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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Preaching Outline Letter to the Hebrews Message Seven

The Letter to the Hebrews Message Seven

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 better than the prophets and even better than the holy angels of God. He 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 By –

1). Relationship. 1:5

a). Angels – created beings.

Psalm 148:2,5 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts…. Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.

By creation, not relation.

b). Jesus – exalted Son.

By relation, not by creation

John 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

John 10:30 I and my Father are one.

And we have the testimony of the Triune God, the Holy Spirit, the Father, and the Son –

Matthew 3:16-17 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

The Lord Jesus Christ is declared superior to all things by His relationship – the Everlasting God! We also must take note of His superiority by the fact the He, as God, is worthy of all –
2). Reverence. Hebrews 1:6 “…let all the angels of God worship him”.

a). Worship commanded.

Philippians 2:10-11 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.

Isaiah 45:21-24 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.

How this knowledge should bring us to our knees before the Almighty God! When is the last time that you bowed down on your knees before the Lord in prayer? We see that among the angels of God –

b). Worship practiced.

(1). His birth.

Luke 2:13-14 (KJV) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

(2). His ministry.

Matthew 4:10-11 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Luke 22:42-43 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

(3). His resurrection.

The ascension of the Lord was spoken of by Paul in the letter to the Ephesians –

Ephesians 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

He was quoting – Psalm 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

Which prophesied not only of His ascension, but the manner of the escort to the Throne room of God –

Psalm 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.

Luke reported that “… he was parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.”

And Luke wrote in the Acts chapter 1 –

“…while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

When The Lord returns, He will be accompanied by His angels again! –

2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

He is superior to all things in Relationship (The everlasting Son of God), in Reverence (He is worthy of all worship), and in –

3). Righteousness. 1:7-9

Adam, the first man, chose to sin – to disobey God. In that choice, all men are born in sin because we are of Adam’s seed. Jesus is greater than man – even the prophets that were blessed by God through preaching His Word to their generations.
Satan, the mighty angel, chose to sin – to disobey God. Through his rebellion against God, multitudes of angels followed him in this rebellion.
The righteous angels that chose to remain faithful to God made a conscious choice to submit to Him, obeying and serving Him.

Jesus cannot choose to sin. He is greater than all because He is infinitely holy. He cannot sin and therefore, is superior to all!

1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

His Kingdom is defined by –

a). Righteous action. 1:7,8 “…a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.” The scepter symbolizes the will of the King.

Remember when Queen Esther desired to speak with her husband, King Ahasueras, she feared for her life if he did not give a sign to his guards that she was welcome in his court. That sign was that he would hold out the golden scepter giving his protection and inviting her to come to him. If Ahasuerus held back the scepter, his guards would know that the person coming into the court did not belong there, was an intruder and would be immediately killed.
Our Lord’s court is symbolized by a righteous scepter and all those that have been declared righteous, cleansed by the precious blood of Christ, are welcome there.

b). Righteous nature. 1:8,9 He is holy 1 Peter 1:15,16

His final invitation as given in the book of Revelation reminds of His righteous nature –

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Do you understand His relationship, the Jesus Christ is God?
Do you reverence Him in your life, bowing your knee to Him in worship and prayer?
Do you look up to Him and see Him in all of His righteousness?

Will you submit to Him, give Him your life – for the truth is, it belongs to Him.

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Preaching Outline Letter to the Hebrews Message Six

The letter to the Hebrews Message Six

II. Exaltation of Christ 1:4 – 10:18

We have learned that Jesus is –

A. Superior to the prophets. 1:1-3

1. The former words. Refer to –

1 Peter 1:10-12 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

Measured by these words, we see –

2. The finished work. 1:3 “…and sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

This morning we will learn that Jesus not only superior to the prophets, we see that He is also –

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

1. Superior in Person. 1:4-14

a. Superiority stated. 1:4 “…being made so much better than the angels…”

As we begin we must remember what took place in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago. When Jesus was born we are informed through their worship that these mighty angels knew that Jesus is greater than they are –

Luke 2:11-14 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Angels are exceedingly amazing in presence and power.
Note the words of Daniel as he described his encounter with an angel sent from the Lord –

Daniel 10:9-15 Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground. And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days. And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb.

And a similar occurrence in written of by Matthew at the tomb of the Lord –

Matthew 28:2-4 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

We will learn more of them this morning. It will help us also to understand what the Hebrews believed about angels that made it necessary for Paul to prove Jesus is greater.

Let’s address something right away as we learn of angels. Much misinformation has been presented throughout the ages about angels. They are not the spirits of people that have died! Whatever you have seen on television – it is not true. When a person dies, their spirits either go to Heaven or to Hell immediately. They do not wander throughout the earth. Now, turning to God’s Word about His creations – Angels.

1). Their Person.

a). Angels are created

Psalm 148:2,5 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts…. Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.

b). Angels are spirit beings, Psalm 104:4 “Who maketh His angels spirits…”, yet they are able to appear as men to men when needed –

Remember the angels visiting Lot in as recorded in –

Genesis 19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

Genesis 19:5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night?

c). Angels are eternal beings. They are created but they do not die.
d). Angels have unique duties they perform. We will not look today at the fallen angels, but only those holy angels that remained loyal to God.

We see two categories –

(1). Angels by name.

(a). Michael the Archangel.
(b). Gabriel the messenger.

(2). Angels by group

(a). Cherubims

Ezekiel 1:5-12 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward. As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies. And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

While the Cherubim are guardians of God’s glory, there are also the –

(b). Seraphim. They praise the holiness of God at His Throne. Isaiah wrote of them –

Isaiah 6:1-2 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.

2). Their Power is controlled. The Lord of infinite power has control over the angels. The host of angels that brought forth praise at His birth were held back at His crucifixion.

Matthew 26:53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? (more than 70,000)

We should praise the Lord that He is in control! The Lord has revealed to us that there is a great spiritual battle going on that we do not even see –

Ephesians 6:11-13 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Notice that we are not told to look for trouble, we do not have the power to overcome Satan and his angels. We are told to stand in the power of God – He defends us!

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

3). Their Privilege. To stand in the presence of God and serve Him night and day.

Revelation 7:11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

A thought about the ministry of angels. We have the inspired testimony of their ministry from the beginning and throughout the Old Testament. The testimony continues from the Word of God to their ministry during the New Testament times. Remember the angel that rescued the apostle Peter from the prison as recorded in Acts chapter twelve. And we must remember that the same inspired Word of God speaks of their ministry in the last days. So, they have ministered in the beginning, the Old Testament days, the early New Testament days, and the end times. Does it seems reasonable that they would not minister in our day? They may be ministering now among us. After all, why else would Paul share with us –

Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Today we have seen the power and majesty of the Angels. The more important truth that we have learned is that as amazing as they are, Jesus is better – as high as the infinite is from the created! Is Jesus wonderful to you today?

One of these days, if you are saved, you will be at His throne also, worshipping Him forever because He is worthy! What a day that will be!

Will you be there?

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Preaching Outline The Letter to the Hebrews Message Five

Letter to the Hebrews Message Five
We have presented the Introduction, stating the necessity of the letter to the Hebrews. In the second and third messages, we submitted the fact that God has revealed Himself and His will by His Word through the Prophets and then through His Son, Jesus of Nazareth.

Last week, we spoke to the revelation of God about His Son, setting forth His authority, proving that He is worthy of worship and obedience. God has –

B. Revealed Himself through His Son. We have seen this through His –

1. Word. Hebrews 1:2a The authority of the Word is proved through the Son. “…Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…”

And the Father is revealed through Jesus, which we learn through His –

2. Person. Hebrews 1:2b-3

“….whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”

We learned that –

a. Jesus is appointed heir of all things. We dealt with the truth of the –

1). Guarantee. God will never change the administration of His will.

And the –

2). Power. “…the Father had given all things into his hands…”

We saw that Jesus not only has authority to command but also the power to equip us to carry out His commands.
As the All Powerful God, we see that –

b. Jesus is the Creator. “…All things were made by Him…”

He is the Creator of all things. What ministry is going to be too hard for Him to carry out through those that serve Him? We were encouraged by Jeremiah –
“Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:”

Not only is Jesus the Heir and the Creator –

c. Jesus is the manifestation of His Person. When you have seen the Son, you have seen the Father. Paul reminds us of His –
Everlasting existence. “Who being…” The One who eternally exists. As well as the “Express image…” exact revelation of the Father.

This morning we will learn of three more truths about the Lord from Paul –
Jesus is the Sustainer of all things, the Conqueror of sin and death, and He is now seated on His throne at the right hand of the Father.

We first see that –

d. Jesus is the Sustainer of all things. “…upholding all things by the word of his power.”

This means everything He created is being held together by Him!

Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Psalm 33:9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

1). He has power over His creation –

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2). He has power over His creatures –

Matthew 6:31-33 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

3). He has power and will prove Himself – pray according to His will and see if He is working among us!

1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

e. Jesus is the Conqueror of Sin and Death, purging our sins. “…when He had by Himself purged our sins…”

The Lord has purchased us unto Himself –

1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

He bought us with a price –

1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

He bought us for a purpose – To bring glory to Him on earth

Titus 2:13-14 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

And to bring glory unto Him in eternity –

Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

We see that He sustains all things through His power, He saved us and cleansed us, and we learn that –

f. Jesus is seated on His Throne, having satisfied the will of God.
“…sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

What did “maketh intercession for us” mean to them and what does it mean to us? Remember that Jesus is our Saviour. We are saved by Him and safe in Him. We, Christians, know that we do not need anyone to make us sin, do wrong things. Our greatest enemy to living a holy life is ourselves. We must realize though, that we do have an enemy besides ourselves, Satan, who is always trying to influence us to sin. As Satan tempts us to sin here on earth, he is also ready to tell God about our sin in Heaven –

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

We thank the Lord that while we have an accuser, we also have an Advocate defending us before His Father. We are forgiven because of His righteousness, not ours –

We may be accused “He sinned against you”! and our Advocate, Who is sitting on His Throne at the right hand of the Father, will say “He is mine, safe in Me”!

John 10:28-29 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

We have a promise from God –

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The reply may come at times “but they did not confess their sin”! And the answer will be “He is my child, I will correct him”.

Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Praise His Holy Name!

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Paul prepared the Hebrews to read and know the message of the glory of the Lord through His Son, Jesus the Christ. He is better than all things. Have we learned this truth this morning?
Are you saved? Do you know that the Saviour has all power, He has conquered sin and death, He has provided salvation for you, He will cleanse you from all sin and keep you safe in Himself?

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Preaching Outline on the Letter to the Hebrews Message Four

Letter to the Hebrews Message Four

We have presented the Introduction, stating the necessity of the letter to the Hebrews. In the second and third messages, we submitted the fact that God has revealed Himself and His will by His Word through the Prophets and then through His Son, Jesus of Nazareth.

This morning we will speak to the revelation of God about His Son, setting forth His authority, proving that He is worthy of worship and obedience. God has –

B. Revealed Himself through His Son. We see this through His –

1. Word. Hebrews 1:2a The authority of the Word is proved through the Son.

Hebrews 1:2-3 “…Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…”

And the Father is revealed through Jesus, which we learn through His –

2. Person. Hebrews 1:2b-3

“….whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”

Notice first that –

a. Jesus is appointed heir of all things.

John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;

By our understanding about being an heir, we expect to receive an inheritance from someone – usually our parents, but not necessarily only through immediate family. The Scripture speaks of this according to our understanding in –

Hebrews 9:16-17 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

You may have ownership of some kind of wealth, no matter of what value the world puts on it. You are in control of that wealth and you have the right and responsibility to pass this control to someone who will appreciate and care for it as you have done – usually your children. They are your heirs and at some point in time they will inherit that which you have set aside for them.

God the Father has revealed to us that Jesus, His Son, is His heir, with rights to all that He is and has. Is there a difference between our being heirs of our parents and Jesus being the Heir of His Father? Yes, there are differences and we will just mention two this morning.

1). Guarantee.

a). Parents may change their minds as to the administration of their wealth.
b). God will never change His mind as to the administration of His will.

2). Power.

a). Parents may not give power to their children to control their wealth.
b). God has given His Son power to control all things.

The important issue that Paul is setting forth here to the Hebrews and to us is that Jesus has been given full authority over all things. For example, Jesus commanded “if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone”. We may complain and think “Why should I be the one to go speak to them. They should come to me”! We cannot go to the Father and question the authority of the Son. He has full authority being the Heir! We must simply obey – all of His will!

The following statement is a natural transition from having the authority to having the power to accomplish His purpose. He not only has authority to command but also the power to equip us to carry out this command –

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations….

As the All Powerful God, we see that –

b. Jesus is the Creator.

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.

Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

He is the Creator of all things. What ministry is going to be too hard for Him to carry out through those that serve Him? As Jeremiah said –

Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

Not only is Jesus the Heir and the Creator –

c. Jesus is the manifestation of His Person. When you have seen the Son, you have seen the Father. Paul reminds us of His –

1). Everlasting existence. “Who being…” The word ‘oan’ means ‘I Am’ – ‘I exist’. Jesus is declared to be God!

And of His –

2). “Express image…” exact revelation of the Father.

Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Refer also to –

John 14:8-9 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

Knowing all of these things, that He is the Heir, the Creator, and the very image of the Father, will we submit and obey Him in all things?

When we are saved, we know the truth that Jesus loves us. Being born by Him into His family, we are babes in Christ. Over time we will grow and begin to know Him and love Him. It all begins with His love for us but should grow into our loving Him. As we learn of Him, we learn His will for our lives. We learn and love and in time are fully prepared to fulfill His will. “If ye love me, keep my commandments” Are you there yet?

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Introduction – Preaching Outline of the letter to the Hebrews.

This letter to the Hebrews glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ and exalts Him above all things as is proper –
Philippians 2:9-11 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.

Today we need to discover the necessity for writing this letter. When we are asked of the purpose of the letter, we would answer that the Lord is set forth as being better than anything – full stop! We would think that they, as well as we, would know this truth seeing that we have come to Him as Lord and Saviour, gladly admitting that which was testified of by John –

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

It seems from the evidence given in the letter that the people had lost their zeal, their energy in living their day to day lives for the Lord. Does this sound familiar. We also have the inclination to slow down in our service to the Lord. I trust that this exhortation will be our exhortation to prepare our hearts to keep the Lord as our first love!

We note three things today – The Passion was gone from their lives resulting in the Problem being discovered which led to the Prescription for recovery. We begin this morning with the description of –

I. The Passion faded from their lives.

A. They had ignored the power of the Lord. Hebrews 2:1 “drifting”

“…lest at any time we should let them slip.”

They began to believe that if they did not do the work of the Lord, someone else would. They were busy in the work of life and did not have time, but someday they would have the time to give unto the Lord.
How often we say “Where has the day gone”? Think about this – we talk about the day slipping by, what about the week, the month, the year, the life! “On my, where has my life gone”? I meant to do more, but I let it “slip” by.

B. They had ignored the purpose of the Lord. Hebrews 6:12

“…That ye be not slothful…” “sluggish” We are in danger of being quick starters for everything except our service to the Lord.

Have you visited a crocodile farm and watched them laze around the pool. You would think that they were asleep, or even dead. They seem to be so sluggish. It is all they can do just to change their position a bit. A serious change is noticed when a chicken carcass is thrown in though. Wham! The crocodile comes alive with desire to get the chicken first! This is how many Christians are – seeming to laze around saving our energy for something really important and when it comes along, we come alive! We might say of Christians “It would be great if they got that excited about the things of God”!

Now, we are not crocodiles in a river or sloths in a jungle. God has not created us to laze around a pool of water or climb along vines in a jungle. He has created us to work steadfastly at that which He puts before us.

These believers were drifting along, they were spiritually sleeping.

Paul wrote to them and revealed –

II. The Problem evidenced in their lives.

A. They were preoccupied.

Hebrews 5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

Paul told them that it was very difficult for him to teach intelligently, to give them the interpretation of spiritual things, because they would not listen with the desire of understanding.
They were like these of our day that cannot be taught because they are like children, totally occupied with toys and games –

Hebrews 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

B. They were spiritually paralyzed.

Hebrews 12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

Can you imagine the man with the palsy who was carried by his friends to Jesus and wonderfully healed with the Lord commanding him “take up thy bed and walk” returning to his bed of affliction? What about the woman taken with the terrible disease of twelve years that He healed on the road as He went to the home of Jairus to heal his daughter. Or the lame man at the pool of Bethesda or the blind man in Jericho? Do you think any of them would throw away the life that Jesus gave them?

Paul knew of the problems. He warned them and then he gave them –

III. The Prescription for recovery.

A. Pay attention Hebrews 2:1

“…we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard…”

Paul is exhorting us to examine our motives in hearing and obeying the Word of God. We are challenged to go beyond our duty as we are instructed. We should desire to hear God and obey Him. We begin our life with God through dutiful obedience to Him. As we learn of Him we are to grow from duty to desire.

Paying attention to God’s will for us is more than just doing what we should do, as doing our duty. Paying attention to God’s will for us is necessary if we are going to be what God wants us to be!

Refer to the use of the word in –

2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must (ought) not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

Paul tells us that a servant of the Lord should not quarrel, fight, with others. He should be gentle to all men. In order to understand our motives, we will illustrate simply using an employer/employee relationship.

One might say “That employer does not fight with his employees”, and go on to say – “Look, he is being kind to them. His actions show what he does. One might also say of another employer– “Look, he is kind to them.” His attitude shows what he is. You may say that it is a small thing, doing and being, as long as the work of God is done. But it makes all the difference in the world to the Lord. He is all of what He says He is and we are to be all that we say we are!

Paul wrote the Hebrews and told them that if they were going to glorify God on earth by their lives, they needed to begin by being what He wanted them to be and that could only be accomplished if they “gave earnest heed to the things which we have heard.” They need to pay attention to Gods will.

From here they would –

B. Pray assuredly Hebrews 4:14-16

They would be known as God’s children, a people who were in daily communion with Him. Their faith and trust would be evident through their reliance on the Lord which would be evidenced through their prayer life.

These people were in danger of growing cold to the things of God. They had become preoccupied and paralyzed. In order to recover they must pay attention to the Word of God, they must pray assuredly to the Lord and then they must –

C. Participate actively Hebrews 12:1,2

Action is a necessary part of our being as Christians. The Lord stated this in –

John 14:31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

We are to be witnesses unto the Lord and there is only one way to accomplish the purpose of God in our lives – “Arise, let us go…” Run the race that God has put us in!

The Letter to the Hebrews is a testimony to the infinite greatness of the Lord Jesus Christ. I challenge us today to prepare our hearts and minds to read, know, and do what we will be challenged with as we preach this Word in the coming weeks.

Have you been preoccupied, putting things of this world before the Lord? Have you been paralyzed, not walking according to the will of God? It is time for us to “…give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard” and the things that we will hear.

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Preaching Outline to the Hebrews Message Three

Hebrews 1:2 “…Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…”

As I read these words “…spoken unto us by his Son…”, I thought about the ministry of Jesus, the many things that He did and said.

Luke recorded what the Lord spoke about the purpose of His coming –

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

The last words spoken by Jesus as He died on the cross were –

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

From His birth to His death on the cross, He carried out the will of God. The prophets had spoken of God’s will and the Lord Jesus fulfilled that will. His life ministry, preaching, and teaching was recorded that we might have the record of His purpose.

The Apostle John told us –

John 20:31 “…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.”

Let’s consider what the Lord has spoken to us. When I think about the prophecies made, the prophecies fulfilled, and the prophecies to be fulfilled, I think of that which was spoken by the Lord to a teacher in Israel. The man is Nicodemus, and he was called by the Lord a “Master in Israel.”
It is interesting to note that with his knowledge of the Word of God – the prophecies made, the prophecies fulfilled, and the prophecies to be fulfilled, the Lord only spoke to him about one thing.

John 3:1-3 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 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. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

“God has spoken to us in these last days by His Son.” The question we want to answer today is what do these words mean? “Ye must be born again”.

Being born once, we are in this world, but we are incomplete. We know that we need more than we have and set out to fulfil ourselves. When Nicodemus met with Jesus, even he was seeking something, though he was a master of religion in Israel. He knew that God was working through this man, Jesus, in a way in which he did not understand. Jesus instructed Nicodemus in the simple truth of that which no other thing can fulfil – “Ye must be born again”.
Being born once leads us to question “Why am I here”?
We endeavor to find completion through –

Personal industry and accumulating material goods,
Education, accumulating knowledge,
Control of mind and body through physical exercise, (martial arts, yoga…)
Being one with nature through spiritual environmentalism,
The absolute atheist who seeks peace of mind through his belief in reality only,
And then there is Religion. People are seeking answers to the reason of life!

Being “Born Again” answers the questions of life and brings peace with God.

Again, Paul reminded us in Hebrews 1:2 that God “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…”
Lets look this morning in John 3 what His Son, Jesus, said –

I. The Response to Nicodemus. John 3:3-7

A. The command given to Nicodemus. John 3:3,7
3:3 “…Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 3:7 “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

B. The confusion of Nicodemus. John 3:4

“How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”

1. He understood as those of the world. Things have not changed throughout the ages –

Isaiah 6:9-10 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

2. He underestimated who he was talking to. He thought he was talking to a man of God instead of God the man, Jesus Christ!

C. The clarification given to Nicodemus. John 3:5-7

1. The explanation. John 3:5,6 The couplet
2. The exhortation. 3:7 No other plan for salvation exist. “…Ye must…”

Next we learn of –

II. The Requirement of God. John 3:14 Salvation comes with a price – paid in full by God!

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.

Knowing what the Lord said to Nicodemus, we need to understand why He said it –

III. The Reason. John 3:15-18

A. God’s desire for all. John 3:15 “…should not perish, but have eternal life.”
B. God’s love for all. John 3:16 “For God so loved…”
C. God’s grace for all. John 3:17,18

“…but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

According to the Word of God, that which was spoken by the prophets and in the last times by His Son, all men are sinners in need of the Saviour! God has removed all confusion. We do not have to examine ourselves by our works to decide whether we are good enough to get into Heaven. None of us are good enough! “… for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” Paul wrote in

Romans 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

We all need to be saved and when we call upon the Lord for that salvation, it is forever! We do not have to decide if we are good enough to get into Heaven and we do not have to decide whether we live good enough to make it into Heaven.

Both giving and keeping our salvation is the work of God! Praise His name!
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” This is the message that the Lord spoke – “Ye must be born again” Are you born again?

The prophets spoke –

Isaiah 49:7-8 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;

And the Lord led the New Testament writers –

2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Believe, turning to God for salvation today!

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