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January 4, 2022 6:00 am
Pastor Rick teaches from the letter to the Hebrews
You would have to hate him to get away from his grace and I know the sinner who struggles does not hate Christians in the Christian sense. So be made strong by because Satan will lie to say you you it doesn't apply to you. You forfeited it, gave it up answer to that is the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses me from all sin. And so I will go back to being passionate about communicating 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.
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The title of Pastor Rick's message.
He'll be teaching in Hebrews chapter 1 today angels assisted in the giving of the law to Moses. The Bible makes that clear doesn't give us the detail doesn't have to that is in acts chapter 7 verse 53 and again in Galatians 319.
It's elsewhere. But that's two is enough strength of two witnesses, there you are. They also assisted in the proclamation of the resurrection. We know that from the gospel story angel perched upon the stall. We looked almost comical is not here, is risen is not dead is alive see the Angels delivering Peter from jail, for example, Peter thinking in a dream till he finally wakes up outside the prison. In the book of Revelation. They are extremely active, so you will what you going with the flow of verse says who makes his angels spirits and his ministers a flame of fire is angels are servants there.
They are fervent in their service.
That's why they are ministers of fire. So the point is again the Angels are made, but the sun is the eternal angels are made. He makes them with the sun has it all in himself as the next verse declares verse eight, but to the son is that disjunctive exit separates and joins again. He says your thrall. God is forever and ever. A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom. The sun is addressed as God by the father. Now get in the Old Testament. This is Yahweh being assigned to Jesus Christ is saying Yahweh is Jesus Christ. That's how the Jew would receive this when this is read in the church. So again, these quotations are taken out of their Old Testament context applied to Jesus Christ and none other. It is startling. Psalm 45 verse six and seven.
Your throne oh God is forever and ever scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom you love righteousness and hate wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than your companions.
That is the connection effect that whole Psalm is a progression from man to God and in the humanity of Christ to his in his deity coming in to visibility and so here he says again. Your throne of God is forever so God calls Jesus, God according to this verse is no way around it. Unless you just fall flat out lie. Being denial. Thomas called Jesus, God, is answered and said to him, my Lord and my God! Loan and we did not sell the Lord. He called them it is you that declaring it is addressing Jesus Christ. You are my Lord you are my God Paul called John would take John first John called Jesus, God first John chapter 1, not first John the John's gospel chapter 1 verses one and 14. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. Verse 14 and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the father full of grace and truth. Before you run off and feel sorry for people who reject this from the Scripture understand it is their choice on the stand before a holy God is was why didn't you get it. How could you have missed it.
Others God it what's your problem. When I listen to the watchtower or listen to this one. You should've listened to the sun should listen to the word should've listened to my people pointed out. But when you are confronted with the truth instead of submitting to it. You went back to the laboratory in your mind to try to figure out ways to make it not so because you didn't like it did not conform to your idea wherever you may have gotten it from receiving news media does is all done it like a truth that they spent it. Instead of saying you know that's right. Maybe I maybe I should rethink this.
They don't do that to go back Zona come up with this line to to chase it. Jason away to make a truth not look like the truth, they teach kids how to debate this way you pick any side doesn't matter to know absolute, you just have to be more clever than the other one. Paul called Jesus, God Titus chapter 2 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
That's that is not a separation is not great God all. In addition Jesus Christ as our God who is our Savior Jesus Christ. That is how it reads in English, ended Greek Titus three verse four when the kindness and love of God our Savior toward men appeared who is God our Savior. When did it appear for Jesus is God our Savior. When did he appear that in Bethlehem and the innocent children died because of this that God counted that important Romans chapter 9 verse five of whom are the fathers, and from whom, according to the flesh Christ came, who is overall, the eternally blessed God forever. So when you have people that sequela. What about this verse wasn't what about this verse, you have to understand is speaking about him in his role as Messiah is in making that distinction for you because it speaks of him in both ways, under the authority of the father as Messiah in total deity in his eternal role that he had before he came to earth and so II don't know how one can be a Christian and deny the deity of Christ.
To do so clearly indicates that they don't know him, they might know of him. They may know things that is been said in Scripture or by others, but if they don't get that they don't know the leaders of this group of Unitarians. The Jehovah witnesses the Mormons oneness Pentecostals Islam, Islamic knowledge is Jesus Christ existence that they do not accept him as we said who he says he is. When they get anything else, it comes from a script that could they possibly have gotten it so they opt to downsize him that comes with an eternal price. All these insist that the Bible does not say what it says. This denial is as I mentioned soul damning and here we go over John's gospel chapter 8 verse 24 therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins, for if you do not believe that I am he, you will die in your sins what you mean you believe that I am he, not just the messenger, you will go to hell for saying to someone what I don't think you're a messenger from the king unless it is in the fulfillment of Scripture and the one that you are denying his claims which he claimed to be God. Then all of a sudden it is very serious. First John chapter 2 verse 23 whoever denies the son does not have the father is not talking about historically, there were people there nosing in the way we know Christ existed, but the Gnostics who first. John is also written against that the first heresy that really came at the church to refute that. Is there denying that he is God the son, and so he says about them.
Whoever denies a son does not have the father either. He who acknowledges the son has the father also and then Luke chapter 12 but he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God. That means after this life very serious to have, against spiritual fellowship with those who deny what the Bible says about Christ is to put you in a bad spot. John's gospel chapter 3 verse 36 he who believes in the son has everlasting life, and he who does not believe the son shall not see life, with the wrath of God abides on him now when he says they cannot see like those people still alive please not talking about this life of the next life. The wrath of God looming over their head. They have something to say about they can escape the wrath if they will submit that's our role as Christians to bring before when we bring the gospel we bring who Jesus is. He is Savior, but before he is Savior.
And even if he's not Savior. He is Lord is Lord God Almighty.
He doesn't need to be my Savior.
To do that but I sure love that he is my Savior and if he weren't Lord couldn't see. So he continues her scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom. This is Christ as ruler uncorrupted sovereign ruler again when he came as Messiah. He was not. He had no scepter.
He allowed them to crucify him that was according to the humanity to be crucified.
No more he will not again put his sovereignty on hold.
Jeremiah writes about him and in 500 years before his birth. In those days Judah will be saved in Jerusalem will dwell safely and this is the name by which she will be called the Lord our righteousness. Yahweh to Sid Canoe S because Christ will be writing from Jerusalem. Thank God our president is just put the American Embassy in Jerusalem and declared for the world of Jerusalem the capital of Israel. But God did it long ago. God is always is not a step ahead. He's an eternity ahead of us all. Verse nine again. I hope I'm not boring you with this if if at least maybe a refresher cost course but every Christian must be clear on this.
You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than your companions. He still quoting Scripture is pointing out the difference between sacred love and profane love people who would not.
Mindful of God.
They can love things that you love bicycles or whatever it is they love, but they cannot love the Lord Jesus that comes from the Holy Spirit that comes from confession admission submission to Christ, not he, Lord. He is been hated for hating lawlessness even have a entertainment figure that taken upon a stage name of degenerate to boast to mock righteousness, that all men be a liar. God is not mocked, you will stand in accountable to that every idle word spoken will be dealt with this. The blood of Christ be on you and so we have universities and governments and entertainers in the industry of entertainment we have many scientists they hate the righteousness of Christ and want to find another way of doing things. Apart from him, even hostile towards him, therefore God, your God, has anointed you this again does not demote him. It distinguishes him in his humanity with the oil of gladness more than your companions. I know I'm repeating some of this because it needs to be repeated because this is not this is not regular information.
This is spiritual information and you cannot grasp it casual casually it comes to prayer and consideration and explore exploring the Scriptures across referencing and getting the point in asking the Lord what does it really say. So with the oil of gladness more than your companions. Clearly Christ is plainly addressed as a man that is his incarnate arrival, beginning in Bethlehem antichrist will be cut. In contrast, he will not be the one with the righteous scepter who loves lawfulness. He will be the unrighteous, one with a scepter that loves unrighteousness.
Second Thessalonians chapter 2, verses eight, nine, then the lawless one will be revealed now were not going to be here to see who is revealed. According to Thessalonians because the Holy Spirit who restrains the permissions to allow such a monster to come into power. He will withdraw and when he withdraws he will take the church with him.
Call that the rapture then the lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will consume with the breath of his mouth and destroy the with the brightness of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.
Don't believe just because you see a miracle that it comes from God. Satan is able to do lying wonders when God gives him permission to do it, and according to Deuteronomy 13 God from time to time gives him his permission to test the faith of the righteous to see if they will default to the word and its means, or they will gobble up any piece of junk that put in the mousetrap. I don't want to sound harsh, but I decided I don't want to yield is in inches. Paul said we did not yield for one hour. We were given into that for not a moment in the seal to communicate the superlatives you can come off as being angry.
Love the word of God.
I remember who I was before God opened it up to me I never want to be that person again and I don't want people who are in sin to go to hell and I don't know any other way to present these things, except passionately and truthfully and clearly as I can and if you are a Christian is a rut. I struggle and I fall and you sound as though you are isolating me as though I've I've lost the benefit is absolutely not his wife took a moment's emphasized the grace of this magnificent God that you almost can't get outside of it you would have to hating him to get away from his grace and I know the sinner who struggles does not hate him. The Christensen Christian who sins shall be made strong by these things because Satan will lie to you and say you you it doesn't apply to you. You forfeited it you gave it up.
The answer to that is the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses me from all sins. And so I will go back to being passionate about communicating this I claimed had close to going to hell. I remember times as an unbeliever, almost being killed on a mean somebody was chasing me with a machete or something like that, but I was in situations in the military and in other places where man that had just gone an inch to the right or left. That would've been hit and so when I think about would God save me from should I be, should we be anything less than excited who can be casual about sharing the gospel. I can be monotone for you if you'd like.
Verse 10 to verses 10 through 12. Since you got places to go and you Yahweh is quoting Old Testament in the beginning, laid the foundation of the earth and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain and they will grow old like a garment like a cloak you will fold them up and they will be change but you are the same in your years will not fail when he this is a a primary particle when he says and he is saying, in addition to also. I'm not finished with this point. That's what that is a big word that is there in the Greek and MVA English. He says you go back up. You read everything that we been covering this morning and when he says, and furthermore driving it home is joining this Psalm two of Yahweh that is that is points out Yahweh yet again to Jesus Christ. Let's read Psalm 102 verses 25 and 26 will all read it here to listen of old. You laid the foundation of the earth and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you will endure the wait a minute what we start off in the first verse of the second verse of this letter that nothing was created without Christ, we can't detach the paragraphs as though there they're not interlocked the speaking about Jesus here. This applies to Jesus Christ and then Hebrews 10 will get this at some point in the future for it is, it was fitting for him. Jesus Christ is the antecedent and the second chapter and verse I'm quoting here, for whom all things, and by whom are all things and bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through suffering. That's how Capt. of salvation when Joshua was considering how my going to take Jericho out and then meet the angel of the Lord, the captain of the armies of the Lord of the Lord of hosts, he appears in Joshua says you for us or against us. He says I'm not for you or for them. I'm for God and then that is the same Jesus Christ, the captain of our salvation, and Jericho fell and so will the judgment on you for your sins fall away because of the blood of Christ because he is your captain. He will lead you into victory. It may not seem like it many times in this life does life is a probation, but it will be the day is going to come when the captain of your salvation because of his sufferings will lead you into blocks will meet you in glory your other going to be rapture.
There are you going to fall asleep and wake up there so it doesn't get any more divine than being the creator of creation and it is a sign to Christ, he is responsible for it. That is what the writer. Writer is saying angels are created. Christ is the creator one the first three verses Colossians 116, Ephesians 39 I mean just all over the New Testament.
And so it is not in God's mind to preserve this creation forever. You know, many tunnels and underground things there are on this earth. God is going to burn it all up, get rid of it is going to come back for a while will hang out here for a thousand years, so and then he's going to create a new heavens and new earth humanistic man has no worthwhile long-term plan for humanity is supposed to be humanistic in a secular humanist. According to them, the earth is forever available. Of course the polar bears are in jeopardy got to care more about them than anything else, but they're not global warming holds no one here.
This bought into that nonsense. God is the one that upholds his universe and scientists will either get it wrong. I get it right, depending on their relationship to God and their submission to the facts were Revelation 21 five then he who sat on the throne said, behold, I will make all things new. He said to me right for these words are faithful and true so that God has a plan for this universe and it's it's it's disposable this world all of your stuff eventually is going to be burned up. Verse 13 but to which of the angels has he ever said sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool again repeated question structure from verse five.
You'd never said this to any of the NFL angels any promises here that while he makes no promises to save his enemies. He promises to make them as footstool. That means they will be conquered and so verse 14 are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation with that salvation, we know from our Christ and he returns.
This is from verse seven. So just a few things to button up in closing, first, of course, when he says, are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister and he says for those who will inherit salvation. Yeah, the Angels state they are.
They work on our behalf. Matthew chapter 18 Jesus is take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones right say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my father was in heaven. So what you think you think that a child reaches a certain age and the angel is then dismissed Donita many more. Not at all because the angels carry Lazarus to the bosom of Abraham in Scripture we have angels with us were not to talk to them not to pray to them that Fatah weasel something from them. There are not going to be any angel feathers showing up in sanctuary bird feathers. Maybe this spiritual beings anyway and that this was a fad sometime not a Christian holdover global lawyer, Yahweh.
What you say to that pepper sprayed him the only way to deal with terrorist knock. Anyway, back to this when Elijah prayed and settle Lord I pray open his eyes that he may see.
Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man and Esau.
Behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha and slowly there ministering he's making this distinction. These angels are sent Jesus is the one that sends them. He is the one that has provided the salvation that we will inherit and use the arrow salvation, purchase of God, but he shares it with us.
We went over this last week just to review and will be done who other than God can.
These apply from this this one chapter. He made the worlds in verse two he is the brightness of God's glory and the express image of his person upholding all things by the word of his power by himself purged our sins. Who else can that go to is more excellent than the Angels, verse four.
He is the only one that is said the begotten son, that comes from the father. Verse six he says let the Angels worship him can only worship deity or you are a blasphemer. Your throne is forever is eternal.
That's both forward and backwards. That's not paternity forward is eternity backward and forward verse 10. You laid the foundations of the earth. He got the drive piles to do that in verse 14. Sit at my right these this one chapter wiped out how many cults that exist in our day. How invigorating we should be when we talk about Jesus Christ our Savior move 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