Sunday, July 30, 2017

Paul's Epistles – Hebrews – Part 10: The Certainty of God’s Promise

Paul's Epistles – Hebrews – Part 10:
The Certainty of God’s Promise
Pastor Bruce A. Shields


SERMON INTRODUCTION
The “official” writer of this epistle is unknown. However, I obviously believe it is Paul since I have included it in the “Paul’s Epistles” Sermon Series.

I believe there is enough evidence from early scholars to agree this was more than likely Paul’s work.

Last week we examined Jesus the Great High Priest.

This week, Paul will show Jesus is also the Perfect High Priest.

We have already seen in Hebrews so far;

·        Jesus is greater than angels

·        And that we are to pay the most careful attention to Jesus and His way so we do not stray

·        And how Jesus (New Covenant) is greater than Moses (Old Covenant)

·        Paul’s warning about unbelief

·        A Sabbath Rest for the People of God

·        Jesus the Great High Priest

·        Jesus the Perfect High Priest

·        Therefore, It is Time to Grow Up

TODAY’S SERMON
“The Certainty of God’s Promise”

 SCRIPTURE REFERENCE
Hebrews 6:13-20
When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
16 People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

The overall message of this epistle to the church is;
The Cure for Lacking Boldness or Courage in your Christian Faith and Backsliding is a Right beginning for the Glory and Work of Christ”


I. GOD’S PROMISE
a. God swore a promise to Abraham
                                                                 i. since there is none greater to swear by, God swore by Himself

                                                              ii. one of the most well known examples of someone receiving the promises of God through inheritance (John 8:58)

b. “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.”
                                                                 i. This refers to justification by faith shown in Genesis 22:17

                                                              ii. God promised that because of Abrahams faith, God would bless him through his seed

                                                           iii. Abrahams seed would become a nation, and through that nation will come the promise (Jesus) through whom every believer becomes a “child of promise” (Galatians 4:28)

c. and so, after “waiting patiently”, Abraham received what was promised
                                                                 i. There is always time between PROMISE and POSSESSION
1. this is where faith GROWS!

                                                              ii. Immediate meaning was Abraham received Isaac
1. The eternal meaning though is justification by faith

                                                           iii. This justification by faith would come by Isaac’s seed, which was Christ (Galatians 3:16)



II.      A PROMISE BY GOD ENDS ALL DEBATE
a. People swear by someone greater than themselves
                                                                 i. an oath confirms what is said and puts an end to argument

                                                              ii. This is why we;
1. Swear to God
2. Swear on the Holy Bible (in courts)
3. Swear by “all that is Holy”, etc...

                                                           iii. We also swear “oaths” to put an end to questions about our commitment
1. Boy scouts Oath
a. On my honor, I will do my best 
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; 
To help other people at all times; 
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

2. Pledge of allegiance
a. "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

3. Police officers swear an oath, military branches swear oaths, etc...

                                                            iv. This promise and swearing of an oath is an oral contract
1. By the way, oral contracts are still legal contract in the United States

b. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised
                                                                 i. God confirmed it with an oath

c. God did this so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie;

                                                                 i. One - The promise to Abraham of a coming redeemer (Christ)

                                                              ii. Two - and the oath given that Christ is a Priest forever after the Order of Melchizedek

                                                           iii. It is impossible for God to lie, therefore, Abraham WILL receive Isaac, Isaac WILL give birth to a nation, from that nation Christ WILL be born, and Christ IS and ALWAYS WILL BE the High Priest forever in the Order of Melchizedek



III.   JESUS ENTERS THE INNER SANCTUARY ON OUR BEHALF
a. we have this hope as an anchor for our soul, firm and secure
                                                                 i. Paul making reference to a ship in a safe harbor

                                                              ii. Our souls need not wander, but coming to Christ we have safe harbor, refuge, protection, firm and secure


b. It (hope) enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain (where God resides)
                                                                 i. Jesus enters the Holy of Holies to be face to face with God on our behalf!


c. This hope is Jesus who enters on our behalf
                                                                 i. This is a picture of the Great Day of Atonement

                                                              ii. When the High Priest was to enter the Holy of Holies on behalf of the people

                                                           iii. Which represents what Christ is going to do for those who belong to Him on Judgment Day

1. When Jesus will stand before God on our behalf!


CONCLUSION – he (jesus) has become a high priest forever

in the order of Melchizedek

This presents Christ, not in the line of Aaron from which all earthly priests come, but another Order all together.

The old Levitical Order had an ending, This Order has no ending, Christ is an Eternal High Priest!


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