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March 29, 2022 6:00 am
Pastor Rick teaches from the letter to the Hebrews
We have Christians who see the word of God's word is everything. What they really don't act upon that they don't believe that God's word is inerrant is just not my not say it that way, but they're doing it and this is why they will follow the behavioral psychologist counseling therapies, supposing that they going to be a better person list Bible and serving with God's people is to make bad people bad people good and good people kind that is a lot of 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 his message called worshiping, walking and working in Hebrews chapter 11 you will believe when you leave this planet, you will not see death because you walk with God Jesus use this word abide to abide in Christ same picture. John's Gospel Jesus said in chapter 11. Whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. I love this verse because of this point, especially he says this then to Martha.
Do you believe this, and why is that so special because we we face doubts when it's our turn to be sick and face eternity there doubts to the going to come against us.
And Jesus says take up the shield of faith by which you can repel the fiery darts of hell will start to doubt serious, and he meant every word of what he saying that he says you believe this is just so tender with Martha.
Of course she submits to it. She knew who he was. So it will be with all who live by faith in Jesus Christ.
He says before he was taken. He had this testimony, that he pleased God. What about Enoch please God, but he walked with God. What is that mean it says that he preached the truth.
The Bible does including God's judgment.
We get this again from that little letter, Jude Jude 14 and 15 now Enoch was the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, behold, the Lord comes with 10,000s of his saints to execute judgment on all to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. Now, maybe when you get home you can look at that verse and you can you can scrutinize is a bit but I'll do a little bit for you four times he uses that word ungodly ungodly among them ungodly deeds, ungodly way, ungodly sinners speaking against Christ. He said he's coming back is going to deal with the ungodly God's word offends sinners they don't like that I don't want to submit. We must preach it but he also preaches they can. They have a choice to have a say so in the present we have no say so in our first birth were not able to say where we are going to be born into what family were going to be born where on earth are we going to show up. No say so, but in the second birth we have every bit of a say so contrary to what some in Christianity say that you've been selected. You have no choice in the matter and enjoy the snow love.
Love is a response to salvation involves love that responds to God's love.
Love cannot be forced. There are different levels and types of love there different things that belong to the most purists spiritual love is the love. This is what I may not feel it but I'm going to do what I'm supposed to do. Nonetheless, this would account for all those marriages before our generations when people were just signed their spouse and they didn't love each other but they grew to love each other and do the right thing and even produce children who are righteous so we do preach judgment to the ungodly, but we also preaches the love of Christ and the love of Christ is not is not limited to Christ loves you last part of it, but it's agape love. It's all that belongs to that in first Corinthians 13, for example in the book of acts.
The word love doesn't show up yet it's all over its pages you think Philip had love for the Ethiopian eunuch when he said there's water. What stops me from being baptized. Philip says if you believe ECM man and into the water on the side of the road. Philip and the eunuch went in there was a baptism do you think it was love in Philip's heart. As someone who has baptized people you bet there was. And so we must also preaches the love the truth, the joy, the peace to heaven. We have to be honest struggles, even within the body of Christ to please God.
What is that mean again will the Bible tells us that his walk was progressive that he walked his walk with God lasted for 300 years. If you live that long. They don't now they don't drink enough milk shakes. It's a simple answer, but then they did in a scientific bent to back that up and I'm not going to go into that right now. You either take it door you investigated or you won't believe anyway is 65 years of age he gets converted and for the remainder of his life. He walked with God for 300 years and it was not a scroll scroll 300 years. What happened to Enoch during that time you think you face depression, discouragement, disappointment, danger, you bet he did but he walked anyway and didn't stop walking till he ended up walking girls golden streets of heaven. So the only body left behind of Enoch was a body of testimony of righteousness. In other words, he was what is we call translated he was taken to heaven and without dying on earth that body that he was born with at some point was jettisoned, but not here on earth in his spiritual, he was made spiritual to survive and so there is verse six but without faith it is impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. Now this is a verse that is very difficult to expound on I'm going to try and hope I don't mess it up anyway. Most of the commentators don't have much to say about this verse.
Why is that Wells because it's profound in its own but yet God calls us to listen to him and if he has something to develop from a development we must.
This is saving faith. Incidentally, there types of faith there's saving faith and there is serving faith. The saving faith produces serving faith, serving faith really doesn't produce saving faith. In other words, when you trust God for your salvation.
That is the saving faith. When you then go ahead and start doing things for God working that faith that is serving faith.
We all should have both.
We know that because it tells us right there for you comes to God must believe that he is he talking about that beginning of belief. Again, they were drifting from the faith back to empty rituals. They cast their eyes, and he is trying to say don't do it Peter was little bit more forceful. This is like a dog returning to your vomit mad at Peter for you and he is quoting the Old Testament is it will Peter was true what he's quoting Solomon, who was wise very wise you try writing a proverb become many Solomon had well anywhere anyway. Continuing back to this Romans 14 Paul says to us, struggling believers.
Also, whatever is not from faith is sin right between the eyes and coupled with this without it, faith is that key.
We talked about that last week without it you unlock nothing in the kingdom. With it you unlock it without without faith it is impossible to get on the right side of God. Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life no man comes to the father except through me.
If you don't believe that you don't get to the father and again the world hates it of the religions do not bow to that otherwise they would not beat other religions. They are without faith we cannot see past this physical world around us and we cannot rightly see into the spiritual world that is here with us also that spiritual world of Christ and though remember Elijah and Elisha the prophet praying that his servants eyes would be open so that he could see that they were more with them than against them. That prayer is a lesson for those of us who do have faith to pray for those who don't have faith. Paul says to Timothy that God would grant them repentance, pray for them that God would grant repentance understandable. You don't need to understand it all. You just need to exercise it. You go into a room and you flip the light switch on and that the lights come on euro sale. I wonder how it moves to the copper wire does the wire have to be copper canopy made of twisters and it do you don't go through that you just work the light. So without faith we cannot see past the things that are right in front of us to the things that are beyond us that we need to see and if this irritates those without saving faith long enough that irritation will turn very likely to hatred and persecution and this explains so much of it.
Romans 88 so then those who are in the flesh cannot please God bless truth any of you have a problem with anger on pretty angry at you for having that if you struggle with anger. What is the Bible say about that. The wrath of man. The wrath of man cannot produce the righteousness of God is supposed to remember that so you understand that you are in the flesh. When is getting on top of you will is not just limited to two anger jealousy is a form of anger, lust of any sort we like to corral lustů Sexual hunger, lust of all sorts of things you see somebody with a better car than you and you don't like it you now want to get better than him. That's lust of the flesh just as dangerous as any other sin. These things do not produce the righteousness of God, nor does it please God.
We know it and we find that part pleases God in the midst of that ruin of that disaster. There is the unbeliever swinging away their sword yes and struggling with the wrath I just lost it five seconds ago. But God says yeah but you're fighting it for next time your posting guards you don't get tripped up that way again, especially so easily and the world is missing out one of the horrible things about hell's people will be in hell saying we missed. We missed we were cheated. How do you feel when you cheated of something where we won't go there because it's just too much time, but this condemns all the earn your way into salvation religions, including those that call themselves Christians, we says without faith it's impossible to please God, because those who say well I can't trust God for my salvation. I have to earn it.
Gus is my pleasure just stepped away from me you can earn it. You're not good enough and I'm not going to accept what you have to offer. Yet, God will accept those who come to him by faith you will accept their labors. That's why there are rewards in heaven. Salvation is not a reward. It is if those who come to Christ. The rewards are for the deed. We have done in grace and we don't deserve those either. That's why it's a gift you can lose your gift you can mess that all you should be afraid of that. What drives me week after week to do the best I can for God's word with results that are less than what I want, what do I want I want to save every body I want to build up every Christian.
I want to wipe every criticism away from Scripture. I'm not big enough to do that. My Lord did not do that.
But rather than give up because they can get what I want is to fear of not doing what I'm supposed to be doing that pushes me forward, you know, antichrist is universities their professors whatever they say is accepted by those who pay money to hear them say things against Christ and sadly, many Christians begin to fall into that and yet they won't listen to their own pastors and they do this without blinking. Just like that. We have Christians who say the word of God. It is the word. It is everything, but they'd really don't act upon that they don't believe that God's word is inerrant is just not enough.
They may not say it that way, but they're doing it and this is why they will follow the behavioral psychologists in their counseling therapies. Supposing that they going to be a better person. Listen the Bible and serving with God's people is to make bad people bad people good and good people kind and that is a lot of work that will keep anybody you know how hard it is to keep Christians kind. A lot of Christians become the kind you don't want to be around, especially when they think their way is right your way is wrong in the Bible doesn't have to back them up. We get them. They come here and they don't like the way we do things they want us to conform to their views, supposing that their views the only right viewing them when it comes the emails and the hate males in the ratings of the church and all the other sin that goes with it all warned against this, he says, beware we read this last week lets anyone cheat you through philosophy and me not just you know philosophy is human guessing and human guessing.
Try that goal. If you know if you have a pilot's license. Go take a flight you being the pilot guess at how to do it empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ this without Christians live in a run to the world's house and we thus live the Bible deals with that you have a problem with with the machine. Go to the manufacturer. God did not give us his word and then all these auxiliary thoughts that come from the world is and why are we on this because without faith it is impossible to please God.
And when you are abandoning the word of God because what some university professor told you, and you sit here and you listen to the pastor say not so then you turn on the pastor pay good money for this decree. What you think you are and science says no. Psychology is a religion that pretends to be a science that not all CR types of psychology that are based on evidence, but behavioral therapeutic psychology is not what I figured you do and so you hope you get that hope you understand what I'm saying say no pastor were going to listen to the world were not going to listen to someone call to us beware listening when cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the principles of the world, for it continues here in verse six, for he okay let me let me pause here to say you should want to pastor that every now and then goes down a rabbit trail with a machete in his hand on the things of the world puts in front of you. You should want one that is not committed to be polished in the pole pit but being moved by the Holy Spirit. That's what we want from you when you preach the gospel to somebody moved by the Holy Spirit are we going to get to the movie. We got some time left turn the clock back some for he who comes to God must believe that he is an and that explains the doom of the agnostic and the atheist. They don't believe they would they tell you they don't believe that he is in and spend the rest of your lifetime until you prove to you that he isn't which is to me and saying and he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. While it's not enough to simply believe there must be some effort involved that comes from passion and that passion comes from a relationship from seeing Christ from understanding how he loves me and I want to love him back and that depression and that danger and that disappointment will discourage you from being passionate about Christ feeling cheated in life feeling God should have done more for you and he's not doing it that will strip you of your love. If you're not careful. Learn to accept what you have and work that that is what faith is all about and that's what he's going to point out as he goes to the Scripture we been covering that the life of David David. You can't build the temple of me, David.
That was his passion.
David says fine it'll go fine because Pinewood I'll do the next best and he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
In other words, God is going to make it worth worth. Salvation is not the reward is the gift verse seven by faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became heir to the righteousness which is according to faith. He condemned the world thinking here. Pastor stated the pulpits in the world is trying to rip you off strip you down.
They are wrong. They have nothing to offer your spiritual experience. Nothing and then you have people get upset at the pastors for saying that but that's what the Bible says know what condemned the world, I get nothing from you what I need from the world and heart that you will build one for me. I can go by when butyl believe the rain is coming that you've never seen before but I do as God told me he worshiped like Abel, he walked like Enoch, the two men in the Bible the gods as they walked with him. Enoch and Noah and they were criticized for their unswerving devotion to what God said to them, to obeying God's word and there's a flood of evidence that backs up no being divinely warned of these things not yet seen.
That is the rain forecast or God forecasted as a flood coming is going to rain is going a long time. Genesis 7 7:04 more days, I will cause it to rain on the earth 40 days and 40 nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth. All living things that I have made all God that's harsh, that's brutal you don't love the animals you don't love the people. And no, that's not would know it does. Noah gets inside the ark.
God closes them in and so we we trust God.
He says moved with godly fear. What strikes you about that.
First, the word remove the verdict word fear will depends on where you are probably not doing what you're supposed to do and you know it may be fear is what stands out but if you're trying your best. That word move, something happened. It wasn't a philosophy of theory. It turned into a fact, he was moved by what God said to him, are you moved or do you are you exposed to the Bible so much in the longer moved by all you know that story come on power pet I heard that point before what you have new, tickle tickle tickle my ears or do you say no that's God's word and it is right and I need to hear it again. I need to execute. I need to do it is just prepared an ark for the saving of his household. So Noah went to work.
Once he received God's work lot.
The man named lot that is. He fumbled in his faith in it cost him his family.
Noah acted on his faith in the story of nor was publicly circulated in the days of Lot. With little benefit because he was not moved enough, by which he condemned the world. So when is building this ark, the ark of Noah before it became a floating barge.
It was a pulpit. It preached every time they saw the tree at the sound of that saw every time he swung a hammer, put a beam and placed a sound that echoed from those actions preached to the world.
Judgment is coming you can do something about it. This is what we do we do the same thing we preach and some believe and some don't. So what defines the world is not what we have in common with who we don't have in common. That's what defines the world system and he says at the bottom and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith eternal life knows souls saved. And this is what Jesus says about the times of Noah. He says, for in the days of Noah before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so it will be with the coming of the Son of Man. Now you can also say that is true at death at any point, but it will be true at the coming of Christ. It will be too late if they have rejected our message, so our lives in Christ are to be just like these men able, Enoch and Noah worshiping and walking worshiping building the ark is a sound prophecy sharing it with the world knowing that within those numbers as difficult as it is be those who get saved moon you've been listening to cross reference radio the daily radio ministry of Pastor Rick asked Calvary Chapel in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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