Hebrews 10:19-21 by Pastor Don Moore

Friday, October 31, 2008

Hebrews 10:19-21 by Pastor Don

Pastor Don continued with Hebrews 10:19-21 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God,

We can enter with full assurance of faith, and get into the presence of God.  Jonathan Edwards would enter a city and the whole city would come into revival.  He had bold faith.  Smith Wigglesworth had bold faith.

Our faith is not denied when we are in the Presence of God in the Holy Of Holies.  When God shows up, sickness, guilt, shame, pain, and the devil has to go.  The Shekinah Glory pushes out what is not of God.

Hebrews 10:22-23 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Without wavering, we are to hold our confession of faith.  We can still have faith in our heart even when there is doubt in our head.  You can know that you know that you know.  God waits for our head to catch up with our heart.  The Holy Spirit knows more than us. HOLD FAST!

Hebrews 10:24-25  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

This is not often practiced in church, most people are thinking – what can others do for me.  But we are to stir up love and compassion – and do good works for others.

The Amplified says verse 24-25 And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities, Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.

Notice, this is a very active verse, we want to study how to do this – how to watch over each other, stir and stimulate people to love, helpful deeds and good activities. We need to get on board and help.

Hebrews 10:26-29  For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

To understand these verses, we looked at Hebrews 6:4-5 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,

This verse applies to those who come to truth, have full experience with Jesus, with signs and wonders, prophecy, healing, and all the good works.  And they have the Holy Spirit within, and then make the decision to reject the sacrifice that Jesus did for them on the cross.  Once they have done that, it is impossible for them to get saved the second time, for they rejected Jesus.  One good example of this is Judas – who betrayed Jesus, never repented, and yet had operated fully in all the giftings that Jesus taught the disciples.

Hebrews 6:6   if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

In this we are speaking of blaspheming the Holy Spirit, speaking out against God, and there is nowhere to repent, for they rejected God with full knowledge of God.  There is nothing left for them to repent on. Christ would have to be re-crucified, and He was crucified once for all.

Hebrews 10:29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

This would be a total rejection of Jesus, and rejecting the communion that He gave us, to take communion in an unworthy manner, as if it were a common thing – which would insult the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 11:27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

What is an unworthy manner?

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.

We are to test ourselves to see if we are IN FAITH. If we have sinned, we can confess our sins and receive forgiveness.  Pastor Don told us that in the Baptist church he grew up in, people would examine themselves before they took communion to see if they had any sin – and he told us that people would be glancing around to see who took communion and who didn’t.  But that is not what this passage is saying, it is saying to see if we are IN FAITH.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We confessed our sins when we invited Him in our hearts.  There will be a lot of people who die with unresolved sin, and they can still be saved.  For example, the criminal on the cross.  It isn’t unresolved sin, but IN FAITH.

1 Corinthians 11:27-29 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

The problem is if we don’t discern Christ.  You can have the right doctrine, but no faith.  Jesus suffered scourging for a purpose, for the healing of our bodies.  When we take communion it is for the healing of our bodies when we eat the bread.  But often we find more reasons to be sick than to be healed.  We have a divide between the physical and the spiritual.  The devil is a liar and he is good at it.

We have been fed the wrong theology.  Think of the woman at the well, she had the wrong thinking about faith, and Jesus taught her that she needed to worship in Spirit and in truth.  She then went to reach other’s for Christ. The Philippian jailer saw what Paul had and wanted that too.

Now Simon the Sorcerer had wrong theology, for he wanted to receive the power of the Holy Spirit by paying for it.  He had the right theology about how the Holy Spirit empowers a person, but the wrong faith, for he wanted it for wrong reasons, not to serve God and spread the Gospel but to make himself more powerful.

Saul who had right theology, but wrong faith.  He was sure the Christians were worshipping idols and acted on that.  God had to show him that his theology was wrong, and that Jews and Gentiles could worship God, that Jesus was the Messiah.

2 Corinthians 11:31-32 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

We need to be very careful about what we see and how we judge it.  Pastor Don gave us the example of the Lakeland revival, where the pastor had tattoos.  Pastor Don knew that the tattoos were not the problem, it was the character of the Tod Bentley.  He was sleeping around and damaging his marriage.  Remember our gift can take us where our character cannot sustain us.  Pastor Don was praying that if this was a false revival, that God would show the truth. And the truth came out.

2 Corinthians 12:7-9 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

So many have made this thorn to be a physical ailment or illness, such as eye trouble.  But this was trouble with the devil and enemies sent by the devil.  Someone gave the example that sometimes we say of a person, they are “a pain in the neck.”  It does not mean that they really give us a physical pain in our neck, but they are an annoyance.  If we read the passage we see that the thorn in the flesh is a MESSENGER of satan to buffet Paul, an annoyance.  Wherever Paul went he was hounded by satan who sent Judaizers and people who were trying to stop him from sharing the message of the Gospel.  Paul prays to God and says, “Do something about satan.”  Paul wanted God to stop this annoyance.  God told Paul that he had given him grace sufficient to deal with the situation himself.  Grace is more than unmerited favor, it is all the help and power necessary to do something himself.  If you look the word “Grace” up in Strong’s, you will learn that it is divine influence upon your heart made manifest in the gifts of the Spirit.  We have the ability and the power to do something about the devil.  God gave us the GRACE to do this.  Three times Jesus says, “my grace is sufficient.”

Hebrews 10:29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

Insulted the Spirit of Grace.   Through Grace God favors us, empowers us to do something – to bind up demons, etc.  When we insult the Spirit of Grace we cut off our blessings.  We need the Spirit of Grace to go to war against what impedes us, blocks us, and holds us in bondage.  When we refuse to accept God’s grace, we refuse to accept the Holy Spirit’s grace.  Don’t bind the Hand of God.

Hebrews 12:25-29 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.

Stand, don’t blink, don’t pay attention to circumstances, soar above the madness.  Stand and rejoice, witness the glory of God.  Keep our eyes on God, don’t blink.

Psalm 27 tells us to look to trust in the Lord and wait on God.

Look to the cross.

Again, Bible study was over all too soon.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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