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January 13, 2022 6:00 am
Pastor Rick teaches from the letter to the Hebrews
That Ark of the covenant had within its chest at lot of matter substance God provides had a rod of Aaron audit long after was dead. The authority of God given to men on behalf of God for men. And then there was the unbroken word of God, Jesus Christ never broke God, but on top of the lid to cherubim that was called the mercies. 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 about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching, and now here's Pastor Rick with this study called destiny of the saved as he teaches in Hebrews chapter 2 verse 14. Inasmuch as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared in the same, that through death he might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, yet go to a funeral of a Christian and all they talk about is the one that died. Not Christ is very sad when that happens, you go to another Christian funeral with the believers a hot just talking about. Yeah, we miss him will talk a little bit, but he is with Jesus or she is with Christ because of Christ. You're here today. This gathering is not about our dearly departed. It's about you. You've not taken Christ in your life you have taken him into your life and be stronger because of our magnifying the Lord. We need to be made stronger all the time. Is there any Christian. He is not strong enough anymore.
Thanks and good would be foolish. Inasmuch then as the children that would be the believers have partaken of flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared in the same that is coming in flesh and blood. This is the incarnation of Christ humanity of Christ, the virgin birth and that which led after making the point that God put on humanity and coming to earth as a human born of a virgin, he did not materialize and to show up one day and start preaching in Galilee, God did not give our Lord as he did with Adam mature body instantly.
Christ was not full-grown when he came here. Adam was this what answers does be interesting think if you weren't in the garden of Eden and God breathed in life and to Adam and lata became a living being up if Adam chop down a tree wouldn't have rings and it of its age. I think so because I think God created the original creation in a matured state that would account for so many things goddesses do not want to create Adam and to make of all let's say Rick holding you your good model of this is I want to make immuno I don't know 30 years old and and that so what I'm going to make a tree.
I'm going to make it.
How old I make the mountains and the hills, the stars, you know how long the light has to take to get to earth from those long distance up in a mature state which drives the naysayers wacky. This is so funny. Anyway, when I can.
I'm getting getting off of what were supposed to be talking about anyway emerged Christ into humanity and the experience of humans to us from the womb to the tomb, we would say Hebrews 10. Five therefore is quoting Psalm 40 in Hebrews 10 when he Christ came into the world, he said, sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you have prepared for me continues in verse 14 that through death he might destroy him who had power of death, that is, the slanderer devil will talk more about him. As we move through the remaining epistles, Christ our sacrifice and our Savior and our high priest who is our mediator.
According to verse 17 we get to the end of this Christianity has no blood sacrifices with a human or animal. It's all done now. We need not offer blood offerings to the Lord speak of sin. Christ is done. That is a substitute. This power of death that Satan had came through sin.
Of course, by way of Satan and sin is kept The separated from God separates the righteous. Even from God. We talked about that before Christ. We we were in his brethren. We went of when the righteous died. They went to a holding place and in the spiritual realm called she old righteous side of she old the wicked when the unrighteous side they still go to the unrighteous side until the great white throne judgment will talk about that.
Hopefully Wednesday but since it Was separated and slammed heavens door shut on sinners.
All of us without a Savior. That door remained slam shut, but he opened it. Christ did, and in so doing destroy the work of the devil. This were destroyed in the Hebrew is actually to make useless devoid out so by dying as a sinner without sin, for sinners to satisfy the debt to the father and that swung the door wide open. John saw that door open in Revelation 4 I saw a door open in heaven. He never would've seen that door opened in heaven without the Christ and verse 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Believers are not supposed to live and die like unbelievers everything about us is supposed to be different, better. Unfortunately, because sin is still here in us as our sinful nature is not always the case in many times Christians fail do actually were. Sometimes, some Christians, then unbelievers sometimes Christians do not face death so courageously. Though we are supposed to face courageously. Of course many times we do.
Many times we do get the victory over death and life and all these things we become some of the light that shines and in a dark world so you we need to understand the real risks that are around us and we also need to be encouraged. Maybe you are here this morning and will look at anybody's office look up that way maybe you you are notoriously if when it comes to the Christian what should you do. I can tell you what Satan will tell you, you can tell you tell me what six quit give up. He'll never get any better that Satan Christ. Of course, nudges you forward, take courage, keep moving. Get up. I'm still with you. I said I would never leave you nor forsake you. Yes, there are others better than you, you're going to have to learn to live with that part but right now I want you to be better than you and I'm not giving up. That makes even the week. Christian stronger, of whom I'm one in Revelation 12.
They overcame him by the word of the Lamb testimony because they did not love their lives to the death of Paul when writing to the Thessalonians. Speaking about the rapture. He said we we don't we wait we have a whole that is greater than those in the world.
We do not face death hopelessly. We do not have the hope that wishes it's going to be so we have the hope that knows it is so and that's what willing hands on. So if you are one of those Christians you have a fear of death. Face it, meditate on and put some thought into it when I've started working in the steel industry is no way I could walk across those beams, not even 10 feet above the floor, let alone 4050 60 stories up. And so you know I really bothered me and I didn't know how to overcome it. I tried walking on sidewalk curves and saying okay is mind over matter. If I can walk in all 6 inches off the ground on this. What's the difference he 60 feet a lot 60 feet is what the differences so the Lord just I think it was the Lord gave me the idea to just go up on the high-rises and expose myself to the height repeatedly just be up there, and as a result, it came to me.
I was able to hover by the time I retired. Why is this so I don't know what that as do anything at all. I know I got so this fear of death. They said no, don't judge Intuit's purchases.
Death is our last enemy let's leave it for last. Good advice.
But you have to face it. What is so frightening about death.
Well, judgment will Christ is dealt with as though you believe the things you you find so sweet in Scripture. The unknown that's probably the most spooky thing about it. Only faith can overcome that and that kind of faith comes from exposure to Christ while facing those things that scare us and there's a finality from this side it's over here is done, is no more but not from heaven side. We have many weeks beginning the party has just started arguing a protest if you will party hat when you get to heaven.
I am not. I just want headlights on my II want might be better than everybody else's. I'm honest about it but anyhow Jesus died in the flesh and flesh and blood to rise again the firstfruits to show laws. It can be done and I've done it for you. It's going to be your turn. One day, do you trust me I know you love me, but do you trust me and we want our children to trust us with trust. This trust me on this. The cookies are mine just want them to trust us. It's okay develop this have that kind of relationship with Christ with anything that scares you. You take it to him. The worst thing in the world that you can do is become satisfied with that and just seven.
Leave it be. I'm in what we can reach a time when you've exhausted in his speech to Christ and believe it with you for now, Lord, but I'll be back because it really is under my skin so if you are afraid of death, and I will add you might not be afraid of death in your use strong and your vitality is there but as the years roll by using 1 kg close to those gates, I can see them before. Now all of a sudden you this is getting serious. I don't mind ankle-deep water well and some of the submarine. Could be bad, but I don't want that water starting to rise very quickly and so face it, well that's enough about that blaze talking these duties believers crisis delivered us. Evidently he knew that there were those who claim Christ that dealt with the fear of death all their life and he's coming along and he is saying. Let's walk like we believe the things we claim. Verse 16, or indeed he does not give aid to the Angels, but he does give a to the seed of Abraham.
While he didn't die for an angel of the would've comments one fallen angels are irredeemable. They will not be saved.
The unfallen angels do not read need redemption are already in heaven. Satan, the fallen angels Antichrist and his false prophet.
The wicked, those who reject Christ consciously, they will suffer a conscious torment forever. Listen. That's the fact you have to like it.
What I don't like it that God is going to send people to hell you like it you face it, though, whether you want to or not doesn't really like that one. Okay let me change it please God is not asking permission to set things up the way he has set them up. Matthew 25 he will say to those on the left hand apart from me you cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels hell wasn't even made for man with those who reject Christ will end up there nonetheless.
As far as this verse where it says the seed of Abraham that the faithful. Galatians 3 verse seven. I won't reverse nine also which repeats it, but verse three. Therefore, know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham member Abraham is not a Hebrew know he wasn't he wasn't was a Hebrew, but he was not a Jew.
Since come from the line of Jacob is just a technicality and I love to say because people what you mean I have to go back and look at all that's right because Esau was born of Isaac, he was not it you, Jacob first one well anyway, back to verse 17 therefore, in all things he had to be made like his brethren. That's us test me.
I mean that that he might be merciful.
A merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people we are the object of salvation.
That is what he is saying in all things, pausing his sovereignty to become a human and a servant subjecting himself to use in all the things that he did subject himself to us in all things. It says he had to be made like his brethren again. That would be. We, the believers, which means that originally he wasn't like us. Originally God Almighty and full sovereignty, full-blown part of the Godhead, merciful and faithful God's astounding mercy.
It's this is nothing like this mercy of God. James says James 511, the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. You could whisper that ended with thunder.
The Lord is very compassionate and merciful and you read James well for him to come away with that. That is attractive. Mercy is so critical to the expression of the salvation that God has for us at the holiest place was also referred to as the mercy seat. You know the old temple gather the that the holy place where the shewbread was the golden altar and in the lampstand, etc. and then that curtain that separated that chamber from the holiest of all with the ark of the covenant set in that Ark of the covenant had within its chest had pot of manna substance. God provides had a rod of the Aran that butted long after was dead.
The authority of God given to men on behalf of God for men.
And then there was the unbroken word of God, which is Jesus Christ never broke the word of God, but on top of the lid to cherubim that was called the mercy seat.
The mercy of God was over the word of God. The authority of God the sustenance of God. It was the mercy of God. Take the mercy out there is no salvation. Mercy is not receiving what you deserve and in and in the negative of the easy one as if you're speeding in a cop catches you and you register you like. This is a true story, because of Mr. Gaston.
I do know because we go 500 miles an hour I'm not going to give you a ticket. Why is your soul's debonair, distinguished, and I said that's true RI that that didn't happen that way. You did okay but anyway this is another to give you a ticket.
Why was I'm just going to be nice to you. That's mercy now faces a number to give you $10 that's illegal that's grace that's just basically it's a clumsy point but you get it. God is done that with us. I'm not going to send you to hell you come to me, you don't deserve it but I'm going to give to end.
I'm going to give you eternal life is so unspeakable. The prophets couldn't capture that. That is mercy and grace that flows from it. God's contact with sinners is all about mercy with holes is judgment. It says he is the high priest hey we have to get out of here. I'm just going on on like we've got eternity, the high priest. He stood representing the people God singled him out from from the people he singles out a high priest to represent the people to God. Jesus has fulfilled the entire Levitical picture of the priest.
So if you have your notes, your right is verses down he is our high priest here in verse 17 in verse and in Hebrews 914. He is our offering in 1229 of Hebrews.
He is the fire need fire for the altar and the incense and the brazen altar like and in 1310 of Hebrews. He is the altar is the complete fulfillment of everything. The Old Testament spoke of, and these Jews needed to know it and he's doing it in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for sins propitiation is friendship again atonement forgiveness of sins, having been justified by faith. Romans 51, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Verse six of Romans five when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly did not die for godly people because there were none.
Verse eight or don't tell that to someone, believer or self-righteous churchgoer because they actually think that their good deeds does something God's impressive look at that you actually tighter that Windsor knot anyway, God demonstrates his own love towards us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us while you were still messed up while train wrecks while shipwrecks, Christ did not wait for anyone to get good enough because it never would've happened. Verse 18 were almost done. See the finish line bring that he himself suffered being tempted, he is able to aid those who are tempted. Now the word translated attempted also means tested. That is significant. I don't believe Christ could have been tempted in the sense of being Lord Satan believe that man may have believe that and see if I can open again. Some of the reasons why, if this was an allurement or not, and allurement than it's a matter of establishing fact. In other words, the temptation was not to see if he was going to fall. It was to demonstrate he could not fall that makes us say he's got. That is the distinction of Christ anyone else were fail.
He controlled the fish, the weather, the elements of water and wind, the sea, you mean to tell me you think he could've fallen he could've failed.
Sin occurs first in the mind.
We know that from Matthew if you just look at a woman and think that you already sent James talks about in James 115. It starts and they had Hebrews 411 to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart. Sin starts in the head, which is the heart when the Jews talk about the hard whole body is not just the heart beating the entirety of the individual.
But when Christ was presented with choices that were outside of his father's will. There was nothing in his head for it to attach to. There was no port is unlike anyone else and he told us this John chapter 14 the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in me does nothing. They like you and I there's plenty there to meet God put up if I submit the only twisters I'm telling you, I'm going to send her to work right. Several dental issues but anyway John 829 Jesus speaking he who sent me is with me. The father has not left me alone, for I always do those things that please him who could ever say that only Christ these things are put out in front of us so we could see them is another point where the dove so close that one up. The temptation proves that he is the son of God who can withstand any onslaught that altar encourage us proving again.
He is the one that is faithful and true and worthy to be worshiped. You go to put Daniel on that desert was Satan and Satan would've known what would've gotten Daniel to sin, and he would've fallen, not Christ does not mean that he did not suffer one of the suffered fatigue and other physical things, but spiritually he was a castle.
He also exercise patience and that wilderness could you imagine what he wanted to do was Satan said bow down and worship me and I'm just going to throw you into the abyss right now.
What about I throw yourself down know you're going down.
But first, a few slaps God can know in a way that we cannot that's another point out of the Swiss is he is able to aid those who attempted what we tend to think is okay. He came here and he suffered so that we could see that he knows what it feels like he did not come here for that. He already knows the listings God can't learn something. We are the ones that need to see him do these things so we can be encouraged so that when we go through our dog what I know you were here. I know you had to live with that young people calling Mary in all sorts of all of unfaithful in all of this other stuff and you had to take this jump from people you knew that before you got here because you know in a way, we cannot know so he brings it into view, is what he is told he is doing in the state's grades and idolatry realizable when God is tempted, in this fashion. He is simply bringing interview for us is sympathy is compassion and you saying I know what you're going through. Yes, I walked among you. You need to know that that's what the Hebrews learning here in this passage of Scripture. But as they much as you mature you say wait a minute. God knows it all. Christ is God Almighty. He does not have to get leprosy to know what leprosy is about to get an abscess to know what that's about it and not have to be in a difficult marriage or have a bad relationship and were that many of these things to sympathize with me, but it sure is nice to know he was here nonetheless 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