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May 13, 2022 6:00 am
Pastor Rick teaches from the letter to the Hebrews
We have to be able to preach.
There's no peace without Romans again. Chapter 8 verse seven also is because the carnal mind the natural man, the man untouched by the grace of God. Carnal mind is at enmity against God word is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can it be.
If you have not been born again you can't get it. You don't get it, you won't get it.
This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville.
Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Hebrews. Please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching conclusion of a masterpiece is Pastor Rick's message titled, today you will be teaching in Hebrews chapter 13, Paul said in this way, whatsoever things are cool, whatsoever things are honorable, just, pure, lovely, of good report, if there is anything praiseworthy if there is anything virtuous, meditate, think on develop in your head in your lives these things out when the Bible says meditate in the not me going is 1/4 ago, try to contact some spiritual view it is to put concentrated energy into what has been preached to think about what God has said to consume it to eat it to devour it to get it inside of us so that we can do something with it. So he says I'm in the will of God, pray for me to say I'm perfect say I deal with my shortcomings, my sin, the way God would have me deal with it. I'm striving for perfection with every step I take. Please pray for me. I'm not hounded by guilt. So many Christians are hounded by guilt one because they're guilty of something they're not dealing with impenitent sin.
Blatant sin they want to sing away. Often times, or get somebody else to just wink at it support them nonetheless. But don't you hold them accountable, then there are other Christians homages guilt in the don't know why they guilty because they don't don't understand the grace of God is the touch of God on sinners as sinners doesn't say.
I will touch you. I will love you. I will be your savior. Once you clean up your act is, as I will wait do it right away instantly. I'll put my hands on you, you will repent and own the sin that you're born into a good conscience, honorable conscience elsewhere, translated godly, that word if you refuse to deal with your sin to face it to bring it before the Lord, you will clog the lines of prayer.
That's why he's connecting the to the Holy Spirit through the writer pray for us.
We have a good conscience, went up to no good motives are pure and if you don't have pure motives and cleanup through repentance, that which is wrong before God. You clog up the prayer line. Proverbs 28 91 who turns away his ear from hearing the law. Even his prayer is an abomination.
Those who settle.
I had were God that the prayer life got some you don't want to hear my word I will hear your prayers goes both ways. A double-edged sword. Ungodly motives deflate prayer. God is looking for those who are genuinely interested in everything that he has a say so Jesus said to the woman God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and truth, not lost. What should they be as much of Jesus have said it's okay to have lies about Christ.
Of course not. He says here in verse one and all things desiring to live honorably. There's that word honorably.
How many Christians live comfortably without honor.
How many honor is lost when truth is ignored, vilified, this honesty is not honorable, it does it do we know that, but how many of us think about that. Some behave as though dishonesty is an honorable thing. It is not a virtue, nor is it an asset when honesty is cast away the control of good is compromised and we need we don't need that we do not need good compromised.
It's hard you young Christians. It's hard, but it is worth it in the way without the hard way of truth is even harder.
The way of the transgressor is hard says the proverb, because it is true. All life is difficult because there are resisting forces as you grow as you mature you going to find drives and desires. Pressing upon you to go the opposite way of Christ and you must fight against it.
You are expected to fight against it. You are expected to win, you're not expected to excuse these things anymore than the adults and if you saw mom and dad give up on their faith you would be disgusted. Why should you be allowed to give up on your faith simply because you are facing temptations in life. So be ready for those things is your maturing. If you are 13 1415 1617 years of you will be ready for these things that coming for you.
You should prevail. You should give those temptations a beat down, but you've got to do certain things to win. You cannot expect to win just because you are adored by your parents. You're going to have to get involved you want to be treated like an adult and you're going to have to start fighting like one. Your many adults. However, they do not fight as though they are maturing faith.
They don't fight at all. Verse 13 he says, but I especially urge you to do this, that I may be restored to you. The sooner so he believed prayer yields victories and he emphasizes his prayer request.
I want to be back with you wherever they were. We have some hints churches Jewish church for sure but it's more than likely in a Gentile environment, say, Antioch or Galatia region like that come back to that towards the end of the letter but is eager to see them. He wrote this to the church in Rome also. That church in Rome before he had visited them and he writes the Roman letter to them. Years later when he arrives in Rome in shackles to stand before Caesar Christians come out or 40 miles to greet him, no doubt carrying flowers and fruits and vegetables and water just to love on the apostle Paul as they marched him towards Rome. So when he wrote to that the Roman letter that the Christians in Rome they know you love them and that everything that he said to them was right spot on.
They loved him back saying things happening to these Jews. He was believe it or not, I'll save that for the end of Romans 15 he wrote to them, he says no I ask you, brethren through the Lord Jesus Christ through the love of the spirit that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me it was a man of God saying as much as God is use me all the revelations he's given me the Scripture he's allowed me to write I need prayer from you I need you to pray for me where part of a brotherhood. The brotherhood of faith. Those who believe in Christ, not a universal brotherhood where everybody is God's child. Everybody is not God's child because they don't want to be God's child, you can only be his child on his terms. You cannot live in his house as a rebel by Satan was booted in verse 20 says, having made his prayer request of them is closing up this this Hebrew document and then he says now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the everlasting covenant. Noah stopped midway through this benediction's closing prayer on the people. That is every bit as valid as Moses being told to tell Aron when you dismiss the people blessed in this way, the Lord bless you. The Lord keep you Lord make his face to shine upon you.
This New Testament blessing is just as valid. I have I used to use. This is closing blessing little rusty on it. I might try it before we end.
I don't know Adam. He placed peace with his wife above peace with God's story of Eden, so went the right analysis. May the God of peace does God. God is also a warrior.
He is a warrior against his enemies, and that which would hurt his people's children.
What he wants peace. Peace is disturbed by created beings first by Satan and those who followed him, and then by his beloved Adam whatever piece Adam thought he was preserving fell to pieces. He put his wife ahead of God and the outcome was awful terrible beyond words. God wants peace, but it comes only through belief in submission to him the realization of him again.
John chapter 4 the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the father is seeking such to worship him who does God want to worship them. Those who are interested in truth, in the spirit world. By definition, is close to that. You know the world sing songs with equal enthusiasm and passion on the final level on a created level that we say, but they sing about life they celebrate like to listen to country western the singing about the no things or break your heart and you have the have a love like a rough life to be able to write a song like that. I listening one to one the other day green green grass and then and just you knows a guy on death row. Having a dream about me you don't know this.
In the dream he saw the base going to be home is going to touch the green green grass again. Mom and dad is at the train station. Many wakes up and he's in jail on his way to execution in the world that was number one Tom Jones number one song. Why is that because the world and understands pain just doesn't understand the solution or rejects the solution Christ so they can sing with their hearts fully invested in these things about life but not eternal life is closer to creature worshiping the created thing versus creature worshiping the creator which Paul wrote to the Romans there very long. So when he says, may the God of PCs. They don't know him. First Timothy God our Savior. First Timothy two verses three and four who desires all men to be saved to come to the knowledge of truth and yet how many Christians could care less about true to cherry pick. I'll take the truth concerning salvation. I'm not interested in anything else without Jesus Christ people are at war with God and there is no exception to this, we have to be able to preach this, there's no peace without him. Romans again. Chapter 8 verse seven also is because the carnal mind the natural man, the man untouched by the grace of God, the carnal mind is at enmity against God or it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can it be. If you have not been born again you can't get it. You don't get it, you won't get it. You must be born again. Jesus and say will have a suggestion for you in a big good if you want to get he said you must be. You have to see that there is no life without God there is no God for you without Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, and I know I you can hear the silent objections of those who don't know him but what about the people who never heard the gospel of Christ wanted to come become a Christian.
Go preach it to you so interested.
There's an answers other answers that I like that one, because usually the question is dishonest. It's a dishonest question is not what I really want to know is I want I want to be part of the solution. That's not where the question is coming from. It is more like you Christian you think you've got the way to salvation. What about those who don't get your way are they doomed, as though God is unjust.
That's what they're suggesting and so this war that is between sinners and God, where did it start started in a perfect environment and even a paradise so man's problems are deeper than his environment there in his heart he says who brought about Lord Jesus from the dead. Here in Hebrews 13 verse 20 that name Jesus speaks to us of his humanity is Jesus of Nazareth, to separate them from Jesus of Brooklyn or anywhere else Jesus of Nazareth is narrowing it down. They knew who he was. If you live in the this world during the apostles. They knew Jesus of Nazareth was even if they did not embrace him.
That name speaks of his humanity to us that God became a human being and took on the name Jesus and his name shall be called Jesus. Mary was told Pointblank by Gabriel and and in obedience. That was his human name Christ. That's a distinction that separates him from everyone else is the holy one of the Christ of God that speaks of his divinity is more than human. And then.
Of course, Lord will give Christ later in the first. Putting it all here, Lord's title is a title that says he's active in our lives. That's why he's master. That's why he's Lord. He is active is not inactive as the DS would've taught well. God created the universe and walked away. That makes him deadbeat do that with your children procreate and then walk away. There's nothing honorable about that was the numbskull that thought that was worthy of divinity, and so who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead. Where did Jesus die physically.
Of course he dial died on Golgotha, Calvary spiritually died in the will of his father.
The perfect will of his father. Where did he rise again will physically in the winepress just next to the Calvary, the place where he was crucified winepress of Varro Joseph of Arimathea spiritually and physically. He rose, the right hand of the throne of God really is. Now is nothing about him that's common average can be duplicated in a class all by himself and we wanted that way we want the loss to see it because it is true true spiritually. It is true. Any other way.
Far too often we have regarded the resurrection as a closing part of the story and epilogue. It is the story. Also, have you had the resurrection. You have no faith, your faith is for nothing is everything, the whole Bible speaks of the resurrection, the victory over sin and death, which is the consequent the wages of sin is death. The only person that could destroy death that could kill. Death is Jesus Christ. You got a diet. In most cases to enter into it card locked it down a lock down the road to salvation. There's two ways to salvation, death and translation to be translated to be taken up like allies or lay enough at all like the church will be when she can do normal work here, and that day is coming so running throughout the New Testament.
Is this emphasis running throughout the Bible, the anointed one would be the conqueror of God.
High above sin in anything that he could do. Otherwise there would never have been a New Testament and that's not all this blazing certainty that was in the hearts of those who wrote the New Testament who penned it for us.
That was the blazing certainty, said I don't believe it. Peter was devastated.
I don't know the man is all unraveling. It's all falling apart and then they saw him risen and he went to Peter. He sought Peter out. James. James, his brother, son of Mary and Joseph. He was raised in the same house of Jesus Christ and he didn't believe it is amazing and is encouraging you all know people raised in the house with Christians exposed to the word, and yet they don't believe when Jesus rose again. He sought James out. James became a believer we going to be analyzing the letter he penned to the to the Jews so mighty words and deeds of Christ recorded that he conquered death forever and ever. And thus we brought up the Lord Jesus from the dead, the resurrection is everything to us. Take it away and you have nothing but you can't take it away those apostles died saying we saw him die. We saw him rise and we are not going to lie to you no matter what you do to us and they did no matter to them and they still went out confessing that they were witnesses they were martyrs they were believers because they were seniors of the Lord Jesus Christ, risen he says blood.
The blood of the everlasting covenant of salvation cannot be stolen from us. It's an everlasting covenant, and no one can snatch you out of his hand second review chapter 1 speaking of the work of Christ who also has sealed us and given us the spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
John says I've written these things that you may know that you have eternal life.
Stop doubting it.
You believe in Christ.
Yes, believe in any other on his level. Absolutely not. I believe in Jesus Christ and with that comes the father the son and the Holy Spirit in the state. These three are one. Listen, O Israel, the Lord your God is one.
It ties right into the Shema of the Jews in Deuteronomy 64's prophetic and fulfilled release announced announced as fulfilled death. The wage of sin, our last enemy. He took the penalty of sin, for sinners, for us it's it's incredible that sinners mark that their sin they mock Christ and in boasting a mole on just a sinner who use any of the Hollywood productions put that out there just because understand the entertainment industry, at least from the second world war is a propaganda machine so that the viewer beware of whose propaganda is being broadcast. When you watch whatever the other just anything you watch is this something in it that will strike a nerve with the Christian perhaps, except those Christian productions that is of course the broadcast rebroadcast of the gospel in media form. Well I know I will gotta get moving. So the blood of the everlasting covenant, Christ killing the power of death, to kill us forever to separate us remember he killed that which would've kept us separate from God. Second Timothy chapter 1 verse 10 our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. Paul wrote that on death row, knowing that Christ abolished the death that he was about to dive is a contradiction. It's a paradox this morning that can happen to a human being, then die.
That's what he is saying there's something else behind or after this life after death, man can give you a certificate of death of those who still living, but the one who was going on. Where are they now and why are they with AR Hebrews 214 inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, that would be us. We are flesh and blood children of God, he himself likewise shared in the saying he took on the name Jesus, because he took on humanity that through death he might destroy him who had the power of that that is the devil.
We believe we know is true in many of going on before us doing the same thing. Look at their lives versus the lives of those who are against Christ we say I Jews righteous. I'll be with them any day. Not with the unrighteous moon you've been listening to cross reference radio the daily radio ministry of Pastor Rick asked Calvary Chapel in Mechanicsville, Virginia. As we mentioned at the beginning of today's broadcast. Today's teaching is available free of charge at our website. Simply log on to cross reference radio.com that's cross reference radio.com would also like to encourage you to subscribe to the cross reference radio podcast subscribing ensures that you stay current with all the latest teachings from Pastor Rick, you can subscribe cross reference radio.com or simply search for cross reference radio your favorite podcast to the next time as Pastor Rick continues teaching through the book of Hebrews right here on cross reference radio