Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I just got home from the rehab center where I go and preach fairly regularly. Tonight my text was Hebrews 10:19-31 entitled "Come all the way to Christ." The text is so clear and straightforward it almost needs no sermon. This is one of those texts in the Bible that we should read regularly to test ourselves and make certain we are in the faith. For those who are pastors, this would be a good sermon text to preach at least once a year so your people are reminded of the horrors of apostasy.

Here is the text. Please read it with a reverence knowing that we are on holy ground:

Hebrews 10:19-31 19 Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,

22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.

26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.

28 Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

30 For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay." And again, "The Lord will judge His people." 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post son!

We have been enjoying our study of Hebrews among the men at church, and the warning passages are sobering reading indeed.

I commend you for your faithful handling of God's inerrant Word. Keep up the good work!

Dad

geoffrey kirkland said...

Thanks. I had a guy who came up to me after the sermon who was - literally - shaking in fear. It was amazing to see the Lord work in the clear teaching of His Word.

I was able to counsel him, encourage him and give him the gospel.

It was great to see the Lord work.

Love you,

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