Preaching Outline Letter to the Hebrews Message Fifteen

The Letter to the Hebrews Message Fifteen
II. Exaltation of Christ 1:4 – 10:18

The Word of God lifts up the Lord Jesus Christ, praising Him because He is worthy of all praise.

We have seen and I pray that we have learned that Jesus is –

A. Superior to the prophets. 1:1-3 and that He is –
B. Superior to the Angels. 1:4-2:18 And is –
C. Superior in the Administration of mankind. 3:1-4:13 As we noted last week –

Moses was the administrator of the Law, but Jesus is the Administrator of Moses.
Moses was the messenger, God was the Author.
Moses presented the Law. God was the power of the Law.
Moses was subject to the Law. Jesus submitted to the Law.
Moses failed and was judged. Jesus fulfilled and was exalted!

Jesus is superior to all.

In other words, we need to understand again this morning that He is the Owner, Architect, Builder, and Director of His House, Whose house we are!
Everything is created by Him and for Him.
Everyone is created by Him and subject to Him.
Everything answers to Him!

Paul is saying do not turn back to the servant (schoolmaster – works of the Law, religious activities) but stay with the Son! Rejoice and Worship Jesus.

We noted that He is –

1. Superior in His position. Hebrews 3:1-4
2. Superior in His possession. Hebrews 3:5,6
3. Superior in His prosecution of His will. Hebrews 3:7-4:2

Today we find that He is –

4. Superior in His provision. Hebrews 4:3-4:13 He is a rest for His people

a. The Declaration – Believers enter into rest. Hebrews 4:3a
Contrast “any of you seem to come short of it.”

Read Hebrews 4:1-3. The rest that is in God is by faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Paul anticipated the reply from the Hebrews who were still in unbelief were holding on to the works of the Law, trying to mix work and faith. He proceeded to answer them –
b. The Debate –

1). The Protest Hebrews 4:3b-6

These unbelieving Hebrews claimed to possess the rest of God consisting in the Sabbath Rest and the Promised Land Rest. He reminded them that they were like their fathers before them who neither accepted the Sabbath Rest nor the Promised Land Rest. They had rejected the will of God through their unbelief! They did not have faith in the Word of God! They were trusting in the Law and in the Land, neither of which is of any help without faith!

2). The Proof from the Word of God of their unbelief. Hebrews 4:7-9

God revealed through David that the people, even though in the land and David being their king, had still not obtained the promise of God.

The unbelieving simply did not trust God when they were to go into the Promised Land. In the ages to follow, many in the land did not believe God and were still trusting in themselves and their own ways. Paul declared that if the people had trusted God as Jesus (Joshua) led them into the land, they would not have been living in unbelief, as they were. We know that they turned from God and He sent Judges to them for correction and instruction. Even in the time of King David, hundreds of years later, the Lord revealed that the people were still living in unbelief and had not obtained His promise.

Psalm 95:6-9 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work…

Paul reminded his readers that among them were those that were rejecting God, rebelling against His will for them. They were like those in the time of the prophet Jeremiah that demanded that God submit to their will. The Word of God was preached to them and they responded –

Jeremiah 6:16-17 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

They knew what God was commanding and they simply refused to obey. They would continue to believe and to live according to their own understanding. The Hebrews Paul was writing to people who understood what the Lord expected, they just were going to keep trusting in themselves and their own works. Their fathers had been warned by God that they would be judged by His Word –

Jeremiah 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

And now they are reminded that God is Truth and will do what He says. They are a danger to the church just as their fathers were a danger to Jerusalem –

Jeremiah 23:17 They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

Paul warned them that just as sure as judgment came on Israel in the wilderness, in the time of David, and in the time of Jeremiah, judgement will come upon them if they do not repent and turn to God in faith! He encouraged them with –

3). The Promise from God. 4:9-11

Rest has been provided for the people of God through His work –

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Romans 5:8-9 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

And we should “labour therefore to enter into that rest…”

God is not telling us here that we should work for that rest, but that we should focus our hearts and minds on it – (look unto it diligently, earnestly, longingly).

Colossians 3:1-2 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Remember that Jeremiah warned the people in his day that they would be judged by God based on His searching them out by His Word –

Jeremiah 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

Paul also warned the readers of this letter of the same truth. God knows us and will judge us accordingly. Paul wrote of –

4). The Probing knife of the Great Physician. 4:12,13 The Word of God!

The Word of God is not like a huge chopping blade that shreds us into pieces. It is like the surgeon’s scalpel that carefully cuts and divides allowing the Light to shine and reveal everything that is our being! He carefully searches, discovers, reveals, and prescribes correction for us through His Word. He knows what we intend to do even at this very moment!

Psalm 139:1-4 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

The Lord Jesus Christ is superior in His Provision. He has provided a rest, a place with Him for those that trust in Him by grace through faith!

He knows what you are thinking right now. Will you pray and ask Him to help you know what you should do?

Have you trusted Him by faith?
Are you trusting in religion and what you can do?

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Preaching Outline The Letter to the Romans Message Two

I. Submission to the Law leads to submission to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 10:1-5
A. Israel’s need. Romans 10:1
B. Israel’s nature. Romans 10:2-5
1. They were zealous. Romans 10:2a
a. The Zeal of Jesus: He was jealous for the holiness of His Father’s house.
b. The Zeal of the Pharisees and Jewish leaders. They were ‘filled with indignation’ (Acts 5:17) and they were ‘filled with envy’ (Acts 13:45). They were jealous for their own power and position to be exalted.
2. They were proud. Romans 10:2b, 3
3. They were ignorant of the truth. Romans 10:4,5 (willingly ignorant)

Submission to God’s will through His Word will always lead to the Lord Jesus Christ by faith and trust.

II. Salvation is by faith through the Word of God. Romans 10:6-10

A. Failure to understand the truth. Romans 10:6,7

That which they need in order to know God’s will has been given to them! God has not only given His Word, but He is teaching the truth of the Word through the Holy Spirit which is in each believer!

John 16:13-14 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 shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

2 Peter 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

These that have come over the centuries and introduced new and special revelations from God that can only be understood and explained by them through special additional revelations to make the Word of God clear are just as these spoken of by Paul that are searching from someone to bring them more than what God has given them!

B. Faith comes by the revealed Word of God. Romans 10:8-10

III. Sufficient power to save all. Romans 10:11-21

The Grace of God can be –

A. Received. Romans 10:11-15
B. Rejected. Romans 10:16-21
God’s sovereign will was known and preached by the prophets.

Isaiah 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

Isaiah 65:1,2 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name. I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; (Romans 10:21)

Isaiah 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

The Promise of God true. The Gentiles heard and believed! What will Israel do?

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Preaching Outline Romans chapter Ten Message One

Romans Chapter 10 Message One

Remember from the last chapter – Paul’s purpose in this portion of the letter , chapters 9 through 11, is to show that God’s plan has not been altered. He is working according to His sovereign will , as He ever has. The setting aside of Israel and the inclusion of the Gentiles are not new revelations. The Lord has revealed these truths to His people by the prophets and Paul brings their testimony before the people.

I. Submission to the Law leads to submission to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 10:1-5

A. Israel’s need. Romans 10:1

1. His Passion – “…my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.” Refer again to 9:1-4

2. His Practice – He prayed for them and preached to them!

In Antioch of Pisidia, Iconium, Thessalonica, Berea, Corinth, Ephesus, Paul and the missionaries with him sought out the synagogues in the cities to first preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Jews. His love is seen in that though they persecuted him at every opportunity, and though at times he strongly rebuked them for their unbelief –

Acts 13:46-47 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.

– He continued to go to them with the message of life everlasting. He is a true example of the definition of love he wrote to the Corinthians –

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

His love was illustrated in life by his practice. Remember, though, that love for your people is not enough. Paul had love for God first of all –

Philippians 1:20 “For me to live is Christ…”

And through that love, he loved his people – “…my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.”

B. Israel’s nature. Romans 10:2-5

1. They were zealous. Romans 10:2a

Paul declared that they had a “zeal of God…”. Zeal can be exercised in both positive and negative ways.

a. The Zeal of Jesus: He was jealous for the holiness of His Father’s house.

He rebuked and removed those that opened a market in the Temple Court.

John 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

b. The Zeal of the Pharisees and Jewish leaders. They were ‘filled with indignation’ (Acts 5:17) and they were ‘filled with envy’ (Acts 13:45). They were jealous for their own power and position to be exalted.

Jesus was motivated by His passion for God and these Jews were driven by pride and arrogance!

2. They were proud. Romans 10:2b, 3

Paul understood their pride without excusing them –

Philippians 3 If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

They did not understand that the Law was not given to save them, but to separate them unto God and thereby, prepare their hearts for the coming of the Messiah –

Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

3. They were ignorant of the truth. Romans 10:4,5 (willingly ignorant)

John 11:47-48 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

If they actually submitted to the Law they would submit to Jesus.

John 5:45-47 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

Submission to God’s will through His Word will always lead to the Lord Jesus Christ by faith and trust.

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Preaching Outline Letter to the Hebrews Message Fourteen

Letter to the Hebrews, Message Fourteen

II. Exaltation of Christ 1:4 – 10:18

The Word of God lifts up the Lord Jesus Christ, praising Him because He is worthy of all praise.

We have seen and I pray that we have learned that Jesus is –

A. Superior to the prophets. 1:1-3 and that He is –
B. Superior to the Angels. 1:4-2:18 And is –

C. Superior in Administration. 3:1-4:13

Moses was the administrator of the Law, but Jesus is the Administrator of Moses.
Moses was the messenger, God was the Author.
Moses presented the Law. God was the power of the Law.
Moses was subject to the Law. Jesus submitted to the Law.
Moses failed and was judged. Jesus fulfilled and was exalted!

Jesus is superior to all.
He is the head of the church
He is the head of our lives – some may say “I am not a member of a church”. They should be members because this is the Lord’s plan for us to follow, but if not, they are still subject to Him. “Know ye not that you are bought with a price…”

In other words, we need to understand this morning that He is the Owner, Architect, Builder, and Director of His House, Whose house we are!
Everything is created by Him and for Him.
Everyone is created by Him and subject to Him.
Everything answers to Him!

Paul is saying do not turn back to the servant (schoolmaster – works of the Law, religious activities) but stay with the Son! Rejoice and Worship Jesus. He is –

1. Superior in His position. Hebrews 3:1-4
2. Superior in His possession. Hebrews 3:5,6

And he is –

3. Superior in His prosecution of His will. Hebrews 3:7-4:2

Because of the Lord’s ultimate authority, Paul taught the readers of this letter, this includes us, a lesson that we had better learn –

a. From History. Hebrews 3:7-11 (quoted Psalm 95)

Again, consider Jesus. Remember, all of those who came after knew this truth –

1). His position. “…wherefore…” 3:7
2). His provision. “…saw my works forty years…” 3:9b
The result of their sin!
3). Their provocation. 3:8,9a

“Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me…”

But the Jews had hardened their hearts. They had rejected the counsel of the Word of God and they crucified the Lord Jesus!

4). His preparation. 3:11

The Jews knew that God had prepared a place which would be entered into by faith in Him, yet they did not believe and did not enter into “…my rest.”

We are warned to turn –

b. From Self-deception. Hebrews 3:12-15

They, and we, were to –

1). Examine their hearts. 3:12
2). Exhort one another. 3:13-15

And to turn to God –

c. From Unbelief Hebrews 3:16-4:2 Their unbelief –

1). Affected all. 3:16,17

While those 21 years and older died in the wilderness, their sin held the people in that same wilderness for 38 years longer than was needed! It is like a person convicted for a capital crime and imprisoned on death row – with all of their children and young family members kept in prison with them! We must learn a lesson – my sin does not just affect me! My sin brings consequences for all of those around me.

Remember, God does not hold my children responsible for my sin, –

Deuteronomy 24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

– but they will have to endure the consequences of my sin in this life!

Note that the people did not desire to seek God’s leadership. When things went wrong, they blamed Moses for their problems.

God judged them –

Numbers 14:28-32 Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me, Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.

Just consider this truth – think on it for a moment – of all of the people that came out of Egypt, how many were 21 years old or older? Out of the hundreds of thousands, only two crossed the Jordan River and entered into the Land of Promise. Does this seem incredible? How many people who claim to be Christians are still in unbelief today? Do you think that the people pointed out Caleb and Joshua saying that they did not understand what they were asking – to trust God over what they have themselves seen or heard from others? They did not go into the land, not because they did not believe Caleb and Joshua, but because they did not believe God. Look back at their words to the people –

Numbers 14:8-9 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. 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.

Paul is telling them and us that we had better examine our faith and that faith had better be in God! Also do not fear to ask those around us of their faith! At the border of Canaan, the unbelieving refused to enter into the land of rest that God was giving to them. As we read earlier, they despised it!

Numbers 26:63-64 These are they that were numbered by Moses and Eleazar the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho. But among these there was not a man of them whom Moses and Aaron the priest numbered, when they numbered the children of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai.

Paul pleaded with the readers of this letter not to follow these Jews in their unbelief. They should encourage one another in faith and grow each day – ‘today’, and enter into their final Rest.

In their unbelief, they –

2). Excluded themselves from the land 3:18.19

Their unbelief is an –

3). Example unto those who came after. 4:1,2 – no faith!

The Israelites believed a lie more than they believed God. The report they had received was wrong! It had obvious errors –

Numbers 13:32-33 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

If the land was not good, how is it that the men of the land were “all men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants…”. If the land would destroy the Israelites, why were the people in the land so healthy and huge! The argument made no sense. People are the same today – they believe things that make no sense!

We should follow Paul’s challenge –

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Jesus is the prosecutor, basing all judgment on righteousness. All of mankind will stand before Him as their Judge.

The saved are judged for their faithfulness – the judgement for rewards.
The unsaved will be judged for their faithlessness, their unbelief – the judgment unto eternal separation from God.

He told them to get on the right path and stay on it. As saved, we cannot lose our salvation but we can lose this life, whether it be our testimony or our physical life!

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Preaching Outline Letter to the Hebrews Message Thirteen

The Letter to the Hebrews. Message Thirteen

II. Exaltation of Christ 1:4 – 10:18

The Word of God lifts up the Lord Jesus Christ, praising Him because He is worthy of all praise.

We have seen and I pray that we have learned that Jesus is –

A. Superior to the prophets. 1:1-3 and that He is –
B. Superior to the Angels. 1:4-2:18

Today we turn to the testimony that Jesus is –

C. Superior in Administration. 3:1-4:13 (Moses the Example)

In other words, we need to understand this morning that He is the Owner, Architect, Builder, and Director of His House, Whose house we are! Everything is created by Him and for Him. Everyone is created by Him and subject to Him. Everything answers to Him!

Ephesians 1:18-23 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

There is no doubt that He is King of Kings, that the Father hath given all things into His hands; that He said “All power is given unto me…”; that in Revelation 5:12 we read the testimony “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”

We also need to remember that He is the administrator of His church! “I will build my church…”; Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

The recipients had been brought up by their families saying “Moses said…”, looking back at the religious system. Paul exhorted them to stay with the Lord Jesus Christ, who is better than Moses. Most of those who followed Moses and experienced the power of God firsthand turned back in unbelief. The problem was that they did not follow God by following His servant, they just followed Moses.

Again, the Law was not given to save people –

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

It would lead people to the Messiah –

Galatians 3:24-26 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Do not turn back to the servant (schoolmaster – works of the Law, religious activities) but stay with the Son! Rejoice and Worship Jesus. He is –

1. Superior in His position. Hebrews 3:1-4

Paul wanted the Jews to compare the position of –

a. The Son of God. Hebrews 3:1,4

‘Consider’ – to contemplate, to understand, to observe. Paul is instructing us to carefully consider the Lord by looking closely, examine carefully, and understand. As we begin to know Him, we will see Him truly as the –

1). Apostle Refer to John 20:21 “As the Father as sent me…”

And we will realize that He is our –

2). High Priest Chosen by God from among men to represent men before Him.

He is the Messiah (Christ), our –

3). Saviour The Promised One, the Redeemer of His people

And He is absolutely –

4). Sovereign Hebrews 3:4 “…He that built all things is God.”

Moses is known as the –

b. The Servant of God. Hebrews 3:2

A servant of God and greatly blessed among the prophets –

Numbers 12:6-7 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.

The Administrator of the Law given to him by God on Mount Sinai. He was a great man, a respected man, and yet only a man. The Hebrews needed to remember this truth.

c. The Status of the Son and the Servant illustrated. Hebrews 3:3,4

Paul used the building of a house, which all of the people would be familiar with, to explain the difference in position between Jesus and Moses. He proved to them that the Architect, Builder, and Owner of the house is greater than those that serve Him in that house.

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Both were faithful in their appointments. Moses is not being put down, Jesus is being exalted in His proper position – Superior to Moses

2. Superior in His possession. Hebrews 3:5,6

a. Moses – servant “…in all his (God’s) house…” 3:5
b. Jesus – Sovereign 3:6

1). Owner “…over His own house…”
2). Redeemer “…whose house we are…”

Ephesians 2:20-22 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

He is the Owner, Architect, Builder, and Director of His House, Whose house we are! Whose house you are if you are saved. Everything is created by Him and for Him. Everyone is created by Him and subject to Him. Everything answers to Him!

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Preaching Outline Letter to the Romans Message Four

II. Paul declared the Sovereign God always demanded personal faith.
Romans 9:6-29

A. He showed them the error of their belief. Romans 9:6

He taught them that it is not all about who you are, but Who you know. Who you are may give you and advantage, but it is not the relationship of the flesh that brings salvation. It is only by faith, by belief, by trust in God through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Jews chose their physical heritage to provide righteousness instead of faith in the truth of God –

B. He showed them examples of God’s sovereign will through Scripture. Romans 9:7-18

1. Abraham had many sons, yet not all were chosen by God –
Ishmael, Isaac, Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.yet only one was chosen by God to receive the promise of the covenant, Isaac.

2. Isaac – Jacob, the younger son of Isaac, was to receive the covenant promise. Esau, the elder, who was the first born and was entitled to lead the family, was to submit to Jacob, the younger, who was chosen by God to receive the blessing.

3. Moses. Romans 9:15-18

We look back to the previous verse to introduce this section –

Romans 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

a. Paul referred to God’s dealing with Moses as another explanation of the sovereign dealings of God with His creation. He quoted God’s word to Moses from Exodus 33:19.

1). Moses sought the Lord’s Person.

Exodus 33:18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.

2). Moses secured the Lord’s promise.

Exodus 33:19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

God would be gracious to Moses, not because of in goodness in Moses, but because God chose to bless Him. Moses had no right to feel proud and righteous in the position he was in or in his interaction with God.

God had chosen Israel to be His nation, a people who would testify to the world of the only true God. While the people may have been called citizens of the nation of Israel, this was not a guarantee of their salvation. The relationship with God is personal, each individual having faith in Him. The people could not make a claim on God because they were Israelites. They must believe in Him, trusting Him for all things.
The Jews in Paul’s day were the same as many of the Jews in Moses’ time. They believed God owed them everything they wanted because of who they were, not whose they were! Paul reminded them that just as in Moses’ time, God was not controlled by man, but is Sovereign in His choice. If a man has his faith in God according to God’s will, God is gracious and merciful to that man. It is God’s choice, not man’s.

b. Paul revealed God’s sovereign working. We learn of –

1). The sovereign will of God explained. Romans 9:16

a). It is not based on man’s desire.
b). It is not based on man’s activity.

Note John’s statement on the sovereign choice of God in the salvation of man.

John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

2). The sovereign will of God illustrated. Romans 9:17-24

I believe the best way to explain these verses is to illustrate them. The Lord is using Pharaoh as an example of His power over all men, to use them as He pleases, being Sovereign. He could have chosen to use Nebuchadnezzer, Cyrus, Darius the Mede or Pontius Pilate, but the Pharaoh was involved with Moses and fit the context of his account.
We note that two vessels are mentioned. One is a vessel unto honour or otherwise known as a vessel of mercy. The second is a vessel unto dishonor or also known as a vessel of wrath. In verse 21, Paul states that God (the potter) has power over both of these vessels. Paul also states that both of these vessels are formed from the same lump of clay. That lump of clay is dug from the same pit – condemnation. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”.

John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

The vessels, unto honour and unto dishonor are the same lump. The difference comes from the belief of the one vessel and the continuation in unbelief of the other. Simply stated, the vessel unto honour (the vessel of mercy, see verse verse 23) are those that have believed and become new creatures in Christ. They are those spoken of by Paul in Romans 10:13 “Whosoever will call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” The vessels unto dishonor (vessels of wrath) are the whosoever will not. Read the many declarations of Paul through the leadership of the Holy Spirit explaining that the vessels of honour were at one time vessels of dishonour.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 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, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

Ephesians 2:1-3 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Colossians 3:5-7 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

Titus 3:3-6 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

God in His sovereign wisdom gave man the choice to accept His love upon the moving of the Holy Spirit in our lives through His Word –“Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” It is quite apparent that He did not elect individuals to salvation and others to damnation. According to His infinite mercy and love wrought in conjunction with His holiness and justice, He sent His Son to give Himself a sacrifice acceptable to God. Salvation is all of Him –

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

C. He stated the Gentiles were included in God’s sovereign plan.
Romans 9:25-29

III. Paul reminded all that righteousness comes by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 9:30-33

Salvation is not dependent upon who your father is, but rather on Who your Lord is.

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Preaching Outline Letter to the Hebrews Message Twelve

B. Superior to the Angels. 1:4-2:18

Introduction: We are reminded that compared to the Angels, Jesus is –
1. Superior in Person. 1:4-14
2. Superior in Position . 2:1-8

Today we will see that He is superior to the Angels in His Person, His position, and He is –

3. Superior in participation. Hebrews 2:9-18

Jesus is the answer to the cry of Job.. His dilemma –

Job 9:30-33 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean; Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me. For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment. Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.

Remember that Job offered sacrifices every day. He knew himself and his family, how easily they might sin against God, no matter how they tried to live a holy life.

The cleansing of the sacrifice was only temporary. The sins were just pushed down the road, only to come up again and present the need for another sacrifice. Even though temporarily clean, he was still in this wicked world and none of the righteous acts he performed could satisfy the just demand of God. Job declared that man needs more than man can provide. He needs more than angels can provide – he needs a mediator between himself and God that is acceptable to God, and this is only God Himself!

A death sentence has been declared that is in power over all men. We are condemned to death and as a matter of fact, are already dead in sin. What we need is life, and that life only comes by God through the death of His Son Jesus Christ. Death is here, we are facing it now. Remaining as we are, dead in sin, we will remain separated from God forever and at the end of this life we have now, we will be in Hell forever. The only escape is another death – the death that Jesus willingly died for all people. No ordinary man can die for us because all men are also dead in sin. No angel can die for us because they do not have the power to do so. Only one answer is given, that God will die for us. Paul set forth how God would accomplish His purpose in these next few verses.

a. He should be subject to death. Hebrews 2:9

1). Position. “…made a little lower than the angels…”

Remember the –

a). Immortality of angels. Refer to –

Luke 20:36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

b). Mortality of man.

We know that angels cannot die, we also know that, because of sin, man must die! We are instructed by the Word of God and by personal experience of the death of mankind.

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

He bacme man – ‘lower than the angels’, to die. In this we see –

2). Praise. “…crowned with glory and honour…” The only qualified One

Philippians 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

3). Purpose. “… that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man…”

This death was very unusual. We must understand that His death would be voluntary, not natural. Jesus of Nazareth had no sin nature. He did not just not commit sin, He had no sin in Him! Jesus could not die of natural causes! He knew when He came how He must die.

Refer to – 1 Peter 2 “…Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
We see also that –

b. He identified with man. Hebrews 2:10-13

1). Endured suffering (revealed His nature) 2:10
He was truly the man of sorrows –

Isaiah 53:2-3 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

2). United in fellowship “…he is not ashamed to call them brethren…” 2:11-13

Illustrate with Jesus among men.

His participation in this fellowship among men was prophesied, proving to the world that He was coming in flesh and blood –

Isaiah 8:17-18 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

c. He destroyed the power of death. Hebrews 2:14,15

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
d. He intercedes for believers. Hebrews 2:16-18 He is our –

1). Kinsman. 2:16 The Son of God and the Son of Man our Daysman

He is our –

2). Priest.

Hebrews 2:17 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.

God showed His acceptance of the sacrifice of Jesus as the Saviour of all men –

Acts 13:29-30 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. But God raised him from the dead:

He is our –

3). Consolation. 2:18
Not only does Jesus understand what we are faced with each day, being tempted Himself throughout His life, “He is able” – not only able to help in power but able in proper understanding of our emotions and experiences. He truly feels what we feel! He is able “to succour” which means not only knowing our situation or hearing our prayer, but running toward us to help. He is not like a cup of water sitting on a sand dune in the desert that we must crawl to in order to satisfy our thirst – He is a river of life that flows to us, where we are in time of need.
The world often speaks of the love of God which they do not understand. The sad thing is that Christians often speak of the love of God which they do not understand either! If we understood the love of God, He would be our all in all! He would be the center of our lives. Is He the center of your life or are you His one day each week?
Do you thank Him for all that you are and all that you have each day?
Do you ask Him for His leadership in the decisions you make each day?
Do you pray for His help in being a witness unto Him each day?
Is God the center of your life? He should be.

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