OUR HIGH PRIEST
(Transcribed Message)

Sunday Morning:  July 29, 2001

Text: Hebrews 4:1-6

TAKE HEED, BRETHREN

Hebrews 3:12  "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief [lack of faith], in departing from the living God."

FAITH GIVES SUBSTANCE

Hebrews 11:1  "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM

2 Timothy 4:18  "And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."

EVIDENCE OF THAT KINGDOM

1 Thessalonians 2:12  "That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory."

WARNING

1 Corinthians 6:9-10  "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."

ULTIMATE RESOURCE

Hebrews 2:17-18  "Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 18. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour [help, aid] them that are tempted."

THE CHALLENGE TO US

Hebrews 3:6  "But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end."

BE CONFIDENT

Hebrews 3:14  "For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;"

TESTIMONIES

Hebrews 4:14  "Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession (one word)."

HEAR THE PROMISE

Hebrews 3:7  "Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,"

HEAR AND HARDEN NOT

Hebrews 3:15  "While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation."

AGAIN, HEAR HIS VOICE

Hebrews 4:7  "Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts."

SEE THE SUBSTANCE!

Hebrews 3:12  "Take heed [see, present active imperative], brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief [lack of faith], in departing from the living God."

EVIDENCE OF THE SUBSTANCE

Hebrews 4:11  "Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief."

HIGH PRIEST

Hebrews 3:1  "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession [one word], Christ Jesus;"

HEIR OF GOOD THINGS

Hebrews 1:2  "Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;"

GOOD THINGS TO COME

Hebrews 9:11  "But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;"

INHERITANCE

Hebrews 11:20  "By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come."

 EXECUTOR OF GOOD THINGS TO COME

Hebrews 9:15-17  "And for this cause he (our high priest) is the mediator [executor] of the new testament (His will, covenant), that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions [transgressors] that were under the first testament (Old Testament), they which are called might receive the promise of eternal [age, millennial age] inheritance. 16. For where a testament [covenant] is, there must also of necessity be the death (on the cross) of the testator (who made the covenant). 17. For a testament [covenant, His will] is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth."

SHOWING US HIS REST

John 16:13-15  "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he (the Spirit of Truth) shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. 14. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive [things] of mine, and shall show it (those things) unto you. 15. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine (things), and shall show it (those things) unto you."

DIVIDE HIS INHERITANCE

Isaiah 53:12  "Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: . . . ."

THEY LOST THE SPOIL

Hebrews 3:18  "And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed [disobedient] not?"

THE PROMISED REST

Hebrews 4:1 "Let us therefore fear, lest, a [the] promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it."

AS THE LORD SAID

Numbers 13:27  "And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it."

 

EXHORT ONE ANOTHER DAILY

Hebrews 3:13  "But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin."

CALEBíS EXHORTATION

Numbers 13:30  "And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it."

EXCEEDING GOOD LAND

Numbers 14:7-9  "And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. 8. If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. 9. Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not."

CALEB FOLLOWED FULLY

Numbers 14:24  "But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring (be with him) into the land where into he went; and his seed shall possess it."

THE WORD IS POWERFUL

Hebrews 4:12  "For the word [logos, written word] of God is quick [living], and powerful [effectual], and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner [judge] of the thoughts and intents [or purpose] of the heart."

HAS THE PREACHING BEEN PROFITABLE?

Hebrews 4:2  "For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it."