In Hebrews 13:20-25, St. Author’s final words to a troubled and discouraged congregation consist of two elements: (1) commendation; and, (2) a call.
Hebrews 13:15-19 teaches us more about what a congregation of Christ out to look like in light of the gospel it proclaims. It should exhibit 3 “S”s : (1) sacrifice; (2) submission; (3) and, (3) supplication.
In Hebrews 13:6-14, the unknown author of Hebrews (referred to as St. Author) continues to point us to Christ and to the Kingdom Christ is building. This passage shows us three aspects of congregation/kingdom life played out in its members: (1) leaders; (2) legalists; and, (3) losers.
Hebrews 13:1-6 reminds us that our lives are to be characterized by love and trust in three spheres: (1) humanity; (2) home; and, (3) heart.
As we read Hebrews 12:25-29, the writer of this letter (we call him St. Author), as we noted last week, is writing to a shrinking, struggling congregation in a hostile city and a pagan culture. He seeks to show them the “everythingness” of Jesus. Jesus is greater than their oppressive, God-hating culture. Jesus is superior to any ritual or rule. Jesus is seated on a throne because His work is full and final and complete and we need add NOTHING to it.
Today’s sermon is from Hebrews 12:18-24.
God brought His people out of bondage for a purpose–to serve Him. The people, however, were afraid, and they wanted Moses to stand in for them. They didn’t want to face God themselves and sent Moses in their place. Meanwhile, they returned to their pagan cults, like some of the Hebrews to whom St. Author was writing. Those Hebrews are reminded of God’s promises of blessings for the “first-born” whom Jesus has made perfect through the new covenant. We are like Cain, yet Jesus has made us righteous, like Abel, like Abraham, like Moses, and like all those who have died in the LORD. We need to accept God’s perfect sacrifice for us, to just come and drink from the living water for us that flows from Zion.
Hebrews 12:18-24 pictures us worshiping TOGETHER with “the great cloud of witnesses” and one another on a mountain that CAN be touched (Zion); as opposed to what happened on a mountain that could not be touched (Sinai) and was resolved upon a hill (Calvary) that cannot be ignored.
Hebrews 12:12-17 teaches us that we train together as a team and our training has two aspects: (1) relationship (you all); and, (2) reward (healing, peace, holiness, and grace through repentance).
A sermon in Hebrews 12:1-14 calling us to strive for holiness in Christ, taught by Elder Bernard Briscoe.
Hebrews 12:3-13 teaches us that the life of trust requires intense, often unpleasant training. Training has (1) a point; (2) a privilege; (3) a purpose; and, (4) a product.