Preeminence

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)


Preeminence . . . Take Hold of Hope

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 6:13-20

Insight

  • Hebrews 6:9-20


INTRODUCTION

  • Contrast of the warning to encouragement

  • What was the warning of the preceding verses?

    • Press on to maturity

    • It’s not OK to remain immature

    • Unable to understand, to rightly handle, to apply the word of God

    • It’s not OK to remain immature

    • Lacking depth, discipling, and desire to grow

  • How strong is the warning?

    • Believers will suffer loss and may be disqualified; saved as through fire; but tragic when considering what might have been had they pressed on to maturity

    • Unbelievers presume much; to give intellectual assent, but not cross over in surrendered faith; each breath presumes the next; He has already show them such mercy and grace

Then the tone changes from warning to encouragement

  • Our encouragement

    • “realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

    • “so that we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.”

Take hold of hope . . .

BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS (v. 13-15)

  • Genesis 22:10-18

    • Abraham had just seen that God is Jehovah Jireh . . . “The Lord will provide”

      • He is God Most High - El Elyon - Gen. 14:18-20

      • He is the All Sufficient One - El Shaddai - Gen. 17:1

      • He is Faithful - but through all of this - seeing the character of God - He is faithful

BECAUSE OF WHAT HE HAS SAID (v. 16-18)

  • I will bless you and make you a blessing (Gen. 12:1-3)

    • He promised - Gen. 12:1-3

    • He said it again - Gen. 17:4-6

    • And He said it again - Gen. 18:17-18

Then Gen. 22

  • I swear by Myself, I will bless you - He makes an oath

    • And multiply you

    • And bless the nations through you

      • Indicates that He is bound to His word by His own character. his oath provides the guarantee that removes doubt and underscores the validity of the promise.

  • It is impossible for God to lie - His promise sure and steadfast

    • Num. 23:19

    • Titus 1:1-3

    • Heb. 6:17

BECAUSE OF WHAT HE HAS DONE (v. 19-20)

  • He has gone before us - a forerunner for us

  • He has gone before us within the veil into the very presence of God

  • He has become our high priest forever

CONCLUSION/APPLICATION

  • Life is trying and it tests and tries our faith

    • Hebrews 6:11-12

    • v. 15

      • Abraham having patiently waited, he obtained the promise

  • This message is for those “who have taken refuge” - the idea is we who have fled to Him for refuge

  • Has your faith been tried? What is your Hope, your assurance?

    • It is in Who He is - What He has said - What He has already done

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

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