“ARE YOU NEGLECTING YOUR SALVATION?”

Hebrews 2:1-4

We must remember that these were Christians who once took a bold stand for Christ and the gospel – 10:32-34.

The main object of this chapter is to show that we should attend diligently to the things that were spoken by the Lord Jesus, and not allow them to glide away from us.

Paul is saying that some might be inclined to disregard what was spoken and that they would urge the Old Testament had been given by the angels and was therefore more worthy of attention. We see,

1st, we see the exhortation not to allow the things spoken to slip from our mind, but to attend to them diligently and carefully. The argument is the importance of what was spoken by the angels under the Old Testament, much more, that which was spoken by the Son of God in verses 1-4.

2nd, we see that Jesus had a right to be heard, and what he said should receive the deep attention of all men according to verses 5-9.

3rd, Paul then shows why He became a man, and why He was subjected to such terrible sufferings in verses 10-18. The argument is that Jesus did not come to save angels, but to save man from his sin.

Therefore, or on account of the exalted dignity of the Messiah; the sense is, “since Christ as Head of the church is far above the prophets and the angels. We ought to give the more earnest attention to all that has been spoken.”

We ought. It is fit or proper that we should listen to those things. When the Son of God speaks to men, it is appropriate for us to listen to what He is saying.

To give the more earnest heed. To give more attention to the things we have heard; whether directly from the Lord Jesus or from his apostles.

Lest at any time. We ought to listen to those things at all times, and never forget them or be indifferent to them. Sometimes we are interested in them, but we feel indifferent to attend to them. Heaviness and dullness of mind causes us to be indifferent to the things of God and they soon pass out of the mind without any concern.

Paul says that this ought never to be so! At no time should we be indifferent to those things. They are always important to us, and we should never be in a state of mind that they are uninteresting. At all times; in all places; and in every situation of life, we should feel that the truths of Christ are of more important to us than all other truths, and nothing should be allowed to destroy that belief from the heart.

We should not let them slip.  Or, “run out as leaking vessels.” Tindal says, “lest we be split.” Doddridge interprets it, “lest we let them flow out of our minds.” Professor Stuart, “lest at any time we should slight them.” Whitby said, “that they may not entirely slip out of our memories.”

The word used is pararrew and occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. It means to flow by, to flow over, to go by and to fall, to flow away. It is used to mean, to flow near, to flow by as of a river, to glide away, to escape as from the mind, to forget and to glide along.

TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“THE TRUE GOSPEL!”

1 Corinthians 15:1-5

We are looking for the spectacular today: tongues, healing, music, mysticism, instant religion, etc. We must all come to Christ the same way, by faith.

Before we get into the heart of the message this morning we need to consider several facts about Christianity.

It is based upon historical facts

Not upon human reasoning, conclusions, imaginations or myths. No, it is based on fact.

  • These facts are personal. They are connected with a person not a philosophy such as Socrates, Plato, or Caesar, but one whom Paul calls the Christ.
  • These facts are few in numbers. He died, was buried and rose again.
  • These facts are well proven: seen of Cephas, of the twelve and then of the five hundred at one time.

Christianity is designed to remove evil

Why did these facts take place? He died for our sins. The great end of Christianity is “to put away sin.”

  • From the world and the heart.
  • From literature and institutions.
  • From custom as well as governments.

Philosophically there is no religion on earth suited to destroy man’s sinful disposition of his heart, and historically nothing else has ever done it.

Christianity is to be preached according to these facts:

“By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory (hold fast) what I preached unto you.”

Paul preached that they might be saved, but they could only be saved as they renounced and hated sin.

  • He preached it convincingly. They received his Gospel.
  • He preached it scripturally. He showed the facts according to the scriptures.
  • He preached it humbly. “For I am the least of the Apostles.”

These facts are both positive and attractive. We need to preach it the way Paul did: convincingly, scripturally and humbly.

This gospel has three unique truths in it.

MAN IS BORN IN SIN AND CONCEIVED IN INIQUITY Isaiah 59:1-15.

Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

MAN IS SINFUL AND NEEDS A SAVIOUR Romans 1:18-32, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25.

Most men have tried everything under the sun.

THIS SAVIOUR MAN NEEDS IS JESUS CHRIST THE LORD

When people talk to you about Jesus, we had better find out if they are talking about the Jesus of the Bible or some Guru.

This is the resurrected Christ, “The just for the unjust.”

There are only two doctrines: the scripture and the devils; either from God or the devil.

“WHY CHURCH?” Conclusion!

“English preacher Rowland Hill once received 100 Lbs. from a generous man to give to a poor minister. Thinking it might be too much to send all at once; Mr. Hill forwarded five Lbs. along with a note that said, more to follow. In a few days he sent another five Lbs. with the same words, more to follow. The surprised and overjoyed preacher soon became familiar with those encouraging words, and his heart was filled with gratitude to God each time he read them. So too, every blessing our Heavenly Father gives us comes with the same joyful words that seem to be saying, ‘more to follow.’ Listen to what God is saying to those who delight to dwell in His Tabernacle or His presence:

  1. I will forgive all your sins and there is more forgiveness to follow.
  2. I will give you victory over every spiritual enemy and there is more to follow.
  • I will guide you with my eye, and there is more to follow.
  1. I will uphold you in the hour of sickness and death and there is more to follow.
  2. Yes, and when we see Him face to face, then will still be more to follow and look forward to; for He has promised to show us throughout the endless ages in Eph. 2:7, ‘the exceeding riches of His grace in Hid kindness to us through Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. And also read Psalm 34.

All this and more is involved in the meaning of John 1:16, “And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.”

And this verse promises that God will continue to be generous and heap upon us the abundance of His grace. When it comes to receiving blessing from God, There is always more to follow.” Daily Bread Devotional

So, the next time you go to church understand that it is more than just another gathering, but literally to be in the presence of God in our worship.

David recognized the importance of being in the House of God, do you?

Challenge to faithfulness in our church attendance!

WHY CHURCH? Part 3

REVIEW YESTERDAY’S POST!

BECAUSE OF THE POWER & PRAISE OF GOD: Psalm 84:4

Psalm 122:4 Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD.

BECAUSE OF HELP AND COMFORT OF GOD

And may I say that it also helps to avoid trouble in the first place.

Psalm 137:1-5 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 

BECAUSE OF THE INSTRUCTION, LEARNING FROM GOD

Micah 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

BECAUSE OF THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST HIMSELF

Luke 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

Look again at verse 12, ‘O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

That is, more of His grace and mercy to:

  • Those who dwell in His Tabernacle – His House.
  • Those who delight in His Presence – His Habitat.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“WHY CHURCH? Part 2

Hebrews 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.”

 “As the manner of some is”

We are not told why they neglected public worship is not specified. It may have been for the following reasons:

  • Some may not have gone because of the fear of persecution.
  • Some may have neglected the duty because they felt no interest in it, as professing Christians now sometimes do.
  • It is possible that some may have had doubts about the necessity of this duty, and on that account may have neglected it.
  • Or it may perhaps have been from dissatisfaction with the preacher, or with some member or members of the church.

Whatever the reasons, Paul says that they should regard it as a sacred duty to meet together for worshipping God, because none of these ‘reasons’ should prevent them from this duty.

All who call themselves Christians, and all who expect to grow in faith, should regard it a sacred duty to assemble together for public worship. Church is public and our faith is to be strengthened and refreshed by waiting together on the Lord.

There is an obvious courtesy that men should assemble together for the worship of the Most-High, and no Christian can hope that his faith will grow, or that he can perform his duties to God without fellowshipping with those who love and serve God.

 “But exhorting one another”

That is, in our assembling together–a direction which proves that it is proper for Christians to exhort one another when they are gathered together for church. In fact, there is reason to believe that the preaching in the early Christian assemblies included much mutual exhortation.

“And so much the more as ye see the day approaching”

The term day refers to some event which was expected, and which was so well understood by them that no particular explanation was necessary.

It was also some event that was expected to occur real soon. If it had not been something which was expected to happen in the near future, Paul would have gone into a fuller explanation of it, and would have stated at length what these indications were. 

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“WHY CHURCH?”

Please read Psalm 84

Although David’s name is not in the title of this Psalm, many believe it was written by him because:

  • It contains so much of his excellent spirit as in Psalm 63.
  • It is believed that it was written upon Absalom’s rebellion when David was forced to leave the city. This is what caused him to lament.
  • It was not so much because it was a royal city, but it was a holy city.

So, David expresses his affection with great devotion:

  • To the Tabernacle of God.
  • His value for the Tabernacle verse 1.
  • His desire for the Tabernacle verses 2-3.
  • His happiness of those that enjoy the Tabernacle verses 4-7.
  • His own happiness in the enjoyment of the Tabernacle verse 10.
  • To the God of the Tabernacle.
  • His desire for Him verses 8-9.
  • His faith in Him verse 11.
  • His happiness of those that put their confidence in Him verse 12.

In the reading of this great Psalm we should have the same affection toward the Lord that David had, and then it will bring the same kind of happiness to us.

So, the logical question this morning is, “why is it so important for us to be in the house of God?”

BECAUSE OF THE COMMAND AND AUTHORITY OF GOD:

Deuteronomy 12:5, “But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:”

Hebrews 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.”

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together..”

That is, for purposes of public worship. Some have understood the word assembling as meaning a group of Christians, or the church; and they believe that the object of the apostle here is, to exhort them not to neglect from the church. The Greek word is used nowhere else in the New Testament, except in 2 Thessalonians. 2:1, where is given the noun gathering together. The verb is used in Matthew 23:3 and 24:31; Mark 1:33; 13:27; Luke 12:1; 13:34, in all which places it says gathered together.

It properly means an act of assembling, or a gathering together, and is nowhere used in the New Testament in the sense of an assembly, or the church. The command then is to meet together for the worship of God, and it is commanded that Christians think an important duty to do it. It is also implied that it is sin when this is neglected.

TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW!

A little long, but be sure to read it to the finish. “HOW TO BE A FAITHFUL CHRISTIAN!” Conclusion!

Read Galatians 5:22.

Paul uses the word “Spirit,” as representing that these things do not flow out from our own nature. The sins listed are the ‘works’ or result of the desires of the human heart.

Love, for God and to men. This is probably referring to the love of and for God and is the fruit of the Spirit.

Joy that is joy in the love of God; in the forgiveness from God; in communion with our Redeemer; in His service as well as in the duties of our faith; in time of trials and testing, and in the hope of heaven.

Peace, the “peace that passeth all understanding” and is the result of our reconciliation with God.

“Long-suffering” in affliction and trial and even when others hurt us.

Gentleness, the same word that is translated kindness in 2Co 6:6, and means goodness, kindness, and is not cruel, crabby or crooked.

We must have a controlled disposition, and one that treats people with courtesy, respect and politeness. This is one of the effects of the Spirit’s process on the heart, because faith makes no one grumpy, gloomy but fills the heart with gladness. It sweetens the temper; corrects an irritable disposition; makes the heart kind, and makes all around us as happy as possible.

Goodness.

In this case I believe the word seems to mean kindness, or a disposition to do well to others. The sense is that a Christian must be a good man, woman or young person.

Faith, that is, the Christian must be a faithful. Faithful to his/her word and promises or someone who can be trusted with confidence.

The object is not so much as to speak of the feelings we have towards God, but to illustrate the influences of the Spirit in directing and controlling our feelings towards others.

True faith is what makes a man faithful. The Christian must be faithful as a man; faithful as a brother, sister, friend and father. We must be faithful as a husband, wife, son or daughter.

He is faithful to his word as well as to his promises. No man, woman or young person can be a spirit controlled Christian who is not faithful; and under the influences of the Holy Spirit. Now, when this kind of faith is not evident it does not exist, and is deceitful and vain.

Verse 10, “Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.”

That is, Walk as children of light and thus showing what is acceptable to the Lord. The meaning here is, that by so living you will know what is acceptable to the Lord.

Verse 11, “And have no fellowship.” The unfruitful works: that is actions of darkness that produce no benefit to the body or the soul. The word unfruitful is here used in contrast with the fruit of the Spirit, in verse 9.

But rather reprove them. By your life, conversation and all your influence. This is the business of Christians. Our lives should be a rebuke of a sinful world, and we should be ever ready to express disapproval of wickedness in every form.

Verse 13, “But all things that are reproved.” The word reproved means proved, demonstrated, or convicted. I believe the sense is that its true nature is demonstrated and made known.

“Are made manifest by the light.” Light is the means of seeing what things are, and so it is with the gospel, the light of the world. It enables us to see the true nature of actions. They are done in darkness, and are like objects in the dark. Their form and nature cannot be known; but, when the light shines, we see what they are.

“For whatsoever doth make manifest is light.” Anything that will show the real form and nature of an object deserves to be called light. Whether physical or spiritual, light is light.

No one can doubt the truth of this statement and the meaning that the light that reveals the true nature of what is done by the heathen deserves to be considered as light. The gospel should be regarded as a tool of light and truth.

Verse 16, “Redeeming the time.” The word here rendered redeeming, means, to purchase; to buy up from the possession or power of any one; and then to redeem, to set free–as from service or bondage. Here it means to rescue or recover our time from waste; to improve it for great and important purposes. 

“Because the days are evil.” Because the times in which we live are evil. There are many temptations that would lead us away from the proper use of time, and that would draw us into sin. Such were those that would tempt them to go to places of sinful pleasure, where their time is wasted.

As these temptations grew, they should have been even more on their guard against a sinful and unprofitable waste of time.

Verse 17, “Be ye not unwise.” Be not fools in the using of your time in life.  Exercise true wisdom by attempting to understand what the will of the Lord is, and then doing it.

Always remember, “WE CANNOT CONFIRM WHAT WE CANNOT WEIGH!”