Bible Baptist Church

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


Encouraging Words in Light of Jesus’ Sacrifice


Hebrews 10:19-25


Introduction:

·         In Hebrews 10, the emphasis is on the permanency of the new covenant.  "Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin" (10:18).

·         "There is no more offering for sin" because the Levitical system is no longer in operation, either in Judaism or in Christianity. It has been fulfilled at the cross.

·         Hebrews 10:17 concludes the doctrinal section and is followed by exhortations and warnings.  Tonight, we will look at the exhortations, and we will look at the warnings next week, Lord willing.

·         Since the Lord has done so much for us, we are urged to "draw near" to Him (10:22).

·         Three times in this passage, we see these words, "Let us…” So tonight let us look at this threefold exhortation from Hebrews 10.

 

I.                    Let us draw near to God- v. 19-22

a.      (Hbr 10:19-22) Knowing Jesus has opened the way, let us draw near to God.

b.      Illustr- In OT times, the Gentile could not draw near, the average Israelite could not draw near, the average priest could not draw near, and the High Priest only one day/year could draw near

c.       Jesus has opened up a new and living way by His own blood, through the veil of his flesh

d.      The High Priest could go enter on the basis of the shed blood of a dead animal, but Christ provides a new and living way! it is as if the living, resurrected Jesus ushers us into the throne room of God. It’s as if He now takes us by the hand and brings us directly into God’s presence, directly into the main office, to speak with God

                                                              i.      Any time of day, as often as we want

                                                            ii.      With confidence because He is our way in!

e.      Having boldness: Access is given to us for a bold approach to God. The point is simple: we must take advantage of this access, and take it with confidence

f.        This boldness is a complete contrast to the way the High Priest entered the Holy Place under the Old Covenant. “He went with fear and trembling, because, if he had neglected the smallest item prescribed by the law, he could expect nothing but death. Genuine believers can come even to the throne of God with confidence, as they carry into the Divine presence the infinitely meritorious blood of the great atonement; and, being justified through that blood, they have a right to all the blessings of the eternal kingdom.” (Clarke)

g.      The encouragement to draw near wouldn’t be given unless it was necessary. These discouraged Christians had a problem in drawing near. This was their real problem: they lost their intimate relationship with Jesus, and nothing else is going right.

h.      Sometimes we think our problems are persecution, difficult relationships, hard times with culture or economy. But the real problem is our relationship with God isn’t on track

i.        Consider the special privileges of the NT believer

j.        Living in light of our privileges in Christ

k.       Don’t underestimate the importance of our relationship with Jesus!

l.        Is your fellowship with Jesus what it ought to be?

m.    What will it be?

                                                              i.      Prosperity or fellowship?

                                                            ii.      Men’s applause or fellowship?

                                                          iii.      Worldly pleasure or fellowship?

n.      There is no price higher than Christ!

o.      This new and living way, this relationship was free to you, but it did cost something!

                                                              i.      The Sprinkling mentioned here signifies applying Christ’s sacrifice to our hearts which cleanses us of sin and of the guilt of an evil conscience

                                                            ii.      The torn veil- Christ’s body had to be bruised and broken to open up the way

p.      Access to God’s presence, fellowship

q.      We can “Draw near, and stay near!” (abiding)

                        Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

                    To the cross where Thou hast died;

                    Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,

                    To Thy precious bleeding side – Fanny Crosby.

r.       Draw near: illustr- outer courts and the Holy Place

s.       See James 4:8

II.                  Let us hold fast- v. 23

a.      Don’t waver from the truth. A renewed confidence in the greatness of Jesus and in the New Covenant will make us stand strong in the faith.

b.      This is our responsibility! Most people assembled here have made a profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. One cannot join our church without making such a profession (10:23a).

c.       But unfortunately, for some people that's all it is - a profession, and nothing more - simply an empty profession.

d.      If you are truly saved, then you ought to live like you are truly saved. Some church people are just as worldly as the devil's crowd. You cannot tell them apart.

e.      And if you're saved, you need to "hold fast" your profession of faith "without wavering" (10:23). There are too many waverers in our churches!

f.        Some Christians need to make up their minds whether or not they are going to get serious about their profession

g.      For He is faithful that promised: The reason we can stand strong is because He who promised is faithful. It is far better to trust in His faithfulness instead of our own!

h.      See Hebrews 6:18- He is faithful that promised- How can we have assurance, faith, hope, etc?

                                                              i.      Ex. Moses, Abraham, David, etc.

III.                Let us consider one another- v. 24-25

a.      Notice that in the first exhortation, we are told to consider our relationship to God - we are to "draw near" to Him (10:22). In the second exhortation, we are to consider our own personal responsibility - we are to "hold fast" (10:23).

b.      And now, in the third exhortation, we are to consider our responsibility to others. You and I have an important responsibility to those around us. We need to "provoke" (stimulate) one another "unto love and to good works" (10:24).

c.       I am afraid many believers do not consider their fellow Christians.  They are rather inconsiderate in many ways.

                                                              i.      We flaunt our “liberty” yet we offend many who are weak in the faith

                                                            ii.      This is why it is important to have standards!

d.      This word, "consider," means to strengthen zeal, to excite unto godly living, and to provoke one another by means of a good example.

e.      Apparently one of the main ways we can do this is by our church attendance!- v- 25

f.        The NT teaches the local, visible church

g.      Don’t just stay home and do tv/internet church

h.      We need corporate worship, bible study, and prayer!

i.        Discouragement makes some avoid community at the very time they needed it most. Jesus meets us in one another to stir up love and good works.

j.        Many go to church if they feel they “need it” at the time. But our motivation for fellowship must be to obey God and to give to others. We can go to church looking to encourage someone who needs to hang in there against a tide of discouragement.

k.       American Consumerism has crept into our theology. What would happen if we all started coming to church not only to receive a blessing, but looking to be a blessing

l.        Serving the Lord can be contagious! Giving to missions, supporting ministries, inviting people in the community to church, etc.

Conclusion:

·         How’s your example? It is sad to say but I have seen many older believers hinder new believers.

·         For example, a man gets saved on Sunday morning and is all excited about serving God. He comes back on Sunday night and sees a lot of empty seats. He starts to get discouraged because he does not understand why so many Christians do not return for the evening service (10:25).

·         The world is full of discouragers; we have a Christian duty to encourage one another. Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet.

·         These encouragements should be emphasized more and more because our time is short: “as ye see the day approaching…”

·         What day is that? The coming of the Lord- the Rapture.

·         Let us live in expectation of that as a church!