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Highlights from Hebrews: The Full Assurance of Faith

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Hebrews 10:19-25

My family are big fans of the TV show So You Think You Can Dance; and every year, they go on tour. A few years ago, we had the opportunity to get box seats from a friend to the show. It was amazing; great view, private box… but the neatest thing to me was that the attendants *knew* we were coming. There was a place prepared for us, all due to the benefits of relationship with someone who had connections at the arena.

If You Want The Benefits of Faith,

Come to God
Heb. 10:19-22

  • v19/20 the curtain was torn; so was Jesus
  • v21/22 draw near, cleansed: ref. Mercy Seat & Sea

Come Together
Heb. 10:23-25

  • v23 HOPE=expectation; we expect God to keep His promise
  • v24 US consider (subjunctive)= TOGETHER, we think about building each other up
  • v25 not forsaking but exhorting; make the choice to come together

We come together with God; with confidence that we’re clean; expecting God to work in us; We Expect Better Together. Come together… right now… Jesus wins!

Highlights from Hebrews: The Real Mercy Seat

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Hebrews 9:24-28

There is a wonderful illusion I saw as a child, and I’ve never forgotten it. It was a parabolic mirror hologram. You place a real object on a parabolic mirror, and cover it with another mirror with a hole. The combination casts a visual-but-not-solid “model” of the original object.

How Does The Mercy Seat Model Work?

Real Mercy Seat Is The Presence Of God
v24 “sanctuary”=copy of Heaven (cf. Vs 1-6);

Sacrificial Blood Allows God To Meet With Us
v25/26 to do away with sin

  • the old model was tainted and had to be repeatedly cleansed. Jesus, on the other hand, went into the REAL Holy Place, and fulfilled the function of the old system

We Are Ushered Into God’s Presence By Jesus
v27/28 bring salvation to those waiting

  • someday, Jesus will return to actually bring us Home;
  • Communion Table fulfills a similar function as the Mercy Seat

We are brought into God’s presence when we gather together recognizing the Veil has been torn from the inside out!

Highlights from Hebrews: The Power of the Blood

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Hebrews 9:11-14

Do you want to be free from sin’s weight? Do you want to conquer evil? Do you want to win the struggle you fight inside everyday? Do you want to know HOW to do these things? Look at the Cross!

The Blood Has Power Because

It Is Perfect From The Start

  • v11 more perfect= a completed sign; miracle made manifest NOT by humanity

It Is Parity For Both God And Humanity

  • v12 by his own blood; the perfect balance of holy God and frail humanity; cf. Rom. 6:23 wage is paid for work; Jesus work was SINLESS, enabling Him to be our priest AND sacrifice

It Points To God’s Plan

  • v13 blood+ashes=callback to old sacrificial system (num.19); only works symbolically

It Is Potent Enough For ALL

  • v14 Jesus’ sacrifice NOT outwardly symbolic, but inwardly effective! The Blood shall NEVER lose its POWER!
  • That is why Communion isn’t a re-sacrifice of Christ, but a remembrance of what He has already done.

When we sin, we often focus on the sin itself; our inability to get it right. Some of us do this often, and some not so much. But we are ALL lost because of our sin. When we focus on the sin itself, we are trapped by it; but when we focus on the BLOOD that covers our sin, we are reminded that Jesus has perfectly paid our penalty!

Highlights from Hebrews: The Perfect Go-Between

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Hebrews 7:20-28

Hebrews 6 is about the need to grow in your faith to inherit God’s promises; chapter 7 is about how God makes promises and implemented them through priests like Melchizedek, and how Jesus is the ultimate example of that priesthood.

Jesus is God’s Promise To Us

That Our Salvation Will Last Forever
(Heb. 7:20-24)

  • v20 emphasis on oath: a guarded promise to fulfill an obligation
  • v21 God the Father made a binding promise to God the Son: you will be the go-between
  • v22 guarantee= the incentive to trust God
  • v23/24 human flesh fades; Jesus is forever

That Our Savior Will Shape Our Present
(Heb. 7:25-28)

  • v25 save completely; no area of your life that can’t be changed by Jesus
  • v26 last week emphasized how Jesus was human like us; this week, we see Jesus is ALSO God like the Father
  • v27 change of direction: old system was from sinful humanity to perfect God.
  • v28 NEW system: sacrifice started from perfect God to sinful humanity

All too often, we’re overcome by our tendency to fall back into sin. This is serious, but it is not terminal. God KNOWS we stumble and fall. He KNOWS we fail Him, and don’t live “in victory”. But the battle is not OURS to win or lose; it’s already been won by Jesus for the Father. The Spirit allows us to access Jesus’ victory over death and sin. He allows us to go between our old fallen life and our new risen reality. All we need do is surrender our old life daily and follow Him.

Highlights from Hebrews: The Great High Priest

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Hebrews 5:1-10

In college, I sold vacuum cleaners. To be effective in selling my specific model, I had to show how it was better than the old vacuum the customer had.

To Understand Jesus’ Worth, We Must Understand

The Work of a Priest
Heb. 5:1-4

  • v1 appointed to represent; “placed to interact with God”
  • v2 deal gently; put aside their own feelings about sin
  • v3 every human priest sins; they live in contradiction
  • v4 discernment of call is important, no matter the vocation

Jesus is Better than Priestwork
Heb. 5:5-10

  • v5 Psalm 2 overlay; the Son does what the priest cannot
  • v6 the Son serves longer than the priest
  • v7 the Son was saved from the permanence of death
  • v8 the Son suffered and learned
  • v9 the Son is the source of salvation
  • v10 Melchizedek = King of Righteousness; The Father placed the Son as both King and Priest

Jesus combines kingly authority; priestly representation; and perfect sacrifice into one. Our High Priest not only pays for our salvation, but defeated death itself to let us know that we have been represented and restored to God.

Highlights from Hebrews: The Approachable Throne

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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!!

Covenant Concepts ~ Jeremiah: God Emphasizes Relationship

Covenant Concepts ~ Jeremiah: God Emphasizes Relationship

Jer. 31:31-34 / Heb. 5:5-10

Nut Tree development in Vacaville, CA, around since 1921, was closed a while ago. Last week, its iconic sign was taken down, and residents mourn the loss of identity of their cherished space.

God Frames Relationships With Covenant Concepts

Written On The Inside
Jer. 31:31-34

  • v33 God puts His terms in our hearts
  • v34 we don’t teach; we encourage to listen to God

Worn Upon The Outside

Heb. 5:5-10

  • v5/6 Christ is appointed as our representative
  • v7/8 Jesus reinforces relationship (submission/obedience)
  • v9 perfect/completed the story “author of salvation”
  • v10 called/named: recognition of existing relationship

What is YOUR name? How do YOU refer to yourself?
Do you know how God refers to you?
Adored,
Blood-bought;
Child-of-God,
Dearest,
Elected,
Faithful,
Gifted,
Holy,
Innocent,
all because of Jesus.


Pastor Ed Backell

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