Preaching Outline Letter to the Hebrews Message Ten

Letter to the Hebrews Message Ten
B. Superior to the Angels. 1:4-2:18

Introduction: We are reminded what we have learned from chapter one that Jesus is –
1. Superior in Person. 1:4-14

We have also noted from verses 1 through 3 in chapter 2 that He is –

2. Superior in position . 2:1-8
a. Encouragement – because of His person and because of His position. 2:1
b. Exhortation. 2:2-3

Paul needed to answer the question, if Jesus is superior to the angels, why did He become man? We will continue today to see that the superiority to the angels is established by His Person, by His Position, through the –

c. Exhibition of proof. Hebrews 2:3b,4 “God also bearing them witness..”
through –

1). Personal testimonies. 2:3c “by them that heard him.”
2). Powerful works. 2:4 “God bearing them witness, both with –

a). Signs Refer to Exodus 4:1-8 to point them to the ‘voice’…

Exodus 4:1-8 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee. And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow. And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

The sign pointed to the Word of God!

Amazing what God can do with an old stick if we will just submit to Him! What is that in your hand today? You might say it is not much, and it may not be much in our hands, but give it to God and see what He will do with it. Little is much…

Paul wrote of Signs –

b). Wonders (a thing that is amazing or astonishing)
c). Diverse miracles (powers)

They are to glorify God, Lift up the Lord Jesus Christ!

An article from the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics states the purposes of a miracle are –

(1). to glorify the nature of God

John 2:11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

(2). to accredit certain persons as the spokesmen for God. Note the testimony of the disciples to the Jews –

Acts 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

They were aware of the power of God in Jesus among them. They would now see the power of God in the name of Jesus Christ working through them –

Acts 3:12-16 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus;… whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

(3). to provide evidence for belief in God

John 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

John 20:30-31 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

He wrote of the signs, wonders, diverse miracles and the –

d). Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Designed for unity and edification of the body.

1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

This work of God among us is to bring glory to God –

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Your life is a testimony of the work of God. Remember Paul’s statement to the church in Corinth –

2 Corinthians 4:3-6 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

The Word of God is preached and the evidence of God’s work through His Word is seen in our lives. Our lives and God’s Word must align or something is wrong in our lives.

Is your life a testimony to God today?

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Preaching outline Romans chapter 9 message Two

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.

In order to find the mindset of Paul we should return briefly to Romans 8:1 and 8:28-39. We want to discover two things about him as he moves from one thought to the next.
The first is his declaration of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. He completes his statement to the glory of God on a high note in exaltation of the Lord and the position of His saints. Now, imagine that he takes a moment to reflect on his position in Christ, and yet the position of those individuals he dearly loves, and the nation he loves in a position of separation from the Lord. They had declared Paul to be their enemy, deserving death –

Acts 9:22-23 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him:

Yet, his love for them was never diminished. He was not their enemy and his desire was that they be saved. This brings us to the second thought that was considered and must be answered –

If God is true and there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus; if there is not anything that can separate the believer from the Love of God and this is the position ordained by God for the believer in Christ before the foundation of the world: is God just in His rejection of His elect nation Israel? If God can cast off His nation, He can also cast off His church. This question must be answered! Paul presented the answer in chapters nine through eleven.

I. Paul declared his love for his people. Romans 9:1-5
That the Israelites would believe God and be saved.

A. He Sorrowed for them. Romans 9:1,2

1. His plea. Romans 9:1
2. His passion. Romans 9:2

Because of his Paul’s love for them –

B. He Sought for their good. Romans 9:3

He would give himself, if possible! He could not take their place, as there is only One qualified and the offering had already been made. This being the case, He did the only thing he could do. He gave his life by living for them –

C. He Set forth their advantages. Romans 9:4,5
Israel were God’s chosen people. No one could contest this truth. God had blessed them above all the people of the earth.

1. Israelites. Their heritage in Jacob.
2. The Adoption.
3. Glory. The presence of God among them. Sinai, The Tabernacle, The Temple.
4. The Covenants. Promises (unconditional and conditional) to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the Nation, David, Jeremiah.
5. The Law. Given at Sinai
6. The Service. Levitical priesthood, the offerings, the service.
7. Promises. The Messiah. The everlasting Kingdom.

The Jews needed to remember God’s Word that judgment is sure but also He will not completely destroy them or cast them out. A promise is left to them –

Isaiah 60:10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.

Individual salvation in the Lord and national salvation to come which still involved individual salvation.

Next –

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.

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.
Man cannot dictate to God how salvation will be accomplished!

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

John 8:38-45 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

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.

a. The Birthright explained.

1). Before the giving of the Law, the Patriarchs gave their firstborn sons a double portion of their holdings as well as leadership of the family.

Notice Jacob preparing to bless his sons –

Genesis 49:3 Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:

Jacob did not follow through with his blessing of Reuben because Reuben, as an adult, had proved himself unworthy of the blessing and leadership of the family. Reuben was the firstborn of Jacob’s first wife, Leah. The blessing was actually given to the sons of Joseph, the firstborn of Jacob’s second wife, Rachel. Ephraim and Benjamin received the double portion of Joseph.

2). Blessings according to the Law.

The practice of Jacob was forbidden for future generations.

Deuteronomy 21:15-17 If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated: Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn: But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.

b. The Birthright examined.

While this was not the normal order of things, God showed His sovereign power in choosing who He would to receive the Covenant blessing. He did not choose based on the abilities of the men as they had not even yet been born. He chose them because He simply wanted to – it was His will. Could Esau have submitted to God? Yes, of course he could have, but he chose to rebel against the will of God. In God’s sovereign will, He always involves choice.

c. The Birthright dilemma.

Two Scriptures are used as proof texts of election to salvation and election to damnation which involve Esau.

Romans 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

As being quoted by Paul from –

Malachi 1:2-3 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.

These two verses are often referenced to the initial choice of God of Jacob over Esau. We must look again at this declaration –
Genesis 25:23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

The is not a declaration of condemnation! It is a command to obedience to the Sovereign rule of God over the current practice of the birthright. God overrules man!

What about the fact that the Word of God states that God hated Esau? Let’s read the following Scriptures –

Genesis 27:38 And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.

Genesis 35:29 And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

Deuteronomy 2:5 Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession.

Joshua 24:3-4 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac. And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto Esau mount Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.

Do any of these words of God permit us to accuse Him of hating Esau? Absolutely not! Do not get us wrong – Esau was a jerk and his heritage was destroyed from off the face of the earth, but not due to a choice made prior to his birth. They were destroyed because of unbelief!

What about the word ‘hate’? The word certainly describes an emotional feeling toward others, but we should look at how the Lord used the word in the context of family –

Luke 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

While we are to choose the Lord over our families, even over their objections to our faith in God, we do not condemn them to damnation – to eternal separation from God and torment in Hell! Our hope is in their help, the Lord Jesus Christ and that they would be saved. This understanding aids us in our response to those that hate us –

Luke 6:27-36 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

God is sovereign! There is no doubt, it is a fact. But God’s sovereignty cannot be turned to support the false doctrines of election to condemnation. All are already condemned.

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A thought on man’s attitude toward God

While considering the wonder of the Majesty of God and His great love in sending His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die for us, I considered that this is how we must view Him if we are to submit to Him and serve Him. Too often we look for a leader that, like Nimrod, will instruct us in building a name for ourselves, Genesis 11:4. Men are seeking for a God to supply but God is looking for men to submit. We see this illustrated clearly in the Gospel of John, chapter six. The account begins with the feeding of the Five Thousand.
John 6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
Recognizing Him as a prophet allowed them to remain within the realm of their belief and making Him a king would put Him in the position of feeding them and fighting for them. They would be in a win/win situation to satisfy themselves in the fulness of the flesh.
“…Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed…”
The Lord knew this and diffused the situation by departing for Capernaum. These crowds followed Jesus to Capernaum and again sought Him to care for them.
“…they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.”
The ranks of the disciples of Jesus had grown and many would have been impressed with this large crowd of followers. Jesus was not impressed though, because He knew their hearts. Everything went to motive – supply or submission.
“…Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.”
“…This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”
Jesus offered the people Spiritual Bread but they did not accept His love for them. The day before they had declared that He must be “…that Prophet that should come…”. This day following the journey from the wilderness to the city He had become “Rabbi” and “lord” in their eyes, and upon the requirement of submission He had become “this man”. How quickly men change when their desires for supply are not met and God’s demands for submission are too great.
This “multitude” departed from the Lord, “…From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.”
– leaving Him with the twelve – “…Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?”
Are we of those that are seeking self and supply or of those that are submitting and obedient?
Remember the answer to the question from the Lord –
“Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.”
Is He your Lord?

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Preaching outline for Romans chapter Nine Message One

Romans Chapter 9 The Sovereign God Message One

In order to find the mindset of Paul we should return briefly to Romans 8:1 and 8:28-39. We want to discover two things about him as he moves from one thought to the next.
The first is his declaration of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. He completes his statement to the glory of God on a high note in exaltation of the Lord and the position of His saints. Now, imagine that he takes a moment to reflect on his position in Christ, and yet the position of those individuals he dearly loves, and the nation he loves in a position of separation from the Lord. They had declared Paul to be their enemy, deserving death –

Acts 9:22-23 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him:

Yet, his love for them was never diminished. He was not their enemy and his desire was that they be saved. This brings us to the second thought that was considered and must be answered –

If God is true and there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus; if there is not anything that can separate the believer from the Love of God and this is the position ordained by God for the believer in Christ before the foundation of the world: is God just in His rejection of His elect nation Israel? If God can cast off His nation, He can also cast off His church. This question must be answered! Paul presented the answer in chapters nine through eleven.

I. Paul revealed his personal desire. Romans 9:1-5 The Israelites to be saved.

A. He Sorrowed for them. Romans 9:1,2

1. His plea. Romans 9:1

He humbled himself before them and presented his plea in the company of two witnesses that knew his heart and mind, The Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. He promised the readers that he had no other motive than to see them come to the Lord for salvation, he was not lying to them.

2. His passion. Romans 9:2

His passion for the people is full, all encompassing. We might refer to Paul’s words to the believers in Rome –

Romans 1:15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

We note this his passion is full here also: “…great heaviness, and continual sorrow…”

Paul understood their standing before God and the condemnation they were under through their unbelief.

He had given himself wholly to the Lord. His life was only about the Lord. His heart is revealed from his testimony in –

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

His love for his people is reflective of the love of God and the words of Jesus as He wept over Israel –

Luke 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

Because of his Paul’s love for them –

B. He Sought for their good. Romans 9:3

He would give himself, if possible! He could not take their place, as there is only One qualified and the offering had already been made. This being the case, He did the only thing he could do. He gave his life by living for them –

Philippians 1:21-24 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

Paul’s life was about others having eternal life in the Lord.

C. He Set forth their advantages. Romans 9:4,5
Israel were God’s chosen people. No one could contest this truth. God had blessed them above all the people of the earth.

1. Israelites. Their heritage in Jacob.
2. The Adoption.

Deuteronomy 7:6 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

3. Glory. The presence of God among them. Sinai, The Tabernacle, The Temple.
4. The Covenants. Promises (unconditional and conditional) to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the Nation, David, Jeremiah.
5. The Law. Given at Sinai
6. The Service. Levitical priesthood, the offerings, the service.
7. Promises. The Messiah. The everlasting Kingdom.

Notice the completeness of the blessings of God upon His people –

Isaiah 5:1-5 Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:

The Jews needed to remember God’s Word that judgment is sure but also He will not completely destroy them or cast them out. A promise is left to them –

Isaiah 60:10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.

Individual salvation in the Lord and national salvation to come.

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Preaching Outline Letter to the Hebrews Message Nine

Message Nine
II. Exaltation of Christ 1:4 – 10:18
A. Superior to the prophets. 1:1-3
B. Superior to the Angels. 1:4-2:18
1. Superior in Person. 1:4-14

Jesus is superior in person, His being. We also must recognize that He is superior in His position. Some have the mistaken idea that Jesus of Nazareth became superior at a point in time. There are those that claim that He was a prophet and that He became the Messiah at His baptism or upon the completion of His death on the cross.
We have seen that Jesus is God the Son forever, with no beginning and no ending. Paul presented this truth to help the believers to withstand the false teachers that were coming in among them.
One false teaching we will mention this morning is Cerinthianism. It is a heresy taught by Cerinthus (died approximately A.D. 100) that deals with the person of Jesus. It stated that “the Christ” came upon Jesus at his baptism and left him just prior to his crucifixion. Essentially, Cerinthus taught that the Christ and Jesus are separate beings. He taught that Jesus was born naturally without the Virgin birth. Teachings like this are still being promoted today and we must be aware and be prepared to challenge them with the truth, the Word of God.

The Apostle John also exhorted the believers to stand against false teachers –

1 John 4:2-3 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

God clearly led Paul to declare that Jesus is superior in His Person and then goes on to state the fact that He has always been –

2. Superior in position .

This morning we will look into Hebrews 2:1-3

We are given –

a. Encouragement – because of His person and position to stand strong in the truth. Hebrews 2:1

Christians are to have –

1). Determination – personal decision “…we ought to give…”
2). Diligence. “…more earnest heed…”
3). Disregard. Be warned and be careful. Life is drifting by with many things going unnoticed. Do not “…let them slip…”

We will be held accountable! We will answer for how we live according to the Word of God. We will not be excused by saying “I did not know”.

– We are commanded to “Study to show ourselves approved…”!

God has revealed Himself to us and opened Himself to us to know Him. We are invited, encouraged, even commanded to study, to search, to research Him through His Word. You will NEVER be disappointed by what you find out as you learn of Him!

– We are commanded to “…to observe all things which I have commanded you…”

This encouragement is reinforced with warning. We now come to the –

b. Exhortation. Hebrews 2:2-3

He is speaking to –

1). The Religious people 2:2

The Hebrew believers were familiar with the Scriptures, the history of Israel. They knew exactly what Paul was referring to. The history of Israel was one of –

God’s blessings, man’s rebellion,
God’s judgment, man’s repentance,
God’s mercy, God’s blessings, man’s rebellion……

Paul reminded them of the Word of God coming to them in power by the Angels of God –

Exodus 19:16-19 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.

And all the people agreed to hear and obey –

Exodus 19:8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.

And yet we see –

2). The Rebellious people. 2:2a The Israelites rebelled against God in –

a). Transgression – sin
b). Disobedience – refusing to hear.

(Golden calves, breaking Sabbath, even Moses’ anger resulting is disobedience)

The Hebrews were warned that because of the sins of Israel, judgment came.

3). The Reproved people. “…received a just recompense of reward…” 2:2a

Paul turned the Hebrews attention from the Israelites living under the Law which was spoken by angels to –

4). The Redeemed People. Living by grace 2:3 “How shall we escape…”

Judgment is sure! We cannot escape the judgment of God in our lives. Know this, it is most important to realize that judgment is not about our eternal life in Him.

Salvation from sin is not about works that we do, simply about belief or unbelief

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.

Salvation is settled between you and God –

Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

We have been studying on Wednesday nights this very issue and it is clear that there is no condemnation to the believer. When we are saved, we are saved forever! It is about our actions or lack of actions that will be judged!

James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

What is being stated here refers to the truth declared in –

Ephesians 2:8-10 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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Because of Who He is (His Person) and because of What He does (His Position), we are to obey Him. Because of who we are (Saved and in Christ) and what we are (children of the Most High God) we are to obey Him.

You might say this morning “What can I do”? If you are saved –
Admit to yourself that God has saved you to spend eternity with Him, but even more than that! He has saved you to do something here and now.
Know that God has a purpose for you.
Change those four words “What can I do”? from negative to positive.
Lord, what do you want me to do?

Everyone can pray!
Everyone can witness! Take a gospel tract and give to someone, then pray.
Everyone can be friendly and helpful.
Everyone can give.
Everyone can serve in some way.

Do not neglect the great salvation that is given by our wonderful Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
He is greater in His Person.
He is greater in His Position.
Worship Him.

If you are not saved, come to Him today in faith.

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Outline of Romans 8:28-39 with explanation of predestination

Romans 8
Lesson V. The believer is fearless through God’s promises. Romans 8:28-39

A. God’s promise. Romans 8:28-30

1. What is the promise? 8:28a “…all things work together…”
2. Who receives the promise? 8:28b
“…love God…called according to His purpose.”
3. How is the promise manifested? 8:29,30

a. Believers are identified with the Lord. 8:29
“Many brethren” are recognized as being in Him.

The purpose of God explained by His election and predestination, not elected to be saved and elected to be lost, but elected and predestined to be “brethren”.

b. Believers are kept by the Lord. 8:30

Those that are saved are called to this salvation. Paul set forth the will of God for the saved.

Romans 10:13-14 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

God set forth His plan in the salvation of the unbeliever.

1). He hears the Word of God.
2). He is convicted of his position before the Holy and Just God –

John 16:7-11 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

Refer also to –

2 Corinthians 4:3-5 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

3). He calls upon the Lord for salvation – “for whosoever…”

These verses explain God’s election, predestination, and calling. Please note the following chart –

WW Romans 8:28 “…them that love God…”
“…Called according to His purpose…”

WW Romans 8:29a “…Whom He did foreknow…”
(Omniscient)

WW/Son Romans 8:29b “…to be conformed to the image of His Son.”
Purpose (predestinate)

WW/Son Romans 8:30
“Called. Justified…Glorified…”

WW/Son Romans 8:31-33 “…who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect…”
Romans 8:1 “No condemnation…”

Identity of those involved :

God the Father : He, Him, His
God the Son: Son
God the Holy Spirit: Called
WW: Them, Whom, Brethren, Predestinated, Justified, Glorified, Elect
(Also known as WW [Whosoever Will], refer to Romans 10:13)

Read: John 3:15-18
1 Timothy 2:4-6
1 John 2:1,2

B. God’s plan. Romans 8:31-34

1. God gave the most that could be given, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:31,32

2. God saved the believer through his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing that the believer was completely unworthy to be saved.
Romans 8:33

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Being accused of being unworthy will not affect God’s decision to save us upon repentance and faith!

3. God is Supreme, His decision cannot be overturned. Romans 8:34
We have already noted (Romans 8:1) the blessed position of the believers, safe from any condemnation!

4. God’s plan provides for the believer’s security.

C. God’s power. Romans 8:35-39

1. Prevailing over all that comes against the believer. Romans 8:35-37

The Lord who loves us will keep us –

2 Timothy 3:10-12 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

The Lord delivers in the persecutions through by His presence – 2 Tim 4:17

“…Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me;…”
Note the testimony given in the letter to the Corinthians –

2 Corinthians 4:7-10 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

2. Persuaded to trust God. Romans 8:38,39

Paul taught the believers of the blessings given by the Lord Jesus Christ. They may have absolute confidence in Him Who loves them, who gave Himself for them.

I believe that Paul learned these truths of God through his personal experiences in serving the Lord. I also believe that He saw these promises fulfilled in the believer’s lives before he ever submitted to the Lord and trusted Jesus Christ for salvation. Saul of Tarsus persecuted the believer’s without mercy and many of them persevered in their faith to the death, even being tortured –

Acts 26:9-11 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.
Paul saw that they had by faith in the Lord what he wanted to have by keeping the Law. This drove him to ‘madness’.
These verses he wrote under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, Romans 8:34-39, were to him glorious truths to encourage believers!

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Preaching Outline Letter to the Hebrews Message Eight

The Letter to the Hebrews Message Eight

We are continuing today to learn of our Lord Jesus Christ and His exalted position above all things. Paul continued to present evidence to the readers of this letter that Jesus is worthy of our worship, of our love, and our obedience. We should delight in Him as we see His –

b. Superiority proved. 1:5-14 Read 1:5-9 Through His –

1). Relationship. 1:5
He is the eternal Son of God, without beginning and without end. He deserves all –

2). Reverence. Hebrews 1:6
“…let all the angels of God worship him”. His absolute –

3). Righteousness. 1:7-9 Everlasting righteousness, absolutely holy!

This morning we will see Him exalted through Redemption and Rule. First –

4). Redemption. Hebrews 1:10-12 What do we learn about Jesus being greater than all things through these verses? What is Paul saying?

Actually Paul was quoting Psalm 102 which would remind the Jews that they had been a people with no identity because of their sin against God. Their land had been taken, the city of David had been destroyed and the Temple of the living God had been broken down. They had been taken away to a strange land and were concerned about who they were and what would become of them. This concern of the people is noted in verses 1 through 11. “…Because of thine indignation and thy wrath; for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.”

Their confidence builds as they think about God’s promise to them and in verses 12 through 22 they rejoiced in the knowledge that He will restore His people Israel. The psalmist asked the Lord to give him life so he would live to see the restoration of the people in verses 23,24.

In the passage of Hebrews before us, Paul quotes verses 25-28. He reminded them that God is faithful and will keep all of His promises to His people.
These Jewish believers would read the Psalm and understand how the psalmist felt. They were also struggling with their identity as Jewish Christians. The Holy Spirit led Paul to write these words to encourage them and remind them that what God has promised, He would fulfill. The readers were like the two disciples who left Jerusalem on the first day of the week after the crucifixion –

In Luke 24:18-24 we find that the resurrected Lord joined them as they departed from Jerusalem. He questioned them about what they were talking about – …And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.
The Lord reproved them for their unbelief and then instructed them in truth –

Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Jesus is the Messiah, greater than the prophets and served by the angels. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. He is the Creastor “…laying the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands…” We can trust in His promises “ …If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” He is the everlasting God. He is the Redeemer of His people, the Saviour of all that will come to Him in faith.

Romans 5:8-10 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. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. He is alive forevermore!!

Paul wrote the Lord as our Redeemer and also wrote of His –

5). Rule. Hebrews 1:13,14

a). The Majesty on High. “…sit on my right hand…”
b). The ministers – “…sent forth to minister…”servants of the Lord to accomplish His purpose.

1 Peter 3:22 Who I s gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

He is superior, greater than all!

Isaiah saw Him as the Righteous One, Holy and lifted up –

Isaiah 6:1-3 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

He saw Him as the Redeeming One –

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

John saw Him as the Ruling One. “…I turned seven golden candlesticks: And in the midst of the seven candlesticks on like unto the Son of man…”

He is faithful to His promise! The Lord commanded the church to go into all the world and preach the gospel, then He promised “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”

is walking among His churches – His body!

He is faithful, better than all things.

Is He your King?
Is He your Saviour?
Is He your Lord?

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