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February 2, 2022 6:00 am
Pastor Rick teaches from the letter to the Hebrews
There is a danger in the church coming from pulpits in pews that is very soul. It is the verse by verse teaching of the word no attempt what you just preached I don't get it. I don't know how man in the congregation could be exposed together to the precepts of Scripture and then go out and not do anything about it when they find gross and blatant violations. 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. Today we join Pastor Rick for the conclusion of his study called our high priest forever in Hebrews chapter 5 Genesis 1418 and then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was the priest of God most high priest of LL Yael Jan God most high, and here he brings out bread and wine. Every Christian knows what that symbolizes the bread and the blood. The body the body and the blood. The bread and the wine, the bread and the cup and so Melchizedek was acting as priest and Abraham subjected himself to that and what does Abraham do in return he gives on an offering, 1/10 to Melchizedek for the Lord so there is this beautiful picture in Melchizedek of a symbol, a type of Jesus Christ in crisis fulfill the seat and so the writer told the Leviticus saying Christ is superior in his priesthood over the ironic line again.
For those of you not been following the whole letter of Hebrews is saying to the Hebrews. Do not mix Christianity with Judaism and it says of the church.
Don't mix it with anything you don't paint gold that which is already perfect needs no improvement. And to try to do so is to ruin it. So this this would we continue.
Verse seven who in the days of his flesh when he had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to him who was able to save him from death, and was heard because of his godly fear. Now he's talking directly about Jesus Christ in Gethsemane, his humanity faced at all the humanity of Jesus Christ did not cry out to his personal deity and say you know I'm God the son. I don't have to go to this and excuse himself the way he did not do that you knew who he was and he knew what he was going to go through in his humanity in the flesh while he walked on earth, so he subjected himself to the betrayal which probably heard just as much is the lashes from the scourge the be the horror of the cross three times in Scripture do we see Jesus Christ in his humanity weeping on earth. Each one is a classroom, each one is a lesson for us many lessons. First, there was his weeping at the grave of a friend Lazarus and Jesus swept the Bible told us as everybody else was blowing because they lost this young man were ready to let him go. Jesus brought him back. He wept at the site of a doomed city.
The doom city Jerusalem, that they have the Greek word for his crying. Moses heaving on his chest was heaving as he was falling away full-blown cry out for the city and the doom that awaited them because they rejected him and then in the garden where it's not explicitly stated in the Gospels it's implied in his sorrow, but it is explicit here in verse seven that with vehement cries and tears. He is facing sin for us. He is bringing before us the severity of God's judgment and the wonder of his pardon for all those who would take it and what he had to go to see this is the problem with anyone who says yeah I think Jesus is the way the truth and the life and also you can come in by no you can't. There's one way and to make to make the suggestion that there are other ways of salvation is to mock the cross is the mock Christ is a simile if he was dumb enough to do it, then that's his business, but you could've come in this way there is no other way. In this vehement cries is the Scripture the Holy Spirit saying you see, there is no other way.
This is serious.
There is nothing more serious to see God the son agonize over the salvation of those who don't deserve salvation is fraught with instruction, with invitation with power with something we can't know, we lose sight of this self-pity is been said that self-pity and faith can't stay in the same room together. I don't know.
I'm still testing that one out because sometimes in my self-pity.
I actually feel justified. II love I know my place.
I know God is right always, without exception, but I still have the process that in my prayers as he got.
I know you're right but I'm not seeing it. I don't feel that I don't like it, and here are my protests subject to you will not going to stand before God and lied to him say Otis is good. I'm fine with it going to take another limb. I don't care that would be insane have to be honest with him are things that I don't like that he allows or disallows that he gives her with holes. Sometimes it is irritates me that someone who doesn't deserve it gets more than I should be getting was not really my problem but I know so you struggling with it.
This is what I mean.
We take our sin to the Lord, we don't sweep it under the rug so someone can trip over it. We tell them. Right now he's not going to gossip. Consequently, tell your enemy usually just asked me for it will develop your prayer life.
It will keep you balanced in your walk Jesus face the cross, he never, never thought to escape it, but he lays out the drama of it for us.
As I just said I try to do in my prayer life and I'm sure some of you do to get the layout, the drummer of life before God. Jesus said in John's Gospel 1227 now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say father, save me from this hour, but for this purpose I came to this hour. This is what it's all about it. I hate what's going to happen to me in a few just a little while but I'm going to take this and the martyrs have done so through the centuries many of them burning at the stake, singing hymns to the Lord and so this verse seven is about Christ in the garden, highlighting for us what he went through for us. He says here.
To him who was able to save him from death. Now that gets this part. He was not asking the father to save him from dying. He was bringing to the front that this crucifixion and resurrection is all about being saved from eternal damnation and separation from God. So he's death, death, without salvation is eternal separation for the righteous. There is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. But for those outside of Christ. There is no salvation.
The serious business is Christianity and that's why the world under the influence of Satan as though they were on the influence of some narcotic or drug. The world does not understand.
They hate the system of Christ in the don't even know why. If you say why do you hate the Christ what you mock his servants. Why do you think it's so strange that God should be able to talk to people than you would be peeling back the layers of influence of Satan.
Some are too far gone for us to do anything with others or not.
We just don't know who they are until that moment comes, but this is what is this happening to him who is able to save him from that is a submission to the processes that God is absolute and submission to him from Christ was absolute.
Matthew 2653 or do you not think I cannot pray to my father and he will provide me with more than 12 legions of angels they can eject any time, but he faced his face did for me. Remember that the next time you're going to something miserable and you think God's forgotten you. Remember that he faced for you and me something that we really have to wait till after life truly enter into and so we can do all and and was heard through his godly fear that is the resurrection, of course, without that is Hebrew audience at any time could say what we are going to change religious Christianity is not good. Nobody doesn't let him go. He keeps this in front of them as any good child of God would keep in front of anyone who might be losing sight of verse eight. Though he was a son, yet he learned obedience by the things which he suffered while he went to the cross without excusing himself is not shielded from suffering nor obedience simply because he was a son of God relate on example not. This learned again. God cannot learn he is perfect in every way he cannot be improved if he can be improved in this disqualified from our God.
So in spirit speaks this way, speaking on our behalf so we understand this the Christ in his humanity did experience these things, but they didn't need to know to go through these things so that he could learn something in his or one proof of that, he would have to subject himself to every single herd ever known to man so that the individual could say all okay now I know he understands he went through a divorce. Now he understands my divorce. They went through a lost child to be an old tube to the cultural. Whatever. And now it's know he doesn't have to do that he knows it already, but his humanity did suffer did he did experience it is very important that we understand that Jesus Christ was not figuring things out when the Bible says from the foundations of the world is already done from God's perspective here's something to think about where already in heaven from God's perspective.
This is all done, but we have to live it out as Christ had to go to the cross we have to still as we would say play the game.
This is not a game, and so God did not need to suffer to know suffering that would limit him to have compassion only on his experiences God has ways Jesus Christ as ways of learning or of knowing I should say that we cannot in his way is this is always known verse 905 communicated that if you vent any doubt that your little foggy on who Christ is his humanity and his deity.
I hope you get the. The bottom line is that he's never been anything but superior.
Verse nine and having been perfected and finishing the process. That is, he became the author of the cause in the Greek of our eternal salvation to all who obey him. God is the author in the solution and he sealed this on the cross to all who obeyed all those born again doesn't mean that if you disobey God and doing something you you send you messed up maybe you yell at somebody on the road. I've never done that. But I'm by no you have maybe you just irritated with another driver and you say it and you know that's wrong. Maybe you've gone deep into it, lest the land you in hell unless I'm the other driver. Anyway, back to this, those who love the Lord want to obey him, and that's why there's no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. If we sin, we have an advocate with the father we have a high priest, the great high priest with the father but on the other hand, you have those Christians actualized trivialize either the spirit brother and their immoral.
Often times are not obedient to the faith. But yet they want to claim they have the spirit and everything's fine and you cannot correct them. I speak in tongues you can't rebuke me, ask chapter 5.
We are his witnesses to these things said the apostles and so is the Holy Spirit whom God is given to those who obey him. You don't obey him, you love you you the spirit is not with you like you think he is. Verse 10 called by God as high priest, speaking of Christ according to the order of Melchizedek which will get back to in the coming we interesting. Melchizedek must've been an extraordinary character for Jesus Christ to associate himself with him the way he does. Jethro and Job. They both did not.
They do not enjoy this distinction in the New Testament, but Melchizedek does. I mention those two because they're not. Hebrews Jethro Job and Melchizedek yet they were dynamos in the faith who got to give advice to Moses Jethro Job, God said, is not like a how would you like God. To say that if you see my righteous servant, there is none like him. How powerful is that verse 11 of whom we have much to say and hard to explain, since you become dull of hearing when they didn't see that coming did they Jesus talking about religion and the high priest and Melchizedek in the been the Lord loving me and being gracious and then he says, but you are dull and dead. Well, it has much to say about Melchizedek connected to Christ because he is a things pertaining to God, since you have become dull of hearing you not getting it, those today who refuse to stand for correction.
They fall into this category. They're afraid to not stand on the church correction. They just are free to choose the consequences of making such a foolish move and unfortunately there are many who won't let you it it it should not make you feel smaller if the pastor of if a pastor says was we got a deal with this and you guilty of something should make you feel teeny amino natural processes were to put my own self and someone correct me and I norm long.
I don't feel like the best day I've ever had. For this moment, but I take my licking if I deserve it and as a pastor.
Sometimes I get when I'm telling you when and how can you be launching them at me for fun dull of hearing, slothful Hebrews to reset.
Therefore, we must give more his heed to the things we have heard that would be Scripture, lest we drift away. That would be serious. They could not bear the wording on many Christians casted on verse by verse teaching. They want their ears tickled want to be told something sensational give me a story that's all have so touching all every always.
I was so moved by that.
Tell me about how you got in your truck and and and God did these miracle things in well God did I guy drove in this morning and nothing happened. I got here safe and sound that was miraculous enough for me. I'll take that any day. There are those that's not enough for them and it's boring preaching to them. If you point out what Scripture says in verse 12, for though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God, you have come to need milk and not solid food. And remember, these are these Christians. These were new Christians because this is by this time they been around for a while and yet they were stunted in their growth starved need someone to teach you again. Satan had been stealing from them territory territory that they should own. Satan was sitting on, not them.
Imagine you have a house and you go away for a while and you come back another people living in it. Unauthorized squatters that's what was happening to them that would happen soon.
Too many today. He says the first principles of the oracles of God. The basic rules of the faith, the precepts and the doctrines of the New Testament epistles they want to hear that he says you've come to need milk and not solid food you got no teeth to chew.
You can't process the word you get the word is too much for you.
You ejected instead of receiving it a W Tojo says this soft breed of Christian that must be fed on a diet of harmless fun to keep them interested soldiers intelligent is new how to select people around age away from his desk. He could have figured as a soft breed of Christian who wants to be that when I'm in Tinseltown please don't ask me to do anything. Okay, I shouldn't use that voice but it doesn't sound right is a will, I'm a little emotional for Dolan verse 13 for everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe he says for everyone that's without exception or partakers of milk baby food predigested food that's with no kids. I like milk does a body wander, but you need more in the word growth and development in the faith did not excite them learn Scripture for some is only so they can argue against others. The purpose of is learning Scripture is to subdue the flesh to have something to say to the world to stiff arm the enemy and to draw closer to Christ. That's what we come to the Scripture and value it so much. Maybe you've been cheated for decades.
You should be perfect.
If you're sitting here saying I love the word of God and I'm not.
I haven't been getting.
This is a Christian or part of you should say will that's not going to be the case anymore. This will that's move on. We can hit will hit this again next week he will continue it into the next chapter he says they are unskilled in the word of righteousness.
He did not say that they were huddled utterly ignorant of righteousness but there are unskilled because of neglect is a perishable skill you can get it and lose it if you don't keep it. We understand this with other areas in life we have, we qualifications get our license.
You know you go down to the motor vehicle again and check your eyesight and make sure it's just as bad as it was before you got there, there is a danger in the church coming from pulpits in pews that is very subtle. It is the verse by verse teaching of the word with no attempt to uphold what you just preached I don't get it. I don't know how man in the congregation could be exposed together to the precepts of Scripture and then go out and not do anything about it when they find gross and blatant violations of another Tojo quote here he's quoting Finian's commenting.
Charles Finney, for those of you don't know those are evangelists who won over hundred years ago.
Great man of God.
Tojo says is Charles G.
Finney believe that the Bible teaching without moral application could be worse than no teaching at all and could result in positive injury to the hearers. I used to feel that this might be an extreme position. But after years of observation I have come around to it or to view almost identical with exposition must have application to just learn the Bible and not do anything with it is not good enough. It is harmful. It is an insult to God to other Christians. You will be an irritant because you should know better and you're not doing better in its willful and so he says to Timothy, Paul does till I give the till I come give attention to reading and exhortation to doctrine, take heed to yourself and to the doctor and continuing them for in so doing this you will save yourself and those who hear you another place he says there are those always learning and never coming into the knowledge there always at a Bible study. They've always got a CD on their always reading a book just never doing anything with what they've exposed to. And when sin shows up. They excuse it, O Christ died for nothing. I am on and them the same. You have to be perfect. God knows I'm not new to I can prove it but I'm not so were all mold. We are almost done with the first half of this morning session. He says for he is a babe is not a grown-up stunted try to mix Christianity with another system. Then you get what you get something that's not Christianity. This is the shepherd.
Not sparing the rod on the flock is appropriately is using it appropriately train up a child in the way he should go, trainable congregation to they will not depart here verse, verse 14. Solid food belongs to those who are full of age.
That is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil inhibit inability to tell right from wrong is not an asset. Discernment is necessary which can develop a sermon if not working it is not around. Those who know how to use it. It greatly increases vulnerability and harm potential for harm the close of this verse the entire book of Leviticus. Second Peter 318 grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ growing it. They were not, we can 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