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May 29, 2021 12:00 pm
It's the summer for Hebrews! Listen back to Pastor Russ Andrews as he begins his series on Hebrews, diving into Hebrews 1: 1-4 and discussing the ways in which God speaks to us.
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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 tonight message God has spoken we will be looking at Hebrews chapter 1 forgets don't let me right in the front of thank you so much for this day will we pray that right now you would enable Lifestream to work so that those who are trying to tune in from their homes in small groups and I could listen to us. Below, we know that you're in control of all things in you can work for these technical difficulties. Thank you for the man right here in the sanctuary. Lord I thank you that you're not here with us more than anything else we need you so much Lord we live in a very dark world that is been dog for very long time and you are the light of the world. Thank you Lord and she shone the light into so many men's hearts. Here the men study. Thank you love what you don't even do tonight Laura, thank you for the work is given the upright militant you would cause me to decrease that the man might see in Jesus name I pray, amen. I've always considered Romans to be perhaps the most important book in the New Testament if not Obama, but I believe it when I get through with studying Hebrews and some of you might agree with me. I will place it right side Romans is two of the most important books in terms of theology and the whole Bible, and a few things that I want you to know before we begin our journey through Hebrews. First, no one knows for sure who wrote it. However, I believe you can make a very strong case that was written by the apostle Paul.
Secondly, as we read through Hebrews were going to say that the temple was still standing at the top of this book was written, which means that this book had been written for 78 this we know that's when the Romans came in and destroy the temple sets up pretty early date for book. Third, you can essentially divide Hebrews into two sections. A section 1 consist of chapters 1 through 10 and this deals with great doctrines. Jesus is several Christological book, so we would learn a lot about Jesus from this book and would go to see that Jesus is our great high priest.
The second section can consist of chapters 11 through 13 which are more practical in nature, in these last chapters we will learn that Jesus Christ offers superior privileges man to those of us who follow him. We don't really see that the Christian life is the best life. Fourth and finally, as we read through Hebrews.
We need to understand that the writer was addressing the Jesus's day.
That's what's called an epistle to the Hebrews, but listen, just like all of the Scripture its teachings for believers of every age and every rice that brings us to verse one in the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his son, whom he appointed heir of all things and through whom also he made the universe the sun is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs now. To notice what are the starting date. This phrase, in these last days. It's a reference man to the time of the Messiah. In other words, the coming of the Messiah usher in these last days so we been living in the last days since the birth of Christ first Peter chapter 1 verse 20 says he that is, Jesus was chosen before the creation of a world but has been revealed in these last days.
One of the pushback I get from a lot of people, including one of my sentences often said this guy never speaks to me.
I pray but I feel like my prayers just hit the ceiling. What's the point of praying when God never talks back to me.
You know my response is you a lesson. This occurred when got this talk back to us.
In fact, God is speaking to us from the very beginning of time.
Look at verse one. In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but these last days has spoken to us by his son and what God said to them, we have in written form is known as one specifically the Old Testament or the Hebrew Bible got a spoken man and he still speaking to us through Moses, Samuel, David, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and all the minor prophets talk about the Old Testament, so all we have to do is pick it up and God will speak to you and me. He does it all the time God spoke to our forefathers. The Lord spoke directly to Noah told him to do what Bill and art the Lord appeared to Abraham were to angels applicant was the pre-incarnate Christ to appear to Abraham and he told Abraham about the coming destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. He was warning him about this in the Lord appeared to Moses in a burning bush told him to go back to Egypt and to speak to Pharaoh and tell Pharaoh to what let my people go in the Lord was with Samuel as he grew up. The Bible says that he appeared to Samuel at Charlotte and revealed himself through his word is always through his word that God speaks God revealed himself to these profits by dreams by visions and by direct revelation by personal appearances, but we learn from Hebrews that he is chosen to speak to us in these last days by his son, God gave us the written word and then he gave us the living word John chapter 1 verse 14 says in the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. So from that birthright that we learned that the word became flesh were to say Jesus notice that it says God is spoken to us. You will gotta speak to you the national question. Read the Bible every day. Do you ever really read the Bible.
Jeremiah 33 36 call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know what you love, that just called me and I will answer you see our prayers invite and Anna sure got a response and he always speaks to us through his word back in the summer of 2003 I had just graduated from southeastern was 49 years old and I did not have a clue what God wanted it. Essentially, over the course of a couple months came down to two choices. I was either going to join the priority associates of a ministry demand here in Raleigh Park campus Crusade for Christ was going to start my own ministry. My wife really felt like I should start moments but I really pray do not want God to tell me exactly what to do. I remember one night I was talking my wife and I had all these ideas churning in my mind about creative things I could do if I started my own ministry I would have to be running the flag of the flagpole to get permission from somebody in California.
If I want to do something here.
Raleigh so I woke up the next morning and it was September 3, 2003 I witnessed in my journal and I was ready to travel.
I found myself in second Samuel chapter 7 and you will play what happened next three verses in the second center seven God spoke to me as clearly as I'm speaking to you. Do not even speak audibly but is likely listed that verse of the page you had that happen before is with the process second center seven verse three. Whatever you have in mind. Go ahead and do it for the Lord is with you in that moment, until you man finding purpose was born.
We did have a name for yet. But when and what my wife to guess what, start moments, Dick Wesley moment, she, it ain't my own ministry whose ministry is it if I ever think his mind.
Somebody get a shot and it should be okay.
It's not my ministry is God's ministry. I will keep my hands off of it. I will him to take it and run with it and I know what I got the best seat in town. I can watch what he's doing. I could hereby release testimony from you, man notes that I can read called him a man. God says called him he says no answer you until you great and unsearchable things that you do not know everything.
I keep getting him every day and talk to my Lord and say Lord God me today and he dies whenever this listening whenever you pick up the Bible you should say every time you pick it up. Don't ever do. Don't ever think about it without doing this they Lord I'm listening to you speak to me and you think there's have a piece of paper, a journal, just waiting to speak and write it down.
John 1027 says my sheep listen to my voice. Are you listening to the voice of God I know and they follow me.
God speaks to us not only through his word, but also through his son through the indwelling Holy Spirit, talk about the spirit tonight as I want to focus on the son, but the spirit is the one who communicates with your inner being and let you know first of all that you belong to God and then he's the one who Isaiah 3021 says when you turn to the right to the left you'll hear a voice when you say this is the way walk-in it is nothing better man. We have the Lord of the universe is a personal Shepherd who promises to guide us through life and I can tell you what he's got in May, I got nothing to worry about when I to control the steering wheel I'm in trouble. So what we learn about the sun from the school versus let me share with you a trace and this is not a thing long is the son is the heir of all things, the son is the heir of God's estate, which includes the whole universe the sun the moon and the billions upon billions of stars that are without number includes the earth all the animals and every mountain and every valley, all the oceans and all the rivers includes all the galaxies in the millions upon millions of planets, everything belongs to the sun.
Do you know why because of the second truth, the sun created everything.
Did you know that to speak of the sun's creator points to his deity and God you believe is right here. The sun is God, don't ever lose sight of that.
That is like 1 the one the more thing I believe is the sign is God in the flesh.
How do we know John chapter 1 verse one through four says in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God in the word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him through the through the work, the sun, all things were made without him nothing was made that has been made in him was life and that life was the light of men. Not only is the sun, the heir of all things in the critical things but number three the son is the radiance of God's glory.
What second is at me with this court radiance means is like a brilliant shine forth like the rays of the sun. 11. When you coming back from Zebulun on coming to Raleigh and she's a Sunday afternoon and the sun is behind the clouds in this rays coming down this kind of a picture of the glory of God. By the way, if you want a great commentary to have along beside the Bible in this Bible study that we have on Hebrews they get homework chance commentary on Hebrews. He's a New Testament Greek scholar and he describes the radiance of God's order like this is the rays of light are related to the sun and neither exist without the other. So Christ is the radiance of the divine glory. They are essentially one that is both God number four the son is the exact representation of God's being his essence.
Essentially, the Greek word used here for representation is the word character tear says like character and it refers to the imprint made by an engraving tool can't that commentator writes is the imprint of the dock perfectly represents the original design. So in Christ there is the display for those who have asked to see God's essence, we put that in Bethel terminology when you look at Jesus.
If you're truly one of his children. You see God.
Colossians 115 says he is the image of the invisible God.
John chapter 14 Memo Was Taken Pl. there that's that when Jesus said on the board. What a fair place for you. He says you know the you know I'm going. That's where you going, he said I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me and then Philip said, hey Jesus just shows the father and that would be enough for us in Jesus said back to him.
Philip don't you know me, even after have been among you such a long time. Anyone who seen me has seen who the father.
Don't tell me Bart Ehrman that Jesus never claimed to be God's ridiculous.
We just heard it. Let me state this very clearly Jesus is God and right now Jesus is the is the one who is interceding for us.
He is our intercessor. So doesn't it just make common sense that we should say dear Jesus, who is interceding for us. Furthermore are serve papers. It will present Jesus as our great high priest was letting me switch to go to our high priest and will find out and will get a chapter for papers that he's a sympathetic high-priced because he's been hit hard for me to believe he's been tempted in every way that you not been tempted yet he was without sin. Finally, we we also have biblical support for praying to Jesus. Acts 759 says while they were stoning Stephen DiPrete, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. Then he fell asleep. Jesus is the exact image of God because he is God. Number five, the sun sustains all things by his powerful word. The actual Greek word is used here is Pharaoh which means to carry so the sun is not only holding all things together but he's carrying history along toward its ultimate fulfillment and consummation.
According to his father's will. We see this clearly in Ephesians chapter 1 verses nine and 10 where Paul writes the guys if you want to know where we headed. Just listen to this Paul Rice and he made known to us the mystery of his will is what would policy and there is God is made known to his children. The mystery of his will is with the one who read the Bible, we have the Holy Spirit to explain it to us according to his good pleasure. He said he's doing this because it pleases him to share his plan with us, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect. Listen this now when the times with a breach their fulfillment. So when the times of the average their fulfillment and we might be getting close.
His purpose is to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. This is one thing I don't like about elections every four years you got a new president or every eight years. The guess what this only one Lord of lords and King of Kings and he is the one is in control of all things, and just listen.
This is why I've never left one bit asleep about climate control. You gotta be kidding me who's in control. The thermostat God taken turned up turn it down this water were about whose precedent even though I care. I don't worry about it only for about the future. Why is I know all of this lies in the control of God. This, while I live my life in peace, and I have no place in my life now that I've ever had and I had this piece. I'm waiting for the coming of my Lord and Savior.
When all things will be placed once and for all time on his absolute control and rule get me to some got. I cannot wait for the state. My symptoms envious of those who are at death's door with their believers. They get ready step in the paradise. Paul was torn between the two patient is far better to doggedly with the Lord. Number six, the sun is the purifier of sentence. How many men are excited about that one.
RC's pro se list of this there is no greater state that did get up from your knees know that God has forgiven every sin you've ever committed and this is why the gospel is good news first recess after the sun had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So number seven.
The sun is seated at the right hand of God.
Once at me were first amazed that when he sat down he admits his work was complete this while he was on the cross he said what it is finished.
Nothingto be done. You want to do anything except believe what is it mean that the sun is seated at the right hand of God this wild thing so many believers a little bit confused on this God is spirit, God the Father in spirit. He does not have a right hand so this is just sorely a metaphor is a reference point, the right hand of God is simply a reference to the highest place of authority, power and honor, befitting one who is a sovereign ruler. The fact that the son is heir of all things and see at the right hand of God points but I guess we get to heaven I heard Adrian Rogers say this if agent Roger said it, you can count on it. He said we get to heaven honey God's will say one will he be seated on the throne and will is night. Jesus that is underway with the Trinity, but the way I look at this in my simple understanding is God the father spirit and the Holy Spirit is spirit. When God reveals himself as always, to the second person of the Godhead that make sense. He has he has flesh and blood, he will have the scars in his fingers and in his son.
He will be part someone site. The only important one in heaven because of the scars will be to go up and talk to him and shake his hand, is will be that real guys this is a reality with a look at shadows that are that Hebrews talks about the port to realities. This is not a game or play. This is real life and I believe it. I have believed it like this since I was 12 years old, and obligate more now than I ever believed it and I won't to take as many men to heaven with me as I can.
We gossip got the answer right here. The fact that the sun is heir of all things, and seated right hand of God points back to some chapter 2 what God installed his anointed one on the throne of heaven. It says I've installed my king on Zion, my holy hill I will proclaim the decree of the Lord. He said to make you my son, today I have become your father ask of me and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth possession you will rule them with an iron scepter. So Hebrews is point back to Psalm chapter 2 some chapter to this point back to Genesis chapter 49 verses nine through 10 your member Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jacob at how many sons. 12 and his name was changed to what is real as of the end of Israel's life. Jacobs life same man he calls forth his 12 sons and what he does as he is going to bless them. But in that blessing and some of the my book Ashley curses he speaking prophetically and when his son Judah comes before him. This is what Jacob says to Judah, you are a lion's cub of Judah you return from the prey, my son.
Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness who dares to rouse him as they run important part. The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs in the obedience of the nations is his. Who was Jacob referring to to the Messiah, who is the son and the son is the lion of Judah, when he ascended into heaven. Jesus took hold of the scepter and it will never depart from him. He is the ruler of the universe. Number eight last one. The sun is superior to the angels as his name. Yes verse forces to became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
What is the name he inherited Jesus diverting God through Gabriel told Mary to name her son Jesus Gable said are you will be with child and give birth to a son, and your to give him the name Jesus. Gable said he will be great and will be called the son of the most high, the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David and he will reign over the house of Israel forever. His kingdom will never end. Jesus, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name that name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father. Jesus, the one who said before Abraham was born, I am Jesus.
Jesus. Jesus there's just something about that name master Savior Jesus like the fragrance after the rain. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus, that all heaven and earth proclaim kings and kingdoms will all pass away, but there's just something about that name men one day in the not-too-distant future.
Every will behold Jesus. Revelation 17 says look is coming with the clouds, and every I will see him, even those who pierced him. And all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. I hope you're not a morning, so shall it be a man the Lord Jesus Christ and we exotic Christmas is not just a baby in a manger is not a character in a children's story is so much more.
The first time he came he came fail in the form of a child the next time he comes, he will come unveiled and will be abundantly and immediately clear to all the world just really really yes the first time became a star marked his arrival the next time he comes the whole heavens rolled like a scroll, and all the stars will fall out of the sky and he himself alighted the first time he came Wiseman and shepherds brought in gifts the next time he comes, he will bring gifts and rewards for all those who place their trust in him the first time he came there was no room for him the next time he comes the whole world will not be able to contain his glory, the first time he came only a few attended his arrival. Some shepherds and some wise men, but the next time he comes every shall see him the first time he came as a baby soon and very soon in he will return as sovereign King and Lord, and I've got one question I want to leave you with.
Are you ready the last words from the mouth of Jesus in the Bible are found in Revelation chapter 22 the second to last verse.
Your recess yes I'm coming soon and then John, the writer sees a man come, Lord Jesus, spray him the father thank you for your Lord Jesus would love you so much.
We look forward to Lord. When the clouds will part and there you will be in many will mourn the demand this from of the celebrating. We can't wait for that day. We already will help us to go out there and get more people ready.
Christmas is the greatest time of the year to share the story of the gospel help us to be out telling everyone knowing that I pray, amen. Being a Christian is not about being religious but about having a dynamic alive relationship with Jesus Christ you been listening to finding purpose with pastor Russ Sanders local triangle ministry glorifying God by helping men and their purpose for living.
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