Pressing On To Maturity - PART II

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 5:11-6:12

Insight

REVIEW OF PART I:

THE PROBLEM WITH IMMATURITY

  • Inability to Clearly Understand (v. 11-13)

  • Inability to Rightly Handle

  • Inability to Correctly Apply

THE PROOF OF IMMATURITY (V. 12)

  • Lack of Depth (spiritual depth)

  • Lack of Discipling

  • Lack of Desire

THE PRESCRIPTION FOR IMMATURITY (V. 14)

  • Practice

  • Priority


BEGIN PART II

SOME THINGS ARE CLEAR FROM THE TEXT

  • The author’s primary audience has been Hebrew believers.

  • The author is calling his hearers to press on to maturity, desiring that they would realize the full assurance of hope we have in Christ.

  • There is a strong warning against remaining in immaturity

SOME THINGS ARE CLEAR FROM A BROADER BIBLICAL CONTEXT

  • Believers are secure in their salvation.

    • John 6:37

    • John 10:27-30

    • Ephesians 2:8

    • Romans 11:29

  • Those who ultimately desert the faith never truly possessed saving faith.

    • I John 2:19

SOME THINGS ARE DEBATED

  • Whether believers or unbelievers are the primary focus of this warning.

  • The question of verse 6 and what is meant by “fallen away”.

OLD TESTAMENT WITNESS - WHAT WE SAW

  • Hebrews 3:7-11

    • Psalms 95:6-11

    • Exodus 17 - The children of Israel, delivered by God through Moses, grumbled and complained; they tested God. They had seen His light, tasted His goodness, and witnessed His power. Then after reaching the edge of the Promised Land, they rejected His direction and forfeited His blessing.

  • Numbers 14:20-23

    • When the spies brought back the report, the people rebelled. They would not trust God and enter into the land of His provision, His blessing. Moses intercedes for them, but because of disobedience they forfeited the right to enjoy God’s intended blessing; the fruit and rewards of His calling. They rejected HIs blessing.

  • Deuteronomy 11:11

    • Deuteronomy 11:26-28

  • A whole generation of God’s chosen people lost their reward because they rejected what they had seen, tasted, and experienced of the goodness of God and His powerful provision. They forfeited the privilege of entering into His blessing.

NEW TESTAMENT WITNESS - APPLYING WHAT WE SAW

  • I Corinthians 10:1-12

    • These things happened as examples for us and are written for our instruction.

    • Hebrews 6:4-5

    • I Corinthians 10:12 - word for “fall” is the word for “fallen away”

    • Be careful after having seen, tasted, and experienced the powerful provision of God that you don’t fall.

    • How we live matters. Our faithful obedience matters.

  • I Corinthians 11:27-30

  • I Corinthians 3:1-15

    • Hebrews 6:7-8

    • How we build on the foundation laid, Jesus Christ, will become evident. What a field produces matters.

    • A man’s work burned up; he himself will be saved, yet as through fire.

BIBLICAL WARNING - APPLYING WHAT WE SAW TO US

  • It’s not OK to remain immature as a believer.

  • Disobedience in the life of a believer will always lead to loss and a lack of assurance in our anchor of hope.

  • This loss may include disqualification, loss of reward, or even death.

CONCLUSION/APPLICATION

  • The purpose of this passage is to be an encouragement.

    • Hebrews 6:9-12

  • Hear the admonition; the call. Let us press on to maturity.

A Simple Choice (Also included: Baby Dedication of Anna & Carter; Baptism of Garrett Smith)

Summary

Scripture Reference: Joshua 24:14-18

RECOGNIZE THE FAILINGS OF ALL OTHER GODS

  • Other gods: wealth, power, importance, job, people, etc.

  • Human nature apart from God is depraved;

REMEMBER THE FAITHFULNESS OF THE ONE TRUE GOD

  • We have no concept of what is true, good, and right outside of the context of God.

RESPOND IN FORSAKING THE FALSE AND FOLLOWING THE TRUE/TRUTH

  • Choose whom you will serve

Pressing On To Maturity - PART I

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 5:11-6:12

Insight

We have so watered down what it means to be a Christ follower, that it is hard to make a distinction.

There are things that should be evident in the lives of followers of churches comprised of Christ followers. There should be signs of growing maturity.

THE PROBLEM WITH IMMATURITY

What is spiritual maturity?

  • Inability to Clearly Understand (v. 11-13)

    • sluggish, spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen

  • Inability to Rightly Handle

    • Not accustomed; unskilled; don’t know how to handle the word of righteousness

    • 2 Timothy 2:14-16

  • Inability to Correctly Apply

THE PROOF OF IMMATURITY (V. 12)

  • Lack of Depth (spiritual depth)

  • Lack of Discipling

    • Who are you teaching?

  • Lack of Desire

    • no push, no compulsion, no drive to understand

    • how many times has it overcome all the other noise in the world and you are compelled to want to know the Word of God?

THE PRESCRIPTION FOR IMMATURITY (V. 14)

  • Practice

    • open the Bible

    • read

    • ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you read

    • apply it; do what you know to do and He will show you more to do

  • Priority

    • We can choose to do anything and prioritize all we need to do. Why can’t we make reading God’s Word FIRST?

The Perfect High Priest, Source of Salvation

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 5:1-10

Insight

Why does this matter to me?

There is a problem; sin separates us from God.

We need someone to remove the guilt of our sin and conquer what holds us captive.

We need an advocate; a mediator.

We need a Savior.

We need a High Priest.

HEARING THE PLEA (v. 1-11)

  • Entering Rest is Available

  • Failure to Enter is Possible

    • The Lord will only let you walk in disobedience for a season. He will either get you right, or take you out.

  • Responding in Faith is Essential

THE PICTURE OF A HIGH PRIEST

  • Had to be a man appointed by God

  • Had to be sympathetic toward mankind

    • He can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness.

      • “deal gently” - have compassion; curb his emotions

  • Making sacrifices to God

THE PERFECTION OF THE HIGH PRIEST

  • Appointed by God

    • Jesus was chosen, sent, and honored by God the Father

    • Jesus did not take honor on Himself

    • Jesus, Appointed by God, a priest forever

  • Sympathetic Toward Mankind

    • Perfect Knowledge

    • Perfect Experience

  • Sacrifices to God

    • Jesus having been proven and made perfect, offered himself up; perfectly qualified as the Perfect High Priest…appointed by God, sympathetic toward man, offered himself up, not for his need; eternally perfect in righteousness, holiness, wisdom; once for all eternity.

    • In His perfection as the Great High Priest…he became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation.

CONCLUSION/APPLICATION

  • This is the gospel…sin separates, we need a savior, and His name is Jesus

    • He is appointed by God

    • He, able to deal gently…sympathetic towards you…He understands

    • He is the source of eternal salvation…come to Jesus

The Perfect High Priest, Our Help in Time of Need

Summary

Series: Preeminence

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 4:14-16

Insight

How are you? Work? Marriage? Family/Kids? Physically?

How is your walk with the Lord? When was the last time you really had a sense of His presence? Knew He was talking to you?

There is great news! We have a Perfect High Priest who is Himself our help in time of need.

Connecting verses:

  • Hebrews 2:17-3:6

  • “High Priest” mentioned 11 times in the book of Hebrews

  • “confession” mentioned 5 times in the book of Hebrews

  • “Jesus” mentioned 13 times in the book of Hebrews

  • “Son” mentioned 15 times in the book of Hebrews

The Importance of the High Priest in the lives of the Hebrews:

  • appointed by God as the mediator between Himself and the people

  • only the High Priest could offer the highest sacrifice under the old covenant; once a year on the day of Atonement

  • all the sins of the people were brought symbolically to the Holy of Holies where blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat as a sacrifice to atone for them

  • he represented God before the people and the people before God

  • before he could offer for the people he had to make an offering for himself and his time was limited in the Holy of Holies

    • had to pass through 3 areas in the tabernacle or the temple

      • door of the outer court

      • through another door into the Holy Place

      • through the veil into the Holy of Holies

    • he did not sit down or delay; as soon as the sacrifice was made, he left and would not return for another year

What difference does having a great High Priest make?

HOLD FAST TO THE ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS (vv. 14b-15)

  • “hold fast” - arrest, seize, hold firmly

    • hold on to what we believe not set it down to worry, vent, or rage, but hold firmly to it because He understands and can get you through.

      • “sympathetic” - touched with feelings; feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune

      • “empathetic” - ability to understand and share the feelings of another

      • “weakness” - sickness; disease

DRAW NEAR TO THE ONE WHO HELPS (v. 16)

  • The Throne of Grace

    • “with confidence”

      • boldly with a sense of frankness

    • “so that”

      • We may receive what we so desperately need (mercy, compassion, pity)

CONCLUSION/APPLICATION

  • Are you in need? In need of help?

    • Everyone is in need of greater surrender; greater awareness of the Lord

    • We have a Perfect High Priest who is Himself our help in time of need

Your Role in the Church

Summary

Scripture Reference: I Corinthians 12

Insight

Church

  • Called Out Ones

Are you a part of the body of Christ?

  • Romans 10:9

YOUR ROLE IN THE CHURCH

  • Knowing God

    • Luke 10:27

    • Proverbs 8:17 - “diligently seek Him”

WHY BECOME A MEMBER HERE?

  • Protects you

    • Hebrews 3:17

    • Acts 20:28

  • Causes you to commit (accountability)

    • James 5:13

    • I John 1:9

WHY WERE YOU CREATED?

  • I Corinthians 12:4-11

    • What is your spiritual gift?

      • Romans 12

    • You should use your gifts:

      • To help each other

    • How to learn your gift

      • Pray

      • Look at how you are currently being used within the church

      • Once you know your gift you will find your place

        • Serve faithfully

        • Serve where you are gifted

          • I Corinthians 12:12-27

          • Know your part

HARMONY IN THE CHURCH

  • Don’t Miss Church

  • Know Your Role

  • Do Your Part

    • What the Holy Spirit asks you to do

      • Be Humble

        • About what the Lord wants of you and what He’s gifted you with

        • Be thankful for what your gift is

    • Change your schedule to be there

    • Bring People

    • Pray

    • Find and area and serve faithfully

CONCLUSION/APPLICATION

  • Resources

    • 21 days of prayer

      • 21days.churchofthehighlands.com

    • www.arcchurches.com/disc

Enter Into Rest

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 4:1-13

Insight

Where are you today? Emotionally, physically, spiritually? In this word is awakening; in this word is revival. The word is REST.

INTRODUCTION

  • Romans 2:25

    • Hearing the word…the perfect proclamation…is not enough…we must respond in faith.

  • Reminder of the Hebrew audience:.

    • Hebrew believers

    • Hebrew seekers

    • Hebrew skeptics or rejecters

HEARING THE PLEA (v. 1-11)

  • Entering Rest is Available

  • Failure to Enter is Possible

    • The Lord will only let you walk in disobedience for a season. He will either get you right, or take you out.

  • Responding in Faith is Essential

UNDERSTANDING THE TERMS

  • Enter Rest

    • “rest” - cease, stop, freedom from work or activity

  • Falling Short

    • “short” - come short, fail to reach

RECOGNIZING THE URGENCY

  • Temperament

    • “fear” - lets us be careful, let us take care; sense of trembling at the significance of the need

    • “diligence” - make every effort, strive, labor, do our best

    • We cannot fully understand the love of God without understanding the justness of God

  • Timing

    • The timing to enter rest is today.

    • 2 Corinthians 6:1-2

      • Now; tomorrow isn’t promised

      • If you do not anchor in you will drift away

  • Transparency

    • Judged by His Word

    • Exposed in His Sight

CONCLUSION/APPLICATION

  • Which will you choose today?

    • To enter into rest?

    • Assume you have more time?

      • Get in to God’s Word

      • Hear Him say “Come”

Treasured Things

Summary

Scripture Reference: Luke 1 & 2; Luke 2:16-20

Insight

What are some of your precious memories from Christmas?

Traditions have an important place in our holiday remembrances.

TESTIMONIES SHARED FROM CONGREGATION

INTRODUCTION

  • Luke 2:19

    • “Mary treasured all these things in her heart:

  • Luke 2:48-51

  • All who heard wondered; were astonished; amazed . . . BUT MARY . . .

    • Treasured; kept in mind; defend; protect; preserve

      • Acts 7:36

  • What are the “all things” Mary treasured?

    • Really everything (1:5)

      • How God Prepared the Way - Gabriel to Zacharias

      • How God Provided the Way - Gabriel to Mary

      • How God Presented the Way - “an angel of the Lord” to the shepherds

        • each spoken through an angel and pointing us to Jesus

HOW GOD PREPARED THE WAY - GABRIEL TO ZACHARIAS

  • Luke 1:5-25; 57-66

    • Sovereign

      • God orchestrated through the priestly order; casting of lots to bless Zacharias and Elizabeth (Mary’s relative) to provide a forerunner

    • Omnipotent

      • Zacharias and Elizabeth were past the child bearing years

    • Faithful

      • Heard their prayers for a child

      • faithful to his word in the prophecy spoken through Malachi regarding sending Elijah

      • to turn and restore the hears of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers

    • Gracious

      • Luke 1:24-25

        • He looked on me with favor and removed my disgrace

HOW GOD PROVIDED THE WAY - GABRIEL TO MARY

  • Luke 1:26-38

  • Luke 2:1-7

    • Sovereign

      • God worked through the civil authorities to move Joseph and Mary to the place of His providence and prophecy

    • Omnipotent

      • Luke 1:35-37

    • Faithful

      • to His promises and prophecy

      • Micah 5:2

      • Isaiah 7:14

    • Gracious

      • “favored one”

      • greeting was saturated with grace

      • Mary’s song; Magnificat

        • Luke 1:46-55

        • Mary could also proclaim that the Lord removed her shame

HOW GOD PRESENTED THE WAY - '“AN ANGEL OF THE LORD” TO THE SHEPHERDS

  • Luke 2:8-20

    • His Sovereignty

    • His Power

    • His Faithfulness

    • His Grace - all poured forth and caused the multitude of the heavenly host to appear with the angel and praise God (v14)

      • These humble shepherds were given the privilege of bearing witness to the presentation of Jesus - the Way!

      • Their shame was removed - grace was poured forth

CONCLUSION/APPLICATION

  • As you gather with family and friends to celebrate Jesus’ birth; be intentional; be deliberate

    • Treasure all these things

    • Ponder all these things

    • Share all these things

Do Not Harden Your Hearts

Summary

Series: Preeminence

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 3:7-19

Insight

Repeated words: “today”; “provoke”

EXAMPLES FROM THE PAST (vv 7-11)

  • A “hardened heart” of disbelief —> distracted; one of disbelief

    • Provokes God

      • Rebellion and revolt that causes bitterness

      • The children of Israel who were to be “His delight”

    • Tries and tests God (v8) <trial, examination>

      • Tries; puts to the test; tempt

      • Having seen God’s works for forty years

        • Acts 7:36

      • Angers God

        • He swore this generation would not enter rest

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE PRESENT (vv 12-13)

  • A Believing Heart

    • Takes care

      • Protection from wrong things; no time in the Word/prayer

  • Encourages (v13)

EVIDENCES FOUND IN PERSISTENCE (v 14)

  • A Transformed Heart

Holds fast until the end

CONCLUSION/APPLICATION

  • One last reminder —> vv 15-19

    • Today . . . while it is today

    • What is the word for you?

      • Take Care

      • Encourage One Another

      • Hold Fast

    • What is the warning?

      • What does a hardened heart look like?

        • Not taking care

        • Not encouraging and being encouraged

Consider Jesus

Summary

Series: Preeminence

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 3:1-6

Insight

JESUS - APOSTLE & HIGH PRIEST (vv1-2)

  • Faithful Apostle - Messenger to us

  • Faithful High Priest - Intercessor for us

    • In many ways, Moses served in this role; faithfully

      • Exodus 40:16

      • Numbers 12:7-8

      • Hebrews 3:5

    • Consider Jesus in comparison

      • If Moses was faithful in his role, understand Jesus is perfection; preeminent

      • v6 - Christ was faithful as a Son over His house - whose house we are

JESUS - BUILDER OF THE HOUSE (vv3-4)

  • Worthy of more glory (than Moses)

    • The builder of the house is worthy of more glory than the house itself

  • Worthy of more honor

JESUS - SON OVER THE HOUSE (vv5-6a)

Moses - Faithful Servant

Servant in the house

Shadow of things to come

Jesus - Faithful Son

Servant over the house

Substance of things promised

Consider Jesus

Faithful Jesus

Faithful Moses

House/Build

House/Build

Faithful Moses

Faithful Jesus

Hold Fast Our Confidence

APPLICATION

  • Fix your thoughts on Jesus

  • Find your confidence/courage in Jesus

Becoming Like Us

Summary

Series: Preeminence

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 2:9-18

Insight

“so that” —> He might taste death for everyone

PERFECTED HUMILITY (v10)

  • “fitting” —> only right; consistent with God’s character

    • He loved us

      • Consistent with:

        • God’s Wisdom

          • No mind could have or would have thought of the way to save us

        • God’s Holiness

          • Hatred of sin; He cannot sin

        • God’s Power

          • He is the only one who could conquer death and the grave

        • God’s Love

          • His love for the world, fallen and broken mankind/sinners

        • God’s Grace

          • His substitutionary provision

          • God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense

  • “perfect” —> finish; complete

  • “author” —>leader; pioneer; founder

    • this perfecting author of our salvation came through suffering

    • He lived the perfect pattern of obedience, leading us in salvation

UNASHAMED IDENTITY (v11-13)

  • Sanctifier

    • He is the Holy One that makes us holy

      • Positionally

      • Practically

  • Brother

    • Proclaiming the Father to us

    • Praising the Father in the midst of us

    • Trusting the Father

    • Jesus, our brother in common righteousness and faith

RESTORED LIBERTY (v14-16)

  • Shares in flesh and blood

    • “share” —> koininia; fellowship, communion

    • “partook” —> taking hold of something that is not naturally one’s own kind

      • By nature we are very different from the Son of God, but by willing purpose He takes hold of our nature so that He might die in our place that we might take hold of the diving nature

  • Conquers the power of death

    • He renders Satan powerless

  • Delivers from the fear of death

INHABITED EMPATHY (v17-18)

  • He became like us in all things THAT He might be for us in our relating to God

  • He became like us SO THAT hHe might be for us

APPLICATION

GOD’S EMPATHY + CHRIST’S AGENCY = OUR LIBERTY

Actually feeling the Person through which

experiences and power is exerted or

thoughts of another; an end is achieved;

understands us doing business for another

A Destiny Rescued

Summary

Series: Preeminence

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 2:5-9

Insight

GOD’S INTENTION (v5)

“subjection” —> designated order; an administration/arranging

“world” —> the inhabited earth/world

  • For man to be cared for by God (v6)

    • We are on His mind

    • He is concerned about you

    • He cares about you

  • Reigning over this world (v 5-8)

  • Crowned with glory and honor

SIN’S INTERRUPTION (v7)

Not a defeat, but an interruption

“lower than the angels” —> lower in degree; short in time

  • Broken fellowship with God

    • What might have been weighs heavy because sin separates us from God

  • Broken fellowship with each other

  • Loss of Reign

    • Because of sin our position was flipped and we don’t rule over, but are placed under or it rules over us

  • Death and Defeat

    • Those we have loved and lost

JESUS’ REDEMPTION (v8-9)

  • He took on our likeness

    • Took a lesser position

    • Suffered and tasted death

    • Philippians 2:5-8

  • He suffered our death

    • Ephesians 2:4

  • He has been crowned with glory and honor

SO WHAT? THE APPLICATION

  • Recognition of a present reality

    • We feel the brokenness, defeat, bondage, regret

    • We wonder what might have been

  • There is another reality; more real than what we see and feel

    • Ephesians 2:4-5

      • Our destiny has already been rescued and it is secure in Christ

The Tragedy of Neglect: Anchor In or Drift Away

Summary

Series: Preeminence

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 2:1-4

Insight

WE MUST ANCHOR IN OR DRIFT AWAY

  • (2:1) “Therefore”; “for this reason”; “because of this”

There is great tragedy in having come so close and missed it; having had a victory in hand and lost it, especially when it comes through neglect.

  • Time wasted

  • Resources squandered

  • Health abused and lost . . . through neglect

2 Tragedies:

  • Those in Christ who neglect what they have to the eternal harm of all those around

  • Those who have heard, intellectually agree with or believe, but fail to embrace through faith

The 5 Warning Passages of Hebrews:

  • 2:1-4

  • 3:7-4:13

  • 5:11-6:12

  • 10:19-39

  • 12:14-29

We must pay closer attention to what we have heard so that we do not drift away from it.

2 Words/Phrases:

  • “pay much closer attention” —> most likely a technical nautical term meaning “to hold a ship toward port”

    • Indicates the fastening of the anchor to the seabed to keep the ship from drifting; idea of anchoring the ship in the harbor

  • “drift away” —> used of a ship allowed to drift past the harbor by neglect or not paying attention to it

WE MUST ANCHOR IN:

  • Because of Who He is

    • Jesus Christ

    • Son of God

    • Heir of all things

    • Creator of the world

      • He is:

        • the radiance of His glory

        • the exact representation of the Divine nature

        • the sustainer of the universe

        • purifier from sin

        • the One who sits at the right hand of the Majesty on high

        • worshiped and served by the angels

        • anointed above all others

        • unchangeable, everlasting God

  • Because of What He has said

    • There is salvation in His Son

    • God spoke and now had spoken in His Son

    • In Jesus, God speaks with:

      • Clarity

      • Finality

      • Authority

      • (v 4) Signs and wonders and various miracles

  • Because of What He has done

    • Purified from sin

  • Because of What it means

    • God is just; as such there is just recompense; salvation to some, penalty to others

WE MUST NOT DRIFT AWAY

  • Drift

  • Desertion —> be all in for a while then desert

  • Destruction

SO WHAT?

  • How do I anchor in?

    • Understand the Word

      • study, read, listen to

    • Obey the Word

      • do what you know to do

    • Share the Word

      • Flow In/Flow Out; Pour In/Pour Out

    • Gather together as God’s people

      • do not “neglect” gathering/assembling together

Greater Than the Angels

Summary

Series: Preeminence

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 1:4-14

Insight

ANGELS

  • Spirit beings; capable of appearing in human form

    • Matthew 28:2 —> the angel at the tomb

  • Have emotions

    • Luke 15:10 —> “joy”

  • Do not marry or pro-create

  • Not indicated that they could die or be annihilated

  • Countless in number

    • Daniel spoke of “thousands of thousands”

    • John spoke of “myriads”

  • More powerful than men

  • Minister to God and do His bidding

    • Merely spectators and participants in what God is doing

  • Watch over God’s redeemed and minister to them

JESUS IS GREATER IN HIS:

IDENTITY

  • Psalms 2:7; 2 Samuel 2:14

  • A Son to the Father

  • Because He is a Son to the Father, He is worthy of worship

NATURE

  • (1:7) He is eternal

  • (1:9) He is righteousness

  • (1:9) He is anointed with gladness

DESTINY

  • (1:13) He is seated by God the Father

  • (1:13) He is seated above all others

    • Right hand is a sign of power —> “at the right hand of the Majesty on high”

SO WHAT?

  • (2:1) “for this reason we must pay closer attention to what we have heard”

Preeminent Proclamation

Summary

Series: Preeminence

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 1

Insight

3 sections to Hebrews:

  1. Hebrews 1:1-4:13 - Preeminent Proclamation —> Perfect Prophet

  2. Hebrews 4:14-10:18 - Preeminent Provision —> Perfect Priest

  3. Hebrews 10:19-13:25 - Preeminent Practice —> Perfect King

Who is Jesus? He is perfect in His:

SUSTAINING POWER (v 1-2)

  • “sustain” —> bear, carry, guide toward a proper goal

  • Colossians 1:17

  • “all things” —> entire universe

  • “word of power” —> His powerful word; spoken, declared determined will

CLEANSING PROVISION (v 3)

  • Who —> the Son, Jesus

  • What —> purified, cleansed

  • Ezekiel 37:23, Titus 2:14, Hebrews 9:14

    • We have been cleansed for His glory

  • When —> past, present, always

    • Past action with a continuous effect

EXALTED POSITION (v 3)

  • Honor

  • Authority

  • Completion

  • intercession

    • “He sat down” —> it is finished

    • Mark 16:19

    • Hebrews 8:1; 10:12; 12:2-3

      • “So that you will not grow weary and lose heart”

        • Significance

          • Sign of Honor

            • Philippians 2:11

          • Sign of Authority

            • I Peter 3:22

          • Sign of Completion

            • Hebrews 10:12

          • Sign of Intercession and Advocacy

            • Romans 8:33

            • Hebrews 2:1

SO WHAT?

  • Whose voice are you listening to?

  • Whose voice brings peace in the storm?

  • Whose voice brings clarity in confusion?

Radiant Glory

Summary

Series: Preeminence

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 1

Insight

3 sections to Hebrews:

  1. Hebrews 1:1-4:13 - Preeminent Proclamation —> Perfect Prophet

  2. Hebrews 4:14-10:18 - Preeminent Provision —> Perfect Priest

  3. Hebrews 10:19-13:25 - Preeminent Practice —> Perfect King

A CONTRAST TO CONSIDER (v 1-2)

  • Concession of the lesser to the greater

A COMPARISION TO BEHOLD (v 2)

  • Heir of All Things

  • Made the World

  • Radiance of His Glory

  • Exact Representation of the Father

    • Exact representation of His nature

      • Who is Jesus in relationship to God?

        • He is God - a statement to His deity

      • Who is Jesus in relationship to creation?

        • He upholds all things; the sustainer of all things

          • “sustaining” - carrying to a proper goal or finale

        • He is enthroned over creation/over all things

          • He accomplished all he set out to accomplish

          • He is seated at the right hand of the majesty on high

Preeminence: The Book of Hebrews

Summary

Series: Preeminence

Scripture Reference: Hebrews

Insight

Preeminence —> above or before others; paramount rank; dignity or importance; superior to all others; supreme; more important or powerful than all others.

“He supports the whole and all the parts.” ~ Matthew Henry

Colossians 1:13-18; 19-20

PREEMINENT PROCLAMATION (1:1-13; 4)

  • PERFECT PROPHET

    • He is the perfection of God’s message to man

    • He completed the work

      • Warnings

        • Hebrews 3:1-2

        • Hebrews 3:7

PREEMINENT IN PROVISION (1:14-10:18)

  • PERFECT PRIEST

    • Perfect Priest in Compassion

      • Perfect in mercy, grace, provision, completion

        • Warnings

          • Hebrews 6:11-12

          • Hebrews 5:11-6:20

PREEMINENT IN PRACTICE (10:19-25)

  • Perfect King

    • Draw near with full assurance and hold fast without wavering

    • Stimulate one another to love and good deeds

      • Warnings

        • Hebrews 12:25-29

Gospel Roots

Summary

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 4:11-16; John 15

Insight

God expects his children to grow in Christ and grow in maturity.

Ephesians 4:15 mentions “speaking the truth in love”. Maturity comes as we all learn to speak the gospel into each others lives.

What is the gospel?

  • Who is Jesus?

    • A perfect man, lived a perfect life, the God-man, the promised Messiah sent to savers from sin and death, crucified, buried, raised on the third day.

  • What did Jesus do on the cross?

    • He exchanged His righteousness on the cross for our sin because we deserved death.

    • He rose from the dead to show HIs power over sin and death.

  • What must we do? What is the action of the gospel?

    • Repent, believe, put our trust and dependence in what Jesus has done for us.

    • Follow in baptism; the act of obedience publicly expressing our faith to the world.

  • What happens after we repent and believe?

    • 2 Corinthians 5:17

    • Romans 8:29

    • We receive the Holy Spirit

    • We are adopted into God’s family

    • We are commissioned with God’s authority to make disciples of Jesus

  • If we believe in the gospel, how do we grow in it?

    • John 15:1-11

      • “abide”

        • free from the penalty of sin (positionally justified)

        • free from the power of sin (continually being sanctified)

        • we are not free from the presence of sin, but we should abide in Him and in His Word.

          • “if you abide”; “if you keep my commandments”

  • I John 4

    • “this is love”; “this is the gospel”

  • Colossians 3:5-10

    • “put to death”

The essence of sin is unbelief in the gospel and in who God is.

  • If we are sinning we:

    • don’t believe His greatness

    • don’t believe His glory

    • don’t believe His goodness

    • don’t believe His grace