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March 24, 2022 6:00 am
Pastor Rick teaches from the letter to the Hebrews
All liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death sums up the attitude and the fate of those who mock Christ and they mock that all hell's going to be hot. Well I can say brother, but I can see other you don't know half the story you think is going to be a hot you can endure.
It wouldn't be hell if there was anything about it. That was pleasant.
That is the attitude of the God hater society.
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, and now here's Pastor Rick with the conclusion of his message called faith has evidence enough in Hebrews chapter 11. Some translators translate the word assurance that is proper, that is not incorrect. That doesn't mean it's the only word they could've chosen substance is proper.
Also, the words are to convey thoughts communicative camp to communicate and they do both words do that well too many have hopes built without consulting or trusting God without that substance. So, the evidence of things not seen proof enough as a writer since faith is the substance that holds everything up is evidence here. It's a concept we should have no problem understanding faith enables believing soul to treat the invisible, as seen faith.
Does that you are born-again you see things that the world is not said a man coming up the psychedelic trips or anything like that but you see, you've got it crystal clear. Second Corinthians that we quote Scripture because of God's word to us and it is without it we it's just gibberish.
It's just a lecture on ideas, but when it is the power of God. We do not look at the things which are seen, Paul writes, but the things which are not seen for the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not our eternal spiritual realm, but there's this to spiritual realms to be concerned with their is the satanic spiritual realm. Everything opposite and against, and contrary to God, then there is the spiritual realm of the king. So evidence of things not seen. Now when you if you were to walking down Minh Manhattan Midtown Manhattan you go to the canyon of skyscrapers. You cannot see that massive structures foundation, which you know it's there is no doubt because you reason you use your mind along with your brain and you that reasoning demands the fact foundation is there. Otherwise the structure would not stand oxygen invisible but we all believe in it God is evident in the unseen, and this is beyond argument to the believer, but not to the unbeliever again that they'll challenge the visible world bears witness of an invisible Creator and the world wants nothing to do with that creation demands a creator, and yet they do not agree with that. Psalm 19 one the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows his handiwork.
There's the evidence there's foundational there substance but it is not accepted in the court of the unbeliever and so that is faithlessness. Verse two. Now we've covered. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the things hoped for. For the believer is the will of God in the heaven that awaits us into condense it verse 24 by it the elders obtained a good testimony so there were others before us were not Johnny-come-lately's there are others who exercised faith and left the record behind to demonstrate it. The elders here are the past heroes faithful Old Testament characters that he is going to list when and in the coming weeks will get to that. Of course, after all the centuries. One thing is left standing amongst the ruins of ancient Babylon one thing and one thing only the testimony of Daniel Mordechai investor Azariah Amisha Allen had Anaya.
Those testimonies are standing. Babylon is gone. Whatever ruins they were on earth. They are just that, ruins their conversation piece, but nobody lives there faith in action. Noah was a man who obtained a good testimony he knew what it meant to trust God and do something with the trust. Otherwise he would've perished in the flood will be getting to him in future weeks or days to come.
Remember lots wife.
Those words ominous Jesus said them. Remember lots wife call man anybody flirting with doubt, that was raised in the Jewish society when they heard him say remember her what happened to her.
A human being turned into a pillar of salt by the will of God because of her disobedience because of a lack of faith. She refused to trust as she put her faith into action. She would've been saved along with Lot and his two daughters.
She was not as all of these heroes of the faith achieve the testimony in the presence of an unwelcome enemy life life with its curse and its Satan and all the things that go on, that's where they got their testimony.
They did not get this testimony in some Cathedral somewhere locked away in a room. They were out in the world. Trials gave them opportunities to demonstrate their faith and God uses them as sermons to us to encourage us and then God uses us as sermons to encourage others. We take the communion Paul.
At the end of the community says you and you do these things you preach Christ when you come to the table with the body you break bread and communion as he said do this in remembrance of me. You preaching a sermon.
Do you believe that David he struck Goliath because Goliath was in range. That's what happens when trouble comes our way. It's in range where in range to what the devil came again to David a second time. There were other times what a big time in the form of Bathsheba, and he did not take the shot. He failed he had opportunity to rise above it.
He did not.
Well, that's not criticizing David. That's a fact because who am I to criticize David, I and you just as susceptible to him. Maybe not to that sin, but to something and the only reason why you not completely collapse because it's not been your it hasn't come your way and so we pray lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Anybody want to be tortured to see if you going to stick by the faith be crazy to say yes. Revelation 213 Jesus speaking says I know your works. I know what you've done where you dwell hit.
I got your number. I know where you live. This is where Satan's throne is where is that, well, you know, technically heads everywhere disease given is the god of this age, he has free reign to harass, not entirely free stills gets permission, but he gets a lot of it. He says and you hold fast to my name. You're right there in the minutes were Satan's and you hold to my name did not deny my faith even in the days in which Oedipus was my faithful martyr at the time the Lord spoke that Oedipus was with him in heaven. It was killed among you, where Satan dwells to see Satan came into range for Oedipus to take a shot and he took it by faith, and he died and he won in preparation for this morning's message yesterday morning I felt so unqualifiedly the Lord. I mean come on, what am I going to say about faith. I can preach all the bold things about it, but is it really mine and my just repeating things I've picked up in the faith from others I felt inadequate.
I know I do all the time in the presence of God's word, but this was a little different and I do what I usually do when I get to those places. I take a pen and pad and I begin to write my prayer to him. I begin to write to God, Lord, I can do this but I cornered. What else can I do. I'm not as strong physically as I once was. Time is catching up in my faith. This seems like yesterday was so much stronger as a believer, but over the years I've taken so many had so much failure so many defeats.
Maybe we can just rush through these verses and get to the heroes of the faith in God spoke, he said. I wrote it down as I wanted to get it. As he said it to me you would never have suffered those defeats the hurt to shame the frustration the despair of the doubts and the victories had you been off the battlefield. If you did nothing. If you served yourself in my name you never would've been there to suffer like this. The enemy is common range you took shots. Furthermore, he said on the battlefield of sin, love suffers long first Corinthians. Sounds like a Bible verse first Corinthians 13 four love suffers long and don't leave this part out.
Love suffers long and is kind how many of you feel betrayed, wounded, and you think you're justified now and not being kind strike back and retaliate. You are a counterpunch or at that point instead of saying love suffers long and is kind. Paul wrote to the Corinthians. He says suffer the loss you go to the world with these troubles suffer the loss. I want to suffer, we will learn if you going to have the faith that goes into action that counts long term, you better learn first Peter four beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you. That's what happens when we get a bad report from anything that very serious. Satan comes along and says it's you you're singled out because you're the goofball.
Not if you'd if you been obedient of you been a good Christian's will never happen to you is line happens to the best Christians. In fact, the closer you walk stronger your faith, the bigger the target you become, you will draw fire, make it count.
Some of you will just suffer because you don't serve you do nothing for the kingdom. I'm not trying to bash you these are the facts so your suffering doesn't count like it would if you're taking hits in doing what you're supposed to do and this is a process is not a snap of the finger moment the process of asking the Lord what'll I do it my life. Then he tells you. Then you begin to do it and then you find is drudgery involved felt God's not in this. Oh yeah, he is suffer long and is kind so Peter says, but rejoicing is writing to persecuted church, he says, but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when his glory is revealed. You may also be glad with exceeding joy just make it count just suffer like the world doesn't get nothing in the end. First Peter four. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the same spirit for the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
Their party is blasphemed, or your part he is glorified. So when they said hey Peter were suffering persecution.
What is the great apostle at the St. Louis. He says suffer suffer like believers, suffering, faith, and so maybe there is someone here you can understand. You can't understand this because you only fight personal battles.
Seldom do you ever fight for the king you may fight illness, you may fight family members or issues with your family. You may fight job issues finances but you never in the house of God, the holy house of God, you're not there fighting all your fights are out there and really have nothing to do with eternity, as they call it so you come to church to hear these things you're supposed world. And again, you're not going to get this in Walmart is not enough to come into the house of God and sing songs Wednesday. We have five minutes in verse three is a long one, but work will get it Wednesday we read from first Chronicles and David said moreover because I have set my affection on the house of my God. I have given to the house of my God over and above all, I have prepared for the holy house my own special treasure of gold and silver deported out so we ask ourselves what makes the house holy same thing that makes faith.
Faith for the Christian God's Christ is God's house is solely then why is in our parking lot full on Sunday mornings, why aren't Christians who can be in formation out of formation. I got up late.
I was up late last night we decided to have house church – if I hear that one more time were we going to suffer us from going to do and I'm going to be kind where they only had a sporting event today who this woman talking about is I don't like this pass you not supposed to like it in your flesh but your spirit should be. Say yes the holy house of God, count me and put my name down. I'll be there. The lot will be full of people will go bind us away. That place always spoke of the word is preached, I want to go there.
That's not was going to happen is muster will be next Sunday there will be those that will be absent without leave on authorized absence, and because God is gracious and he just dismisses it. You want to do it again unless you say faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen by the elders, they grabbed hold of the testimony put me in that number. The world they have their events. They packet out the Moscow full. The Hindu temples a full the churches that preach God's word just as many empty seats as their awful seats and you shouldn't be good.
I am not singling out anybody but if it is you are not going to take it back sit down to see what would I say what is what you say verse three says, by faith we understand Dewey do I understand Lord, well, you never gonna learn unless you get out there and do something. Glad you be the wee lad instead of the strong man if you don't get out there and do something. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God so that thing, the things which are seen are not made of the things which are visible is more to this life and what you can see and touch and Paul was converted he told the story. He said admin day would remember the time of day along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun shining around me and those who journeyed with me when journeying with everybody else in this world right now, that's a lie we journey with them, but we see the light. Paul was trying to get the king to see the light faithlessness says seeing is believing faith says, believing is seeing because I got the key and the key unlocks the revelation of God, so I can see that which is invisible to those without the key, but clearly seen by those with it.
So, to suppose the biblical Christianity is without reason without evidence is shortsighted and it is often vindictive people think because they gone to some bogus church and been done long been victimized that now gives them a platform to attack Christianity. They do this all the time.
Roman Catholicism is one of the biggest enablers of this it will look at your big-time atheist and see what their backgrounds so the Christian testimony matters. Don't think for one moment that because you're not, nor or David that your testimony is trivial, it is going to be something either used by the devil or used by God is up to you. You can be God's child and have Satan play you, you can be the mark because you are always marked when you become born again you get a spiritual teacher with a giant bull's-eye on it and when that enemy comes into range you have an opportunity for testimony and so Revelation 21. Eight but the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderous, sexual immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death sums up the attitude and the fate of those who mock Christ and they mock that all hell's going to be hot. Well I can say brother, but I can see other you don't know half the story you think is going to be a hot you can endure. It wouldn't be hell if there was anything about it. That was pleasant.
That is the attitude of the God haters society.
He says that the worlds were framed by the word of God. That word therefore word in our English.
The Greek word Rima.
That is the spoken word of God.
Lagos is the personification of the thought of God is actually what it is and so that's why we read in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory and the glory of the only begotten of the father full of grace and truth. How can you not turn to guns and someone who says you have at the Jesus God when it says it right there. Anyway, back to the point Rima is the spoken word.
So when the writer is saying. Genesis 1 verse three God said, let there be like, and then God said, let there be a firmament. God said, see, that's the spoken word of God, but the thought was already there. God didn't have to speak it, but he did. That's how it's given to us. It is easier to take it that way than to chop it up and so God spoke, the worlds were framed by the word of God. In other words, no such thing as evil Lucian my notes have all but it's evil, you get nothing for that is assuming that they don't even believe it. Yet they stand by our eyes going to take all this time to slam evolution. But really, do I need to there willing to believe anything except the creator and somehow this is become admirable, who fell evolution is you must be a scientist know you're not your philosopher, there's no proof revolution because if they were they would be driving around with it past plastered all over there because we found that we found the missing link. You're the missing link. I don't mean to insult. I don't mind. Sometimes what a fitting get it done. I am if it if devil punch in the gut will get you to heaven.
Not a literal one as appealing as that might be if the if in the course of argument you can hurt them with truth enough to convert them then take it devil again has no difficulty damaging the mind and leaving the brain intact. This explains why they are smart dumb people.
That's the explanation why would some us also otherwise intelligent be so Inc. readily. Even as a child growing up, talking about evolution and some other kid heard from his science teacher you know this is actually kind of childish, not childlike. It's it's kind of is weak. You just a kid you used to kill it with the first one. What is the first molecule come from to begin the process right.
We all know these things. Our Christians go off the school which strong faith often times in the going to the scientists and they come back mingling evolution with Christianity as it happens, without a shred of proof what they have this so that makes them feel that they can say this is what the Bible says to them and to you and me, beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of man according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ who said by the word at why we took the time to say Rima that outspoken word.
God said, let there be life. There is no evolution.
There is creation and you are not supposed to stop believing Scripture because men tell you, you must get our students going to get just that very thing because they become enthralled with. The universities are have cultlike feature to them when they give you that flat hat that you would wear nowhere else and you walk up and they give you this.
You are now somebody because we say you are somebody doesn't mean that there they have no brains but it doesn't mean they have a mind for Christ and if we don't distinguish that we get lost. I don't have to have this great brain to preach the truth, I do not have to be a genius to be a witness, so we must finish this up were already over. So the things which are seen are not made of the things which are visible again science true sciences mingled with pop science was popular with seeing this with the climate change on a shred of evidence. In fact, the evidence is that the changing their lying about the Avenue was supposed to trust them now and it just goes on and on. They have there so many of their gatherings canceled because of snow and is true. Many of their they're not even reporting how many of their icebreaking ships are getting stuck in the Arctic Circle's of the world, up and down North and South don't even want to tell you were going to underreport the shrinkage of the ice in our ships are getting stuck 10 miles off off caught the shore. There you will know them by their fruits.
So these unseen forces that don't submit to those in lab coats will continue once I close with this from acts chapter 27 as we consider the verse before us, so that the things which are seen made of the things which are visible all he says this, therefore, take heart. Men arrived believe God that it would be just as it was cold mean that is the substance that is faith.
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