Mar 19, 2017 “Grace Galvanizes Our Hearts!”  (Hebrews 13: 7-16)

 Message map:

  • Remember Leaders Who Spoke The Word of Salvation by Grace
  • Imitate for Outcomes (Grace leads to better outcomes than the law)
  • Don’t be led astray by diverse and strange teachings that undermine grace in our lives
  • Christ Sacrificed by Being Ostracized Outside The Camp
  • Our Discipleship Call Is to Be Willing To Be Ostracized Outside The Camp
  • Grace Galvanizes Our Hearts

A Walk Thru The Word for This Message:

Romans 12: 1 – 2 ESV 1I appeal to you therefore, brothers,a by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.b 2Do not be conformed to this world,c but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.d

Heb.13:7-11: 7Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.  10We have an altar from which those who serve the tenta have no right to eat. 11For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp.

Heb.13:12-16: 12So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. 113Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Godly leaders speak the word Heb 13: 7a

Heb.13:7-11: 7Remember (call to mind, and mention) your leaders, (leading authorities who provide direction for the local churches) those who spoke (speak, teach & proclaim) to you the word of God. (Rom 12:3)

This means be mindful of what it has cost others to pave the way for our spiritual well-being by bringing the Gospel to us.

Leaders are called to be mindful of Rom 12: 3  3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Imitating faith initiates the life of Christ in us – Heb 13: 7b

Consider (pay close attention to admire and grasp the fuller meaning of) the outcome (the joy of our salvation, and God’s gifting and rewards) of their way of life” (living in obedience to Christ), and imitate their faith, to achieve God’s results in our own lives. Jesus says, in John 14:15 “If you love me you will keep my commandments.”

Because Christ doesn’t change neither does our teaching Heb 13: 8

Heb.13:8:  8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

The unchangeable Christ is what He always has been as revealed throughout the whole discourse of both the Old and New Testaments with no deviation.  (Heb 6: 17 – 18)

Heb 6:17-18 17So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.

Diverse teachings undermine the unchangeable grace of Christ in our lives (Heb 13: 9)

Heb.13:9:  9 Do not be led/carried astray/away (seduced or removed from the message of grace) by diverse/all kinds (different variations) and strange (alien, foreign new, popular) teachings, for it is good (of beautiful, noble, honorable, & worthy character) for the heart (our inner man) to be strengthened (confirmed, ratified, secured, established, guaranteed.) by grace, (as a gift or blessing ) not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. (Matt 15: 11-20)

Grace which produces outcomes is contrasted with eating food during idol worshipping – old law ceremonies that go into us and produce no Godly outcomes.

As we look at Matt 15: 11-20 (on the next slide) we can see how Christ’s teaching is contrasted with man-made rules.  In Matt 15: 13-14, Jesus says: “13…“Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. [Referring to false teaching Pharisees, Christ goes on to say, “14Let them alone; they are blind guides.c And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”  So we see false teachers will be uprooted because their teaching leads us into a dead end hole in which there is no grace!

Matt 15: 11 – 20 ESV

Matt 15: 11 – 20 11it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” 12Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” 13He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. 14Let them alone; they are blind guides.c And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” 15But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.” 16And he said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled?d 18But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. 20These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

Our hearts should be bound together with the persecuted church.

What challenges us to come alongside the persecuted? a)  time, as we are busy; b) insecurity, as we feel inadequate we actually can make a difference; c) fear, as we don’t want to be guilty by association;

  1. d) judgement, as we believe it is their fault they are persecuted.

God’s true alter is the Cross of Christ (Heb 13: 10)

Heb.13:10: 10We have an altar (figuratively, the meeting place between God and the true worshiper. This is the Cross of Christ where the great sacrifice too place that opened the way for us) from which those who serve the tent (tabernacle) have no right to eat (partake or participate in).

JFB Commentary: The Lord’s table represents this altar, the cross — as the bread and wine represent the sacrifice offered on it. Our meat, which we by faith spiritually partake, is the body of Christ, in contrast to ceremonially offered meats, or elements.

Gal 5: 5-6 5For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. 6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

God’s true sacrifices are burned outside the camp (Heb 13: 11-13)

Heb.13:11: 11For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. (the sacred congregation or assembly of Israel, as there is no longer any reason to make another sacrifice in our worship because Christ was the final one.) Heb.13:12-16: 12So Jesus also suffered outside the gate (“Gates” in antiquity generally represent authority/power. So Christ completed our salvation outside of Satan’s authority over this world. Eph. 2:2 “Prince of the Power of the air.” Col 2:15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.) in order to sanctify  (make holy) the people through his own blood. 13Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear (conduct ourselves in a way that publicly identifies with Him, completely relying upon His grace) the reproach/disgrace (the reviling and insult) he endured/bore.

The eternally oriented sacrifices of praise (Heb 13: 14-16)

Heb.13:14 – 16: 14For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice (an official offering prescribed by God, which He accepts because it is delivered on His terms.) of praise (verbal commendation) to God, that is, the fruit (an acceptable, profitable deed) of lips that acknowledge (confesses and publicly declares) his name.  Those of us who seek the eternal city of Heaven – meaning we live with one eye focused on The Bema Seat of Heaven, which is The Tribunal Judgement Seat of The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.   16Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Christ’s servants are Living Sacrifices Rom 12: 1-2

Rom.12:1-2 1I appeal to you therefore, brothers,a by the mercies (compassion, favor, grace,) of God, to present/offer (come up to and stand by God) your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.b

An offering that is acceptable to God is one that is offered on His terms

spiritual worship (is that which is logical to God through His divine reasoning made known to us through faith).

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

Rom 12: 2 Christ’s servants do not conform nor compromise.  Instead they recognize, reject & replace

Rom.12:2  2Do not be Conformed (have your outward conduct shaped) to this world,c but be transformed  (changed, metamorphosed) by the renewal/renewing of your mind, that by testing you may discern (examine and test, it against the Word of God to distinguish and prove if it is good (genuine) what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Metamorphosis is the transformation that insects and amphibian go through as they transition from larvae to adults.  So picture a caterpillar transitioning to a butterfly.

Being renewed is having our thoughts repaired and replaced the Holy Spirit, so our understanding, outlook and behaviors line up with God’s.

The only way to achieve Rom 12: 1-2 and achieve the desired way of life”, we are encouraged to achieve in Heb 13:7 is by “Considering (requires discernment) the  outcome

So, As Living Sacrifices We Are To: 1) recognize what is of God; 2) reject what does not line up with scripture & 3) allow the Holy Spirit to replace what is forsaken by filling our lives.

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