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May 2, 2022 6:00 am
Pastor Rick teaches from the letter to the Hebrews
You will not come to hear of Christ on the cross was one they see for yourselves. Christ on his throne. I'm going to use verse tell you where he got that from you know when Spurgeon preached these things many people coming to Christ.
They were coming to the Metropolitan pulpit of the Metropolitan Tabernacle there in London just to have a good time. They were hungry for God.
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 of final warning is the title of Pastor Rick's message will continue in Hebrews chapter 12 today is words right out of the mouth of God. To this very day. At this very moment now feature about Scripture that we cannot ever lose sight of is that the Bible in this sense is much like Adam was at creation just sculpture out of the clay just out of something out of creation shaped but lifeless.
That is Adam that God had put his hands on the clay, the earth and fashioned the shape of a man, but it was still just a sculpture, nothing more.
Even though God had touched him.
It was not until God breathed his life into him put his breath into him that Adam become a living being.
Scripture is like, you can take this and put in the hands of an unbeliever and is no benefit to them. In fact, becomes condemnation to so many of them have read it and said I don't care for it.
They were not careful to heed him who speaks the Holy Spirit has to come upon the reader breathing life into them so that they can embrace and cherish and act upon the things that they they read in the Bible and not refuse him who speaks in with us. We call it the word of God continues here in verse 25 for if they did not escape refuse him who spoke on earth, we have to stop midsentence right there if they did not escape. That's the Jewish people. He's writing again to Jews, the Hebrews Christians. Christian Hebrews and he saying to them, okay, words come to me some of you thinking about leaving the faith going back to Judaism. If you do that you will not escape judgment.
You will be judged with the unbelievers.
You might say what my theology doesn't like that Walt is not your theology that counts is what Scripture says we cannot tailor our doctrine to suit our theology.
We get our theology.
What we think about God from his word and it's been clear throughout this letter. What he is been saying is been clear to me on this particular subject of their salvation, and so he says listen if they didn't escape when the law was given those who rejected it. What makes you think you're different. What makes you think you're going to escape God does not change you get to that next chapter God with the same yesterday, forever Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever. He changes not so. This contrast between heeding God and refusing to heed him well we go again to Exodus so the laws the 10 Commandments has been given.
God has brought the elders up on the mountain. They have witnessed the presence of God. They saw God, not in his full essence of costs, Moses and the elders and then they go back off the mountain and the Joshua and Moses go up some in the Josh was left back a little bit and Moses goes into the presence of God and then God gives him more of the law and then after 40 days. Again the people set us to this Moses.
We don't know what in God sends him back to the to the So we pick it up.
Annexes 32 verse 25 when Moses saw that the people were unrestrained for Aaron had not restrained them to their shame among their enemies.
Then Moses stood in the entrance of the camp and said whoever is on the Lord side, come to me and all the sons of Levi, gathered themselves together to him, so the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses and about 3000 men of the people fell that day they were killed. So when the writer says, were they did not escape who refused him who spoke what makes you think you going to be different. Are you willing to take this chance knowing the history and the ways of God are you willing to jeopardize your soul. Now you gotta understand his audiences hearing this their business as we would say sweating bullets or their dead in their soul and they could care less about what God and his servants have to say I believe that they responded to this I believe that's why the letter is preserved because it was a victory.
He continues in verse 25 uses much more shall we not escape if we turn away from him who speaks from heaven.
He is relentless with this. He's been hitting it all away through. I made chapter 6, you know you easy slams it and he comes back again and again until then again, the final warning when pastors hopefully make points sometimes unsure of the passes can overdo it. The tendencies they always on his hobbyhorse.
Why is that Hannity would even get the heart of yours. Why is he on because it's something he's after that God is put on his heart.
Hopefully, ideally speaking is a critical point that is not been registering and he's trying to drive it in. That's what the writer to Hebrews is doing with them. That's why he is hit this five times with again critical warnings.
Since those who refuse the Old Testament message did not escape those in the New Testament cannot expect special treatment. This is good for us to hear refuse Jesus Christ and you reject the highest possible authority there is to reject Matthew's gospel. Therefore I say to you, Jesus speaking every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the spirit will not be forgiven.
I mentioned earlier that the Holy Spirit comes beside you and he even comes beside a lost soul and he begins to share Christ. If that soul should say I don't want to hear it get away don't come back, that soul parishes in that state. There is no forgiveness for sins in this message that I been thinking about. But again, I can't share with that list. The Lord opens it up for me but it's been concerning the rapture. I don't think Christians should let it get out of hand warning the rapture and here's why I'm missing we should shut down to of course nodded we should have this expectation and excitement for Jesus left that with us. But at the same time, it has to be balance. It has to be balanced with we have work to do and were not looking to get out of work were looking to save lost souls.
We know who they are.
Many of them we know, family members, loved ones at a loss that we want time to that balances out. You have to have a purpose in life. You have a meaning even in Christ to be just gotta you know wandering along. That's a tough way to live. There's a better way. Purpose, focus on something. Understanding that what you are doing is leading to something that is worth doing.
Who wants to do something that's not worthwhile is one of the reason why get so irritated when people expect pastors to just check a box but they really don't need them wanting that but just check the box. I don't like sometimes you have to because the image immature state of the believer is not worth irritating, but other times you want to say listen, this is not real stuff this is not real ministry. This not waste our time with this and let's move forward because of things that we handle a very serious we understand the judgment of God. Again, another Spurgeon quote, you may close your ears to the invitation of the gospel, but at last. You will not be able to close your ear to the denunciation of wrath. You will not come to hear of Christ on the cross, you must one day see for yourselves.
Christ on his throne. When the user first to tell you where he got that from. And you know when Spurgeon preached these things many people coming to Christ. They were coming to the Metropolitan pulpit of the Metropolitan Tabernacle they are in London just to have a good time.
They were hungry for God. You can go to the bookstore and you can find the book that the journey is a journal, actually, that the documents with the people were going through. And when they were exposed to the ministry of Charles Spurgeon which was the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 2, he says, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation which was at the first began to be spoken by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard him. How will we escape again is talking to the brother he calls them. That is, his brethren, if you walk away from the faith. How are you going to escape. So when Spurgeon makes a comment when he says if you will not come near the cross of Christ. You will come to the throne of Christ talking about the great white throne.
Revelation 6 shows us what's happening with you know we hear this nowadays the Masters of the universe. All the big money in the big decision-makers of the world getting together and sort of a steering humanity.
Whatever the course and direction they want to steer them in these making an effort to do that what Jesus addresses that Revelation 6 and the kings of the earth. Great men rich men commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains and said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne from the wrath of the Lamb of the great day of his wrath is come, and who is able to stand.
No one stern warning from Scripture final warning Revelation 20. Then I saw a great white throne and him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them to we need this, we have to be jarred back into this a way that's right what I preach has everything to do with the salvation of the soul versus the destruction of the soul.
I need to be spared from time to time, to be reminded that when I preach Jesus. I'm preaching to souls will lost.
I'm not just sharing my faith.
Intensity of truth. We have to keep it in front of us were also will evaporate. Because that's the fallen nature that we have. It will allow it to happen, but with men who hear our message.
There they ought to be angry with sin. When we preach the message. Instead, they're angry with Christ for exposing their sin world must do what it wants to know he wants men to dress up and be women. I mentioned this is insanity.
They are not our enemy. Incidentally, but it is our enemy who is getting them to do this we want to reach them with truth and also all saying it was around before I was born. The truth hurts so it makes sense to line up with it and not be against it because the word of God is a sword and a sword hurts if it cuts you rather be on the swing side and the receiving side, so our mood in this day of sexual and moral perversity out of Hannah Mina's always been here, but now it is global. It used to be in Bible times, centered in certain places like Sodom, for example. But now it is global because the Tower of Babel has been rebuilt electronically.
You can go anywhere in the world electronically will nearly anywhere in the world. You can do it through Google maps, you can do it through just contacting with people or in other parts of the world's of the world is become one place and they're all swapping notes but they're not about righteous the righteousness of God or some of that, of course, but overall that's not what's going on is how can we recruit you to join our movement of moral perversity and no longer have it be called moral perversity. In fact, let's call the righteous, the perverted ones I met saying this in this area in a tone of of disgust or trying to make anyone feel small. If the truth does that that's on you I mean God's word will make you feel so small. If you are against it, they'll have to pick you up with tweezers, but you don't have to get to that place we can avoid it. Solicit scorn and find out what he has to say because what I am saying right now the immature will push back against immature Christians and want to hear this one.
I they don't want a confrontation. I think the church is supposed to be an entertainment center and in the digital problems. The penitent will repent those who are smitten in their heart gives I want more of God. I want his holiness. I do not want to be profane.
I want holiness mature world applauded and see God use me, use me, use me up God.
If you want to be used by God. Understand you're going to have to be wise as a serpent as harmless as a dog you cannot just bring your definitions of love into serving Christ. It's not enough won't win the war. There's gotta be. You must go deeper and you can go deeper on your own, you must ask God to get you there, and he most often takes you there in phases. I mentioned that the giving of the law. It wasn't just a one-day event. It was issued to the people. It was released slowly to the people so that they could merit do not become impatient you going to need much patience. Verse 26 he says, whose voice, then shook the earth, but now he has promised thing yet. Once more I shake not only the earth but also heaven. So he got this working knowledge the writer of course the Old Testament is wrong through it. He understands it. So this is audience denies quoting the prophet Haggai, a citizen of Scripture.
This is prophecy and you know it's true Christ work is so profound that even heaven is changed forever by the population of sinners saved by grace. Heaven will not be the same in a glorious way. When all the sinners that are saved by grace entering who else can do this but God only God can shake heaven and earth shook it at the giving of the law. There are at Mount Sinai the foot of Mount Sinai on the mountain itself.
Exodus 1918 now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke because Yahweh descended upon it in fire it.
Smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly violent earthquake. And yet no one was killed by the violent earthquake. There are times and when it is, there's another time in Scripture when they will rise up against both Moses and the ground will open up and swallow up many of the rebels. It's a good idea to be friends with God. Anyway that's got that much power could idea to be friends with them.
That would be God that would be Jesus Christ who allows us to be friends. He says, but now he has promised thing yet. Once more I shake not only the earth but also heaven. This is future. This is prophecy now spent a little time reading from the Scripture on the prophecies.
Jesus said there will be signs in the sun and the moon and the stars, and on the earth distress of the nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Jesus, as you know there's going to be a radical of aiming this is not going to be an isolated event. Here, there, this is going to be a global operation. Revelation 1618 and there were noises and thunderings and lightnings, and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as has not occurred since men were on the earth is a coming attraction.
You could say really not an attraction but it's coming. Joel the prophet Yahweh also will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem the heavens and earth will shake, but Yahweh will be a shelter for his people and the strength of the children of Israel in the midst of all of these cataclysmic events taking place during the great tribulation. And especially towards the end God will shelter his people.
Zechariah 14 for I don't mind reading the word of God. Incidentally, I don't mind reading it, whether it's appropriate in front of me or or just me that we need these things to hear the word when one of the prophets said they have rejected the word of God. So what wisdom do they have we not rejected the word of God is warning them not to reject him who speaks, which is the word. Zechariah 14 for concerning the cataclysmic events to come. And in that day his feet will stand on mount on the Mount of olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east and the Mount of olives will be split in two, from east to west making a very large valley half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south.
This is going to be a literal event is going to happen just as it has been called human rule will end at that time, God will put it in to what we know as the world world's way of doing things.
Daniel chapter 2 verse 44 and in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, and the kingdom shall not be left to other people. It shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. That is the Gentile rule that we are now under it will come to an end.
Haggai again. Chapter 2 I will shake heaven and earth. I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms. I will destroy the strength of the Gentile kingdoms, then there is first Corinthians. One of my favorite verses.
I'm going to be here for this event be there.
That event then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom of God to the father when he puts an end to all rule and authority and power you going to be there to Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Now he will be your Lord and Savior, then and it will be a glorious time and so again going back.
He says be careful, don't refuse him. He has promised that he will shake heaven and earth, and it is got that much power you better listen to what he is saying because of who he is now verse 27 now this yet once more indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken as of things that are made that the things which cannot be shaken may remain word of God living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of the soul in the spirit the joints and the marrow the material and the immaterial shapes in the goat it just as the a God will separate things so that he can deal with them the right way his kingdom.
However, in the midst of all these things, it will never be shaken is an everlasting King kingdom.
It is undying it is eternal Gabriel when he approached Marion announced that she was going to have the child. He said this of Jesus Christ of his kingdom there will be no end. Can you imagine telling that tomorrow all moms think their kids are superior got a bad thing only lose.
You acted out too much to be a problem but will our child.
We love them bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh annoying but still bone of my poem flesh of my flesh. But Mary to be told by an angel of his kingdom there will be no in that she retained any of this except by the hand of God. I would've been so blown away just by the experience that I don't know that I would've recalled anything of been so excited. God did not let it get away from her, for God is not the cause of hysteria in the church, hysterical people because of hysteria in the church. God is the one who orders. I know there are those that think.
What if we just bring in let everybody and how must we go to reach them and we don't let them if they going to reach us and destroy who we are.
They can't sit for the word of God the Word of God is interrupted. You cannot appease, they must conform to the order that God is put in place when someone jumps up and started running around the sanctuary who gets the attention at that moment in a Jesus Christ everybody's looking at them running around.
You may save this this offends me pastor I get some of my best exercises. Her where else does this take place where else as one man get in front of an assembly of people and preach God's word, not a motivational speaker, trying to tell you how to get $1 million by Thursday or something like that with someone saying, thus says the Lord.
So God who should heaven and earth, the giving of the law will do so again in his coming move.
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