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April 26, 2022 6:00 am
Pastor Rick teaches from the letter to the Hebrews
Rehoboam submitted to God, we never got holiness just wanted the help from God and as a result, the Bible tells us the end of his life. You did evil because he did not see this as this makes it doable for every human being, no matter how weak or strong you made find yourself to be.
You can seek the Lord your God you to love the Lord your God with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength. 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. Now here's Pastor Rick with the conclusion of his message called training put to use as he teaches in Hebrews chapter 12 no holiness. It includes purity principles established by God.
So make holiness out to be sinlessness in men and then that is not the case in this life. Holy if if God said you have to be holy and that men you also have to be sinless and would be done, but it does me that we pursue holiness and sinlessness were fully given to that as best we can. We are totally on board with God.
We are not opposed to his requirements and his request and when we fall will falter.
It is not because we want to.
The flesh does where we understand but the spiritual man totally knows it's wrong. Without that you cannot have peace with God. Without that there is no salvation to be opposed to God's holiness is that while you and I think it's a bit overboard. I think that if two men want to get married they can. This is not right.
This is sin, and were hated for saying we don't agree with you there fraid agree with us and were not free to hate them back.
But they will disagree with us and then you will find even Christians caving on this all that so mean, is it not look is standing by what God says is mean than I mean if you want to make car-rental definitions in and play with your words to accuse me of being that which you think I am than have added but as for me and my house we will side with the Lord. And this is something that is it's not easy to communicate because I want to the lost because on one hand you want to take them and shake them and say are you how your mind and on the other hand, you want to say look, I'm not trying to hurt your feelings. So how do you balance it to all. When I figure it out reach on the committee just comes down to.
Sometimes you have to be right between the eyes with another time. You have to just be more sensitive depends on you know you gotta find the right lid for each pot but back to this without which no one will see the Lord is rather forceful, wouldn't you say the threat of rather something eternal and final about that if you don't get holiness. Holiness is our relationship with God.
Righteousness is our relationship with men based on our holy relationship with God. Holiness involved purity. It means we filtered out all the things that we know God is very serious about and what he says we've accepted that against everything else that's holiness.
That's a portion of it and those who disagree with that sufferer. Leviticus 10 some of you know that just that chapter alone remind you of May Babineau by who. Two of the first priest in Israel, the oldest, the two eldest sons of Aaron, the first high priest of Israel at the day God sent fire down to Kimberly offerings to bless the nation, but these two men decided to do something outside the box that God had put on the congregation that day. Leviticus 10 verse three well before read the verse fire came down from heaven and struck the two men dead. Aaron, their father and the first high priest of the nation there with Moses and Moses says this and Moses said to Aaron, this is what Yahweh spoke saying by those who come near me. I must be regarded as holy and before all the people I must be glorified so Aaron held his peace. This is no use no come back to that is a sad and tragic is that moment I don't want can't imagine it being Aron at that moment. The point of the Scripture, the writer of Hebrews is going and they would've known that without a holiness. There is no relationship by those who come near me. I must be regarded as holy as pure as higher than anything else. No auxiliary God no alternate gods. Jesus said it this way.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God honey and pure heart agree with Jesus that you crucified with him, so some want help in this life from God.
This might illustrate what I'm trying to say better. Someone help from God. It is no one's holiness. I just want God to bless me. But I don't have to abide by the 10 Commandments. For example, thou shall not lie. Thou shall not come that that one that gets every body. They also have the false gods before me. No other gods before me. Part so this holiness it if you want God's help. It has to have holiness on it again Wednesday night. Rehoboam, the king he wanted God's help.
When she checked the Egyptian king came rolling up north into his territory to take all that he wanted Rehoboam submitted to God, we never got holiness. He just wanted the help from God and as a result, the Bible tells us at the end of his life. He did evil because he did not seek see this as this makes it doable for every human being, no matter how weak or strong you may find yourself to be. You can seek the Lord your God you to love the Lord your God with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength.
Mark's gospel is all about Jesus Christ the Lord that that view only comes from a heart who's been that's been born again and is in the holiness of God and so things for us to consider verse 15 he says, looking carefully let anyone fall short of the grace of God, less any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble and by this many become defiled what he is rolling it out.
He said this is just hitting them left and right, looking carefully less anyone fall short of the grace of God less spooky.
Who wants to fall short with God.
Okay, so Yuri again you're standing on a cliff and is another Cliff knows 5 feet away from you and there's something chasing you. And if all you do is jump across to the other side.
What happens if you fall short. You don't make it. That's what happens me and what happens if you know you're just a mile offshore drowning, and you make make it a half-mile which you don't make it all the way the you fall short.
So he read this description will settle less theologically make this fit out theology look at of what it says.
Remember, these Jewish Christians. These Hebrews. At this time were looking to abandon Christianity and go back to Judaism or mingle Judaism with Christianity and the writer is saying don't you do it because if you do, you will fall short of the grace of God just as though if you work came out of Hinduism and you said I'm going to go back to Hinduism.
I'm going to mingle Hinduism with Christie or any other religion you cannot do it and still have Christianity you cannot expect to have salvation. If you make salvation with something else.
This not complicated. LSU theology says I don't like that is your problem but the Scripture makes it very clear, looking carefully less anyone fall short of the grace of God. Galatians 5 for dealing with the same topic is that you have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law. You have fallen from grace.
Who wants to do that. What is grace. Ephesians 2 verse eight for by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God will what happens if I fall from that grace because I say to Christ.
I don't want you anymore. You reap what you sow. The fundamental Christianity that is ignored so often.
No Christian ought to be terrified by this but we better respected fall short is not something that is virtuous or to be encouraged at all. I've never really worried about this might never come of this verse is, I fall short tomorrow. I know that I am kept by the power of God as long as I want to be and I happen to want to be forever. And so I've already put in my mild paperwork and it's to have gotten approval is gone and it without that blessed assurance. You can't function for the kingdom.
If you too worried about God judging you for something you don't even know that your dad, you cannot serve. You must be free to understand the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin that was sin abounded, grace did much more those of fundamentals of our faith. And if you have them. You are a terrorist from hell's perspective and so you should be. If hell finds a Christian that understands the grace of God the holiness of God is going to have a very difficult time with you is doable for all of us, he says, was any root of bitterness springing up at her know I live out in the country stuff springs up all the time, constantly trying to take back what I've developed. This is the root of bitterness is a drain on life. It is the drain of resentment. It just sucks the energy right out of everyone. The host in everyone and blasting radius that gets hit by by bitterness. Deuteronomy 29 God says. Therefore, Moses speaking keep the words of this covenant is the law of the Jews, which we knows the old part of the Old Testament.
At the time and do them. See do something with the word that you get that you may prosper in all that you do and then he says, so that there may not be among you, man or woman or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from Yahweh our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations and that there may not be among you a root bearing bitterness or wormwood, poisonous people is saying to the Jews. If you turn away from the faith Moses if you turn away from Yahweh you done the right of the he was a savior turn away from Yahweh was Jesus Christ in the New Testament.
You had to be careful.
Watch out for this. He says against verse 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short. Joe, you know, if you are in life, the stuff the piles up against us can make us bitter very easily were not careful.
And then what we do we feel justified in hardening ourselves against God took it away from me and right to do that we might not verbalize it that way but that might be what's going on you young Christians. You just make sure you get this in your head. So as you become older Christians and you face things in life that you didn't get a maybe all didn't connect at some earlier message you heard from mind. 10 years ago. Whatever good old remember this Job chapter 9 verse four. Who has hardened himself against him and prospered.
Who has resisted God and come out on top who has benefited from resisting God raise your hand if you think you have benefited from hardening up against God, and so may prove to be more of a drive off a cliff than a driver and into a dead end. Be careful says cause trouble.
There's a bitter root in someone's going to cause trouble.
I mean who doesn't like trouble, I will take up take another pleased. I don't want to cause trouble not in an unjustified way to preach the gospel. Some people they think that's causing trouble. I don't mean it that way but I don't want to be a troublemaker bitterness it forges it forges resentment. It makes critics out of us causes us to withhold blessings from others, again making those snide remarks and walking away, leaving the other person with that timebomb hurting someone's feelings were also going to hear this, but the house of God you can get it from other sermons on online I think there's other people who have messages online. I'm not sure but I know minds online. So this is not just part of the verse. This is what the Lord is saying if you let this cause trouble in you that I will have to take the scourge out because I don't want you to be that way and and and so there's one he says. And by this many become defiled.
So here's the writer to Hebrews. Evidently he's got he's been around Christianity while he's been ministering for a long time and he says many become defiled by this. He said come across these in the church and Christianity have come across better Christians because they were not looking out for the grace of God there were not following the steps without holiness. Unholiness is the result. Every time he saw. He is going to be the man he uses will get to him momentarily. It wasn't ever a relatively good man of his morals goal. We don't know of him committing any great moral sin. He probably was a very good neighbor to have like long walks on the beach. Hot Rod magazines the finer things of life, but he had is about much spirituality in him as a warm bucket of gravel about 80°. I don't want to be that guy.
I don't want to be a person that is about as a spiritual would Jesus Christ as warm bucket of gravel or coal bucket.
Whatever the case may be, so verse 16 he brings Esau, he says, lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.
Now, where says lest there be any fornicator that part does not apply to Esau. That is just that Jackie belongs in the verse above where he says or profane person that part now brings in Esau because we have no record of Esau being involved in illicit sex. So let's define fornication, sexual relationships outside the bonds of marriage that is quick definition. The difference between fornication and adultery is that adultery involves married people and fornication can and cannot do Google Google either way you can have married people involved in fornication and that would be adultery to, or you can have no they can both be single and have illicit sexual relationships and so the Scripture said warns Paul in Corinthian said they will be judged.
Fornicator's will be judged is not a little thing here is not as though you know. Next, the bank robbery ring is not that bad mouthing. Well anyway, so spiritual fornication that is the worst of the worst that is in illicit relationship with deity, fake deity, false gods. Revelation 14 and another angel followed, saying Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all the nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Babylon is the emblem in Scripture of spiritual adultery spiritual unfaithfulness and all that is against God and so we says, or profane person like Esau now. Now we come up to the man.
The Latin word for profane has to do with before the temple as an outside the temple so outside the temple things are whole you come in the temple then and things get holy and we get our English word profane from that Latin word but this is Greek is not the different meaning at all is a proper translation to use the word profane the Greek means across the threshold you trample it and so when it speaks of proof of being profane in Scripture is talking about trampling the spiritual things you can do that by just dismissing them not being interested in them because you cheapen the art is not worth all that that was Esau's crime. First Timothy chapter 1 knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous person but for the lawless and insubordinate for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, those who trample righteous things and so to as was with Rachel Bowman. He was evil because he did not seek the Lord of you can say that we never hear the God of Esau.
We never hear about Esau even mentioning God we actually hear him getting out of conversations with Jacob about God. Lord has blessed me, that's fine. Let me to show you something else and so that's a remember to read the dispute, we know spiritual lists. People like this. He says for one morsel of food sold his birthright.
The food was hydrophones listing faith which is not a hard thing to do. This is what Job had to say about doing this subject. I have not departed from the commandment of his lips. I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my necessary and it doesn't mean we got hungry be chewed on the Bible that that's not the spirit of it all and were all old enough and wise enough to be able to understand what is being said here that when push didn't become a shelf when it did finally come down to it God's word was secondary. My carnal needs were primary. That is the problem. So would it would you rather die than turn cannibal. I would rather die than turn cannibal. Make sure to make that clear left room there for the other way but to say will know I got a live this is me with this and what you like it and survive go back into society wants to share a seat next to you on the airplane but anyway he took spiritual things and he trampled them by running towards carnal things out of my way. Jesus, I've got to get that cheeseburger and essentially that is what it is. Verse 12 for you know that afterward when he wanted to inherit the blessing. He was rejected for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with peers well we are for you know that afterward when he wanted to inherit the blessing it was too late and that's what he is trying to impress upon these Jewish believers if you leave Christ the time is going to come is too late you going to find yourself like Esau, who wept in that section in Genesis 27 Esau begged his father for a blessing after he found out it was lost to Jacob three times the price.
There must be a blessing for me, there must be a blessing for me and as for the writer is saying here.
He wanted to inherit the blessing it was. He was rejected. He found no place of repentance, though he sought it diligently. The repentance is not his repentance for sin as it is usually used in the new testament the repentance here is Isaac not changing the blessing Isaac did not sin by giving the blessing to Jacob. He was tricked, but he could not say all wait a minute Jacob tricked me. Okay, here it goes to you, he could not do that in fact were read in Hebrews that Isaac trembled at this time because he realized that God's will was something that he was opposing and now was becoming clear of where he should've been in his heart and that cause Isaac great concern. He trembled at the blessing and so Jacob received the blessing which was both spiritual and physical with the birthright was physical and the blessing was spiritual and and Esau wanted those he got the second share he got a blessing nonetheless but it was not what was supposed to be because earlier. He traded it with his brother because he felt he knows spiritual things. What good is a Bible for me if I'm hungry and out of work. I don't want to go to church and hear a Bible study. When I got these needs. I want the needs satisfied first and so he warns them that you're you're moving into a dangerous area from which there is no return because Isaac could not undo it and Esau suffered an Esau.you know he wasn't all bent out of shape. Years later, he's jolly, back, back to his old self without the blessing, what does that tell you he should've said is life after that.
Well I'm going to start getting right with God. I may not get that blessing, but I'm going to get right with God. We never read about that happening so I just want to review briefly before concerns that he voices here one less less anyone fall short of the grace of God as any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble. By this, many become defiled, lest there be any fornicator or profane person, as Esau, one of those Christians who always wants to hear how God wants to forgive, but never put me to work say they saw God, I hope I'm not.
I hope that the Lord find me putting my education in Christ to work. 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