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Do We Need To Achieve It? – God Prepares His Prize

Do We Need To Achieve It? – God Prepares His Prize

Hebrews 4:1-11

You know what I love more than a good party? Not much! Fun people, good music, free food… what’s not to love? So imagine my dismay when I completely forgot to go to a party to which I was invited!

Want To Go To The Ultimate Christmas Party?

Receive His Invitation ~ Hebrews 4:1-5

  • 1 setup: refers to Moses & promised land; God intends to bring us to Himself
  • 2 message+faith=functional (toy w/out batteries? BOTH need to be present in the present)
  • 3 look at the contrast: those who don’t enter God’s presence are those who refuse to believe & trust Him: true then, true now!
  • 4/5 Rest isn’t about “not working”; it’s the reflection that God is responsible for His work (not us).

Actually Show Up! ~ Hebrews 4:6-11

  • 6 disobedience=apatheia; they didn’t think God’s promise was WORTH it
  • 7 God wants us to respond to His invitation NOW, TODAY
  • 8/10 rest from our own work: what a Christmas gift THAT is
  • 11 “make every effort”=flavor of urgency – let’s GET TO IT; no time like Today to Trust God for His Good Gift

God plans the party; God sets up the decorations; God sends out the invitation. OUR part? Respond with Joy!

Highlights from Hebrews: The Approachable Throne

Highlights from Hebrews: The Approachable Throne Sermon Audio Here


Hebrews 4:12-16

Since all of Hebrews is really one sermon, we need to break it down into smaller chunks to get a good grasp on the Gospel found in it. This second sermon in Hebrews is part two of seven to look at this amazing book.

Jesus is ALSO Better Than:

Moses And The Sabbath
Heb. 3:1-6 – Jesus is better than Moses
Heb. 3:7-4:11 – Jesus is better than the Sabbath

Our Hearts and Our Actions
Heb. 4:12-13

  • v12 word=logos; cf John 1:1; God IN ACTION is Jesus;
    • these vs describe Judgment; He KNOWS what He is doing
    • Jesus is BETTER than our Hearts
  • v13 We cannot hide our behavior from God; He judges it all
    • (cf. Rev. 20.11-15) Jesus is BETTER than our Actions

Our Old Ways
Heb. 4:14-16

  • v14 Jesus is BETTER than Old Religion;
    • The ultimate priest: represents man to God, God to man
  • v15 Jesus is BETTER than our FLESH
    • (He was flesh, but did not sin; not because He was “God-brained” or some heretical mixture of godhood and humanity; but because of His Obedience to the Father)

According to verse 16, Jesus’ obedience gives US access to God’s Throne; God does not expect us, in our own strength, to earn His love and forgiveness; it’s not possible. Our need for redemption is beyond our ability to pay: Thank God that Jesus is BETTER than our need!!


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