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September 27, 2021 8:00 am
Welcome to The Encouraging Word, featuring the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton in today's message and broken promises promises Promises Broken. Sometimes We Can Rip Our Relationships Apart and Today We Think about an Unbroken Promise from Hebrews Chapter 4 That's Where Dr. Don Takes Us in Just a Moment As We Open God's Encouraging Word Together While We Do so Will Remind You Were Connecting on Our Website Right Now I Tewonline.Org G That's Tewonline.Org G Pl. to Discover Great Resources like Is This the Powerful Answer the Question We Are All Asking at This Time. Is This the End Times.
Discover More on Our Website. That's Tewonline.Org. Even Now Today's Message on Unbroken Promise from Dr. Don Wilton As We Open God's Encouraging Word Together Bibles This Morning to Hebrews Chapter I Want to Speak to You about an on Broken Promise, Far Too Often Promises a Broken We Find It Very Difficult to Keep Our Promises. If You Were to Say to Me Today Will Pasta What Is the Essence of This Message Is Found in Chapter 4 Verse One Chapter 4 Verse One Is One of the Most Wonderful Verses in All of Scripture.
That's about the Only Promise That Has Never Ever Been Broken Because God Cannot and Will Not Go Back on His Word.
His Love Is Unchanging Is Grace Is Absolute. Let Me Read It to You Then We Going to Read the Rest of the Number Verses up until Verse 11.
Therefore, by the Way, We Have Another.
Therefore, Every Time I See It. Therefore, As a Posture. I Know That What God Is Doing As He Is Inviting Me to Go Back and to Analyzing Brighton Dips the Basis upon Which He's about to Say What He Said Is Based upon What He Has Already Said They Fool Based upon All That God Has Told Us about Himself concerning the Superiority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, since the Promise of Entering His Race Still Stands Lit Us. Be Careful That None of You Be Found to Have Fallen Short of It.
If You Would Watch Me Just for a Moment I'm Going to Put My Bible down Right Here and I'm Going to Come and I'm Going to Stand of Your Client Would You Come and Stand Carefully Place Her and Karen Smith Is Going to Stand Here and What Clint Is Going to Represent for Us Today Is the Israelites. Clint Is Gonna Represent History. All Right, Sal, Would You Come and Stand Your Pl. in Brother Sal is going to stand over here Sal you going to represent us today. The future I'm going to stand in the middle yeah where I am reading the Scripture this Bible. This is when this was written, and I'm representing the people to whom this was written so the real.
We ask the personalization that we notice your right throughout Hebrews is written to these people, but it is striated by those people because those people are my people, those of the Israelites. I have a rich tradition and a rich history as a Jew, but as it is written to those of us who are Jews at the time of the institution of the New Testament church.
God's word is looking toward where cell is who represents us to the future. Now watch this. Jesus Christ is the same one yesterday today and forever. Thank you gentlemen now watch the spokes.
Let's go back to verse one since the promise of his race still stands lit us. Be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it, for we also have had the gospel preached to us just as they but the message they heard was of no value to them because those who heard it did not combine it with faith. Now we who have believed enter that race, just as God has said so I declared, on oath.
In my anger, they shall never enter my rest. And yet God's work has been finished since the creation of the world for somewhere God is spoken about the same and I in these words.
On the seventh day God rested from all his work and again in the passage above. He says they shall never enter my rest, it still remains that some will enter that grace and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in because of their disobedience. Therefore, God again saved a certain day, Saul run, calling it today which was the time this was written, but it's also January 12 today 2003 when a long time later he spoke to David as was said before today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts full Joshua had the authority to give them rest, God would not have happened to have spoken. Later about another day.
There remains being a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for anyone who enters God's grace also erased from his work. Just as God did from his work. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that race so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience by the Lord will give us an understanding of his Word through his spirit. We must begin to try to understand the meaning of this unbroken promise by considering the Israelites I'm going to show you something very interesting.
I remember we got a look back to the Israelites.
They just four things that I want to say about them in context, it will help us to understand what God tries to teach us here concerning his rest not on the Israelites were taken captive. We know that we know that historically we know that factually they were taken captive. What happened to them in captivity they were in bondage. They served the wrong monster they were made slaves in captivity.
I want you to just think about cell just very quickly. What happens to people like you and me. Bible says we are all born how in captivity will born in sin, we are captives who do we serve we serve the wrong monster we have Pharaoh over us. I'm going to tell you something folks very interesting here because everything in the Old Testament, from Genesis to Malachi is a picture of the sovereign grace of God I got a hold on here and watch this because I promise you, your life can be changed forever as God by his Spirit speaks to, not on the Israelites were taken captive number two. They were humiliated frames. These were highly dignified, highly religious group of people. They were humiliated in their captivity, just by virtue of their slavery by virtue of what was done to them. Just think about so what is sin due to us sending humiliates us. I remembered some time ago.
Some years ago a friend of mine, a man married with children committed adultery. I remember speaking to him. The thing that broke my heart was that he was a preacher. He was a fellow cost and I remember it so well you know what happened. All three committed adultery is one full day. Do you know what the most difficult thing. It was for him to accept was to accept and understand that his wife would forgive him and I will never forget that fellow cost. A friend of mine saying to me pasta. I am so humiliated by my sin. Now want to tell you she forgave him a marriage was restored and they are still together. To this day. And God has blessed him despite this terrible sadness that came in they lack many years ago, God has blessed them because of the spirit of forgiveness.
But he said to me, and I've never forgotten it detailed to me about the humiliation that he suffered because of his sin. Sending humiliates humankind. There's 1/3 thing about these Israelites that is very important that was set free from their oppression. You'll remember how it happened that Moses came in all the story about the plagues and all the rest of it.
Don't you love that my favorite part of that has to do with the frogs. I love that story about the plague of frogs you know that because it reminds me of myself I that story about the freedom that the Israelites got through frogs, don't you.
There was something about that. There's something about being set free from oppression, number four, number four I know it sounds hard to understand all through all of this I mean after all, they were taken captive.
They were humiliated. They was set free, and yet they wanted around the wilderness for 40 years. I believe we got a picture about assumes here today born in sin humiliated because of sin, often freedom in Christ and yet so many of us are wandering around the wilderness for years and for years and for years and unbelief and frames. It goes without saying that it is what God says here in chapter 3, and again repeated in chapter full that because of their believe what God say to him, God say, because they had hardened their hearts, they would not enter their race as far as they were concerned that make the promised land. They would never get into the land that flowed with milk and honey.
But they would never get into that eternal rest with Jesus Christ. They would be banished forever from his presence because of their unbelief.
And yet the promise still stands. And yet the promises unbroken consider ourselves for just a moment. What about us well number one we backing from birth, but I tell you what your baby. Babies back from birth.
Number two we fight against time.
All of us who are human beings, we have a fight against time. Number three. We struggle to survive were trying to make payments with trying to build a bank balance. We try to educate our children with trying to be healthy. We struggle to survive number for we wrestle against human nature. Paul put it like this.
He said the good that I would that I do not in the evil that I would not that I do a Richard man that I am who will deliver me. I can identify that you know how many times you wake up in the morning and life is wonderful. The next morning you can wake up and feel terrible. We struggle without human nature. Why because the heart of man is exceedingly wicked. Number five we cry out for love and for forgiveness number six. We crave for peace. We want peace in our land. We are praying in our hearts for our country right now. We pray for the peace of our land. We pray for peace in our hearts.
I do know how many times how many people have said to me pasta. I have a wonderful home and I have a wonderful spouse. This conflict in my life is conflict in my home.
We crave peace in Jesus save my peace I give to you.
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Now back to today's great teaching Dr. Don Wilton Bible teaches that the peace of God which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Number seven, we make war against the devil number eight. We long for race one thing to consider, the Israelites.
Another thing to talk about the Jews in the time that this was written all that many of them would come to believe in Christ. They were being persecuted they were suffering in every kind of life physically and emotionally and spiritually. They needed to be encouraged. They needed to be told they need to understand the doctrines of God's grace. But I tell you it's another thing to think about ourselves and we cry often we crave and we make will and we long for race in Revelation 1413 God's word says I heard a voice from heaven. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord yes says the spirit, they will rest from their labor. You remember what Jesus said. Jesus said, come unto me all of you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you grace. You see friends. III have a difficulty sometimes within my human context and from my human perspective. Trying to understand what it is that the Lord was saying not only concerning the Israelites yesterday and money concerning the Jews, to whom he wrote concerning my own heart and life be interested to know that the word rest itself has several meanings that might give us a little bit more about handle on trying to understand what God is saying to us here.
I'm going to share with you. Just five different shades of the meaning of rest.
According to the word of God number one.
It means that someone else will do it for you.
When Jesus says when God says the promise of entering his rest still stands and means that someone else will do it for you. You know I had someone come up to you and you just under so much stress and strain, and I say look… Don't worry about it.I'll beat you just you take a race that's what this means is she prefers to salvation in Christ that only he can do lean on me. Take my yoke upon you, number two, it means freedom from worry, we become liberated from concern God alleviates us from our search for peace number three the word rest day and means to be set free from the search.
I think God knows our hearts because he created us human beings are engaged in an unprecedented search trying to find the onset looking here and there, looking to marriage and to love and the family and the business in the bank accounts. But God says my wrist will be sufficient for you. Number four Queens confidences established. That means that they will be no more fear number five. It means that there is someone else to lean on. You see, my friends, the Israelites were worn out, they were worn out physically, they will know not emotionally they will not spiritually. The Jewish people. The context in which this was written they were worn out physically, then you believe is what being persecuted they will not emotionally they were worn out spiritually. They had grown up believing that you have to go to the priest that you have to make sacrifices in here was Jesus Christ. The new covenant. These people were told they were out, and Jesus Christ has given to us grace and peace, my peace I bring to you look at that verse in verse one therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands. Let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of, and so the operative question is this how can I attain this wrist.
How can I acquire the celebration. How can I make certain how can I be careful that I do not full short of what the Israelites fell short of people are dying all around us everyday. How can I make absolutely certain that I too am going to go to heaven.
Let me show you in this text. When God tells us it's a it's a fascinating study. Now you gotta read this in the word of God with me. There are five indicators here. There are five mandates in this passage, five instructions that God gives to us concerning this unbroken promise and how we can attain this race for ourselves. Number one, we can attain this race through an understanding of a promise that still stands look at this one since the promise of entering his rest still stands. I guess the question that we lost about ourselves today.
Garrett is do you believe that God's promise that he gave to our forefathers and then through the Lord Jesus Christ is that it's God's grace is made available to you and to me that Jesus Christ died upon the cross that by his spirit he guarantees that my name is written in God's book in heaven and that one day I'm data into his eternal rest for ever and forever and forever will have you given up through unbelief. We must understand and accept this promise that still stands number two I can attain this rest. Salvation in Jesus Christ.
According to this context through an understanding that faith comes by hearing. Now watch the spokes of adverse to the wheat also have had the gospel preached to us just as they did. By the way, dear boss, the question what kind of message was preached to those in the Old Testament cannot tell you what kind of message the gospel site. How can these things be. I don't understand but I'm going to tell you that the Bible affirms itself.
God's word tells us that the same gospel which was preached to the Israelites is preached to those in the context of related to the Hebrews is preached to us. It concerns God's grace and God's sovereign act of salvation from before the foundation of the world and God Almighty through the spirit contextualizes this for us and tells us that in order to obtain the salvation, we must understand that faith comes by hearing. Now what is the word tell us where it says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, powerful truth through the word of God to God's servant… That's you can listen to our teacher here on The Encouraging Word and it was back in just a moment to wrap things up for today, but you need to know that we're here for you, perhaps got his start in your heart, with questions about today's message on an unbroken promise. There's more to come on this particular message tomorrow but right now it may be the ideal thing is to talk with one of us and let us pray with you our phone number is 866898668999673 course meals online as well.
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