Passing the Faith Along

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 11:1-7

THE ESSENCE OF FAITH

  • Faith Believes God

  • Faith Obeys God

THE EVIDENCE OF FAITH

  • Faith Brings Understanding (v3)

  • Faith Leads to Honor (v4)

    • It honors God

    • God honors exhibited faith

  • Faith Pursues Reward (v5-6)

  • Faith Results in Salvation (v7)

THE INFLUENCE OF FAITH (V12:1)

  • We are encouraged by the witnesses

  • We are encouraged to become witnesses

  • We are called to live by faith

APPLICATION

What is your by faith testimony?

Your witness is leading others . . . you are a trail blazer . .. a pathfinder . . . for those who follow . . .

What path are you setting?

Live by Faith


The Danger in Denial

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 10:26-39

Insight

5 warnings in Hebrews:

  • 2:1-4

  • 4:12-13

  • 6:4-8

  • 10:26-39

  • 12

II Peter 2:1-3

Liberty is not license.

Our lives give testimonies to who we are and how we live.

You can’t claim the security of being in Christ if your life doesn’t look like it.

CAUTION — INDIFFERENCE IS WILLFUL SIN

  • Deliberate Denial

    • “willful” —> speaks of deliberate act

    • Denial of Jesus and our privilege in Him

    • Denial of the truth we have received

CONCERN — SIN LEADS TO JUDGEMENT

  • No sacrifice remains

  • Fearful expectation takes over

    • Replaced with a terrifying expectation of judgement

      • Good deeds can’t remove that terror

  • Judgement is assured

  • Severity is greater

    • Those who continue in willful sin

    • Those who don’t draw near

    • Those who have heard and are responsible for what they know

    • “trampled under foot the Son of God”

      • seen as having no value, no worth

      • “disregarded the blood of the covenant”

      • “insulted the Spirit of grace”

    • How we live our lives matters

CONFIDENCE — JUDGEMENT IS NOT OUR END

  • Remember the enlightened and shared sufferings

  • Remember sympathetic and joyful sacrifice

  • Remember the promised and great reward

    • Does faith give evidence to your life?


Let Us Respond - Faith, Hope, and Love

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 10:19-25

Insight

Proper theology personally embraced will impact how you live.


THE BASIS OF OUR RESPONSE

  • Our Approach

    • “confident”; “confidence”

      • The blood of Jesus - declared right

    • Warm reception (v19)

      • new” —> freshly slaughtered

      • “ living” —> Jesus conquered death and provided eternal life

      • We can’t live the life He has called us to live unless we come into his presence

      • “inaugurated” —> goes before us - paved the way

THE CHARACTER OF OUR RESPONSE

I Corinthians 13:3

  • Draw near - Faith filled worship

    • with sincere heart; assurance

    • to God

    • continually

    • sincere - lacking hypocrisy; with a desire to see God; no ulterior motivation

  • Hold Fast - Hope filled confession (v23)

    • Matthew 16:13-18

      • without wavering

      • because He is faithful

  • Consider Others - Love filled community (v24)

    • “consider” - be concerned about

    • “stimulate”; “stir”

    • “not forsake gathering together”

      • How can we love each other if we are never together?

Hebrews 10:1-18

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 9


REMEMBER (1-3)

  • “Reminder of sins year by year”

    • sins —> reminder of sins’ constancy

      • Knew they would have to sacrifice again because they would sin again

      • Prevented man from access to God

      • Required death for forgiveness

    • “Shadow” —> pale, indistinct

      • Reminded them they needed a perfect sacrifice

      • “every form” —> exact replica

      • Why would we ever choose the shadow instead of the reality?

RECOGNIZE HIS PERFECT SACRIFICE

  • Surrender is better than sacrifice

    • Surrender that comes from recognizing the need

    • (v5) Not desired sacrifice; not taken pleasure in sacrifice

  • Substance replaces shadow (v8-9)

    • Isaiah 53:4-5

      • substance” —> the sacrifice of Jesus

    • His suffering brings about our sanctification (v10)

    • Done; Once for ALL

    • One sacrifice was sufficient for all

  • Only His blood

    • Removes sin

    • Removes sin forever (v12)

      • “Sat down” —> it was finished

      • “once for all time” (v14)

      • “remember no more” (v17-18)

RESPOND

Why would you put your trust in what is insufficient instead of what/of the One who is sufficient?

A Sure Salvation

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 9


WHAT IS REQUIRED (16-17)

  • Inheritance requires death

    • “covenant”; “testament”; “will”

      • A will comes into realization at death. Before that it is just promises.

  • Forgiveness requires blood (18-22)

WHAT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED

  • Jesus died the death

    • Only He could do this; it was never your place. He is the only one who ould be the mediator of a new covenant.

  • Jesus shed the blood

    • Perfect, spotless, sinless

    • ONCE

  • Jesus paid the price

    • The priests always had to take blood for themselves

    • Jesus was the sacrifice

SO WHAT?

We should be overwhelmed with the reality of salvation

  • Hebrews 2

Pay much closer attention to what you have heard

  • What do you pay close attention to?

  • Where do you spend your time?

  • How much time is spent in God’s Word?

Hebrews 10:19

  • Enter in, draw near

  • Hold fast

  • Gather together habitually

  • Encourage one another

Will you pay much closer attention to what you have heard?

Will you worship Him?

Will you gather together habitually?

Will you encourage each other with a sense of urgency?

Unveiled Worship

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 9:1-10

Insight

  • Hebrews 10:19-22

    • The first covenant ws not worthless or lessor; not a mistake. It was perfect in its intention; God’s intention for it. Every rule had purpose.


OLD WAYS - OLD COVENANT

  • Jesus is the exclusive entrance into worship

    • Outer court

      • Bronze altar - made of acacia wood and covered in bronze; picture of perfect sacrifice

      • Basin of bronze - picture of Jesus as the cleanser of His people

    • The Holy Place within

      • Was only accessible to the priests

      • Only a few could go in

    • The Altar of Incense

      • Open Courts - Open to all who would come

  • The Practice of Worship (6-7)

    • Limited in place and time and was exclusive

  • The Purposeful Insufficiency (8-10)

    • No access

    • Limited sufficiency

      • (v9) “symbol” —> parable; illustration or comparison

THE NEW WAYS

  • The Place of Worship (v11)

  • The Practice of Worship (v12)

    • Life laid down

    • Perfect sacrifice

    • Once for all - perfectly cleansing providing access for all who would come

  • The Perfected All-Sufficiency

SO WHAT?

Have you been satisfied to worship in the outer courts at a distance?

Don’t you want more? To worship in the manifest presence of God?


A More Excellent Ministry

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 8:1-13

Insight

  • Hebrews 6:18-20

  • Hebrews 7

  • Hebrews 8:1

  • Hebrews 10:19-22

Jesus’ more excellent ministry:

  • Gives us confidence, hope

  • Allows us to come into His presence



(8:1) “We have such a great High Priest”

  • Righteousness and Peace

  • Personally and perpetually our great High Priest

  • Marks a better covenant and better salvation

(8:1) “We have a seated High Priest”

(8:2) “We have a serving High Priest”

  • His Ministry: 

    • Substance to Shadow

    • Reality to Impression

(8:6-9) Better Covenant

  • The Mediator —> Jesus

    • Jesus is the One who stands between bringing us together

    • Jesus is the guarantor of the better covenant

    • The author of the better covenant —> God (8:8)

  • The purpose of the old covenant was to show the need for a new heart

(8:10-13) Better Promises

  • Your assurance rests in that “He will”

    • “I Will” —> (8-12)

    • Internal; heart and mind (10)

If you’re not spending time in God’s word, don’t blame Him if you’re starving.

  • “Write it on your heart”

  • “Put laws in your minds”

  • “I will be their God; they will be my people”

Personal; All will know Him

Merciful; Forgive and Forget

So What?

  • Anything you’re relying on other than Jesus and the completed work on the cross is inferior

  • Lean hard into what Jesus has done

  • It all comes down to what Jesus has done




A Better Hope Has Come Part 2

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 7:18-8:2

Insight

  • Hebrews 7:20-28

  • What do you hope in?

  • What is your hope for eternity…your confident expectation?

Our actions, efforts and pursuits really shed light on what we deem as most important.


A Better Hope is Guaranteed By:

A BETTER COVENANT (vv. 20-22)

  • “Covenant” —> agreement, contract

    • God always related to people via covenants

  • It is permanent

    • Given with an oath

    • Given with a guarantee

      • Jesus is the guarantor

A BETTER SALVATION

  • He is able; He has the power

  • To bring me near to God

  • All those who draw near through Him

  • He always lives to make intercession

A BETTER HIGH PRIEST

  • Better Character

    • Holy, sinless nature

    • Innocent, harmless

    • Undefiled, free from any moral or spiritual blemish

    • separated from sinners, not positionally, but by nature, completely other

    • Exalted above the heavens, because of all this, He is exalted

  • Better Sacrifice

  • Better Person

CONCLUSION/APPLICATION

  • Where have you placed your hope?

    • Hebrews 8:1

A Better Hope Has Come Part 1

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 7:11-19

Insight

  • Hebrews 7:19


AN IMPERFECT PRIESTHOOD REPLACED (v11-14)

  • Perfection Defined

    • Hebrews 10:1

  • Imperfection Demonstrated

    • Psalm 110:4

    • Hebrews 8:7

  • Imperfection Displaced

    • Because the first was not sufficient in itself

A PERFECT PRIESTHOOD ARISES

  • A Different Priest

    • “another” - “allow” - another of the same kind; an additional one of the same kind

    • “heteros” - a different kind/order all together

  • A Risen Priest

    • Significance of the Priest Arising (by John McArthur)

      • The Virgin Birth

        • Raises himself up to provide for the human race

      • Not dependent on any lineage

      • The Resurrection

  • A Forever Priest (v 16-17)

    • Always there (v 21-25)

      • guarantee

      • continues forever

      • holds his priesthood permanently

      • always lives forever

      • save forever

      • priest forever

CONCLUSION/APPLICATION

  • Where have you placed your hope?

Melchizedek - Symbolic and Superior

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 7:1-10

Insight

  • Hebrews 7:1-10

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INTRODUCTION

  • Melchizedek Texts

    • Genesis 14:17-20

    • Psalm 110:1-4

      • Speaking of the strength of His reign

    • Hebrews 5:6-11

    • Hebrews 6:19-20

  • Hebrews 7:25

    • The truth is captured in this verse - “Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

      • The purpose of this passage is to see this hope we have, the anchor of our salvation.

    • “Type” —> refers to an Old Testament person, practice, or ceremony that has a counterpart, an antitype, in the New Testament. The type pictures, or prefigures, the antitype. The type, though it is historical, real, and of God, is nonetheless imperfect and temporary. The antitype, on the other hand, is perfect and eternal.

      • Examples:

        • the bronze serpent typified Christ in that it was lifted up for their healing

        • Jonah in the depths returning from death

        • the sacrificial lamb; a meek sacrifice on behalf of others

SYMBOLISM DEPICTED (vv. 1-3)

  • Priest and King

    • 4 times in 2 verses Melchizedek is referred to as a king . . . King of Salem, priest of the Most High God (El Elon)

      • Priest and King - the Levitical priest, while a lesser type, were never said to rule. They were set apart for service by God. But Melchizedek was different, and in this way, like Christ.

        • Zechariah 6:13

        • Psalm 110:1; 4

      • Priest and King - ruling over Salem, the ancient city, that would become Jerusalem

        • Psalm 132:13-14

          • Isn’t this where many Jews struggled with their concept of the Messiah? They had no problem seeing Him as King, but as Redeemer of the world?

      • hteousness and Peace

        • Melchizedek’s very name speaks to this

          • Melek - king or ruler

          • Sedeq - to be right or just

          • Jehovah-tsidkenu - Jehovah our righteousness

          • Melchizedek like Jesus - King of Righteousness, but also peace, King of Salem - salem from shalom - peace - Jehovah Shalom - Jehovah our Peace

            • Romans 5:1 - Christ gives us peace by giving us righteousness

            • Isaiah 32:17 - Melchizedek a picture of the Christ - King of Righteousness and Peace

            • Psalm 85:10

      • Personal and Perpetual

        • Without father or mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.

          • The Levitical priesthood was based on heredity, genealogy; all levitical priests were obviously from the line of Levi, but more specifically, through Aaron. Their priesthood was based on lineage.

        • Melchizedek’s priesthood was personal

          • The point in Hebrews is that Melchizedek’s parentage and origin are irrelevant to his priesthood. For the Levitical priests, lineage was everything; for Melchizedek, it meant nothing.

        • Jesus’s lineage is not traced to Aaron of Levi, but to Judah. Based on lineage, Jesus was not qualified for the Levitical priesthood. But as typified by Melchizedek it was personal. He was perfectly qualified. He needed no genealogy. His personal worth; His personal quality.

        • Levitical priests served from the age of 25-20; no priest could serve more than 25 years.

SUPERIORITY DEMONSTRATED (vv. 4-10)

  • Tithes from the Lesser

    • Abraham, father of the Jewish people, gave tithes of his spoils; his choicest spoils to Melchizedek.

      • Melchizedek had not fought along side Abraham; there was no reason recorded for Abraham to give a tithe to this King of Salem, but Abraham recognized him as a deserving and faithful priest of the Most High God.

  • Blessings from the Greater (v. 7)

  • Eternity in Greatest (v. 8)

SALVATION DELIVERED (7:25)