of faith”:

1Co 12:9  [To another faith by the same Spirit]; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

The “gift of faith” comes only after salvation!

It is the “gift of faith” that brings brotherly love and the good works of the believer!

It is the “gift of faith” that is measurable and seen by others.

It is a great privilege to serve the Living God BUT we cannot expect to serve God and not go through some trials.

It is easy to become a Christian, but Jesus said to pick up our own cross and follow Him.

A cross is a symbol of pain and suffering!

My worse day being saved is better than my best day when I was lost.

Our example is Jesus Christ!

It is only when we follow in His ways that we can be called a Christian.

If we are not involved with the work of God, how can we say we are Christians. If you are not being obedient to the Word of God you are not like Christ and therefore not a visible Christian.

It is in our obedience where we will find fulfillment and joy!

It is not our behavior that pleases God as much as it is our belief that we can only do all things through Christ Jesus who gives us the strength and the endurance to accomplish whatever God has for us to do!

God wants us to realize that we cannot stand on our own two feet, we must rely on Him to meet all our needs and He will!

When we look back to chapter eleven we can see that each and every individual suffered hardship as they walked in “their faith”!

*****Heb 12:1  “Wherefore” seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and [let us run with patience the race that is set before us,]

Wherefore means that since we have all these great witnesses of the “faith” in chapter 11!

[The Greek word “martoos” is translated as witness in this verse but the meaning is also of a martyr!]

To these Jewish believers, most of these men and women would have been “Heroes” to them.

We must not forget it is Our God that inspired the writing of His Word so it is God that is bearing witness for these heroes of the “faith”.

As we live out our lives, with Jesus as our example, do you think your name could have been written down in God’s Book because of your “faith”.

God saw that we of the New Covenant would need to learn endurance and patience from the Heroes of “faith” in the Old Testament.

When a marathon runner is practicing for the big race, they will used ankle weights to increase their endurance but when it comes race day, they will not be wearing any weights because they would only slow them down.

So, what are the weights that are hindering our service to the Almighty God? We need to remove them, so that we might win the race of  our “faith”?

There are no losers in the “Race of Faith”!

BUT, we must remove everything that hinders our progress!

This can even mean we must remove some things that others think are good things.

Our choices cannot be between good and bad!

Our choices must be between better and best!

But, this surely means we cannot carry unconfessed sin!

And, it surely means we must remove all unbelief!

Remember what we have learned?

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

That word “faith” was used 21 times in chapter 11.

Faith Brings With It Endurance!

The Greek word “agon” used for our English word “race” means a contest that is intense.

Satan, the Devil is real and we can be sure that he is very serious about taking as many of God’s people to Hell with him as he can!

We are in a marathon race and not a hundred yard dash! We will need endurance!

That word weight also means we we must physically and mentally get in shape for this race.

We must have knowledge of the Word of God and be spiritually fit to get into this race.

This race is only on one course!

Mat 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

As Christians we are to run this race no matter the cost!

We cannot just drift along we must be a true competitor!

A Christian that gets into the race for God cannot ever be a looser:

1Co 9:24  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

We cannot allow the sin of this world and the sin of unbelief to hinder us:

Gal 5:7  Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?

Every question we have of ourselves should not be about right or wrong, our main concern should be “How Does It Affect My Testimony?”

*****Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

In Chapter 11 we saw many heroes of “faith” but to these Jewish believers many of these were actually national heroes to be honored and to look up to.

In our verse they are told to look to Jesus. Notice it does not say to Jesus Christ. By just using the name Jesus these people are told to just look at the man Jesus.

Jesus had always honored the children and many of those children were now adults and it can be said that some of these of the early church had actually met the man Jesus.

So they were told to look at the man Jesus, what He had stood for, what He had accomplished, how He had suffered being innocent and how He had died.

They knew of these things. Some of these things had happened in their own life times.

They knew of the resurrection and they had now believed because they were converts to the early church. So not only look upon Jesus as the Messiah but look upon Him as a man. An example “or the example” to follow much more so than all those Old Testament heroes.

Jesus is all our example of what it is to be a Christian!

Jesus is the “author” of our faith.

The Greek word “archegos” is used here which means Jesus is the “chief leader” and the “prince” of our “faith”!

Jesus pioneered Christianity!

Jesus is the Captain of God’s army!

Not only is He the “Author” but He is the “Finisher”!

The Greek word “teleiotes” is used here and in only one other place in the Bible.

This means Jesus was the “Perfecter” of our “faith”.

He was “The One” that in “His own Person” raised “faith” to it’s perfection!

Jesus is The One that walked in this world and set the highest example of “faith”!

The best example in the Old Testament that was given was in the time of Moses:

Num 21:6  And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
Num 21:7  Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
Num 21:8  And the LORD said unto Moses, [Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole]: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
Num 21:9  And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, [that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.]

Jesus said Himself:

Joh 3:14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
Joh 3:15  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

If we look to anyone or anything besides Jesus we have looked in the wrong direction!

Our Lord endured far more than any of the Old Testament heroes of  “faith”!

It was a shameful thing for a Holy God to pour Himself in a body of flesh to redeem His people but it had to be  done to restore mankind to the fellowship that God once had with Adam!

God gets His joy from fellowship with His greatest creation which is man!

Psa 16:11  Thou wilt shew me the path of life: [in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.]

Pro 4:18  But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

It brought Jesus great joy to present His “Born Again” children to His Father:

Jud 1:24  Now unto him [that is able to keep you from falling] and [to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy],

And not one can ever fall again!

Don’t you just love the Word of God that tells us in so many ways that we were certainly lost but now we are found by “our Creator” who has also become “our Savior”!

*****Heb 12:3  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Heb 12:4  Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

This entire Book of Hebrews was given to these of the early church to teach them of the hope of looking forward by “faith”.

All those Old Testament heroes had looked forward. That is the principle of “faith”.

We must live for the future to be able to deal with the nasty here and now!

Just like Peter when we take our eyes of the Savior we will sink in this nasty world!

Mat 14:28  And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
Mat 14:29  And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
Mat 14:30  [But when he saw] the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

Another lesson to learn from this verse is that immediately when Peter asked, “the Lord  to saved him and it happened at that very moment.

God does not have to think about it when a lost soul has repented and ask for forgiveness in faith!

Salvation happens immediately!

Mat 14:31  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, [O thou of little faith], wherefore didst thou doubt?

It is our lack of “faith” that hinders the fruit that God intended to come from our salvation!

*****Heb 12:5  And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

As a saved people, we have only one resource and that is Christ.

Christianity is based on the “Work of One”, Jesus Christ!

Not in any Temple!

Not in any ritual!

Not in any religion!

Not in any denomination!

That word “chastening” usually brings the thoughts of punishment but the true interpretation of the Greek word “paideia” [is that of tutoring, educating, and training that can come with some disciplinary action of the Lord.]

And the Greek word  “elegcho” for “rebuke” really means [to convict and sometimes to convince] which means [our shame of failure] is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit.

God is not sitting in Heaven with a whip to correct us but He is sitting in Heaven with a loving guiding Hand of Correction!

The Christian experience is a long steady process that requires endurance. We must prepare our minds and our hearts for the long haul because, It Will Be Worth Every Mile Of The Trip!

*****Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

When we are suffering, it is easy to think that God does not love us.

In verse 5 we saw the word “children”. We now see the words “son” and the word “sons”.

None of these words refer to little children but they refer to adult children.

A parent that repeatedly chastens infant children is truly a monster.

Remember we are adopted into the family of God at any age!

Rom 8:15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Gal 4:6  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Gal 4:7  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

And adult children require a different approach than babies.

We must all become mature adult sons and daughters who can be trusted with the responsibilities of life, where God has placed us!

Psa 34:18  The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psa 34:19  Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Why do God’s people suffer:

1.) We do stupid things which shows our immaturity. We continue in our old sin.

2.) We suffer because we take a stand for Jesus. He suffered and so will we.

3.) We suffer because of unconfessed sin in our lives. We must repent as soon as we have sinned. If we refuse to deal with the sin in our lives God will deal with it!

4.) We will suffer in our flesh because of past sin. When we have smoked all our days, or have been addicted to alcohol, or drugs or the many other things that destroy our bodies and our minds we cannot and He will not heal us of these things. He will comfort us through these things.

Gal 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

5.) We will suffer sometimes because, we are in God’s plan and not our own and we are a tool in His hands and for His purpose. We simply do not know the big picture that God sees.

6.) We will also suffer for our “faith”! We will face many battles in the name of the Lord but we may not be victors in our own eyes. Again we do not see the big picture. God says to put on the “armor of God”. That should tell us we are going to war. Their are casualties in all wars!

7.) We will suffer last of all sometimes because, as children we require discipline at the loving hand of God!

*****Heb 12:8  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

But if you are going through life all happy go lucky with no chastisement, thinking you are saved then you need to have a checkup at the altar. God says you are not in the family yet!

*****Heb 12:9  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

Whether or not you listened too by your earthly father, you had better listen to your Heavenly Father!

God disciplines in “His Wisdom and in His Love” that we might truly live!

Our Father will discipline us in severe ways sometimes!

And we should remember:

1Jn 5:16  If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. [There is a sin unto death
: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
1Jn 5:17  All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

I believe that there is a boundary for each Born Again child of God that we should not ever step over because it will mean our death. BUT, It does not mean we loose our salvation!

Pro 3:7  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Pro 3:8  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

*****Heb 12:10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
Heb 12:11  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Any child who does not learn subjection to authority will never become useful in any family!

Any child of God that does not learn this early in their spiritual life are in danger of physical death!

We have proof of this in scripture:

1Co 11:28  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
1Co 11:29  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
1Co 11:30  [For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep].

We can see that not being reverent to the things of God can lead to our death!

Our health can depend on how we serve Our Father who is in Heaven!

God will not allow any of His children to disgrace His good name beyond His purpose!

Our lesson skips a few verses down to verse 18.

God emphasizes in these verses to not get in despair and to not be discouraged when he allows things of discipline to happen in our lives.

In most cases it is the coward who gives up when things get hard!

Cowardice is contagious!

It takes courage to be a Christian!

It take courage to revive God’s people!

Pro 4:25  Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
Pro 4:26  Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
Pro 4:27  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

It is better to repent and move on than “to wallow in our guilt”! We must remember we are still sinners saved only by God’s “Grace”!

Now let us continue:

*****Heb 12:18  [For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched], and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
Heb 12:19  And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
Heb 12:20  (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
Heb 12:21  And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)

Do we really want to know the difference between “Grace” and “The Law”?

We see here a picture of the Law, a picture of the Old Covenant with Israel.

There were at least 2 million people that came out of Egypt with Moses. They were unorganized. They did not have the things with them to sustain the necessities of life. They were a traveling mob and very discouraged.

When they reached Mount Sinai and God showed His Power they were in great fear for their lives.

But verse 18 says to the child of God that Mount Sinai has been replaced with Mount Calvary!

A Born Again child of God we will never face Mount Sinai!

It is the cross and the shed blood of Jesus and our own “Faith” that will drive the Church!

*****Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
Heb 12:23  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
Heb 12:24  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

The Laws of Moses had their beginning at Mount Sinai.

The true Gospel of God would have it’s beginning in Jerusalem!

AND, Mount Sion represents the New Covenant of “Grace”!

Gal 4:22  For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
Gal 4:23  But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
Gal 4:24  Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; [the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.]
Gal 4:25  For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
Gal 4:26  [But Jerusalem (which is above is free), which is the mother of us all.]

Mount Zion is God’s Heavenly city!

This where the Lord dwells at this time and this is our eternal home! The blood of Jesus has given us a right to a place in this city.

Joh 14:2  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Joh 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also

Even after Lucifer and his angel followers were tossed out of Heaven there are still more angels in Heaven than can be counted!

Luk 10:18  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Isa 14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

This took place the very day Lucifer defied God.

The word “innumerable” is what is called a “Myriad”!

The “first born” child in the families of Israel inherited the birthright, BUT every Born Again child of God has a birthright in Heaven and so are called “the Church of the First Born”.

These are all the ones written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Luk 10:20  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; [but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven].

There is a final judgment on all those that have persecuted “the Church of the First Born”!

The spirits of just men made perfect are those that have gone on before us!

1Pe 3:18  For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, [the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God], being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

“Were it not for the blood” of the New Covenant we would not ever be able to enter into this Heavenly city!

Jesus says:

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

There is an econumicle movement going on in the world right now, which means that everyone is going to the same Heaven even though they are traveling different paths.

This is an absolute lie of Satan. There is still only one way to Heaven and that is to be washed in the blood of Jesus! The “Blood” of the New Covenant!

Preachers are wrong when they refuse to preach on Heaven and the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

There can be no marriage counseling until you are married to Jesus Christ!

It is the truth that we had no life to commit to Christ Jesus until He gave us a new life!

If we are not looking up to Heaven we are looking to the wrong place.

Php 3:20  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Php 3:21  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

The “blood ” of Abel cried for vengeance!

The “Blood” of Jesus Christ calls for forgiveness, and cleanses the guilty conscience, and OPENS THE WAY TO HEAVEN!

*****Heb 12:28  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
Heb 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire.

We must pay close attention to the Holy Inspired Word of God:

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

We must hold on to this Gospel because it gives life!

God is still speaking to us today through His Word!

As God shook Mount Sinai and as the days grow closer to the Second coming of Christ Jesus, we will see more shaking of this world we live in!

The difference for the Christian is that we will one day live in an unshakable world!

Our God is a consuming fire!

A fire will not go out until all fuel has been consumed.

When judgment comes, God will perfectly cleanse this world of sin to the point of destruction. If not why would there be a New World, a New Jerusalem and even a New Heaven?

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

We cannot play games with God, by playing church.

Hag 2:6  For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
Hag 2:7  And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.

There is a whole lot of this shaking going on right now!

Questions?

Let’s Pray!

Jesus Christ The Victory Of Our Faith

Jesus Christ, Our Victory Of Faith

Text: Hebrews Chapter Eleven

Our salvation comes from “Faith” in Jesus Christ!

But “faith” is not new to the New Testament.

It was Adam’s lack of faith that brought sin into this world!

Our Faith is the only way we can approach our God!

It begins with “Saving Faith”.

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

We must then wear the “Shield of Faith”.

Eph 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

We must then have the “Prayer of Faith”

Jas 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Jas 1:6  [But let him ask in faith], nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

We will not get any response from God if we do not have faith!

Saving “faith” involves three main things:

1.) Saving faith involves Knowledge: There are certain basic truths that must be believed for salvation.

We must believe that Jesus is who He says He is.

Joh 8:23  And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
Joh 8:24  I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

We must believe that all men are sinners!
We must believe that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ was for our sin!
We must believe in His bodily resurrection!

2.) Saving faith involves Conviction: There must be an inner conviction that the Gospel is the truth “and it is the truth that makes us free”.

Jesus does not just “set” us free, because we could be caught again. To set is to place something somewhere.

Jesus “makes” us free so can never be caught again! God made a new creation, a new creature, Born Again.

Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and [the truth shall make you free].

Conviction comes from the Holy Spirit who will convince each of us that the world is full of sin, and righteousness and judgment will come from the Godhead in Heaven.

3.) Saving faith involves Trust: As a result of the knowledge of Christ Jesus and the conviction of the Holy Spirit, we must make a decision to to place our lives in the hands of of God.

And, This must come from the heart of each of us.

Our “faith” is the greatest power we have in this world!

The “Bible Faith” is to have total confidence in “all” the Word of God!

We must believe regardless of circumstances or consequences!

We should have only one operation of our “faith”.

God speaks and we hear and obey!

Ecc 12:13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: [Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.]

Because “unbelief” is the greatest sin against God and “it is the only sin that cannot be forgiven”, we need a testimony of “faith”!

This is the theme of today’s lesson!

It is so easy to try to make our Christian life a series of rules.

We all think we need some kind of guideline to live by BUT it is our “faith” that gets us close to Our Father in Heaven and that only through His Son, we know as Jesus!

*****Heb 11:1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

First of all, Faith is not some blind opinion that everything happens for the best!

Faith is not That everything in nature is the order of the universe!

Our faith is not that everything in this universe will produce good!

God said man will wax worse as time goes by, so things can never get better!

Our Faith is not based on believing, in spite of the evidence to the contrary!

Our faith has to be based on the Word of God!

Our Faith must have substance!

Faith is a real thing!

The object of that real thing must be Lord Jesus Christ!

Faith is to a Christian as a foundation is to a house!

If our foundation is not solid then the house will settle and fall.

Our “faith” is the substance of our “Hope”!

Our “Hope” must be in the promises that are recorded in the Word of God!

The evidence of our “faith” is the fact that we can believe on invisible things because we can see the visible evidence of those invisible things.

AND, Evidence is something you can take to court to prove your innocence.

Our Faith cannot be just a leap into the dark!

Our Faith cannot be an “I hope so” statement!

“Faith” is real!
“Faith” is measurable!
And we can have evidence for our “faith”!

*****Heb 11:2  For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Who were these elders?

These were the fathers of the nation of Israel.

This chapter we are studying gives us a list of most of those elders.

That good report  did not come because they were perfect people nor even because they were great leaders.

That good report came because they believed the Word of God!

God wants us to be saved by “faith” but we must not come up short because God also  wants us all to “walk by faith”!

We have already see that we are saved by “Faith”!

Our shield against all evil Is Our Shield of Faith”!

And, We have already seen that our prayers cannot be answered unless we have Faith!

In fact God will not even hear us unless we have enough faith to believe He can accomplish what we ask Him to do!

Jesus says to pick up our cross daily and follow Him but there is no need to pick up that cross unless we are “motivated by faith” in the Word of God.

We must walk by “faith” and not by sight!

*****Heb 11:3  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

We must totally accept Creation just as it is written down for us in the Book of Genesis, The Book of the beginnings!

Evolution had no part in God’s Creation!

God spoke and things happened just as it is written!

There are many people in this world that place their faith in evolution BUT it is a fact it takes a greater faith to believe in evolution than it does in the facts of Creation written down for us.

There is no proof at all of things evolving. There is only proof of things dying!

So, Evolution is not a science it is simply another false religion!

Our “faith” in the Word of God allows us to see the future as present and the invisible, as things we can see.

Can you get a picture of your mansion in Heaven, well it’s there and it’s real and it is in God’s House in Heaven!

You see, If God did not create mankind, then man had to create God.

I find that to be impossible in my mind but all false religion is based on man-made gods or on objects that our true God created.

God started with nothing and we can see what He has created with our own eyes!

That word “framed” means that God made everything He created to fit perfectly together.

Isa 40:12  Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

*****Heb 11:4  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

When we read this verse we see that we can approach God only in our faith!

Let’s review:

Gen 4:4  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
Gen 4:5  But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
Gen 4:6  And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
Gen 4:7  [If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door]. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

The Bible tells us:

Rom 14:23  And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: [for whatsoever is not of faith is sin].

Cain clearly understood that if he had no faith then it was sin!

AND, Cain’s lack of faith led to the first murder in the Bible!

God had made it very clear with the sin of Adam, when He had shed the blood of an innocent animal to make those first clothes.

Heb 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Cain clearly understood these things yet He still rebelled against the Word of God.

God has also made it very clear to us all:

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

To ignore the Word of God will bring eternal damnation!

God had revealed to Adam and his descendants the true way to worship. Abel obeyed God by “faith”.

But, Cain showed his lack of “faith”.

1Jn 3:12  Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

Cain was full of religion but he was not righteous!

Who was the first Martyr of faith? Then it had to be Abel the son of Adam.

Because of his “faith” Abel is still speaking to all who would read and study the Word of God!

Because of his death and his blood was shed by the wicked Cain, Abel is still speaking to the Father who will bring vengeance on this world.

And God says:

Heb 12:24  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, [that speaketh better things than that of Abel.]

*****Heb 11:5  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

The Book of Genesis gives us this information:

Gen 5:24  And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

The Bible says clearly that Enoch did not die like other men!

Enoch was translated!

God took Enoch. The word “took” in Hebrew means God fetched him away, God carried him away!

In fact the word “took” can mean these things:  to take,  to get,  to fetch,  to lay hold of,  to seize, receive, acquire, buy, bring, marry, take a wife, snatch, take away

In the New Testament we find these words:

1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be [caught up together with them] in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

This is what we believe to be the “Rapture” of the Church that will happen before the seven year Tribulation Period.

Those words “caught up” have a similar meaning: to seize, carry off by force, to seize on, claim for one’s self eagerly, to snatch out or away.

What happened to Enoch was was so unusual that no one else in the Old Testament had this experience before the flood and only Elijah had a similar experience after the flood.

2Ki 2:11  And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah [went up by a whirlwind into heaven].

We can see that Elijah was taken up, or brought up, or taken away.

These things happened to people that please God and God gives us the the exact same way to please Him!

*****Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

We come into our classroom every Sunday morning and flop down in these seats with “faith” enough in them that they will keep us from falling to the ground yet, we cannot have enough “faith” in the Word of God that brings rewards greater than anything that we can imagine!

What is our problem?

We just do not believe what God says!

Why is the nation of Israel suffering today?

Psa 78:21  Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;
Psa 78:22  [Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:]

What does God say to us all in the New Covenant?

Joh 3:18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Joh 3:19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

We have God’s Book of Facts!

We have God’s remedy for a rewarding life!

We have God’s answer to all our problems!

It’s called “Faith”!

It is IMPOSSIBLE to please God without “FAITH”!

So, What are some examples of what “faith” can do?

*****Noah had never even heard of rain or thunder storms but he had “faith” in the Word of God. The world was destroyed but Noah and his family was saved.

God gives this example and this warning:

2Pe 2:5  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

*****Abraham left his home seeking a city built of God. He knew it was not on this Earth because he lived in a tent!

Php 3:20  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

This our place of true fellowship!

*****Sara had enough “faith” to believe God would allow her to have a child, though she had not ever had one for 90 years, and to not only have this child but to raise this child.

She also had enough “faith” to believe that her husband, who was Abraham, though 100 years old could be a father and help her raise this child.

*****Abraham had “faith” enough in the promises of God to believe that even if he killed his only son that God could still raise him up from the dead and the nation of Israel would still be formed.

*****Isaac believed the Word of God and taught it to his sons!

*****Joseph knew that Egypt was not the place of the promises and requested that Israel take his bones to the promise land. He knew that it was not Canaan land because he knew it was not in this world.

*****Jochebed knew that God had plans that she could not totally understand and she was not about to let some King take her child Moses. Moses was given into the hands of God.

*****Moses knew though the world he lived in hated the children of God, yet he chose to be one of them.

Rom 8:16  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Rom 8:17  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Rom 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

*****Moses knew that if he served the living God and no king of this earth could change that fact:

2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
2Co 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

*****Moses understood the absolute “Grace” of God when he was making the symbol of the cross on the entrance to those homes.

1Pe 1:2  Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

*****Moses understood the mercy of God and that no body of water could hinder the progress of God’s people.

Psa 136:13  To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psa 136:14  And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psa 136:15  But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.

*****Joshua knew it would have to be God’s plan and not his own that would bring down the walls of Jericho.

2Co 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

*****Rahab had faith as did Gideon, and Barak, and Samson, Jephthah, and David and Samuel and all those true prophets of God.

1Pe 1:10  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
1Pe 1:11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

It is by “faith” our weakness are made strong, our bodies are healed, that we escape the evil of this world, and that we are strong enough to fight back.

*****Heb 11:36  [And others] had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
Heb 11:37  They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
Heb 11:38  (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

These “others” are the unnamed army of God!

These are [the true heroes] of “faith”!

These are the “ones” who would not renounce their “faith” for any reason!

These things still happen to Christians right now in our day.

Christian persecution happens in all Muslim nations, in all Hindu nations, and in all Atheist nations which are mostly communist and it is on the rise in America.

It has even been said “why do not the Christians leave America if we do not like the changes”.

I can say only one thing to that. This nation of America was founded by people seeking a place to worship the God of the Bible, freely.

As a soldier I fought for the freedoms this nation offers to those that are oppressed!

I pray that my faith is strong enough to join the ranks of the people mentioned in these verses.

The Apostle Peter wrote:

1Pe 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
1Pe 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Peter also wrote:

1Pe 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
1Pe 1:8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, [yet believing], ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

It is in our “faith” that we can find joy!

The prophet Isaiah also wrote:

Isa 57:1  The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.
Isa 57:2  He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

The world does not care when one of God ‘s children is killed or maimed but it is for sure that, those that are Martyr’s, have been taken away from the evil that is still to come in the future.

Rest assured not one of God’s children will suffer in Heaven!

When we realize we are going to a better place, then the trials of this Earth should be meaningless!

Life is precious and we should never rush to death but we should not be afraid of death!

2Co 5:1  For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Just as a child of God is not worthy of the “Grace” of God, the World is not worthy of those that love the Lord enough to lay down their lives for Him!

*****Heb 11:39  And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
Heb 11:40  God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

It is by “Faith” these others and these that are named were able to accomplish the things of God!

We are weak Christians when we [try to blend into this world] to go unnoticed!

This may be the biggest problem our young  people face today because peer pressure is so great!

But we must all realize that we are not alone!

God’s people and including Jesus Christ Our Savior, are going to be persecuted for what we believe in!

We have to turn that persecution into a motivational tool that keeps us going.

We still must realize the closer we get to God the Father and His Son the greater our protection!

And it should be our goal to get closer to the Lord Our God!

But, that does not mean that God will not let others see us suffer persecution or even death!

It’s God’s plan, we just need to get involved in His plan and we will all soon be going home!

These Old Testament saints look forward to the promises.

Job said:

Job 19:25  For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
Job 19:26  And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

The New Testament child of God looks forward to the fulfillment of those promises!

The Apostle Paul said:

1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

We should all ask ourselves “where is our Faith”?

Questions?

Let’s pray!

Jesus Christ, Our Perfect Sacrifice

Jesus Christ, Our Perfect Sacrifice

Book of Hebrews Chapter 10

It is Our God that instituted the sacrifice!

The very first sacrifice was to make clothes for Adam and Eve. This sacrifice of an animal proved that animal sacrifices could only cover sin and not remove sin!

Let’s learn what we can about the only perfect sacrifice that could remove all sin.

The sacrifice of Christ Jesus was at the will of God!

Christ Jesus freely volunteered to be that sacrifice!

Gal 1:4 [Who gave himself for our sins], that he might deliver us from this present evil world, [according to the will of God and our Father]:

There could be only “one” sacrifice that was acceptable to God!

When Our Lord Jesus had finished what God had sent Him to do, He proudly prayed to His Father in Heaven.

Joh 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: [I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do].
Joh 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

The work that Jesus had to do was to be that perfect sacrifice!

Above all else, our sin would remain if not for the perfect sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Sin is mankind’s greatest problem!

It does not matter what religion a man has, if it cannot deal with the sin of man, it has no value!

We are not sinners because we sin! We sin because we are sinners!

There was only one way to take sin out from between man and God!

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 [For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.]

It is the love of God that brings salvation to all that believe!

It is the God sent Son of God, Jesus Christ Our Lord, that is the instrument of that love!

*****Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

We have read over and over again that Moral Laws cannot make men perfect!

We have read that the ordinances of the Jewish worship system could not cause the perfect sacrifice!

That word “Shadow” is used in this verse to teach us the difference between the Jewish worship system and Christianity.

The Jewish worship system was just a “Shadow” of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the True Image!

1.) A “shadow” does not have any substance.

A “shadow” is the result of what happens when another image has caught all the light!

Jesus said:

Joh 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, [I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life].

Jesus tells us we cannot walk in the “shadow” of Jewish traditions and Moral Laws but we are to only walk in “His Light”.

2.) A “shadow” has only the appearance of what is real.!

All those Laws of Moses were merely a pale or dimmed reflection of what we know is the the truth of Jesus Christ!

The opposite of this “shadow” is “God’s Grace”.

3.) A “shadow” can be a likeness or a resemblance, BUT a shadow can never be the true image!

All those animals that were sacrificed throughout the time of the Tabernacle and the Temple, could never make a sinner free.

Those sacrifices were also only a “shadow” of our True Sacrifice, which was Jesus Christ, God in the flesh!

What is “Atonement”?

Atonement is being reconciled to God.

Atonement is not the cause of God’s love but it is the consequence of God’s love!

What is “Redemption”?

The purchase back of something that had been lost!

Redemption is the paying of a “Ransom”!

To be redeemed is to be rescued from the bondage to those old laws.

We can see there is a difference between being redeemed and being atoned.

We cannot be atoned until we have been redeemed!

We can see that those sacrifices that were made year after year could never bring redemption!

There is no amount of repetition that can transform a “shadow” into the real thing!

Until Jesus Christ paid the price of the “ransom” on that cross, no one in this world could be “redeemed”!

*****Heb 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

When we take a bath, we get that squeaky clean feeling for awhile and then we feel dirty again.

When those old laws were followed and an animal sacrifice was made for sin. that person felt cleansed for a period of time.

We can be sure by the time that 10th or 11th month came around again, that person would be searching their flocks for that perfect animal that could be sacrificed to bring atonement again for a another year.

To be honest many would begin the next day looking for a sacrifice for the next year.

This same mentality exist today!

If they had been truly cleansed that one year of time would have made no difference and they would have had no more conscience of their sin!

But when the Perfect Sacrifice was offered on the cross:

Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, [that he might redeem us from all iniquity], and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

What does being a peculiar people mean?

Isa 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and [will not remember thy sins].

Again

Psa 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
Psa 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, [so far hath he removed our transgressions from us].

And one more:

1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, [and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin].

We are still sinners even after being washed in the blood of Jesus BUT not one of those sins can ever make us filthy in the eyes of God ever again!

Act 11:9 But the voice answered me again from heaven, [What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common].

We should still seek repentance for any sin we commit but we can never be “unredeemed”.

The Blood of Christ Jesus has enough cleansing to keep us clean forever!

*****Heb 10:3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

Instead of cleansing, the continual slaying of innocent animals could only be a reminder of sin year after year!

Animal sacrifices cannot deal with human guilt!

The day of atonement for the Jew became a day of “reminding them of their sin” and not of their “remission of sin”!

There is a great difference in the two!

When Jesus says these things are finished, He meant that they are finished!

*****Heb 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

What possible connection can there be between human guilt and the senseless death of some innocent animal!

The conscience cannot be cleansed, nor sin removed by the slaughter of animals!

For sin to be truly atoned the sacrifice must be able to consent to being that sacrifice and must volunteer to substitute himself for the sinner.

We have our substitute, who volunteered to be the sacrifice for “all” our sin!

Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

and:

1Jn 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; [and in him is no sin]

God got no pleasure in the sacrifice of innocent animals for the sin of man.

Only Christ Jesus could do the impossible!

*****Heb 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Heb 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
Heb 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

There should be no doubt that Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of the Old Testament sacrifices because the entire Old Testament was written about His coming!

The word “Sacrifice” refers to animal sacrifices.

The word “Offering” refers to the meal offerings and the drink offerings.

We have already learned from our studies of Leviticus that these offerings were in fact “Types” of the work of Christ Jesus on the cross.

God poured Himself in a body of flesh.

In other words God gave His Son a prepared body that the Son might fulfill His will on this Earth!

What was that will of God?

Joh 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Joh 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

“Opened ears” then means a body ready for service!

Our ears have to be opened to the Gospel of Jesus Christ before we can ever be a true servant!

God had no delight in the sacrifice of innocent animals!

God was looking into the hearts of all those that brought those sacrifices!

No amount of sacrifice can substitute for obedience!

Hos 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

It is God’s will that that Old Covenant be replace with a New Covenant and this was prophesied in the Old Testament!

Jesus Christ was on this Earth to fulfill this will of God!

God told Adam and Eve these words:

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

And Jesus’ answer to that was:

Joh 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
Joh 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

Jesus Christ is the end of the Law to all those that believe!

Jesus Christ is also the end of all sacrifices because He sacrificed Himself in the fulfillment of the “Will Of God”!

*****Heb 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ [once for all].

Sanctification means, we can approach God to worship Him!

Jesus had to come to this Earth because His offering is the final will of God on sacrifice.

Jesus was the perfect sacrifice, at the perfect time and was the perfect fulfillment of “God’s Will”!

God delights in His Son.

God delights in those that have faith in His Son:

Psa 16:1 Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
Psa 16:2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
Psa 16:3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

*****Heb 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
Heb 10:13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
Heb 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Why did Our Lord sit down?

There was no furniture in the Tabernacle for the priests to sit upon.

In the time of Samuel, Eli carried his own seat into the Tabernacle, because I believe he was also a judge and the only judge to also be High Priest in the Bible.

In fact Eli judged Hannah before he used his office of priest.

God did not want his priest to be a judge. Their purpose was to offer the sacrifice. God wanted his priest to be a witness of His commandments.

Every priest was to stand daily at his service.

This standing meant that the priests was always ready for the work which was daily and repeatably!

In contrast Our Lord sat down because His Work of sacrifice was finished!

Why is Our Lord waiting?

The Apostle Peter put it this way:

2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

God is waiting for all His human family to come to Him!

This scripture also shows us that Jesus has been exalted to a place of unrivaled honor.

He is now in His position as Head of the Church:

Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

God’s plan of salvation is working at full force during this time of the Church Age, The time of “Grace”!

When Christ returns He will overcome every enemy and establish righteousness in His Kingdom.

How could these things happen?

“For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified”

*****Heb 10:15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
Heb 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

How do we know we have a personal relationship with Our God?

Because the Holy Spirit comes to live within us!

It is the Holy Spirit that gives us the love of God and for one another.

These are the fruit of the Spirit!

It is the Holy Spirit that makes us aware of sin and temptation in our conscience.

Eph 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Eph 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

*****Heb 10:18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

When we rest assured that our sins are forgiven and we are washed in the “blood” of Jesus, we will not try to offer any other sacrifice, nor try to work our way to Heaven.

If we try to bring additional sacrifice for our sin, “it is an insult to a Holy God!”

Where the “Blood of Jesus” has been applied there can be no greater offering for sin!

*****Heb 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

We know that in the Jewish system there was always a dividing wall which amounted to a barrier between man and God.

But Jesus made a way for the believer!

To be “bold” is not to be “arrogant”!

This boldness is our freedom to speak to God on a personal level!

Our prayers are the greatest weapon the Christian has in this world but sometimes God just wants us to talk to Him. He already knows what we need.

We can talk to Him just like Adam did. Maybe not face to face but Adam did not have the Holy Spirit living inside of him either.

The Holy Spirit is always face to face with God the Father and His Son!

We cannot make demands of God!

This verse plainly states that the brethren, [all those that know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior] can only enter into the throne room of God because of the “Blood of Jesus”!

We must to go to God the Father in the name of His Son!

*****Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

We have an open invitation to come to the God the Father at any time.

There is no bad time to pray, there is only bad times when we do not pray!

Through the death of Jesus Christ we have the absolute privilege to worship God in prayer.

We can know our prayers will reach Heaven because we are redeemed by the ‘blood of Jesus” and our sin forgiven!

When we have not reached this point in our lives, we are unable to pray for that mom or dad in need or that family matter or that nation in need for God will not hear us.

Psa 66:18 [If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:]

But when He hears us:

Psa 66:19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
Psa 66:20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

It is because of the blood that we are now priest with the ability to go beyond the veil.

Not once a year but at any hour of any day!

Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

That ability comes because we have the Holy Spirit that abides in every believer.

*****Heb 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God;

When Christ sacrificed Himself on the cross, He was acting like a priest.

When Christ Jesus intercedes for every believer, He is the High Priest.

What is the House of God?

We learned this in an earlier lesson:

Heb 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; [whose house are we], if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

But this also means the “Body of Christ”:

Col 1:18 And he is the [head of the body, the church]: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

In fact it means the world-wide Body of Christ:

1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, [and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body]: so also is Christ.
1Co 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

*****Heb 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

“Let us” not only means those early Jewish believers but the “brethren”, the entire world-wide Body of Christ.

We must prepare ourselves spiritually to fellowship with God! The Old Testament priest had to go through various washings and the applying of the blood of animals on the “Day of Atonement”.

BUT the New Testament Christian must come to God with a pure heart and a clean conscience!

Fellowship with God demands purity and that purity comes through the purity of Christ Jesus.

We must have full assurance of our faith!

Christianity is not a religion!

Christianity is just the TRUTH!

Only true believers can live in that state of “Grace” offered by the Lord Jesus Christ through Our Father in Heaven!

*****Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Not only are we to draw near to God but we are to hold fast to Him!

We should also notice that these believers were not told to hold on to their salvation.

We simply cannot loose our salvation! Our salvation is in the hands of Our Great High Priest!

Our faith should be based on the truth of God and His Word.

2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath [from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth]:

Faith is the theme of chapter 11 and we can get deeper in that then but we cannot be saved without “faith”!

Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

God is faithful and will deliver what He has promised!

Tit 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

*****Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Fellowship with God must never become selfish!

We must always fellowship with other Christians in the local assembly!

It takes the full “Body Of Christ” to gather, “faithfully attending”, encourages others to do the same.

We cannot show love for one another in separation!

We are to “provoke” or to “fervently” urge one another to get involved in the House of God and in the activities in which Christian love can be shown to one another.

*****Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Assembling means to gather together!

We need to study the Word of God together.

We need to fellowship together.

God gives things to groups that He will not give on an individual basis.

Jesus said He would bring His flock together to hear His voice.

Joh 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: [them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice]; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

All believers belong together. We will all be together when we reach Heaven and we need to fellowship together as much as possible while we are still on this Earth!

The Apostle Paul wrote:

Php 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
Php 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
Php 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Php 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Every believer is a member of the Body of Christ and [we need to act like one body] BUT it must be of Jesus Christ!

1Co 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

Not too long after the Book of Hebrews was presented to these of the early church, the Temple was destroyed. There was no place to offer up animal sacrifices.

BUT The Body of Christ continued to grow and it does today.

We should not not try to hold onto any old way of our past.

When we are saved old things pass away.

We must become that new creature in Christ Jesus and embrace the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.

We show that love when we love one another!

The remainder of this chapter deals with becoming lazy Christians and despising the Word of God and are not part of this lesson but I will try to high light some of it.

It should be noted that any despising of the Word of God is “willful sin”.

It should be noted that, ant believer that drifts away from the Word of God, will soon doubt the Word of God!

We must not be arrogant to the Word of God because God will view this as trodding on the work of His Son!

The “Blood of Jesus” is very precious to His Father in Heaven!

A backslider, who remains that way, is a disgrace to the name of Jesus Christ and to the Church!

God will deal with every rebellious believer in a severe way!

1Co 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

We must not forget, the greater theme of this Book of Hebrews is the fact that God has spoken to this world through His Son Jesus.

Our answer is, “How will we respond to what He says”?

The secret of victory is our “faith”!

Heb 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Heb 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

The believer that lives by “faith” will go on to perfection!

The believer that lives by “sight” will draw back unto perdition!

In other words, if we do not live by “faith” we will sink back into our old life and this time of “grace” will be wasted!

The saving of the soul is the opposite of a wasted life!

The saving of the soul is to live our lives for Jesus sake!

Mat 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Mat 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Mat 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

This is the purpose of the Bema Seat of Christ!

What did we do with Jesus once we knew Him as our Savior!

Questions?

Let’s Pray!

Jesus Christ Our Redeemer

Jesus Christ—Our Redeemer

“But By His Own Blood”

Book of Hebrews Chapter 9

The word “Redemption” comes from several Greek terms that mean “to set free by the payment of a price”.

One of those Greek words is “agorazo” and it means “to purchase in the market place”. It was associated with slaves in the market place in Bible times.

Redemption in the Bible means that through His death, Jesus Christ has set every believer “whosoever they are”, free from their enslavement to sin!

Every believer has been purchased out of the slave market of sin and set free from sin’s bondage!

1Co 7:23  Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

1Co 6:20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Every believer should now  be a slave to do God’s Will!

There is another Greek word that relates to our redemption. It is “exagorazo”. This word means that every believer has been redeemed from the curse and bondage of the law that can only condemn and not save!

Gal 3:13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Gal 3:14  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

AND,There is another Greek word that explains redemption. That word is “lutroo”. This word means “to obtain release by the payment of a price. In other words a “ransom”.

Every believer has been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus:

1Pe 1:18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Every believer is then a special possession for God!

Tit 2:14  Who gave himself for us, [that he might redeem us from all iniquity], and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

That great “Redeemer” is Jesus Christ, The “Only Begotten” Son of God.

*****Our Text

Heb 9:11  But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

Our lesson begins with verse 11 because the theme of our lesson is the “Redeemer”. In the first ten verses of this chapter in Hebrews proves that Our Redeemer ministers in a superior sanctuary.

1.) In contrast the Levite priest ministered in an earthly sanctuary, in other words it was made by man’s hands. It was always in need of repair and it could only be in one place at a time.

2.) This earthly tabernacle contained things that were only “patterns of the things in Heaven”. It can be said that many spiritual truths were wrapped up in these instruments of the first Tabernacle. They certainly were designed as “types” of the ministry of Jesus Christ.

3.) We know of the Holy of Holies, and this place had no access to people. Only the High Priest could enter and He only once each year.

4.) We know this earthly Tabernacle was only temporary. It was a tent with a veil covering the entrance.
Even when the Temple was built there was this veil that covered the opening into the Holy of Holies but our Redeemer purchased us access to the true Holy of Holies.

Mat 27:50  Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
Mat 27:51  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

5.) We know that in this earthly tabernacle, sacrifices that were made were only ceremonial. They were “carnal” ordinances that were for the outer man but they could never change what was in man’s heart. They could not change the inner man. No one was “reborn” or what Jesus said, to be “Born Again” because of what they did in this Tabernacle.

We will now see how much more superior the Heavenly things are!

It is a fact that no one in the Old Testament was saved by keeping those old laws!
It is also a fact that no one in the Old Testament was saved by animal sacrifices!

The Bible is specific:

Gal 3:24  Wherefore [the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ], that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25  But after that faith is come, [we are no longer under a schoolmaster].

All things good have come to pass by Our Lord Jesus Christ!

We need to pay special attention to the Heavenly ministry of Jesus in these last days.

There is a real Heaven!

We have a real High Priest in Heaven!

AND, We can have true Spiritual Worship in every house called by His name [but only because] Our Redeemer paid the price for our “redemption”!

The New Covenant sanctuary was not made by the hands of man.

You know, we call our places of worship the House of God but we know He does not live there.

But we sure do hope He comes to visit us as we worship Him and He does!

“Not of this building” means not of this earthly creation!

We can spend God’s money to try to make our places of worship beautiful and more pleasant to the eye but this only speaks to our flesh and it only ministers to the physical side of us.

We should maintain the buildings we have and grow as the need requires, and take care of our Pastor and others that are needed, but we need to concentrate God’s money on furthering the Gospel to as many as we can!

*****Heb 9:12  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but [by his own blood] he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

We are called a bloody religion because we are a bloody religion.

It is by the blood of our “Redeemer” that we are saved!

So, What is at the heart of the Gospel story?

What command does God give every Pastor, Preacher, and Evangelist and every soul that is saved?

Act 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, [to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood].

This the message to every “house of God”!

Without this message there can be no church!

Where does our “redemption” come from?

Eph 1:7  In whom we have redemption [through his blood], (the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;)

How were we redeemed?

1Pe 1:18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19  [But with the precious blood of Christ], as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

How are we cleansed from sin? How has He made us kings and priest?

Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, [and washed us from our sins in his own blood,]
Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Who can be saved by the blood of Jesus?

Rev 5:9  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, [and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation];

In the Old Testament sin was only atoned! Sin was only appeased!

And that only a year at a time.

In took the red, sinless, pure blood of Jesus to redeem those that are lost!

There is a great big difference between atonement and redemption!

Atonement was yearly in the Old Testament.

Redemption is Eternal, through the “Blood of Jesus”!

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now [no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus], who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath [made me free] from the law of sin and death.

*****Heb 9:13  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
Heb 9:14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Not one of these Old Testament rituals could change what is in a person’s heart.

They knew they could come back each year to have their sin atoned for.

This does not mean they could not trust God. His Word was just as true then as it is now!

Every one that obeyed the Word of God was truly declared clean!

These rituals offered purification for the flesh but there was no cleaning of the conscience!

To be “Born Again” in Christ Jesus, is to have a conscience that is purged from dead works!

We should serve God knowing that we have full assurance that our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

We are saved and justified by the work of Our Savior upon Calvary’s Mountain.

Redeemed by His Blood!

We have not arrived to our Christian life until we recognize that Our Redeemer has absolutely and eternally, forgiven and cleansed us of sin!

If your conscience is cleansed of guilt you will realize that you could not have been cleansed by “dead works”

Anything that we could do to try to earn our salvation would be a dead work!

Good works are not as cause of salvation[but a result of salvation]!

*****Heb 9:15  [And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament,] that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Many ask, Why did the Lord Jesus have to die?

We have our answer in this verse!

Jesus Christ had to die in order to begin a New Covenant!

The Old Covenant could not provide “eternal redemption” and God had to make some arrangement for sin!

This arrangement had to include [all sin past and future] to include those under the Old Covenant!

This verse makes it perfectly clear that there was no final or complete redemption in the Old Testament.

It was the sacrifice of Jesus, on that cross that brought spiritual cleansing:

Rom 3:24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Rom 3:25  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

Because Christ Jesus has provided such an eternal redemption, we can now share in an eternal inheritance!

*****Verses 16-21 are not part of our lesson today.

BUT, We know we are redeemed by the Blood of Jesus Christ.

This is a Blood Covenant! Since the word inheritance was used in verse 15, the Holy Ghost points out that this New Covenant is also somewhat like the “last will” of a dying man.

An inheritance in most cases cannot be received without a “Will”. In the case of a “Will” a death must occur! The death of the one who makes that “Will”!

It “was not” the death of Christ Jesus, that made Him out Mediator!

It “was” the death of Christ Jesus that gives us our inheritance and our “salvation”.

Jesus Christ had to die before Our Inheritance could be received!

It is not the “Will” that is ratified by His Blood!

It is the “New Covenant” that was ratified by His Blood!

The death of Jesus made God’s New Covenant to be valid!

There could be no atonement without His death!

After His death, then Blood then became the token that made this New Covenant valid!

Had Jesus not died on Mount Calvary there would be no hope of eternal life!

There would have been no hope for forgiveness!

But because He died, {“whosoever” will accept Him} can be saved!

These things take us up to our next verse.

*****Heb 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

It seems the world will never understand that there is no way to go to Heaven except by and because the Lord Jesus faithfully died on Golgotha.

Had He not died there could be “No Hope” of “Redemption”!

Mankind could have never been reconciled to God if Christ Jesus had not died!

Rom 5:10  For if, when we were enemies, [we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son], much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Rom 5:11  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

To be “Reconciled” means God can provide peace in place of being an enemy.

To be “Reconciled” means we can have fellowship with our “Creator”!

2Co 5:18  And all things are of God, [who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ] and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
2Co 5:19  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

*****Heb 9:23  It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

First we must not ever believe that Jesus died and shed His blood to purify anything in God’s Heaven!

Heaven can never be defiled!

BUT, Before we can enjoy the beauty of Heaven, there are certain requirements that have to be met.

The Old Covenant was established by blood and so was the New Covenant!

BUT, The New Covenant was established by a better sacrifice, and applied in a better place!

The Blood of Jesus is much more costly than any animal in God’s creation!

*****Heb 9:24  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

We would be foolish to trust our salvation and our spiritual life to anything on this Earth that is made by the hands of man!

This verse plainly states that it is Heaven itself that is the “True Sanctuary”!

This is where Our Lord Jesus Christ is located as our Mediator.

He is face to face with our Father who is in Heaven!

Rom 8:34  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

*****Heb 9:25  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
Heb 9:26  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

To compare the Old Covenant to the New Covenant:

1.) The Old Covenant had repeated sacrifices.

The New Covenant only had one sacrifice, Our Lord.

2.) The Old Covenant used the blood of others(animals)

The New Covenant, Our Lord used His Own Blood.

3.) The Old Covenant, sin was just covered for one year.

The New Covenant, Sin has been put away forever.

4.) The Old Covenant was for Israel only.

The New Covenant is for “whosoever will believe”.

5.) The Old Covenant had the Holy of Holies.

The New Covenant, Christ entered Heaven itself and remains there at this time.

6.) The Old Covenant, the priest had to come out to bless the people.

The New Covenant, Our Great High Priest “will come” to take His people to Heaven.

The work of Jesus Christ for our salvation is completed, it is final and it is eternal!

AND, Jesus Christ now is ministering in Heaven on our behalf!

*****Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Heb 9:28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

This verse plainly says that every man, woman and child has an appointment with death.

The Greek word “apokeimai” means death is reserved for each of us!

This same Greek word is translated as “laid up” in other places in the New Testament.

But, the meaning is not just to die but to die “once” as Jesus Christ died “once”!

We must not forget this book was written to believers.

It is a fact that every unbeliever will die twice!

After this death comes the judgment.

There is the judgment seat of Christ for the believer:

2Co 5:9  Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
2Co 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

To the unbeliever the Great White throne judgment:

Rev 20:11  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

We have to make our choice before we die the first death, to believe or to not believe.

To the believer when we next see Christ we will be like Him”

1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
1Jn 3:3  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

To the unbeliever when they next see Christ they will be cast into the burning lake of fire.

Rev 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The believer has:

1.) A sanctuary in Heaven.
2.) Our Father is in Heaven.
3.) Our Savior is in Heaven.
4.) Our citizenship is in Heaven.
5.) Our Treasures are in Heaven.
6.) Our HOPE is in Heaven.
7.) Heaven is our HOME!

The most important book for the unbeliever is the Lamb’s Book of Life.

The most important book to the believer is God’s Written Word, The Bible!

I built power lines for over 42 years. This is my field of expertise.

Brother Buddy is a builder of many things. This is his field of expertise.

Brother Robert is a mechanic. This is his field of expertise.

Our God is an expert in giving new life to all those who trust Him.

Salvation is His field of expertise!

How could we ever forsake Him?

Questions?

Lets Pray!

Jesus Christ, Our Mediator

Jesus Christ—Our Mediator

“God’s New Covenant”

Our Text: Book of Hebrews Chapter 8

What is a mediator?

This is a person who intervenes between two other persons.

Why do we need a mediator?

Human leaders such as Abraham and Moses mediated God’s will to the people of Israel and whoever would join them.

It is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who “Mediates God’s Will” [of our salvation] between God and all the human race but individually!

1Ti 2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Ti 2:6  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Sin interferes with our relationship with the Lord Our God. If not for the Lord Jesus Christ, [who is our mediator between us and Father God], then we could not know the truth of salvation.

We could have no relationship with Our God!

We could not know the truth!

If we did not know the truth then we could not be free!

Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall [make] you free.

Joh 8:36  If the Son therefore shall [make] you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Notice that word “Make”.

We are not “set” free!

To be set free would mean we could be captured again.

God set the Sun in it’s place!

God “set” the Moon and all the stars in their place!

God does not “set” a lost sinner  in place!

God “makes” every child of His to be free.

God “makes” a new creature, therefore Born Again”.

Isa 64:8  But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Jer 18:4  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

I sure am glad that Our Lord does not just throw the clay away!

Jesus Christ is God’s Superior High Priests and He “Mediates” a ministry based on a New Covenant which is much better than the Old Covenant of the Law!

*****Our Text:

Heb 8:1  Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
Heb 8:2  A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

The first thing we should remember about the work of Christ’s ministry is what we have already read:

Heb 7:25  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Our great High Priests lives to make intercession for all that call on His name!

We know that the right hand of God is a reference to God’s Almighty Power!

Now we see the main point and the most important point of the first seven chapters in this Book of Hebrews!

Jesus Christ is the Minister of a better Sanctuary!

Jesus Christ is the Minister of a better Covenant!

Jesus Christ “was” the better Sacrifice!

Jesus Christ “has” the better promises!

Jesus Christ “is” the Minister of the True Tabernacle!

If we think back to the Books of Moses, we know that the Earthly Tabernacle was made by the pattern of the tabernacle in Heaven.

Exo 25:8  And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
Exo 25:9  According to all that I shew thee, [after the pattern of the tabernacle], and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.

As Our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ presents to His Father the gifts of the spiritual sacrifices of the believer, including the sinners prayer.

He then can present the benefits of His sacrifice on behalf of every believer in anytime of need to the believer!

There will be a Second Coming of Our Lord!

In the clouds to Rapture, His Church!

1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Then sometime afterward, at least seven years, He will come to this Earth to rule by sitting on the throne of David!

Mat 25:31  When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Mat 25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

It was impossible for Christ Jesus to fulfill His Priestly function in a Tabernacle that was on this Earth!

By God’s own Word this was the function of the Aaron and his descendants.

Jesus Christ was not a priest in the order of Aaron!

Jesus Christ is a priests in the order of Melchizedek!

The “ministry” of Christ Jesus is built on the basis of His resurrected life!

His throne in Heaven is a fulfillment of prophesy!

Psa 110:1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Melchizedek was both priest and king.

Aaron was a priest who could never be king.

Jesus Christ ministers in the House built by God Himself!

Eph 1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Eph 1:20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Eph 1:21  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Jesus could only sit down because He had finished the work for our redemption!

*****Heb 8:3  For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
Heb 8:4  For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:

The title “high priest” was not an honorary title!

A high priest was ordained to serve others!

They were ordained to offer the gifts and the sacrifices that were brought to them by the sinful people.

These sacrifices could not be offered just anywhere!

Only in God’s appointed place could these things be done!

Jesus Christ then by logic had to have a sanctuary!

Jesus could not be high priest while on this earth because it would violate the truth of the Bible, the Laws of Moses.

The sanctuary of Our Lord then has to be in Heaven and not on Earth.

These are the only two places mentioned in creation. All the heavens were part of Earth’s creation.

Every high priest that came before Our True High Priest were all about ritual and ceremony. They were only a shadow and a pattern of the things that that Jesus brought.

When Jesus offered Himself on that cross there was nothing ritual nor ceremonial about it!

Jesus is not a symbol!

There was no ritual for Him to observe!

Jesus Christ was and is the fulfillment of all these things!

Jesus is the fulfillment of “all” Old Testament prophesy!

The Apostle John said:

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

*****Heb 8:5  Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.

We use the word “type” a lot. A “type” is an Old Testament picture of a New Testament truth!

In this verse we the word “pattern”. This is the Greek word “tupos” and this is where we get our English word “type”.

We can get that same understanding of “type” from the Hebrew word “tabnith” from the Old Testament.

When we studied the Book of Exodus we learned that every piece of material, every color, and every construction technique use in the design of the tabernacle was actually a “type’ Of Christ!

The Candlestick in “type”–Jesus the Light Of The World.

The table where the Shewbread was placed was in “type”–Jesus the Bread Of Life.

The golden alter was in “type”—Jesus Our Great Intercessor.

The Laws of Moses them selves were in “type”—Jesus is the only One to have ever kept the Law, so He is the fulfillment of the Law.

The Manna was in “type”–the Bread of Life Today.

Aaron’s Rod was in “type”—The Resurrection.

We could go on an on but the Tabernacle and all things of the Tabernacle were in fact “A Pattern” of the things of Heaven and “types” of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

The entire Jewish worship system, as given by Moses is in fact only a “type” or a pattern, a shadow of the Heavenly things and the true Tabernacle, not built by hands but built by God Himself!

We need the reality of Jesus in our lives daily!

Christianity is not another religion, Christianity is just the TRUTH!

*****Heb 8:6  But now hath [he obtained a more excellent ministry], by how much also [he is the mediator of a better covenant], which was established upon [better promises].

For all those that think they can lose their salvation, God placed this verse in the Bible.

The New Testament we have written down for us by the Holy Spirit, is our copy of the New Covenant that God makes with each of us individually.

It is more excellent and it is Better, Better, Better than anything of the Old Testament, the Old Covenant!

We have a better High Priest.

We have a better  Sacrifice.

We have a better Tabernacle.

The Mosaic Covenant brought obedience through the fear of God!

The New Covenant brings a Covenant of Grace and Mercy to those that come with a willing heart and a willing mind!

Jesus Christ is not only the Mediator of the New Covenant, “He Is Also The One Who Guarantees The Truth Of It”!

We are not only saved but we have an intercessor, a mediator, and a guarantor, to keep us that way!

Jesus truly stands in the middle between God and man!

There would not be a new covenant if the old one could do these things.

These Jewish believers knew that such a covenant was to come:

*****Heb 8:7  [For if that first covenant had been faultless], then should no place have been sought for the second.
Heb 8:8  [For finding fault with them], he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

We should not think that there was a problem with any covenant of God. Verse 8 plainly states that the problem was with them, the people, and not the covenant itself!

There has never been anything wrong with God’s Law!

The problem is always you and I!

No one has ever been able to keep the Law!

We simply cannot measure up to the requirements of the Law!

The announcement of this New Covenant is based on the prophesy of Jeremiah:

Jer 31:31  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Jer 31:32  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
Jer 31:33  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Jer 31:34  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

This promise to Israel has not been fulfilled at this time but will happen during the seven year tribulation period.

So we are not confused Jesus Christ announced the New Covenant on the night of the Lord’s Supper!

Luk 22:15  And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
Luk 22:16  For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
Luk 22:17  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
Luk 22:18  For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
Luk 22:19  And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
Luk 22:20  Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, [This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you].

This New Covenant became effective with the crucifixion of Our Lord and is now our guide for Christianity and the Church!

These Hebrew  believers needed to turn to this New Covenant through the Blood of Jesus.

The New Covenant spoken by Jeremiah was for the “house of Israel” and “the house of Judah”.

Israel will be restored which is the prophesy of the Millennial Kingdom!

Everyone saved in this time of “Grace” are to worship and serve God under “the covenant of Blood”.

*****Heb 8:9  [Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers] in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; [because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord].

We can immediately see that this New Covenant is not a continuation of the Old Covenant, which was the Law!

The New Covenant REPLACES the Old Covenant!

God’s New Covenant does not depend on Man’s faithfulness!

God’s New Covenant depends only on God’s faithfulness to His Promises!

The phrase “I regarded them not” simply means God ceased to care for them. This same Greek word is used six times in the New Testament and it means to neglect, to take lightly, to be made light of, negligent, and regarded them not in our verse.

When God removes His caring hands from any nation as He did to Israel, they became wicked. In fact they became so wicked that they crucified Our Lord who was innocent of any wrong.

I believe we can see that God has the same feelings for America because the proof is what we see.

America is becoming more and more wicked and Americans are becoming more and more tolerant of this wickedness, even turning a blind eye to what is happening to the land we love.

*****Heb 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

The Law of Moses provided God’s standard for a righteous life but it did not provide the power of obedience.

Sinful people need a new heart!

Sinful people need to be “Born Again”

Every sinner, and we are all sinners, that trust the Lord will receive a new divine nature:

2Pe 1:3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2Pe 1:4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: [that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature], having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

What does the old nature look like?

Tit 3:3  For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

Those old laws were written on stone!

God’s new covenant is written in the hearts and the minds of every believer!

God’s “grace” makes it possible for an internal transformation so we can be more like Jesus!

In the new covenant it is not the obedience to the old laws of Moses which we put so much effort into but it is by yielding to the Holy Spirit, who abides in every believer, that will make us righteous in the eyes of God!

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Rom 8:4  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

*****Heb 8:11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
Heb 8:12  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, [and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more].

The Laws of Moses, including the Ten Commandments, cannot bring forgiveness!

They are simply our standard to live by!

Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

It is only through the sacrificial blood of Jesus that forgiveness can come!

Not Mohammed’s blood.

Not Buddha’s blood.

Not any man’s blood but Christ Jesus, The Son of God!

And surely not the blood of any animal!

Act 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, [which he hath purchased with his own blood].

Only the blood of God Himself!

What does it mean that God “remembers our sin no more”?

This does not mean that Our Powerful God can forget, because that is simply not true!

If God forgot anything then He would not be God!

God recalls everything we have done, in fact He writes down everything we have done!

Psa 56:8  Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: [are they not in thy book?]

These things are written down but God will blot them out. This does not mean they erased but He will not see them anymore.

Isa 43:25  I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

Why?

For God’s sake, it is necessary for redemption!

Isa 44:22  I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.

Once our sin is forgiven, it will never brought up before us again!

If only we could forgive like our Lord God forgives!

God sees only “Grace” and “Mercy” where our sins used to be!

This matter of sin is settled eternally!

*****Heb 8:13  In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

God has replaced the old with the new!

Shortly after this Book was written the Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed.

The Jews had no Temple to worship in. They had no Temple for their sacrifices.

They had no priests to perform the rituals of forgiveness.

Their system of worship had grown old and had vanished away. God had shown Israel in “type” the things He had taught them in this Book of Hebrews.

This again is prophesy fulfilled:

Hos 3:4  For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:

It is only after these things that Israel can be restored:

Hos 3:5  Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.

This can only happen in the New Covenant!

This New Covenant is of such a high quality that it can never be replaced!

There can never be salvation by the Laws of Moses!

Legalism in our places of worship are hindering the growth of the Church!

We cannot remain “Babes in Christ” and do the work that Jesus has commanded us to do!

Missions are already suffering because we do not as hunger for the Word of God and remain as “babes”!

We cannot control what happens anywhere else but we are obligated to The Lord Jesus Christ to do what is right in this House where He has placed us!

Questions?

Let’s Pray!

Jesus Christ, Our Great High Priest

Jesus Christ—–Our High Priest

Text: Book of Hebrews Chapter 7

As we study this Book of Hebrews we should not forget the Lord has a purpose for every word of this Bible.

These Hebrew believers, when converted to Christianity were suffering much persecution not only from the world but from their own old friends and family.

That’s the reason Jesus says He will be our friend and we can be in His family!

They had lost all their property and suffered public ridicule because of their faith!

That’s the reason Jesus says to earn the things of Heaven that can never be lost!

It is a fact that many of them were discouraged!

We must all realize that Our Lord Jesus Christ is alive today.

Jesus died BUT He arose from the dead and He is now in His greatest ministry!

Jesus Christ has been shown to be superior to all the doctrine of the Old Testament because He is the fulfillment of the Old Testament.

He is superior to the prophets.

He is superior to the angels.

He is superior to Moses.

He is superior to Aaron.

Jesus Christ is at the heart of the doctrine of this Book of Hebrews.

The entire Bible was given to us to show the superiority of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is the Bible that separates Christianity from all religions.

Christianity is not a religion, IT IS SIMPLY THE TRUTH!

Jesus was sinless and therefore able to pay our sin debt!

Jesus is now in the presence of Our Father to intercede on our behalf!

Jesus will endure forever, so we can endure forever!

Jesus is Holy, Jesus is Innocent, Jesus is undefiled, Jesus is separate from all sin, Jesus is exalted to Heaven, and Jesus is our High Priest!

As our permanent High Priest, who also was made the propitiation of our sin, Jesus has shown us that He will always be a part of each believer!

Our Savior is alive, no religion can makes this claim!

There is no other sacrifice that Jesus will make for our sin!

There is only judgment that will come from being disobedient to His Words!

Jesus Christ provides a complete salvation!

This group of Hebrew believers had to decide how this Book of Hebrews was going to affect their lives and we should also.

Our Text:

Heb 7:1 [For] this Melchisedec, [king of Salem, priest of the most high God], who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

The word “for” reminds us of Hebrews 6:20:

Heb 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

We have seen many “types” in our study of the Bible and Melchisedec is another “type” of Christ for us to learn from.

It was way back in the Book of Genesis where we met this Melchisedec:

Gen 14:18 And Melchizedek [king of Salem] brought forth bread and wine: and [he was the priest of the most high God].

In the Old Testament, in the time of kings, the Throne of the King of Israel and the Levitical Priesthood were separated.

In fact no Israelite ever held the position of King-Priest!

No one but a descendant of Levi in particularly Aaron, could hold the office of the Levitical order of High Priest!

Abraham had been called of God to leave his home in what is now Iraq. It was full of pagan worship then and it is still full of false religion in our day.

Abraham was sent to look for a city that was built by The Lord!

Abraham was not sent to look for a city built by Allah!

Abraham would never have met Melchisedec had he not obeyed the Lord!

Not one of us will ever come to know the King of Kings, and the Prince of Peace, The Lord Jesus Christ, until we are willing to leave all pagan vain religions and all the bondage of our sinful past.

We should also note that this meeting with Melchisedec occurred as Abraham was returning from the defence of his family

God expects us to defend our families from those of this evil world that would cause us harm!

AND, We see that Melchisedec was not some counterfeit priest!

Melchisedec was truly a priest of the Most High God and he fulfilled his duties as a priest in the city of Salem at that time!

*****Heb 7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

We can see that “tithing” was in place for at least 500 years before the Law of Moses!

Tithing then is not a law BUT it is a principle of God!

God provides 100% our needs and only requires ten percent in return to Him!

The word “tithe” means a tenth!

The Bible states that Melchisedec was a King of Peace!

Melchisedec was a King of Righteousness!

Melchisedec was truly a Priests of the Most High God!

SO, What is the meaning of the name Melchisedec!

1.) The Hebrew word “Melek”, which means “king”

2.) The Hebrew word “tsedek” which means “righteousness”

So the name Melchisedek means King of Righteousness.

The Prophet Jeremiah wrote these words to Israel:

Jer 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

The prophet Isaiah wrote these words:

Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

All these things will be fulfilled at the Second Coming of Our Lord!

For He is the true King of Righteousness!

For He is the true King of Peace!

For He is truly our Great High Priest of the Most High God!

In the Book of Genesis it says that when Melchisedec came to Abraham, he also brought bread and wine.

The Bible says of Jesus in the Book of Mark:

Mar 14:22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.
Mar 14:23 And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
Mar 14:24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.

We can see again that there so many things we can learn from the Old Testament.

BUT, There are only three verses about Melchisedec in the Old Testament.

SO, Every Word of God is important!

*****Heb 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
Heb 7:4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.

Melchisedec was just a man but we have no record of a father or mother but he had to have a father and a mother!

There is no record of his genealogy!

There is no record of his birth nor his death!

We know that almost all great men of the Bible have a written record of their birth and their death!

AND, It was especially important for a priest to prove his ancestry.

It is not that Melchisedec did not have these things, it is that we have no written record of these things!

Melchisedec was not an angel!

He was real man, who was a real king, and who was a real priest of the Most High God!

This is the picture or a “type” of what we should see in our Great High Priest!

Jesus Christ did die BUT That cross was not His ending because He arose from that death and lives eternally!

When these things are applied to this message to these Hebrew believers, neither Aaron nor his descendants could claim to have an endless ministry!

They could also never claim to be King and Priest!

There is only one who could fulfill all these things and His name is Jesus, a name above all other names.

The Only Begotten Son of God!

In the words of Jesus:

Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

*****Heb 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:

The Jewish people believe strongly in “racial solidarity”.

They were taught this by the Word of God.

Aaron and his descendants had not yet been born but would truly be formed in the loins of Abraham.

So, if Abraham acknowledged Melchisedec then they should have too.

If Abraham paid tithes then they should not object to paying tithes to the Priests of God.

Our Lord Jesus existed before the time of Abraham so this did not involve Him except to note that in His flesh He was of the line of Abraham:

Jesus said:

Joh 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
Joh 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
Joh 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, [I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am].

*****Heb 7:6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, [and blessed him that had the promises].
Heb 7:7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.

Melchisedec was not from the line of Abraham and could not have come from the tribe Levi!

Melchisedec was truly a Gentile who was a king and priest of the Most High God!

We also see here that it was Melchisedek that blesses Abraham!

BUT, We need to realize that this Book of Hebrews is not comparing Melchisedec with the person of Christ Jesus!

IT IS, comparing Melchisedec in his role as priest only!

The point to be made here is that Melchisedec in his role as king-priest was in fact superior to the Levitical Priesthood of Aaron and his descendants.

The Priesthood of Our Lord Jesus is much greater than the priesthood of Aaron and his descendants AND, it is also eternal!

Abraham brought tithes to this man and received a blessing but he also received things to meet his needs, the wine and the bread!

These things also have a deeper spiritual meaning that we will have to take up at some other time!

We should also see that blessings do come to those that obey the Lord in tithing to the church!

*****Heb 7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
Heb 7:9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
Heb 7:10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.

Levitical tithing was based on a legal obligation under the law BUT here we see that Abraham’s act of tithing was voluntary and spontaneous.

The Levitical priesthood was supported by God’s people by law.

The Church is to be supported by God’s people!

This Melchisedec had no rights under the law to receive tithes. So Abraham’s actions puts Melchisedek’s type of priesthood on another level from the priesthood of Aaron.

The Levitical priesthood did not bring blessings.

The Levitical priesthood never brought perfection.

The Levitical priesthood never gave redemption or acceptance of God to the people.

God blessed Israel because of the promises He made to Abraham!

AND, Because there was a New Covenant there also had to be a New Priesthood!

Melchisedec was a “type” of that new priesthood.

AND, Here again as a “type” of Christ, as we receive blessings because of the promises of God and those blessings are from His eternal High Priest!

*****Heb 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

It should be understood that God would not begin a new priesthood without terminating the old priesthood.

God will not ever continue in a system that does not bring perfection!

For the old Levitical priesthood to be abolished, the foundation which was the law had to be replaced!

The covenant made with Moses at Sinai was a conditional covenant!

The teaching, that salvation depends on our ability to keep a set of rules are called by the Bible, moral commands, that can never bring us spiritual maturity!

We know that The Lord Jesus came from the tribe of Judah not the priestly tribe of Levi so the priesthood had to be changed!

*****Heb 7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,

Since Jesus came from the family of David, the tribe of Judah, it would have been impossible for him to assume the office of a Levitical priest!

If Jesus Christ is to be a priest it would have to be a different order and this is why He was appointed by His Father as a priest in order of Melchisedec and not in order of Aaron!

*****Heb 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
Heb 7:17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Jesus Christ became a priest by His resurrection from the dead and His ascension back to Heaven.

Jesus Christ has an endless life!

The order which Christ was appointed will never be terminated!

If it cannot be terminated then it must be superior to what was before it!

The Scripture points out that this is also a fulfillment of prophecy!

Psa 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Scriptures point out that today we should not attempt to draw near to God by the old and temporary and unprofitable ways of the Law but through the “new order” instituted by Christ’s appointment as High Priest!

That New Order is by “Grace”!

The law could make nothing perfect!

BUT, Jesus is the perfect priest!

God has taken us out of Adam and put us in Christ:

2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

We are no longer joined to the sin of Adam but are joined to a sinless living Christ!

*****Heb 7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
Heb 7:23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
Heb 7:24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.

Got not only fulfilled prophecy but he made an oath!

No priest in order of Aaron was ever ordained and established on the basis of God’s personal oath!

Jesus Christ’s heavenly priesthood was established by his work on the cross!

The word surety in verse 22, means that the terms of this agreement will be carried out!

Jesus Christ is God’s surety!

1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Ti 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

In verse 22 we also see the word “testament”. This word is usually translated “covenant” but here it is used as the equivalent to a last will and testament.

God changed the priesthood because:

1.) The priesthood and the law were not perfect.

2.) This priesthood could not continue forever.

3.) God had sworn by an “oath” that there would be a new priesthood!

4.) AND, God always does what He says He will do!

The Levitical priesthood was always interrupted by the death of the High Priest.

The Church has only One High Priest and He will live forever!

The Bible says, Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever!

*****Heb 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost [that come unto God by him], (seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them).

The Lord Jesus Christ is not dead, but He Is Alive!

He is not Jesus that was on this Earth!

He is Our Great High Priests that sits at the right hand of God!

That sin-free body of flesh has passed away in payment for our sins!

It is the “Lord of Glory” that is now alive and interceding for those that know Him as God!

He died down here on Earth to save us BUT He Lives In Heaven To Keep Us Saved!

It is because He is alive that He can keep on saving us!

Intercession means Intervention!

Jesus Christ, Our High Priest, intervenes on our behalf while He is face to face with God!

Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, [much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life]

1Jn 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. [And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous]:

God knows we are still in this flesh and are still sinners but everything Jesus does is right and we are saved by His Life AND NOT BY OUR OWN LIFE!

Jesus sits at God’s right hand and He says:

Isa 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Heb 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

When we are “saved to the uttermost”, how can we ever believe we could loose such a salvation that we have no control over!

Jesus Christ can save any sinner, from any condition AND He saves completely, and forever, whosoever will put their trust in Him!

1.) We do not need an intercessor because God is still angry with us!

2.) The Father and The Son are in complete agreement with the plan of salvation!

3.) Jesus is not continuously offering up prayers because of our weakness!

4.) Jesus is not continuously offering a blood sacrifice, that work was completed on the cross!

5.) Our Lord Jesus Christ is our representative at the throne of God to receive our spiritual sacrifices that are offered up to Him!

1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, [to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ].

This is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ!

*****Heb 7:26 For such an high priest [became us], who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
Heb 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, [when he offered up himself].

Jesus [became us] because He knew this was what we needed to be saved!

We must also be “holy” to be in a relationship with God!

We must also be “harmless” to be free from all sin!

We must also be “free from immorality”!

We must also be “separate from all sinners”!

We could not do any of these things, so Jesus became us, and He does these things for us!

Christ Jesus took our place so that we can live!

Christ Jesus did not need to offer up anything for His own sin because He had no sin!

If Jesus had left anything off that had to be done, He would return to do that thing but He needed to sacrifice Himself only one time!

Jesus met all our needs then and He still meets all our needs!

We had to have a Priest like Jesus!

We still sin every day!

We need spiritual help every day!

Jesus gives us the “Grace” and “Mercy” we need because we are still sinners!

1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

*****Heb 7:28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

How could we ever turn away from such a great High Priest!

Our High Priest can be reached at any moment to meet our needs!

He is always there to help us!

He always understands what we are going through!

He has all the answers to our questions because He is the answer to all our problems!

Thank you Jesus for doing what I could not do!

Questions?

Let’s Pray!

Jesus Christ, The Forerunner

JESUS CHRIST, THE FORERUNNER

Text: Book of Hebrews Chapter 6

We as believers who want to become Christians must understand the message of the Book of Hebrews!
A believer is one that understands that salvation can only come through the work of Jesus Christ.

There is no salvation without being “Born Again” and being washed in the “Blood of Jesus”.

This is more than just knowing about Jesus!

This is accepting the facts of Jesus, the Son of God!

To be a Christian is to be like Jesus Christ!

To be a Christian is to do the things that Jesus did and what He still does!

In fact Jesus said:

Joh 5:19  Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, [but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise].

It is a fact that Jesus, the Son of God said He did the things that His Father did!

If we want to know where to begin to serve Our Lord and look like a Christian then, wherever we see God working we need to join in!

Ask Brother Buddy why he goes to Hope Children’s Home and you will find out that he sees that God is working in this place and he wants to be a part of that work.

This is where the heart of a Missionary has to begin!

Right here in this church, we can see places where God is working. These are the places we need to join in and be a part of!

This is what Jesus is teaching us all to do. See where God is working and be a part of that work!

This Book of Hebrews makes it very clear to the early Jewish believers that Christianity is “So Much Superior” to their own old religion of Judaism.

Remember they already knew God! They had accepted the Almighty God as the Creator. They had given Him many names such as Jehovah-Jireh, The Lord who provides.

But, They had rejected the teaching of the Holy Spirit and totally rejected the fact that Christ Jesus was truly the Messiah!

This Book of Hebrews is to teach us all that when Jesus came to this Earth it was to begin a new order of worship and a new order of service which is now called Christianity because we are all to do the things that Jesus did!

We cannot become lazy after we are saved!

In Chapter 5 we saw the warning of becoming dull in hearing the Word of God.

In this Chapter 6 we will see that there is a great danger of going back to the old ways.

To those early Jewish believers they had learned the baby things of Judaism and it was now time for them to “Grow up in Christ Jesus”!

No one can escape coming into this world as a baby! This is the only way to get here!

BUT, Every parent wants to see that baby mature and become an adult!

God has that very same desire for all of us!

*****Our text:

Heb 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, [let us go on unto perfection;] not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

That word “therefore” means from what we have learned in the previous 5 chapters of the beginning of Christ.

In other words since we have this great foundation it is time to build upon it!

It is now  time to prepare for that trip through the wilderness of this world and on to that throne in Heaven!

We cannot spend our whole Christian life building on the foundation!

We must become mature Christians to be of any use to the Lord!

This writer list 6 foundational facts learned from the Old Testament:

1.) A repentance from dead works.
2.) Faith toward God.
3.) A doctrine of baptisms.
4.) The laying on of hands.
5.) The resurrection of the dead.
6.) Eternal judgment.

Those dead works were the works of the Laws of Moses!

No one could keep those old laws and it was foolish to try to believe those laws brought salvation when they had to continuously repent for breaking them.

The writer said this was baby stuff!

This is why all legalist are babes in Christ!

The Old Testament taught “faith toward God” so just to say you believe in God doesn’t mean you have progressed in your walk with God.

This only shows you are a babe in Christ!

The Old Testament had rituals to present a faith by approaching God through the sacrifices and not through the High Priest. The Old Testament High Priest really only presented the sacrifices as we have already studied!

That phrase “let us go” really means “let us move forward”.

If we are standing still in our relationship with God we are still going backwards!

*****Heb 6:2  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

The Old Testament “doctrines of of baptisms” “or washings” has nothing to do with New Testament Baptism!

This is only referring to the ritual washings of the Laws of Moses by the priests!

Christian baptism is showing our new relationship with the death, the burial and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

There was an Old Testament ritual of “laying on of the hands”. When a man brought an animal in to be sacrificed, he laid his hands on the head of that animal which signified that he identified with that animal and that animal was taking his place on that altar!

In the Church the laying on of the hands simply means we are all want to share in a burden or blessing of one of our brothers or sisters or we all want to share in one who is set apart for the ministry.

The laying on of hands in both The New and The Old Testaments have never been about some power of God flowing from one person to another!

The “resurrection of the dead” was taught in the Old Testament but now they needed to realize the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the the living eternal Son of God.

All those that where resurrected in the Old and the New Testament had to die again!

Eternal judgment is taught throughout the Bible!

*****Heb 6:3  And this will we do, if God permit.

Knowing all these things it is time to move on to the real meat of the Bible!

*****Heb 6:4  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
Heb 6:5  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
Heb 6:6  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
Heb 6:7  For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
Heb 6:8  But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
Heb 6:9  But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

These verses have caused many a reader of the Book of Hebrews to worry unnecessarily and have caused many a babe in Christ much concern!

These verses are also miss-applied by many a preacher as a means to frighten those that are still babes!

It is verse nine that is the key to this passage!

We must not think that this Book of Hebrews was written to believers who had lost their salvation.

This is impossible!

The only thing we did in salvation was provide God a sinner to be saved.

It is by the Work of Jesus we are saved and in is by the Work of Jesus that keeps us saved!

We cannot cause changes to this plan of God. It is His plan of salvation and we cannot change His plan!

There are to many people who are not sure of their salvation and therefore they have miserable lives.

This is another lesson we should learn from this Book of Hebrews, HOW TO AVOID THIS MISERY!

Rom 8:1  [There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus], who walk not after the flesh, [but after the Spirit].
Rom 8:2  [For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death].

To believe you can lose you salvation means you have to throw this scripture along with many others out of the Bible!

And also this one:

Rom 8:33  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is God that justifieth].

To believe you can lose you salvation after being saved by the power of God is the same as saying Our God is a liar!

And Our God Has No Power!

Rom 8:34  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

What do we do with this entire passage that was inspired by the Holy Spirit to the Apostle Paul?

There is absolutely nothing that can separate us from God, once we know Him as our Savior!

Those that teach that we can loose our salvation teach also that we can be restored!

This passage in the Book of Hebrews says that if salvation could be lost it certainly could never be restored!

So the Bible contradicts all the teachings of loosing your salvation!

The only thing we can do is be sure we understand where our salvation comes from and that is by the Blood of Jesus!

We need to listen to the Words of Jesus just as this Book of Hebrews tells us:

Joh 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Joh 10:28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Joh 10:29  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and [no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand].

When we are saved it is the gift of eternal life that comes with the promise.

It is not eternal if it can be lost!

It is My God who has my salvation in His hands and I have no control of it anymore!

These believers in the Book of Hebrews are babes in Christ and God wants us all to be “Teachers”!

It is impossible to enter into Heaven by any means except through the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is Jesus that is the door to Salvation!

He is not just the door way but He is the actual door!

Joh 10:7  Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
Joh 10:8  All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
Joh 10:9  [I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

What we should believe from this passage in Hebrews is that it is about rewards after salvation and not about salvation it self!

The Bible says:

1Co 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1Co 3:12  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

To fall away is to stumble. We will all stumble in our walk with Christ.! It is not so much that we will stumble, but IT IS “will we get back up and repent and go on serving the Lord with all our heart!

We must not ever quit on God because He will never quit on us!

*****Heb 6:10  For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

God promises in the Gospels that not even one cup of water given to some one in His name will go unrewarded!

Every tract that is sent out, Every testimony that is given giving God the Glory, Every offering made in His name, Every time you have tried to teach others about the Bible and to a Preacher, every sermon that is preached in truth, God will not ever forget!

God is not unrighteous to forget any good work that comes after our salvation!

This would be a fault in a Righteous God and Our God has no faults!

God can see into our hearts and He knows the intent of everything we do! If our hearts are sincere, we can be sure a reward will be waiting in Heaven!

Anyone that is truly saved will want to please Our Father in Heaven!

Every man woman and child that has been forgiven of their sin and adopted into the family of God will have the kind of works that will accompany their salvation.

The only work to do for salvation is to believe!

After salvation there is a work for every one of us and it begins with serving God’s people!

The Bible tells us:

1Th 1:3  Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
1Th 1:4  Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

*****Heb 6:11  And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
Heb 6:12  That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Even though God watches over each and everyone of us and provides our needs and will cause each and every one of us to become mature Christians, WE MUST DO OUR PART!

We must apply ourselves to the work God has given to each of us!

“Diligence” means to have a constant effort to accomplish the work of God!

“Diligence” means God does not have partime workers, we have a full time job in the Lord!

The wages of sin is death [But the wages of our labor of love after salvation is not only to inherit the promises of God but to be rewarded for doing so]!

The Apostle Paul said:

2Ti 4:7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
2Ti 4:8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, [but unto all them also that love his appearing].

*****Heb 6:13  For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
Heb 6:14  Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
Heb 6:15  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

What was God’s great promise to Abraham?

Gen 22:16  And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
Gen 22:17  That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
Gen 22:18  [And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice].

Most of God’s promises do not depend on our character or our motives but they do depend more on our “faithfulness”!

Every saved child of God has even greater promises than Abraham!

The only thing that holds us all back is that we do not “diligently” apply ourselves to maturing in our spiritual life!

When we ignore church fellowship, and we ignore our Bibles, and we forget to pray as we should we are never going to be mature Christians!

*****Heb 6:16  For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
Heb 6:17  Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

God not only made this promise to Abraham but He also confirmed it with an oath!

God not only did this for Abraham, God gave His oath to all the heirs of Abraham’s promise!

Every Born Again child of God is included in the promise to Abraham!

The Bible says:

Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Our  assurance of salvation is guaranteed by God’s promise and God’s oath!

*****Heb 6:18  That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

We can see that the Book of Hebrews was not only written to encourage those early Jewish believers but also to encourage every believer!

In the Old Testament, those that fled to the cities of refuge had hope that they would not die!

We must all flee to Jesus Christ who is our eternal refuge!

He is our eternal High Priest because He is our eternal Savior!

Because He is Eternal we have eternal salvation!

Not one of Satan’s avengers nor Satan himself can touch a child of God!

*****Heb 6:19  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
Heb 6:20  Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

When Christ Jesus ascended back to Heaven, He became our High Priest.

As High Priest before God, He has become as an anchor of a mighty ship.

BUT< Our spiritual anchor is different from any ship’s anchor:

Our anchor is anchored in Heaven and that is upward and not downward! Praise the Lord!

We are anchored not to stand still but to move forward! Praise the Lord!

Our anchor is a sure, it cannot break and it will hold! Praise the Lord!

And to top it all off,  Our Savior is our Forerunner, who has gone ahead before us so that one day we can follow Him!

But we can now also go boldly before the throne of God because Our High Priest has passed inside the veil, into the throne room of God Himself!

If we will just anchor our selves to Our Savior, we will never drift into the shallow waters of this world and be destroyed!

When our foundation is laid on the Rock of our Salvation it is Eternal and it is Permanent!

For our house to grow we must not ignore our spiritual growth!

We must be busy about the work of the Lord!

Questions?

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Jesus Christ, Greater Than Aaron

Jesus Christ, Greater Than Aaron

Text: Book of Hebrews Chapter Five

In the Old Testament, the ministry of the Priest was to be a go-between between man and God.

In the New Testament church there is no such office!

In the Church there are only two biblical offices.

1.) That of the Pastor.
2.) That of the Deacon.

There is no place in the Church for any kind of priesthood!

The New Covenant of Our Lord teaches we that are saved by the grace of God in what the Bible says Is The Individual Priesthood Of Every Believer!

This means that every believer can boldly approach the throne of God without any man on this earth as a go between!

We have no need of a go-between because we have Our Mediator in Heaven, who is Our Risen Savior, Jesus Christ!

Christ Jesus has the threefold office of Prophet, Priest, and King!

And since the words of Christ Jesus are God’s final Word to mankind, NO MAN on his own or with the help of others, can appoint himself to be a priest, a pastor or a deacon!

In the Old Testament and under that covenant, Aaron was chosen by God to be the High Priest and he was duly ordained and installed into that office.

The main task of the Old Testament priests was at the altar!

If the sacrifices were not offered in the right place, and by the right person, they were not accepted of God!

Jesus Christ is our Great High Priest to the Church!

He offered the right sacrifice, at the right place and at the right time!

“Every believer is now a priest” just as those of the tribe of Levi were God’s priesthood, before the true High Priest, Christ Jesus came!

1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Our salvation is not based any ritual or by any priesthood!

Our salvation is not based on any emotional response to praise and worship!

Our salvation is based on the truth of the Written Word of God and His promises and these came through Jesus Christ!

Jesus Christ is the final Word of God!

AND, The Priesthood of Christ Jesus is much greater than the priesthood of Aaron!

*****Heb 5:1  For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

What is the definition of the priest?

This verse says that every High Priest must be a man. He must represent man to God. He is ordained for man in things that pertain to God. Because he goes before God, he must be acceptable to God!

Therefore a High Priest must be:

1.) Taken from among men.

2.) They are ordained for men.

3.) They go to God for men.

There is a great difference between a priest and a prophet!

A priest represents man before God!

A prophet goes from God to man to bring God’s message!

In the Old Testament the Priest did not tell men what God had to say!

This was what the Prophet did!

Today, Jesus Christ is the only priest and there can be no more!

The priesthood of Jesus is for the believer and not for those that are lost!

Jesus represents those that are saved before God!

1Jn 2:1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Jesus died and paid the price for every sin BUT He is High Priest only to the saved believer!

When our enemy Satan accuses us before God when we fail Him, The Lord Jesus Christ comes to our defence!

I would be a foolish man to depend on some so-called priests of this world!

And so is every believer!

We can see that the priests could offer both gifts and sacrifices.

Aaron offered only animal sacrifices!

Christ Jesus offered Himself!

There will never be another sacrifice needed and there will never be another priest needed!

*****Heb 5:2  Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.

Here are the words of Jesus:

Joh 8:46  Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

Those disciples that followed Jesus would have known if He was telling the truth. They would have known if Jesus had done something that was against the Laws of Moses.

No other man on this Earth could say these words in truth!

Pro 14:12  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, [but the end thereof are the ways of death].

Even when we think we are doing everything right, we are probably not doing some things we should be doing!

Isa 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; [and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all].

Because all sheep go astray we must realize that we will also go astray from time to time!

Aaron had sin, and blood had to be shed to cover his sin.

Jesus Christ is able to show mercy!

He neither condones sin nor will He condemn the sinner!

When we approach God with our confession of our sins, He will not lecture us!

He will not tell us to do better next time!

Our High Priest will just extend His mercy to us!

1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

*****Heb 5:3  And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

Now we see Aaron could not do the things Christ Jesus did!

Aaron had to make a sacrifice for himself before he could sacrifice for any other person.

Jesus Christ did not have to make an offering for Himself so He made an offering for all of us!

Aaron had to make a sacrifice for himself and for all the people once every year on the day of  “atonement”.

Even then those sacrifices could only cover up those sins, those sins were not forgiven!

Only by the sacrifice of the spotless Lamb of God can sin be cleansed and removed!

*****Heb 5:4  And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

No man can appoint himself to be priest!

Some try but they do not know the Word of God!

Under the Law given by Moses the High Priests had to lead the people in the things of God!

God chose Aaron to be High Priests and once this office was established, it became a hereditary position which passed from Aaron to his oldest son and was to continue this way until the Messiah came!

But after the Romans controlled Israel the office of High Priest became a political issue and was appointed through acts of wealth and power and submission to the throne of Rome!

The Romans appointed whomever they chose to fill that position!

The Romans allowed the Jewish worship system but only under governmental control!

The Chinese government and some others do this same thing in our day!

God was clear, the priesthood was to be Aaron and passed down through that family. This way these Jews knew exactly who would be the next High Priest and that person would serve until their death!

*****Heb 5:5  So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.

Again we see that Our Lord Jesus was not begotten in Bethlehem!

Jesus Christ the Son was begotten at the Garden Tomb where He was buried after His crucifixion.

This is where His resurrection took place and this is the day He was begotten!

Forty days later, when Christ Jesus went back to Heaven was when His High Priesthood began!

The priesthood of the believer does not begin until being “Born Again”!

This is unchangeable and this is the fact of the Word of God!

*****Heb 5:6  As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

It is a fact that the Messiah was not to come from the line of the priesthood through Aaron!

Jesus Christ was not High Priest in the order of Aaron!

This does not mean that Aaron is not a “type” of Christ in his duties!

Aaron was just a servant chosen of God But Christ Jesus is the Son of God!

Who is Melchisedec?

The only historical record we have of Melchisedec is in the Old Testament.

Gen 14:18  And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

Melchisedek, is a “type” of Christ as King-Priest!

Melchisedek was at one time, man, priest, and king.

Melchisedek was not in the family of Abraham!

Israel took great pride in saying they were descendants of Abraham.

BUT, God chose His only begotten Son above all others to be High Priest and King.

It is by Him we can approach the Father! .

We should never attempt to go to God without going through His Son and we cannot expect any favor of God since any favor of God can only come through the merits of His Son!

As a “type” of Christ, Melchisedek has no record in the Bible of his beginning nor of his ending.

It is these facts that make him a “type” of the eternal Son of God!

AS king of Salem, Salem meaning peace, he was king of peace!

Christ Jesus is the Only One who is the universal King and High Priest!

Jesus Christ is truly the King of Peace and the King of Righteousness!

This was also a fulfillment of the prophesy of the Book of Psalms!

Psa 110:4  The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

*****Heb 5:7  Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications [with strong crying and tears] unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

We know that this verse is speaking of the Jesus, the Son of God, when it says “in the days of His flesh”.

The Bible records three times that Jesus shed tears in His crying:

1.) Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus:

Joh 11:34  And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
Joh 11:35  Jesus wept.

2.) Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem:

Mat 23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Mat 23:38  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

3.) Jesus wept in the Garden of Gethsemane:

Luk 22:41  And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
Luk 22:42  Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

The truth is that Jesus shed tears for us many more times than we can know!

Psa 22:2  O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

***** Heb 5:8  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
Heb 5:9  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Jesus Christ was made complete and made full and made perfect by the things He suffered while in the flesh.

Not because He was not already perfect but He became the perfect sacrifice by being obedient and learning from the things He had suffered.

Not everything Jesus suffered came from the cross!

He suffered rejection and ridicule among many other things for at least three years before the cross!

What did people ask Jesus about how to get saved?

Joh 6:28  Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

AND, What was Jesus’s answer?

Joh 6:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, [This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent].

There is no simpler answer to give anyone that ask this same question!

The only work we need to do to be saved is to believe on The Lord Jesus Christ!

This is where Satan will always lead his attack!

2Co 11:3  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted [from the simplicity that is in Christ].

The theme of this chapter in the Book of Hebrews is “Jesus Christ superior to Aaron”, the God appointed High Priest!

Jesus Christ as the Son of God was already perfect!

I believe we can see that through the suffering He had before the cross, through the suffering He had on the cross, through the suffering of loosing fellowship with The Father, and by freely being that sacrifice for all our sin, Jesus Christ became the perfect High Priest to be our go-between of us and Our Father in Heaven.

There can be no greater “Advocate” between man and God, than Jesus, The Son of God our perfect Savior!

*****Heb 5:10  Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

The Greek word used for “called” in this verse, is found only this one time in the Bible!

Only Jesus, The Son of God, could be “called” of God to be the perfect High Priest, and also the only King of Peace!

God has spoken many words to show those Hebrew believers the superiority of Christ Jesus, The Son of God!

It would be foolish for anyone to return to a trust in those old laws!

Legalism and ritualism are the downfall of many of the houses of Body of Christ even in our day!

To walk with God is to be mature in the ways of His Son!

There are to many today that hold to the idea that a man can be saved today, and then, through some sin, ruin his salvation tomorrow or some other day and die without God.

But, The fact is when you believe and have met the Perfect Savior, who then becomes your Perfect High Priest, then salvation is in His hands and you have no other part even in your own salvation!

Every believer is then “Born To God”!

AND, God keeps all His children!

God does not throw away any of His children!

Our God is not a dead beat dad!

In fact God makes a home for all wayward children that is perfect and is permanent!

Once saved then, every believer needs to stay in and be obedient to the Word of God!

Every believer is instructed to grow in the “Grace of God”!

*****Heb 5:11  Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

When we become tired of hearing the Word of God we will break fellowship with God by grieving the Holy Spirit!

We get the term “backsliding” because of these that have become dull to hearing the Word of God!

In other words, the preaching becomes dull, Sunday School becomes dull, the Sunday School teacher seems to be dull, the pastor becomes dull.

The problem is not in these people and what they do, the problem is that we have become dull to hearing the Word of God!

It is a true saying that most believers remain “Babes in Christ” all their lives:

1Co 3:1  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
1Co 3:2  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
1Co 3:3  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

This one thing brings more problems into God’s Church than any other thing!

Paul writes:

Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

It is the Word of God that increases our faith!

Again Paul writes:

1Th 2:13  For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, [but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe].

It is the Word of God that makes us effective believers!

Even Job said:

Job 42:5  I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

It is by hearing, reading, and studying the Word of God, that we can see God!

We are foolish when we remain “Babes in Christ” and miss out on the blessings that come from the Word of God!

*****Heb 5:12  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

Not all believers can be teachers. I do not feel that I am much of a teacher!

But,  sharing the Word of God is an ability that God wants us all to have and He wrote it all down for us and all we have to do is present His Word!

We must share what God has given to us all!

This verse says that these Hebrew believers “had to be taught again” the basic principles of salvation.

They were in fact experiencing a second childhood as a child of God!

In the Book of Revelation, God teaches us about the Church Ages.

The final Church Age tells us of lukewarm believers.

In this Church Age there are “Babes in Christ” and non-believers.

We can see that the Gospel is not spread because of the Babes in Christ, who will not and cannot spread God’s Word and there will be a falling away from the Word of God!

This is the lesson of the writer of the Book of Hebrews to the Jewish believers.

Even those who study God’s Word can become dull of hearing God’s Word!

When we cease to progress spiritually we are going back-wards!

We have become backsliders!

Our sensitivity to God lessens!

Our understanding of the Bible becomes more difficult!

It truly takes a commitment to the study of the Word of God, which includes the preaching and also includes Sunday School!

We should all have the goal of getting closer to God and we do that with Bible study and Prayer and Meditating on the Words of Jesus!

We cannot leave off either one and we cannot stop going to the House of God!

Heb 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

*****Heb 5:13  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

If God would dress each one of us according to our spiritual growth, Just What Would We Look Like?

Like babes, like toddlers or possibly would we be in mature spiritual clothes?

Each one of us have to make this decision on our own!

It is always time to grow in Christ!

It does not matter how active you are in the Church, if you do not take the Word of God seriously!

This Book of Hebrews is some of the meat of the Bible!

We must accept that Jesus Christ is above all others in the Bible.

The Bible is His Word!

We begin our Christian life according to the Gospel, the good news of Jesus, and His finished work on the cross. His death, His burial and His resurrection!

We grow as Christians because our High Priest is at our defence at the right hand of God!

God expects us to grow:

Heb 13:20  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Heb 13:21  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

*****Heb 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even those who by reason of use] have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

My biggest fear in trying to teach is that I will not handle the Word of God properly because it is the strong meat of God’s Word that we need to learn and teach.

Jesus Christ made salvation simple but He requires us to be His witnesses on this Earth after we are saved.

We can certainly do some of that with the way we lead our lives after salvation!

There are always those that are looking at your life if you say you are Christian!

But, we must lead our lives according to what the Word of God says and not on what we think God’s Word says!

The Bible says:

Pro 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

We will never understand the Bible until we use it and handle it properly!

You know, A BABY WILL PUT ANYTHING IN IT’S MOUTH!

If we do not have a good understanding of the Word of God then we will be led astray by those that teach a false doctrine, and who deliberately twist the Word of God into something that is not the truth of the Gospel.

We owe it to our own children, to the children of this Church and to everyone that God sends across our path, to be able to share the Gospel!

This what God left us here on this earth to do!

What was Aaron’s job?

1Ch 6:49  But Aaron and his sons offered upon the altar of the burnt offering, and on the altar of incense, and were appointed for all the work of the place most holy, and to make an atonement for Israel, [according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded].

We should see that Christ Jesus is much greater than Aaron and all the High Priests that came after him!

The nation of Israel were never able to discern between good and evil!

Our own nation is failing because people do not know how to discern between good and evil!

The only thing that can change these things is for everyone to become mature Christians and share the Word of God!

We can do that only when obey God by learning His Word!

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Let’s Pray!

Jesus Christ, Greater Than Moses

Christ, Greater Than Moses

Hebrews Chapter 3

There are many good reasons to study the Book of Hebrews after a study of the five Books of Moses. We can better understand the Old Testament if we think of it as the Word of God written to “a redeemed people” rather than written “to redeem a people”.

God had rescued Israel from the bondage of Egypt. This nation of freed slaves should have recognized the power of God and submitted to His Laws.

A saved people should display their faith by willfully living in the submission to God’s Word!

When we fail to obey God’s Word then we are saying that we do not belong to God or we are saying we just do not care to know if there is a real God!

Israel had obtained the land of Palestine because of the covenant God made to Abraham!

God had told Abraham that before his descendants could live on that covenant land they would spend 400 years in bondage!

God reached down to a simple shepherd in the wilderness named Moses and caused him to be a redeemer of his own true people.

Moses delivered this people from a “physical” bondage and led them through the wilderness.

Moses was set apart from  the other Israelites as a judge and as a ruler, and as the lawgiver.

We have seen that Moses was in fact a “type” of Christ!

God had set down a pattern of what His true redeemer would fulfill!

God had given The Law which was to be the foundation of Israel’s daily life!

These laws revealed the kind of life God expected of a redeemed people “if they were to live in fellowship with Him”!

Those Laws were to rule every aspect of all those God had redeemed from the bondage of the “iron furnace” of Egypt.

That “iron furnace” is in “type” a picture of Hell!

Because of all of this Moses was held in the highest esteem of the people of Israel!

But we also saw that the children of Israel often-ed murmured and rebelled against Moses.

Now, We have already seen that Christ is superior to all the prophets of God!

We have already seen that Christ is superior to any and every angel!

We will see today that Christ Jesus is superior to Moses!

We should consider these things as we see that the Holy Spirit has given this writer of the Book of Hebrews, who I personally believe to be the Apostle Paul, these words that tell us of Our Savior who is much greater than any human being.

*****Our Text:

Heb 3:1  Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

When we see the word “wherefore” we are cautioned to look both ways”. We are to look back to what was written in previous verses and forward to what is written after the passage we are reading.

The phrase “holy brethren” makes it clear that this was written to a saved people, of the family of God. We are brothers and sisters in that same family of God and should show it by loving each other as God loves us.

We can know this is true by the phrase “partakers of [the] heavenly calling”!

To be a “partaker of the heavenly calling” is to be filled with the Holy Ghost!

The Apostle Paul said:

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Php 3:15  Let us therefore, [as many as be perfect, be thus minded]: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

Paul wrote in another place:

Col 3:1  If ye then be risen with Christ, [seek those things which are above], where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

To be a Christian is then to not only “share a heavenly calling” but it is also to “share the Lord Jesus Christ”!

Through the Holy Spirit we are members of His Body, and therefore the Body of Christ!

Again Paul wrote:

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

If we are ashamed of these things then we cannot call ourselves Christians!

Again Paul wrote:

Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Jesus Christ “as the Apostle” spoke from God to men. The word Apostle means “sent from God”. Jesus is the “One Son” sent from God!

Jesus Christ represents the “Sender” of all the Apostles that He has chosen!

Jesus said in the Book of Matthew:

Mat 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, [All power] is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

That word “all” can only mean one thing, JESUS HAS “ALL” POWER!

THERE IS NOT ONE THING THAT HAS MORE POWER THAN OUR LORD JESUS!

As the only High Priests of our profession, He is the Head of the Church!

Without His intercession we could never be accepted of God!

You see it was necessary to remind these early Jewish Christians who had such a high respect of Moses that it is not possible to mix Their Law with the absolute “Grace” of God!

Jesus Christ as the Son was greater than Moses and therefore the Words of Jesus were final and His sacrifice was sufficient. Nothing to be added and nothing to be taken away!

*****Heb 3:2  Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.

When God chose Moses, He used him to lead His people out of the bondage of Egypt. God insured that Moses wrote down things that we all now know as the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible.

God made sure that Moses even wrote down where he had failed for us all to see. You see Moses was just a man and like all men Moses failed God many times.

But at the time of Moses, in this new Jewish nation, Moses was the most faithful to God!

Our Savior is also the most faithful, but He is the most faithful in all the House of God, which is the Church.

Jesus Christ is the most faithful to the Lord God of the Holy Trinity than any man!

Just as Christ was faithful to Father God, then we should all be faithful!

The Apostle Peter preached:

Act 2:22  Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
Act 2:23  Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
Act 2:24  [Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it].

It is not ever possible for this world to hold onto a child of the living God!

*****Heb 3:3  For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.

Moses was faithful in God’s House, BUT, It is the Lord Jesus Christ who built the House!

Jesus is the Creator!

Moses like any other man is just the creature!

Just as all the prophets!

And, Just as all the Angels!

We read:

Col 1:13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us [into the kingdom of his dear Son]:
Col 1:14  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Col 1:15  [Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature]:

*****Heb 3:4  For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

We never read in the Pentateuch where Mose made this claim of himself.

Moses wrote about things to come, But if God built all things and Jesus Christ built God’s House, then Jesus must be God!

*****Heb 3:5  And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
Heb 3:6  But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

It is a great honor to be a servant of God and we can see that Moses has a written record in the Bible that he was a true servant of the Living God!

Moses was never called the Son of God!

There is a great difference in “the servant of the house” and “the son of the house”!

Christ is the “Creator” and He is also the Son in what we know as the Holy Trinity, “The Father, The Son, And The Holy Spirit”!

What are the conditions for remaining in God’s House, we might ask?

We must hold fast to our confidence, which is our faith!

And we must maintain our joy of salvation in the hope given to us from our God!

The Bible tells us what this hope is all about!

Tit 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

and again:

Tit 3:7  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Our hope is in the Word of God and we should appreciate all these things that He has written down for us!

We can relate our “confidence” to our freedom of speech!

We are free to speak, when we have no fear of our beliefs!

We should have no fear in speaking out the written Word of God!

These Words of God are not intended to cause hatred to any one and are only intended to show the world the truth!

A believer that speaks in boldness is only responding to his confidence in the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Our hope comes from the fact that we are truly “Born Again” [and have no shame] of the Word of God!

1.) Knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior is more than just repeating some prayer!

2.) Knowing Christ, but ignoring the responsibility to obey Him will cause you to forfeit any blessings!

It may be possible to live as a carnal, uncommitted Christian but this should not be something to be desired!

It will not be a very good life and certainly not a joy filled life!

God has been warning us that there is great danger in drifting away from His Word!

*****Heb 3:7  Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,

Again the word “wherefore”. We need to look back on what we have just read and look forward to what is about to be said.

In other words, since the words spoken by the angels and the words of Moses are held in such a high regard, how much greater should be the importance of the words of Jesus, The Son of God.

We need to be very careful not to doubt the words of Jesus!

God will not accept any excuse for failure to obey His Word.

1Jn 2:3  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

*****Heb 3:8  Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: Heb 3:9  When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
Heb 3:10  Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
Heb 3:11  So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

God is teaching these new Hebrew believers a valuable lesson using the Old Testament.

In the Exodus journey, God working through Moses, had brought Israel safely to the entrance of Canaan Land. They had insisted on sending out the 12 spies which was unnecessary!

They were doubting the Word of God!

God had said:

Deu 1:21  Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: [go up and possess it], as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.

It is that act of disobedience that caused the children of Israel to wander in the wilderness for 40 years until those that did not believe died off.

Remember, this book was written to early Christians and is a warning to be obedient not only to God’s Word but to pay close attention and obey especially the Words of His Son!

It was not God’s will for Israel to remain in Egypt or in that wilderness!

His desire was for them to enter in that land of promise!

They made the choice to follow their own way and ignore the Word of God!

When we ignore the Word of God, we are going to travel in the wilderness of this world and if God’s Word is totally ignored there will be no entrance into the promised place of Heaven!

We have the promise of the Holy Spirit and also a warning to the Church:

Eph 4:30  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Eph 4:31  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

Canaan land is a “type” of our spiritual inheritance in Jesus Christ!

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, [who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places] in Christ:

Eph 1:11  [In whom also we have obtained an inheritance], being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Now these early Christian believers could not loose the rest they would have when they got to Heaven and nor can any believer but if they and we also, ignore the Word of God, we will not live in the peace and the rest of salvation while we are still living’ and our lives will be in continuous turmoil.

It is “the peace of God” that brings peace to every believer!

AND, The only way to stay close to God is to stay close to His Word!

AND, The only way to enjoy the fruits of this world is to stay close to God’s Word!

It takes a close personal relationship with Our Lord to find “the rest” that brings peace to our souls while we are still alive.

*****Heb 3:12  Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Now we see the end of the “wherefore” of verse 7.

Notice it does not say that God was angry with their sin for we are all still sinners!

God was angry because “they did not believe” His written Word!

It is possible to fall out of fellowship with the living God, without loosing your salvation!

AND, Not every saved individual is a true Christian!

The title Christian still means to be like Jesus Christ!

*****Heb 3:13  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

God is saying that sin can be so deceitful that we can be lured in thinking our lives are satisfactory to Him, though we are actually living in the wilderness of this world.

We become complacent about abortion, when we should hate this sin but still love the sinner.

We become complacent about the gay life style though we should hate this sin but still love the sinner.

We become complacent about murder, thievery, and all other sin as long as it does not affect us.

God says we are just as deep in sin, if not more, because we have ignored His Word and feel like we are safe in our own little world.

We are suppose to condemn all sin just as God’s Word teaches and we are supposed to love each other and our enemies just as the Word of God teaches!

We are to exhort each other daily and teach every brother and sister to do the same!

If we become hardened by our own sin, we will not condemn our own actions and we will allow “the sin of ignoring God’s Word” to rule in our own lives!

***** Heb 3:14  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
Heb 3:15  While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

A partaker with Jesus Christ is one who shares His heritage!

We are in the family of Christ and share each other by the Holy Spirit. We are members of His house!

There is “rest” for the soul for all those that hold these thoughts to the end of our physical life!

In other words we not only to trust the Lord Jesus for our salvation, we are also to trust Him for our day by day living.

Jesus said to pray:

Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread.

If we do not hold the confidence of our salvation and be a complete partaker in Jesus Christ, we will live a miserable Christian life!

We cannot loose our salvation but we will not have the fruit of the Holy Spirit:

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

We will not be of much use as a disciple of God without the fruit of the Spirit!

When we do not believe not only that Our God can save, BUT also believe that He is Lord of this universe then we cannot commit our lives to Him completely!

We must turn everything over to Him!

That’s not only our own lives but we must give Him control of our families!

How can we pray for safe traveling mercy when we are on the road if we were not sure that God is in control of this universe?

This the “rest” that comes when we give ourselves totally to Him!

This the “rest” we lose when we do not give ourselves totally to Him and we will  live in misery and doubt caused by unbelief!

We need the power of Christ not only for salvation but also for our daily living!

BUT We need His great wisdom in our time of need and His strength to live our daily lives:

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: [for without me ye can do nothing].

Jesus would not have said this if it were not true!

*****Heb 3:16  For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.

This word “provoke” means God was highly displeased with them because they heard the Word of God, they saw the miracles of God yet they still could not or would not believe.

They had faith enough to come out of Egypt but they failed in their faith along the journey.

They were still redeemed but they lived in misery and doubt!

*****Heb 3:17  But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?

The greatest sin we have before God is the sin of unbelief!

The next greatest sin we have, is doubting God’s Word!

After we are saved, this is the greatest sin of the believer!

When we doubt the Word of God, it will lead to even greater sin!

A great many believers still walk in the ways of the world because they do not really know what it is to truly trust Jesus Christ with all their lives!

These partial believers, will travel in the wilderness of this world all the days of their lives!

Even the lost will seem to have greater joy than these that know salvation but do not know the real power of God while still on this Earth!

*****Heb 3:18  And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?

When God takes an oath, you can know that He really means what He says!

These scriptures have shown us how we can learn from the Old Testament in our walk with God.

God does not change. We absolutely cannot please God if we do not place our our trust in Him:

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

We can be saved AND still miss out on rewards in Heaven but we will also miss out on a rewarding Christian life while we are still here and living.

*****Heb 3:19  So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

When God pulls out that Heavenly Hickory because of our sin, the pain is real! Believers who doubt the Word of God and rebel against Him do not miss out on Heaven, but they do miss out on the blessings that are available while we are still living and must suffer the chastening of that Hickory Switch of God!

This is the truth of this Chapter of Hebrews and the truth of the living God!

Moses was a servant to the living God!

Christ Jesus is the Son of the Living God, we must believe without doubt on the Lord Jesus Christ!

God truly wants us to be blessed!

Questions.

Let’s Pray!