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March 18, 2022 6:00 am
Pastor Rick teaches from the letter to the Hebrews
Andrew brought Peter in debate we found the Messiah. Now you know Peter Peterson got a guy that if you think it's fake.
He's a part of. Then there was there was Nathaniel.
Can anything good come out of Nazareth and fellow Brazil estimated its currency by my brother didn't debate with me when he witnessed me just looked at me and I got saved, not by the look that was a cat that was the catalyst that was the spark that lit the cake.
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 don't do is the title of Pastor Rick's message that he will be teaching in Hebrews chapter 10. Should you find yourself doubting your scripture.
Remember the prophecies it dismissed. That's a spiritual feature is a feature of our writing about Scripture that no one else has all the other ones of the writings and the conclusions and the ideas and the insistence of man, but there's no spiritual feature. Mormons have their book of Moron and they make these outrageous claims with not a shred of evidence to support it. But the Scripture has tons of evidence of the support what it is what it has declared to be true.
So Galatians 218 where Paul was dealing with this identical problem with the Jews, he says, for if I build again those things which I destroy I make myself a transgressor. If I come out of sin. If I come out of thinking wrong about God. Then I go back into thinking wrong about God. I am where I don't believe in the eyes of God. I am in sin and if you are an unbeliever and you're listening to me.
You may be saying that sounds harsh, sounds narrowminded brought as a way wide is the gate that leads to perdition that leads to hell and there are many who go and buy because narrow is the gate straight is the path that leads to everlasting life, and few find it manner capable of getting a chip on their shoulder with God for daring to be God. How dare you judge me.
How dare you lay out what is morality will of the watching it in the time we live in every live there. They're trying to reinvent redefine the word morality so that perversity becomes morality and purity becomes immorality spiritually psychotic and they resent being told that to do so will get back to this. I hope much more. I don't know how I'm going to get the sin so hope you brought your lunch. Verse 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries and adversaries Haiti during this so narrowminded, so draconian is so all over the top is so intolerant is so loveless was not you are your all those things against your maker and had the audacity to accuse those who have seen him with being villains done you no harm. You willing to do harm to them, we don't find true Christians persecuting anyone we find true Christians being persecuted and so people believe in many gods pulses.
I got a God for you because even if you don't believe in a God that your God because God by the definition in Scripture includes that controlling influence in your deepest heart that is your God, the one that you submit to you may not be strong enough to comply with what you submit to, for instance, we Christians, we believe were supposed to always be loving, we submit to that, but we don't always pull it off. Somebody just going to pull in your Cape at some point and challenge that commitment does not mean you have abandoned God. It means you're struggling in the flesh world doesn't get this God is lifted for us to explain it as best we can the process, I got a God for you, he's the God that blinds spiritually blind people.
He is the God of all blindness. Second Corinthians step before whose minds the god of this age has blinded the god of this age who do not believe that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ was the image of God, should shine on them. Satan is the world's God.
Spiritual blindness says the word of God and Jewish Christians better not be ashamed of that. You better not backup. One speck of financial away from that belief.
All the forces of hell will try to get you to do the will of forces assigned to you. When Jesus said he believes in the sun is not condemned, but he was a does not believe in the sun is condemned already, because he is not believe in the name of the only begotten son of God. This is the condemnation, that the light is coming to the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil. They resent God dictating to them what behavior should be.
They hate it and they hate him along with it and you and me also says fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Many scoff at this.
In fact, a lot of them already in hell I'm not making light of you believe the Scripture you can't get away from this. How do you make truth acceptable to a people that reject truth I don't know. All I like what I do know is this. I can pound them with the truth. I can live my life as correctly as possible to the word and I know that makes a difference that does contribute to the salvation of souls because when I watch the God haters launch in their debates and their books and wherever they get to speak there always pointing to Christians that I look at and say I'm not so sure those are Christians you're pointing you justifying your atheism with make believers not true believers. I don't believe those things wanted to pick a fight with a real Christian.
What if you find one that truly believes and understands the difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament. I also don't believe that debates a very effective there are those that are very good at debating and never coming into the light. There are those that their whole purpose is to not agree with you, and they launch all of these half-baked arguments to which no one can answer is the same old thing goes back to the days of placing is pretty old. How could a loving God and loving on what how can he love you, but he does so.
We have to have these things solid in our hearts, or else we will be in jeopardy when Andrew and Philip met the Christ.
They wanted to bring him or bring in front of him.
Others whom they love Andrew brought Peter he didn't debate we found the Messiah. Now you know Peter peters, the kind a guy that is a really good thing he's I could have a part of it.
And then there was there was Nathaniel. Can anything good come out of Nazareth and fellow Brazil is debated.
This is come and see my my brother didn't debate with me when he witnessed me just looked at me and I got saved, not by the look that was a cat that was the catalyst that was the spark that lit the cake. How dare you not argue with me how dear you look at me with love when I am marking your Savior, so this is for those who don't know, maybe you get similar stories. I went and got a Bible and I was going to prove him wrong and got saved.
Verse 28 anyone who has rejected Moses law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnessed the word of God is fierce and his laws no-nonsense and that was the old economy and in the old economy if you broke the law of Moses, it will if it were a capital crime you were to be stoned to death. In most cases with out mercy. He tells us that right here on the testimony of two or three witnesses dies with out mercy. Aiken when Aiken caused the death of those troops there at the battle of AI. Joshua was gentle. He says son tell us what did you do and he told me several you going to die. Leviticus 24 on I can take time to read it, you can reference it yourself.
Verses 11 and 23 there was a mother who had a son who blaspheme the Lord. He cursed the Lord they brought him to Moses and they stoned the atheists doesn't understand that the Christ rejected doesn't understand. They think that this is God in all there is to him. There's a lot more to that story.
We need to tell it to make the distinction of the dispensations of God.
The different periods of how God ruled in the lives of men. We are in the age of grace right now the kingdom age is next. Well the rage of grace and tribulation. Then the kingdom age. They're not going to figure out on their own. Not intellectually. Verse 20 nice as of how much more worse punishment, do you suppose he will be thought worthy who has trampled the son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing and assaulted the spirit of grace is writing to Christians to say how much more punishment using Moses had a tough rule.
If you blaspheme God if you gather sticks on Sabbath you are stone. This is worse than that, you've come to the knowledge of Christ and you counted the blood of the covenant which sent you aside the death when we said the blood of Christ with talking about the vicious death of Christ. That's what we're talking about the innocent murdered for those who deserved to be judged while you counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, but which you were saved as witnessing a common thing is not all that and so he says he says in verse 29. Do you suppose you really think there's a does everything firing up there. Don't do it. Will he be thought worthy who has trampled the son of God in the Old Testament to get out of Egypt, for the Jews there in Exodus 12, the Jews were commanded to put blood on the threshold that top lentil going across the passage into the room and then on the right side and the left side those post but they weren't the put any blood on the floor. The door step because the blood is not to be trampled.
We get that in the New Testament.
May we may we understand that this is part of our message. The unbeliever cannot know what the blood of Christ means unless we tell it to them. Yes, some of them will go read it for themselves such as myself and get saved unintentionally, intentionally, on God's part, not on mind at the time. There is no way into heaven except through Christ and will not hazy about this when not unsure were not willing to compromise on this or appease anyone that must be opposition because if it is not that, then that means that we ourselves lunch if you caught a look at Christ you know that if you leave this life and the blood of Christ is missing from you, your soul, then you're done. The whole thing when it when it came, brought his sacrifice. What is missing here. Blood suffering sin. The antidote to sin is the suffering of God in Christ Jesus. He says, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing again. He's not talking to idolaters or atheists or pagans is not talking to agnostics like Intel of God existed not. I know this sounds very intellectual, but it is very ignorant and I'm not not mocking it to divert agnostic means to be ignorant to not know an organ water flowed around boasting I'm an agnostic and it's is it's you think that that was supposed to be impressed. They actually believe that Christianity is against science. The best they can do is insist that it's not. That's it. They cannot show you the missing link DNA is exposing even more folly of the evolution of the species. Yet there are adaptations in their species, but a dock. I guarantee you will never become a dog. It just any way we can dream would be a dog's life were all right that that's my break in mid-sermon counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace reject reject the full gospel message is to challenge God. What makes a difference. What ask anybody what is your solution or sin. What is your solution for it has to be dealt with and is the cause of every piece of suffering ever known to humanity. Is there a solution for this is that one after this life and in this life.
I have looked at everyone else's position that I will not everyone I'm sure miss you, but I looked it Islam solution Buddhism solution Hinduism so that I find them not reasonable irrational.
I don't find a solution. They talk about it, but it it it goes again in the end it goes against the sense of justice, but a look at Christianity, and I see God saying it's not justice you want because you can't handle them my justice. You need grace you need mercy.
You cannot earn it. You have to receive it. Okay I receive it. But how do I get it.
God suffered for me Zach and said I didn't ask to be born at NSS step into this world and then have to deal with the judgment of God. Yet what I'm here. God says will let me help you with that a little bit. I'm going to ask to be born, and step into this world and I'm going to take punishment for you that you deserve and if you believe it and receive it. Based on all the little pieces of evidence.
I leave that lead to this trail that I'm going to give you an everlasting glory that defies description. But you have to examine the evidence.
Make your move and stick to it by faith. That's what I want, we will believe that's what we have done what irritates us is when we hear blasphemy against Christ. We want to answer it. Sometimes the answer is not there. Somehow answer that. Sometimes this is the answer to answer that.
That's nothing but scrambled egg or not, that no one can ties. Not even the point is a distraction is sounds so intelligent but actually it's just simply wrong, because sin still has to be dealt with. Go online and you watch you watch some men deal with questions you say boy that's pretty intelligent. I wish I had that intelligence. I wish I could give that answer. Jesus said when they bring you in before the magistrate's and they're going to put you under the pressure of giving them answers, don't think about what you going to say bless you all give you the answers. My point in that is trust the Lord that you know to be your Savior all the time as best you can with everything you have, so reread Hebrews 23 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation.
This is one of the will is the first warning verse in Hebrews, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord and was committed to those who heard him. That's the process that was cast into motion. Those who heard him were we still hearing Christ. Verse 30 all pause here. Don't let your weaknesses undo your strengths just because you struggle with this so that you fail.
Here, there, that doesn't define who you are your defines the Christian Christ, your strength, that's what decides who you are. Stick to that be defiant with that cop a little attitude with that against those things that come against. Otherwise you going to be on you going to get slapped around and don't take any mess from yourself either yourself is one of the most busy guilt bear is there is head and bucket guilt for you. How you feel about this. You been doing that I commuted. We should know better in school should have more devotion time. Let the spirit of the Lord be the spirit of the Lord in your heart in spite of your sin he is able to overcome those things that you cannot he does it in some ways are very visible to us, and then he does in ways that defy our understanding. But not our faith to faith goes beyond understanding, but not without a good uses understanding to get right there and then it blows past it and I'll get to that. Another illustration of that moment. Verse 30 for we know him who said, vengeance is mine, I will repay says Lord.
And again, the Lord will judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
What is the payback vengeance is mine. God is not going to just let us just ignore it, you didn't mean it is going to be dealt with. This is for those who rejected him. He's talking that's the application.
Galatians 6 again Galatian dealing with Paul doing the same thing that is being dealt with in Hebrews. I believe Paul is likely the writer of Hebrews says do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will reap. Also, if you've ever watched any of the intelligent atheists who devoted their lives to proving that something doesn't exist, which in itself is not intelligent. I mean, again I are used as I don't have a not very creative, but I have not devoted my life to proving tooth fairies don't exist. If you believe them. I that's fine you your wrong and you better hope that the tooth fairy is not greedy as he could tickle your teeth.
But anyway and so II think it's an irrational thing if others don't believe it. Find this age of atheism that we are facing is unlike atheism in the past. This ADM atheism is militant is aggressive is not satisfied with live and let live. It wants to stop you from believing what you believe because it is held driven and when Paul says don't be deceived, God is not mocked, although they mock him yes but they are sowing in their marketing and they will reap what they have sown. If they do not repent.
So were facing serious issues when faced with God the son God's salvation and the Holy Spirit. Luke's gospel there will be Luke 1328 Jesus speaking, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth and gnashing of teeth. The weeping is the sorrow, the gnashing is the anger this sorry that the going to be judge and the angry for being judged at the same time he says when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom and you yourself stressed out you think that only applies in the Jews. The Jewish Pharisees that applies to the human beings who mock God and go to their grade like that.
I have people I love not accepted Christ. I still love them. I'm still trying to reach him, but I do not love them more than I love my Jesus, I won't allow myself to do that and so he said that Luke's gospel to humanly intelligent reject is verse 32 but recall the former days in which after you were illuminated. You endured a great struggle with sufferings to see that Christians, they were persecuted for Christ clearly addressing veteran believers and he says remember we read that we have to say if it can happen to them on the letting my God, I'm going to post another guard Scripture never makes room for other religions. It is Christ there is nothing that is, the ultimatum is a prerogative of God. He exercises it in an age we live in an age of fake tolerance.
They like to throw that word around. We stand in defiance against it. We say God is intolerant of Christ. Looseness at death. That said, in the Old Testament it's illustrated for us. Samuel was intolerant of a gag, took out his sword and hacked them to death. Eliza was intolerant of the profits of bowel on Mount Carmel.
Those prophets did not survive the day.
Christ was vehemently intolerant of fake believers in his day beware the Pharisees where the Sadducees and the scribes be rare beware beware these were the religious people that were acting like believers yet rejecting the proof that was right in front of them according to their own Scripture. We are not at all interested in doing physical violence to infidels as you as you might want to use. We don't hear that word coming out of the church often, but instead were the floor unbelievers when I looking to harm them physically what their opinions, we are not looking to merge with ours. You endured a great struggle with sufferings. He says there fight were neither minor nor were they brief whatever that word endure shows that that means this time involved. Stephen was murdered.
The first one in the church to be murdered for Christ. Paul, who hunted Christians found himself hunted. Paul wreaked havoc on the church acts chapter 8. His name was first Saul for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house and dragging off men and women committing them to prison. Acts 26, he's giving his testimony and I punish them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities, you see why they were under pressure to go back to Judaism, and the writer is saying don't do it.
Galatians 134 you've heard of my former conduct pulse begin again in Judaism how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it." So he says you endured great struggle and suffering. Don't make it for nothing move you 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.
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