The great blessing of the gospel is access
This is done through Jesus Christ, His only
Son who is our Great High Priest!
Avail yourself of this great privilege of
access to God!
Jesus has gone into heaven with His own
blood and has been allowed to sprinkle it
on the mercy-seat. Our sins have debarred
us from standing in the presence of God -
Washed in Jesus' blood, the sinner may
draw near to God with confidence!
It is called "a new and living way"
vs. 19-25 - the practical result of a belief in
Christ as the Great High Priest
An encouragement in vs. 19-24 and a
warning in vs. 25-31
"boldness to enter....by the blood of Jesus
Christ.... a new and living way" - a High
Priest of higher order than any earthly
priest and a spiritual mode of approach
compared to the old approach.
This was signified in Matt. 26:51 - "And
behold, the veil of the temple was rent
in twain from the top to the bottom" at
the very death of Jesus on the cross.
By Christ's work we are exhorted
to confidence and persistence in faith -
"a true heart" and fulness "of faith"
vs. 22-25 - Three duties from such privilege
Towards God faith!
Towards the world hope!
Towards the church love!
Towards God in sincerity - "with a true heart"
and "in spirit and truth" - John 4:23-24 -
in fulness of faith
Towards men by our lips and our lives.
Towards fellow believers - love one another -
we are to take kindly thought of each other's
excellences, defects, needs and dangers, trials
and temptations and to minister to one another
Our duties, motives, aims, trials, joys, and hopes
are very similar to one another in character -
(remember Elijah was a like man, subject to the
passions you have - Remember that Jesus was
in all points tempted like we are and yet without
Therefore let us "consider one another" -
and "exhort one another" - vs. 24-25
Godly rivalry in manifesting Christian love!
"so much the more as we see the day approaching"
Love is the supreme grace of Christian character -
"faith, hope and love but the greatest is love"
Love is most Christ-like - "God is love" - it is
that grace which most truly represents our Savior
to the world - it is also THE MOST EFFECTIVE
METHOD OF PREVENTING STRIFE AND
SECURING UNITY AMONG BRETHREN -
v. 22 - "having our hearts sprinkled from an
evil conscience" - the blood of Christ
satisfies Divine justice and satisfies the
conscience of man
Daily cleansing for daily impurities!
And a warning in vs. 25-31 - do not
let the delay of the Parousia cause you
to waiver! But "so much the more as
ye see the day approaching"
vs. 26-27 - apostasy and stubborn defection
from the faith - deliberate sin with
a high hand - fire associated with God's
The sin spoken of is that of the man "who has
received the knowledge of the truth" and has
rejected the gospel after perceiving its beauty!
Basically, it is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit,
the unforgivable sin!
Expand on the significance of vs. 28-29 -
comparing court in Christian County
with the great bar of God in the final day!
Three characteristics given:
a. towards God - "hath trodden under
foot the Son of God"
b. towards the Son - "counts the blood
....an unholy thing ( the blood of Jesus
must be either on the heart or under
the heel) - worthless?????
c. toward the Holy Spirit - "hath done
despite unto the Spirit of grace" (to
deny the Holy Ghost the reverence
and adoration which is His due.
An awful punishment shall descend upon those
who sin away their souls - negatively - "there
remaineth no more sacrifice for sins" - v. 26
conscience destroyed/unhappiness in this life/
anticipation of a terrible eternity/the fierceness
of fire itself/spiritual loss/eternal despair/for ever
shut out from the presence of God!
Under Moses' law - people were stoned for
idolatry - Deut. 17:2-7 but apostates from
Christianity are guilty of a vastly greater sin
and will receive a more dreadful punishment!
To reject the gospel is a more heinous crime
than murder, rape, sodomy, etc. Do not
take encouragement from this!
To tread under foot the eternal Son of God
involves more aggravated guilt than to turn
away from civil law and government which
got the idea in the first place from Moses who
got it from God! Moses was merely a human
messenger - remember Jesus - ch. 1:1-3
So if there is a sentence of death for violating the
Old Covenant, how much more the New!
The spirit of the time (anti-Christ) tempts everywhere
to a life of self-indulgence rather than self-denial.
SOME THINGS ARE NOT GOOD FOR YOU!
THANK GOD HE HAS PUT MARKERS ON THEM
Habits of self-pleasing tend to bring a man to the
edge of the inclined plane which slopes towards
the abyss of apostasy!
"He that soweth to his flesh shall reap corruption"
"to be carnally minded is death"
"the wicked shall be turned into hell and all nations
that forget God"
Appended Feb. 4, 2007
I confess to you today to take three steps back prior to
trying to go forward in the book of Hebrews of which
I make no apology in trying to complete.
I have been doing a lot of thinking lately - about my call -
about the position I have in this class - about my relationship
with fellow Christians and my fellow citizens of Christian
County - in many ways I am disgusted, perhaps if not
disoriented, I am distracted for one reason or another.
But I feel led in what I am getting ready to teach today
and until I am assured that I do not have the backing of
God, our Father, or until he removes me from the scene,
I will boldly present the following:
Esther is historical/shows providence of God for His people
God is just as providential for us today/we are just
increasingly becoming ignorant.
II Peter 3:3-5 calls it "willingly ignorant"
All things have not always been as they are; there have
been great changes in the world, there was once a great
catastrophe, but this is willingly forgotten!?
Profligacy - state of being given up to dissipation (intemperate
living - vanish, dissolve, to lose irrecoverably, scatter,
waste, excess, to be extravagant in the pursuit of
pleasure) and licentiousness (lacking LEGAL or
MORAL restraints marked by disregard for strict
rules of correctness)
Some men do not seem to realize how fearfully wicked
and how fatally ruinous profligacy is!!
I Cor. 10:5-8 - "rose up to play"
It is a sin against God!
It is an offense against society!
Utterly abandoned men will set little weight by such a
consideration, because they have long lost all serious care
for their relations with God.
I Cor. 6:19-20 tells us that every man is a temple - see that
this temple is not converted into a nest of corruption.
a la - "my people love to have it so"
Profligacy ruins the mind, it degrades the thought. It ruins
reputation - who cares anymore? seems to be the attitude of
the day - that is what happens when "the foundations are
Not only so but it ruins physical health - why necessity for
shots for elementary students?? (my grand kids are rapidly
getting to this age)
Profligacy ruins the soul - it brings other sins in its train -
When a man has deluded and ruined a woman, society regards
the woman (or used to) with loathing and contempt, while the
man often escapes seemingly scott-free. This is just one of
the grossest instances of injustice in this world that the future
Judgment of God will rectify - Heb. 10:30-31
Profligacy is fatal to sound social order!
It is a gangrene in society, eating out its very heart.
Nothing more surely undermines the true welfare of a people.
(I keep coming back to that neglected part of the US Constitution
in the Preamble that supposingly is interested in "promoting
the general welfare" of the people???????
PROMOTING SENSUALITY IS NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR WELFARE!
Profligacy is fatal to the sanctities of the home and the home
is the very life on which a nation depends.
Gangs or Terrorists were not in the Garden of Eden unless
it was in the person of the serpent!
The profligate is solely interested in selfish pleasure - he does
not even have the excuse of a thief who may rob because he is
starving, neither can he pretend that he is benefiting anyone
else by his wickedness>
Proverbs 7:22-23 describes the condition as
* an ox to the slaughter (he no more realizes the
serious issue of his action than an irrational beast,
without prevision of the future, walks contentedly
to the slaughter house, stupidly placid in the face
* as a criminal is led unresistingly to confinement and
degradation - like a madman or idiot who is taken
away, unconscious of his fate, to a shameful
deprivation of liberty.
* as a bird in a snare - a trap that catches an incautious
person WHERE HE HAS NO BUSINESS
"as a bird hasteth to the snare and knoweth not it is for
his life" - infatuated youth does not consider his life is at
stake, that he is bringing upon himself, by his vicious
rashness, present and future ruin.
THUS THE CONDITION OF SOCIETY TODAY
Super Bowl/Entertainment at the Super Bowl
Churches/New Era article
ESPN/NFL rule that churches cannot show on a larger
than 44 inch TV
Example of Anti-christ hold on the world's thought
I can't imagine giving an altar call at half-time although
I can imagine skipping the half-time show for aforementioned
How do you filter out the expletives that might be said by
the participants of in this day, commentators??
Texas - elementary school kids required to take shots for
a certain strain of sexually transmitted disease that is
associated with cervical cancer.
Bro. Purcell's comment Wed. night about everything
I translate physical laws and moral laws of the universe
are connected - neither can be violated with impunity.
Letter to Global Warmers
Letter to Ted Kennedy - Deut. 29:18-25
END APPENDAGE TO HEBREWS
Even true believers have bought into this - Jer. 5:31 -
"my people love to have it so" - I Kings 16:21 -
half of the people were this and half that -
A majority of the justices of the United States
Supreme Court of the last 50 years will bear their
judgment, along with the presidents, senators,
and representatives of Congress and an American
citizenry that loves to have it so to the point of
DOING NOTHING and don't forget the lawyers
and membership of the ACLU who instead of
vs. 30-31 - "vengeance....recompense....judgement"
"The Lord shall judge His people"
"It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the
A time when it is too late for mercy - a time of justice!
No way to escape the wrath of Eternal Righteousness!
Man's liability without atonement!
The spirit of the time also labors to thrust into the
background the doctrine of retributive justice but this
principle is found everywhere -
The justice of the Almighty is asserted here with
The secularists today and liberalism in theology
which teach that it is by no means such a
fearful thing after all "to fall into the hands
of the Living God" will also bear their judgment!
The Lord Jesus Christ has not sent any such message -
rather he has warned in Luke 12:5 - "I will forewarn
you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He
hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say
unto you, Fear Him"
v. 35-36 - "Cast not away therefore your confidence..."
The doctrine of recompense - Moses - ch. 11:23-26
The full and final enjoyment of what is promised is
still future and is conditioned by perseverance!
vs. 37-38 - Hab. 2:3-4
a transition to contents of next chapter - faith chapter -
Faith is what the righteous person is
to live by until the Lord comes!
Ch. 11 shows that faith was no new thing -
it has been the essential principle of all
true religious life from the beginning!
It distinguished the children of Israel from the heathen.
It distinguishes Christians today from secularists.
They do not believe!
The prophet Habakkuk lived during
the long and evil days of Mannaseh -
(55 yrs) and had in his view the
trials of his time - violence and iniquity
(especially sexual immorality )-
also the threat of attacks of the Chaldeans.
Habakkuk stood on his watch and sits
upon his tower to look out for what the
Lord will say to him in his difficulties -
v. 4 - "Behold, his soul which is lifted
up is not upright in him"
"but the just shall live by his faith"
Habakkuk's confidence in troubled times -
Despite all appearances the vision will before
long be realized - "Behold I come quickly" -
God's promises to the righteous will
certainly be fulfilled and faith must
be our sustaining principle like it was
The Second Coming of Christ!
Our duty is to cherish this "blessed hope"
and to sit on our watch-tower of prayer
and to look for signs of His appearing!
We prepare for death but He may come
before we die!
vs. 38b-39 - No drawing back