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February 20, 2021 12:00 pm
Pastor Russ Andrews explores Hebrews 7 & 8 and describes the three possible ways salvation can be attained: automatic, earned, or free. Which do you think is the true way? There was only one, according to Jesus...
This is Stu Epperson from the truth. Talk podcast connecting current events, pop culture, and theology, and were so grateful for you that you've chosen The Truth Podcast Network it's about to start just a few seconds. Enjoy it and please share around with all your friends. Thanks for listening and thanks for choosing the truth. Podcast network. This is the Truth Network do you feel like you're on a religious treadmill. Do you feel like Christianity is just a system of rules and regulations, I can do this but I can't do that.
Do you feel like your efforts to reach God. Find God, and please God. If you do you feel like your faith is dead or alive today. Pastor Russ Andrews will walk us through Scripture to answer these questions join us on finding purpose of local tribal ministry glorifying God by helping men find their purpose for living. For more information and to connect with Russ Andrews and finding purpose could visit us firstname.lastname@example.org connect with us on Facebook. Now let's listen to Russ Andrews as he teaches us how to be a Christian without being religious And eight I'm entitled to much message on the way to heaven tonight for sure the greatest good news you've ever heard how to know for sure that when you die you will enter paradise because that's what's waiting for you if you know Christ. First John 513 says I'll write these things to you who believe in the name of the son of God, so you might know that you have eternal life. There are two great wars from which we get the word know so you know which note is in this verse right here and the word is the Greek word Aegon which means fullness of knowledge is knowledge beyond a shadow of doubt is the certainty of my salvation in Jesus Christ. That's what gives me hope that's what gives me peace and joy. We live in this fallen world is why I can walk around and I'm not bragging, but it's the other is the reason I can walk around with a skip in my step. I have this assurance of salvation.
So tonight I'm going to share with you from Hebrews chapter 7 night some truths so that those of you who believe in the name of the son of God may know beyond a shadow of doubt that you possess eternal life right now.
See if you have eternal life. Now you really think God you just fall asleep and Stephanie paradise Slim ask another question. Did you know that only three possible ways for a man to be saved and to be allowed to enter heaven – three possible ways. This is automatic earned or it's free. These are the only three possible ways automatic earned a free if salvation is automatic. That means everyone gets to go to heaven.
This is known as universalism.
Universalism is a school of Christian theology focused around the doctrine of universal reconciliation defeated all human beings will also be saved and restored into a right relationship with God she be surprised at how many ministers and churches right here in Raleigh do not really believe in a literal hell in a very subtle ways.
They tasted all pass eventually bring us to God, who is a God of love and in the end, love wins in a silica wonderful message God does love that's what the cross is all about.
Let me just go and set the record straight. Jesus said more about hail than anyone else in the Bible. He also said that the road that leads to heaven is narrowed where's the regulation to destruction is why many people find it to believe in universalism is to deny the plain teaching of Scripture. So at least the other two are possibility.
Salvation is either earned or it's free if salvation is earned.
It is all you have a day join a really nice church live a good and decent mall life by obeying God perfectly and then you listen you will be saved. By the way, this is what most of your friends who go to church really believe even though they would never explicitly say this because I really don't understand what they believe, they just know what I'm going to church better than that. Don't death Roy I'm a pretty mama good citizen. Therefore, I believe I'm going to heaven.
So what he's really saying is that because I'm such a good guy.
God owes me that makes God a what debtor if salvation is free and all you have to do is repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. For the Bible says for everyone who calls landlord will be what say if salvation is truly free, then eternal life is a gift from God based on faith alone.
So what you believe automatic earned a free that brings the Hebrews chapter 7 night I'm going to try to tee it up with Hebrews 7 and minimal trust to knock it out of the park with Hebrews 8 Delaware monocular part is if the Holy Spirit is in its 70 pray okay heavenly father we just come before you right now, Lord, I know that you so glad that these men are here. Laura know that you're right here with us in law. This is your word.
This is your message.
These are your promises, and so I pray that you will take your word apply to our minds and hearts and Lord save the lost. Give sight to the blind and Lord help us to learn to enjoy feasting on meat rather than drinking milk is in your name that I pray, amen. In chapter 7, you will see that the main point is that the law could not listen was never meant to save mankind. You know why because you cannot on your way to heaven is impossible.
Romans 323 says for all have sand and fall short of the glory of God was. We just don't measure up to his perfect standard that someone might say, Russ. If the law could not save us than what he got gives alone the first place, the law must really be bad, was not it always bad. In fact alone is wonderful. The problem is not with the law. The promise with her. Us. We are all sinners. All you do is look no further than the 10 Commandments. Just take the 10 Commandments and put it beside your life when God gave the law to Moses on Mount Sinai.
Shortly after he rescued the Israelites from the been in bondage and slavery in Egypt for 400 years he brought them out into the desert and he called Moses up on top of the mountain and there God gave Moses the 10 Commandments on those two tablets and what he was doing that what I was doing. He was setting the bar high, knowing that no one could rise to his level of perfection. So why did he do this because he was using the law to make a point that you use the law to point us to Jesus. He had to show us first that with sinners, but listen all along God had another plan. This is what the writer of Hebrews is trying to show us the law that was given at Mount Sinai is known as the Mosaic covenant their own Mount Sinai. God not only gave Moses the 10 Commandments but listen.
He also gave him the plans for the construction of the tabernacle and instructional how the priest would conduct all those mysterious ceremonies in the Old Testament and involve the killing of goats and lambs. The shedding of innocent blood in the act of atonement in the holy of holies because if y'all haven't read Exodus and Leviticus.
This is will be like Greek to you. So that's one more try to really help you understand it. See all of this, the ceremonies, the shedding of the blood of all these innocent lambs point to the coming of who who is not who John the Baptist a wise look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. There are several covenants in the Bible that you should be familiar with these different covenants were made with Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and then we have the new covenant.
A covenant is essential in the on a promise on the part of God as some of his promises were conditional. That is, he was making Santa today is less.
If you do this than I do this I will have some of this covenants were unconditional. That is, they were unilateral promises by God that he was going do certain things, no matter what we do that what I really like in the know what covenant God promised never to destroy the world again by what a flood is and then he put a rainbow in the sky to to to remind the people that he was never going to flood the world again. So when you see a rainbow what should you be thinking that's got reminder to the world that I'm never going to flood the world again. It Abraham a covenant, God promised to bless the nations all the nations of the world through the sea that were seated singular.
He promised to bless the nation the world through the seed of Abraham.
This was also an unconditional promise and Jesus was the promised seed and you can trace is limit we have it in Matthew chapter 1 in Luke chapter 3, you can trace it all the way back to Abraham in the Mosaic covenant, which will focus on denying God promised to bless Israel if they did what their pagan.
This was a conditional promise if it will begged God that he would bless them if Israel disobeyed God that he would judge them and we know that Israel did what they disobeyed and got judge them severely in the Davidic covenant God made a promise to David that a descendent would come from his own body who would sit on his throne. How long forever. That's in second single chapter 7 and who came from a lot of David Jesus and now Jesus sitting on the front of heaven where he will reign forever and finally man you have the new covenant which God announced through both Jeremiah and Ezekiel lived about 600 years before Pentecost looking at Pentecost the Holy Spirit, and so this new covenant men is the best promise ever made by God to the world with a look at this in chapter 8, such as for you to understand the importance of these covenants that brings in Hebrews chapter 7 and I will pick up verse 11. If perfection could been attained through the Levitical priesthood for the basis of it.
The law was given to the people.
Why was there still need for another priest to come one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron phone there is a change of the priesthood. There must also be a change of the law, he of whom these things are said the Christ, the Cummings Messiah. He of whom these things are said belong to a different tribe and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar.
What Charlie talking about the time of Judah look at the next verse was clear that our Lord descended from Judah you can trace his lineage all the way back to Judah in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priest and what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears one who has become a priest, not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry that majors the pre-salt had come from the tribe of Levi and had to be a descendent of Aaron that was based on a law okay that's what it means. Whether one is become a priest, not on the basis of a regulation or law as to his ancestry, but on the basis of what the power of an indestructible life force declared. You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.
The formal regulation that is the law is set aside his talk about the law that God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai is set aside. Why because as we can.
Useless for the law made nothing perfect seated near the problem is God is perfect and holy and UK come into his presence. Unless something is done about your unholiness lesson is about my unholiness and so a better hope is introduced by which we draw near to God that your God made us as he wants us to draw near to him and he was not without an oath of others became priest without any just based on the law but he that is the Messiah, became a priest with an oath when God said to him, the Lord has sworn and will not change his mind you talking about God son you are a priest forever. Because of this, Jesus's book on the guarantor of a better what covenant now there been many of those pre-since Jeff prevented them from continuing office because Jesus lives forever. He has a permanent priesthood therefore listen man. He is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives. Men were even right now to intercede for us you see that land had to be perfect blameless, pure, set apart from sinners to God's holiness, he can't come into the presence of centers of sin and we can come in his presence in the sinful condition exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other priest is not need to offer sacrifices day after day after day, first for his own sins and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered her himself.
For the law appoints as high priest man in all the weakness but the oath, which came after the low point of the sun made perfect forever. The old priesthood and the law were never intended to bring us to God. Why, because you cannot come to God through an ordinary man who would die one day was also a center all the priest from Erin to the very last priest of the time of the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D., think about this Jesus died around 33 A.D. the temple was destroyed about four years later when Tim Strobel came to any and all those Old Testament ceremonies that was really behind the destruction of the temple God one is not needed anymore and there were about 80. Apparently, about 83 priest from Erin to that last one and they are what God why because there are sinners just like you and me as I've always said no one has ever lived who could abate the ticket members perfectly. So while the law why God gives the law for the law was given to us to literally take us by the hand, little sheep and leaders to Wahoo. Jesus.
Galatians 3 versus 23 through 24 explained to listen before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law.
What we imprisoned by the law because we can keep it. If you're try to get to heaven but would allow you just impress and you can never be set free for the state cable were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed to the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith is, we are no longer under the supervision of the law sick as we were taken out from under the law use. If you under the law here in bondage doing you can keep it. But if you want you trust Christ to come under what grace sober support of the Aaronic priesthood will appointed to the one high priest who be very different from all others. He would be the one without sin, he would be the one who in this for so great who would open the door to heaven so near that we can have a personal relationship with her God said we can draw near to God in a personal relationship because Jesus is "heaven he would be the one who would rush the dinner live forever.
Who's the man talking about was his name Jesus. The name that is above everything you see, Jesus is entirely different. Jesus came not from the line of Aaron, but from the land of Judah, who was the king's came from Judah in the order Melchizedek. Thus Jesus is a is not just a priest but he's a royal priest. He's actually profit priest and king. Jesus did not become a high priest as I said early due to some law the signature to come from the tribe of Levi. Jesus became a high priest by the oath of who God Hebrews 618 says God did this so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, the two unchangeable things are God's word and his promise was oath. God did this so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encourage we have this hope is an anchor for the sole firm and secure it enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus who went before us has in her own behalf. He's become a high priest forever in the order Melchizedek. Do you have hope is an anchor for you so if you know somebody who's depressed a friend precisely, you need to make sure he has hope.
Verse 17 says fortis declared your priest forever in the order of Melchizedek to make this declaration. God the father. He did it through David. Here the right of Hebrews is quoting King David from Psalm 110 verse four about 1100 years before Jesus came to this earth.
David being moved by the Holy Spirit, prophesied that the Lord Christ would come to serve as a high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
Thus Jesus comes a better hope by which we can draw near to God personally and individually with Jesus we have come with someone who guarantees our salvation through a new and better, so when you're saved. God fills you with his Holy Spirit is a seal.
This is a guarantee as a deposit. That's why you can sink blessed assurance because you know what would Jesus, we have someone who's able to forgive our sins past, present and future.
Did you know that if you are in Christ. Though sins already forgiven. So this forgiveness here, which is that if it is fully complete and it is eternal and what God forgives a man he says he remembers his sands no more. With Jesus we have someone who can meet all of our needs because he became one of us. He he understands this man he understands the temptation you face. He was to price profitably and everywhere that Russ Sanders been tempted and he sympathize with us and therefore he's a merciful and gracious high priest and he's writing there with his office for you to come here just confession sands here. He does. If this is you just take you right here right to show him and understand understand. I forgive you. It's okay our pay for that sin.
So the Christian does not have to ask for forgiveness to have his relationship restored to God because you can never lose your relationship but you can lose your fellowship. So guess you like.
If you're struggling with. In order for destroyed and without what it does. The first of all, it brings tremendous guilt. I know not experienced it, and if you're just doing that and you're not. Ask God to forgive you and your fellowship with God is cut off so he can have that fellowship restored. You go to him say Jesus, I'm so sorry I did it again please forgive me, Lord, here forgetting things the Lord help me not to do it again and then you take drastic measures. Jesus it pluck your eye out that Domingo take Abby want to take drastic measures you take that computer and story house. If you have to put it in there with your wife is a united if you're single just get ready computer you'll have to have one watch your cell phone does understand that sin. This is the man Jesus Cass who is alive in heaven right now he is a real man is not a spirit denies a spiritual being. He has flesh and blood. When you get to heaven you will be to shake his hand and he shall grab your employer next to. He is real and each one of us can draw near to Jesus because he loves us and he died for us so nasty. Dear Jesus: you come to me all who are weary and burdened, Hebrews 8 verse one. Now the main point of always saying is this, we do have such a high priest who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven and who serves in the the real sanctuary culture catches the true site where is where is in heaven. The truth such tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man. Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices and so was necessary for this one also to have something to offer.
If you won't earth as if Jesus when he would not be a priest for their already priest to offer the gifts prescribed by the law they serve at a sanctuary See if that is a copy and a shadow of the real one this in heaven.
This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle he was on top of that mountain as he got sit in Moses is a set of plans right here seems right here. See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain for the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs, their top respect in Jesus so Sapir is ridiculous in the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one. This new covenant is great since the new covenant is established on better promises of the day Jesus died on the cross.
The Bible says in the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom that would have horrified all the Pharisees all of a sudden is ripped into because salvation is totally a work of God that God reaches down from top to bottom to rescue us. God is the one who seeking us he is the hound of heaven. This is what the new covenant is all about. And that brings us to verse seven for there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant.
No place would've been salt for another. But God found fault with the people said the days are coming, declares the Lord, because this is quoted is the right of Hebrews is quoting her. Jeremiah Jeremiah so the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took him by the hand to lead them out of Egypt as they do not remain faithful to my covenant and I turned away from them, declares the Lord. This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. These are the promises the better promises of this new covenant I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.
I will be there God and they will leave our people no longer would they teach their neighbor say to one another, know the Lord, you not only a priest to be teaching because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, for I will forgive their wickedness, remember their sins no more. So what can we take away from chapter 8 the first covenant, the Mosaic covenant became obsolete and useless now because the law was bad because we are using the responsibility visualized was to listen to God and obey him.
But history clearly shows that the Israelites completely fail the old covenant was imperfect because it required obedience from sinful people and we all all you have to do is look at our nation. Romans 312 through 18 is indictment against our country and really gets all of us, all of turned away. They are together become worthless is noted as good, not even one.
Their throats are open graves. Think about the bow this, about politicians and yet even in families, their tongues products to see the poison of vipers is on their lips.
Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.
Their feet are swift to shed blood. What comes to mind their abortion ruin and misery. Mark their ways in the way of peace they do not. And here's the underlying problem. There is no fear of God before their eyes, our nation's losses. Fear of God source the solution. The solution is the new covenant which promises a heart change.
See the heart of the problem is the problem of the heart.
What is God promised that his first covenant. This first covenant first to understand and discover it was made with Israel. However, it applies to all of us gentiles, had we know this because this new covenant also refers to the entire New Testament.
You could say bowl covenant new covenant yet Old Testament covenant New Testament.
You covenant a Paul who wrote most of the New Testament was the missionary commissioned by God to bring good news to the Gentiles. That's what will sit here tonight we included in this new covenant, but only by faith that what is God promised to write his loss in our hearts how to do this by sending his Holy Spirit to indwell us. This is what happened at Pentecost the Holy Spirit came in and what man for the first time ever, when the Holy Spirit indwells a man that man becomes a new creation.
Think about it when you become a Christian, you become the tabernacle for the Holy Spirit. Your body becomes the temple and issue some people see you with they say they see a new man, a new creation.
When the Holy Spirit indwells a man for the first time all of the sensor walked away and God remembers them no more. When Holy Spirit indwells a man that man comes to know God personally is only the end man when you can call God father daddy Romans 815 16 Paul writes for you do not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of Sun ship, and by him we cry, Abba, father the Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are what God's children. That's how you know that they have blessed assurance. You can hear the Holy Spirit sin you belong to me. Finally when the husband was a man he imparts that man in that very moment, eternal life source to my question regarding the three possible ways to be saved. Automatic earned a free, here's what I believe in his Westland. We are saved by grace alone in Christ alone through faith alone. According to Scripture alone, for God's glory alone.
That's what the Bible says in the Bible don't want live this bright heavenly father, thank you for your word low with the deep in the swimming pool.
I pray to God that you will take your word and just penetrate our minds and hearts in Lord help us to want to mature in the faith, which is what Hebrews is tell us to do. Not to remain days and just drink little skim milk, but to get deep. Help us Lord to go deep Florida lefties man I know you love them, bless them, protect them, bring them to faith.
We pray to God that what we have here will spread throughout our community to the parts of the world going to pray, being a Christian is not about being religious but about having a dynamic alive relationship with Jesus Christ. You've been listening to finding purpose with pastor Russ Sanders local triangle ministry glorifying God by helping men and their purpose for living discover more about finding your purpose in life by checking out the email@example.com will connect to finding purpose on Facebook pastor Russ would also like to extend a special invitation for you to join him in over 300 other local tribal men to study God's word together every Tuesday night at 7 PM in downtown Raleigh. Find out more finding purpose.net. This is the Truth Network. One of our generous sponsors here.
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