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" Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." ...... John 3:3


Lay Hold Upon Hope


Hebrews 6:9-20


Introduction:

         In our last study we looked at the warning to those who come short of true salvation, and fall away. Those who may even appear to be saved, but eventually display their true colors and become apostates. As long as they choose another way than Christ, it is impossible for them to find genuine salvation.

         Now, Paul seeks to encourage his hearers

         Though he spoke so severely earlier, the writer to the Hebrews was confident His readers would continue on with Jesus.

 

I.                    The things that accompany salvation- v. 9-12

a.       The "things that accompany salvation" are not things which cause salvation or produce salvation.

b.      Our good works and labour of love, and ministry do not cause salvation-they are "things that accompany salvation" (6:9)

c.       Note God is keeping account of those who are laboring for Him! He notices those who are working hard, and those who are hardly working!

d.      Serving- through our prayers, our witness, our physical labor, and generosity

e.      It is true that some people may forget your work and labor of love, but God never will. Donít do it for menís applause!

f.        At the judgment seat of Christ, God will remember their "work and labour of love" (6:10).

g.       V. 12- says be not slothful! We are also commanded to follow the godly example of faithful servants (bible characters, Christians throughout history, Christians that we presently know today!)

II.                  Inheriting the promises- v. 11-12

a.       Paul is like a coach challenging believers to keep up the good work!

b.      V. 11 continuing diligently is the fulfilment of the hope within us

c.       Full assurance here signifies a firm conviction or positive persuasion.

d.      Notice we inherit and obtain the promises, we do not earn them. We obtain them by faith and patience (perseverance). In other words- enduring faith!

e.      This passage also talks a lot about hope- v. 11, 18, 19

f.        Hope and faith are very similar. Hope is a part of the larger virtue of faith. ďHope is faith in the future tense.Ē

g.       What is a Bible hope?

                                                               i.      It is not a cross your fingers hope it is not wishful thinking, or uncertain possibility

                                                             ii.      Biblical hope is a confident expectation and desire for something good in the future. I Peter 1:13

                                                            iii.      Christian hope is when God has promised that something is going to happen and you put your trust in that promise. Christian hope is a confidence that something will come to pass because God has promised it will come to pass.

                                                           iv.      Hope overlaps with faith. ďHope is faith in the future tense.Ē

                                                             v.      So, we could apply Romans 10:17 to hope- it is founded and strengthened by Godís word! Hope must be nurtured and strengthened!

                                                           vi.      Hope comes from reading his precious and very great promises and looking to Christ who secured them.

h.      We need hope- Proverbs 13:12- Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

i.         When we lack hope, it leads to discouragement, and disobedience. We are commanded to have hope- Ps 42:5- Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God.Ē

j.        I believe one of the main reasons why Christians are not serving as they should is that they lack hope. They lack confidence in Godís promises.

                                                               i.      Why donít we witness as often as we should?

                                                             ii.      Why donít we pray and seek God as often as we should?

                                                            iii.      Why donít we give of our time, talents, or treasures to the Lord as often as we should?

k.       Missionary William Carey- ďExpect great things from God; attempt great things for God.Ē

l.         So letís look back at v. 11- Heís challenging believers- Keep on pursuing the full assurance of hope to the end. There is no fight, no quest, no challenge, no war more urgent than this. Keep your hope hot!

m.    Keep your reservoir of hope full!

n.      Romans 15:13- Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

o.      Abraham was faithful because he was full of faith! He was full of hope- v. 15

III.                Confidence in Godís promises

a.       Godís promises are reliable- consider Godís promise to Abraham- v. 13

b.      The great Abrahamic Covenant is found in Genesis 12:1-3, and it is repeated many times throughout the Bible

c.       Abraham is given as our great example of a man who had expectant confidence in the promises of God (6:13-15).

d.      He trusted Godís promise, provision (a son), and power (raising Isaac from the dead).

e.      When a man takes an oath in court he places his hand upon the Bible and says, "I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help me God."

f.        There is no greater power higher than God, so God "sware by Himself" (Heb. 6:13).

g.       When men come to a disagreement, an oath settles it - "an end of all strife" (6:16).

h.      God does not need to take an oath, but He did it to show "the immutability of his counsel" (6:17). "Immutability" means God never changes."For I am the LORD, I change not." (Mal. 3:6).

i.         God came through for Abraham, even sealing His promise with an oath. In fact, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself. This oath showed that Godís promises (like His character) are unchanging.

j.        The "two immutable things" (Heb. 6:18) are God's promise and God's oath.

k.       Based on these facts, we have a strong support that we have run to for refuge! May we lay hold on this hope, this anchor for our souls! V. 19

l.         May we continue laboring and loving, and not being slothful in light of this hope!

m.    Romans 8:32- So let's look away from the circumstances that confront us, look to Christ, look to the promises, and hold fast to them. Hope comes from the promises of God rooted in the work of Christ.

Conclusion:

         The object of our hope is Christ. We have fled to him for refuge!

         V. 19 was written as a beautiful hymn:

ďWe have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Saviorís loveĒ
ó Priscilla Owens

         We are anchored to something firm, but unseen. ďOur anchor is like every other, when it is of any use it is out of sight. When a man sees the anchor it is doing nothing, unless it happens to be some small stream anchor or grapnel in shallow water. When the anchor is of use it is gone: there it went overboard with a splash; far down there, all among the fish, lies the iron holdfast, quite out of sight. Where is your hope, brother? Do you believe because you can see? That is not believing at all.Ē (Spurgeon)

         After this parenthetical section Christ is again referred to as our priest after the order of Melchizedek continuing into chapter 7. We will study that further next week, Lord willing.