Classic Christianity – Book of Hebrews P62 (02-05-24)
Jesus is the Promise of God Fulfilled
~ When God said to Abraham, that all nations of the Earth would be blessed through his seed, it was fulfilled in Christ Jesus. God cannot lie. He declared it so and it is so. All nations are blessed by Jesus having been born, living a perfect life, dying on the cross for the sins of the whole world, being raised from the dead, for so whoever places faith in Him and Him alone has been given Eternal life that very moment of faith in Him. His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, comes to take up residence in your house, the true temple of God. He begins the process of teaching you All truth, and exposing the lies of Satan. Now, that the child of God is alive, with the Holy Spirit living in the born again believer, He will never leave a person nor forsake a person no matter what. The Holy Spirit brings comfort for your soul.
If you have not placed faith in Jesus, today is the day of Salvation. Simply exercise faith and declare that Jesus is God in the flesh, who took away all your sins on the cross, never to see them again, and He shall give you life immediately. Behold all things shall become new.
~ And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba. Genesis 22:11-19
~ “Now we need to go back then, if you’ll go back to the book of Galatians. And we want to pick up about this seed that he was talking about. In chapter three, of the book of Galatians, when he is talking about the law, he said, then what in verse 19, was the purpose of the law, it was added because of transgressions until the seed, to whom the promise referred had come. Is the law therefore, opposed to the promises of God? He said absolutely not free if the law had been given that can impart life, then righteousness would have certainly come by the law. But the Scripture declares that the whole world is held a prisoner of sin. So that why what was promised, being given through faith in Christ Jesus might be given to all who believe. So it’s talking about the seed being that of Christ Jesus. And in another place in the Scripture talks about he didn’t say seeds, plural, he said, seed singular. So the promise and the blessing to us came through Christ Jesus, that was going to come through Abraham through the bloodline of the Hebrew. But the promise was to the seed, the gift to us was Jesus, the seed, which we celebrate at this time of the year. It’s interesting that when we take a look at the word of God, that we do not see in other parts of the Scripture, except in the recordation of the Gospels, very much ever talked about the birth of Christ. We play a lot of celebration, this time of the year, of course, in the celebration of the birth of Christ, but there was something in the spiritual aspect of the writers of the New Testament that were, of course, writing as a result of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God, where the emphasis was on what Christ came to do, not just the fact that he was born, but what he was born for. But one place that he does pick up is in chapter four in the book of Galatians, that we’re looking at right now. Where it says, beginning in chapter four, verse one, what I’m saying is this, that as long as an heir, as a child, he is no different from that of a slave. Although he owns the whole estate, he is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by the Father in EVE. In other words, even though you may be a son, when you’re growing up, you’re no different than a hired hand, you have to be under the law. And there have to be laws that govern your behavior, until such time that it was deemed bond, a part of the Father that the son was ready to become a man. And it says then, so he is subject then to these guardians and trustees until the time that is set by the Father. So also, it says, when we were children, we were in slavery, under the basic principles of this world. Now folks today, people want to think that that scriptural maturity, and biblical maturity is people who are out trying to be obedient to the law. But the Bible says that if you’re under the law, you’re a kid. You’re a child, you’ve never grown up to maturity. Because in the first place, you cannot keep the law. In the second place. God didn’t intend for you to live under the law and to the basic principles of the world.” ~ Bob George
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Let’s open up our Bibles to the book of Hebrews chapter six. As this time of the year approaches, it’s kind of amazing how things kind of tie in as you’re going through book studies, such as we do have how many times that you’re at a point where you can certainly pick up with what some current events are. And this is a time of the year when we kind of do pause to celebrate the birth of Christ. And this passage of Scripture we’re talking about is, I think we’ll find to be important at this particular point. We’re going to pick up in verse 13, chapter six, when God made his promise to Abraham, and since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by Himself saying, I will surely bless you and give you many descendants. And so after waiting, patiently, Abraham received what he received what was promised. And so that is something that Abraham received, and saw in his own lifetime, men swear by someone greater than themselves. And the oath confirms what was said, and puts an end to all argument, talked about that last week, we had that tendency to say, well, I swear to God, you know, and that and being very much it just kind of an expression but an oath along that line, ended the argument, if that’s what you were swearing to was, I swear to God, this is true, why that’s what you meant. And that ended the argument. But he said, because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose, very clear to the heirs of what was promised. In other words, he made a promise to Abraham. But then he said, I also want to make it very clear to the heirs of what I promised Abraham, because there’s heirs involved there. Because the promise involved heirs and involved people, I made a promise to Abraham concerning people. And in order to make the nature of that promise, very clear to the people who are also the recipients of this promise, He confirmed it with an oath. And God did this so the two unchangeable things, he’s talking about two things here in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of this hope, offered to us may be greatly encouraged. So he’s talking about an encouragement ther. You’re gonna see two promises that were made to Abraham. And we’ll cover that in just a moment. And so there was a promise to Abraham in regard to the descendants that he literally got to see, of course, and that was an offer of his son, Isaac, that he did not have to offer him God provided his own sacrifice. And it was the beginning of a race of people that took place through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And Abraham also was the father of other nations, as it took place to Ishmael. And so there’s a promise that was made and that I’m going to bless you, I’m going to you’re going to be the father of many nations. But it goes ahead to say then that there’s also a promise that I believe he’s talking about here, that we have this hope, as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus who went before us has entered on our behalf, and he has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
Now, let’s take a look and go back for just a moment to the book of Genesis. And I want us to see this promise in chapter 22 begin beginning in verse 15. Of course, this was at the time when he was offering his son with the full knowledge that if God had promised to Abraham that he was going to be the father of many nations, then he was going to have to raise this boy from the dead even though he had commanded him to be sacrificed. And as he was getting ready to sacrifice his own son, there was this voice that said, Don’t lay a hand on the boy, don’t do anything to him. I now know that you fear in other words, you understand God, you have reverence for him. You understand that when he said something, you’re willing to act upon it. And because you have not withheld your son, your only son, and Abraham looked up and in a thicket, he saw a ram call In its horns, and he went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place the Lord will provide. In other words, the Lord said, I’ll provide my own sacrifice. And that’s exactly what he did. And to this day on that mountain of the Lord, will it will be provided. Now the angel of the Lord then called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, I swear by myself declares the LORD that because you have done this, and would not have withheld your own your only son, and this was a foreshadowing of what Christ was going to do what God was going to do through Christ Jesus, he said, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities in their enemies. Verse 18, and through your offspring or your seed, all nations on His earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me. And that’s the second part of the promise. The first was in the population, the second was in the seed.
Now we need to go back then, if you’ll go back to the book of Galatians. And we want to pick up about this seed that he was talking about. In chapter three, of the book of Galatians, when he is talking about the law, he said, then what in verse 19, was the purpose of the law, it was added because of transgressions until the seed, to whom the promise referred had come. Is the law therefore, a pro opposed to the promises of God? He said absolutely not free if the law had been given that can impart life, then righteousness would have certainly come by the law. But the Scripture declares that the whole world is held a prisoner of sin. So that why what was promised, being given through faith in Christ Jesus might be given to all who believe. So it’s talking about the seed being that of Christ Jesus. And in another place in the Scripture talks about he didn’t say seeds, plural, he said, seed singular. So the promise and the blessing to us came through Christ Jesus, that was going to come through Abraham through the bloodline of the Hebrew. But the promise was to the seed, the gift to us was Jesus, the seed, which we celebrate at this time of the year. It’s interesting that when we take a look at the word of God, that we do not see in other parts of the Scripture, except in the recordation of the Gospels, very much ever talked about the birth of Christ. We play a lot of celebration, this time of the year, of course, in the celebration of the birth of Christ, but there was something in the spiritual aspect of the writers of the New Testament that were, of course, writing as a result of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God, where the emphasis was on what Christ came to do, not just the fact that he was born, but what he was born for. But one place that he does pick up is in chapter four in the book of Galatians, that we’re looking at right now. Where it says, beginning in chapter four, verse one, what I’m saying is this, that as long as an heir, as a child, he is no different from that of a slave. Although he owns the whole estate, he is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by the Father in EVE. In other words, even though you may be a son, when you’re growing up, you’re no different than a hired hand, you have to be under the law. And there have to be laws that govern your behavior, until such time that it was deemed bond, a part of the Father that the son was ready to become a man. And it says then, so he is subject then to these guardians and trustees until the time that is set by the Father. So also, it says, when we were children, we were in slavery, under the basic principles of this world. Now folks today, people want to think that that scriptural maturity, and biblical maturity is people who are out trying to be obedient to the law. But the Bible says that if you’re under the law, you’re a kid. You’re a child, you’ve never grown up to maturity. Because in the first place, you cannot keep the law. In the second place. God didn’t intend for you to live under the law and to the basic principles of the world.
We come into teaching and you’ll hear people will come along and say, Well, maybe we’re not out of the law. But here are some principles that we live By so we set out to live by principles. And we got people to travel all over the country that give you 68 principles to live by. And these are the 10 principles to marriage and a 15 principles to this and the principles to that, and the principles to this. And all that is, is another name for law. And you can’t live up to the principles any more than you can live up to the law. In other words, it is giving you a set of things that you do in order to be spiritual, which is a total opposite of what the Bible is talking about, that you couldn’t be spiritual, if you want to do in and of yourself, that a spiritual man is nothing more than the opposite of a natural man. He is a saved person in whom Christ Jesus lives, who is the only one who can live the Christian life. And so you and I don’t live a Christian life by are going out and trying to live the Christian life. The Christian life is live by the only one who can live it and that is Christ Jesus alive living in you, that is your only hope of glory. And our role is to get out of the way so that Christ living in you can get an action on your on my behalf and do what only He can do. And that’s live his life. And religion says go out and try to live it the energy of your own flesh what you try and you fall on your face. And pretty soon you say it doesn’t work, you’re 100%, right? It doesn’t it’s don’t work. He works. It’s don’t He is not an IT. He is a he, he is God Himself, who alone could live his life. And so it’s talking about here that that is baby, we look at it as as muture. We’re law abiding, no, you’re not you’re a baby. Until you grow up to be led by the Spirit of God living in you, who teaches you personal responsibility. Who teaches you to think you don’t have to think under the law. All you have to do is just do it. Don’t have to even ask why just do it. How come? We’re supposed to do that? Don’t ask questions. God said it, that settles it. Just do it. And so that’s how we live like kids. Okay, well, just dad said it’s, I guess we’ll just do it. Never figure out why. When the Spirit of God comes to live within you, he does something he says come, we’re going to reason together, I’m going to renew your mind. I’m going to teach your truth. And that truth is going to set you free. And so it says very clearly here that you’re a child, you’re a you’re like you’re subjected to guardians and trustees until such time that the father sets that you’re old enough to begin to think on your own. And so it says when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of this world. That’s what you live by. You’re not mature when you’re living by principles are still a babe. Still a babe. And like I say, and I’ve seen it time and time again, there’s a very well known guy that comes into town and draws 20,000 people when they do Christian, the Christian counselors are are just marvelously blessed by it because the counseling intensifies by some 300%, immediately following the seminars. Because you got a bunch of people, out trying to then put principles into effect and live by principles. And you can’t do it. You live by a life, not by the law, not by principles. You live by a life. Whose life is that? Christ.
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I’m crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live by principles. Yet not Christ, but I live by principles. And the life that I live, I live the principles. So what it says? No, it says I’m crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live yet not I but it’s Christ, lives in the life that I live in his flesh of mine, I live by faith in Him the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I live by faith and the only one who can live the Christian life and that’s Christ. You can’t. Now folks, this is an abomination to an egomaniac. You see, we go out and get all smart in school, which is about as dumb as anything I can think of as being is thinking that you’re smart because you got good grades in school. Because whatever, you got good grades in school, you’re only smart and whatever you study. You can be dumb as a cluck in something else. And you can take people who can go out and get smart and educated and don’t have a clue. Gotta get along with their husband or their wife. That’s what brought von Braun to the Lord. He said, I had the brains to figure out how to get a rocket from the earth up to the moon and back, but I couldn’t figure out how to get along with my own wife. And that’s when I figured that maybe I needed the Lord Jesus. And so we could be smart and medicine and dumb is a clock in law, where we can be smart and law and dumb in medicine. Or we can be smart and one thing and dumb and another. And so we puff ourselves up and think how smart we are. And the Bible tells us that all our wisdom is but foolishness to God. Until we have the wisdom of God, we don’t have anything. Until we’re coming to a point in our life, where we’re able to rely upon him and his truth, and let the truth of God set you free. We don’t have a clue about anything. How smart are we, as Jesus said, If you go out and get the whole world and lose your soul? How smart are we? If we can go out and be the richest man alive? We don’t even know how to get along with each other? How smart are we? And so would we walk around all puffed up thinking that we’ve got all the answers, I’m living by my principles, I’m living by my law, I’m living by my intellect. Yeah, you look like someone who is. And we act like someone who is and the results are going to be exactly like someone who’s doing exactly that.
Now, he said, there’s a better way, and God came to provide a better way for us. And so just as he said, that we’re babies until we grow up as children. And in slavery to the basic principles of this world, it says in identically the same way, when the time had fully come. In other words, when was Jesus born? Dead on time, exactly, on the very day that the Father planned him to be born, in exactly the period of time in history, when he said, I’m gonna plant myself on this earth, and take upon himself man’s humanity, and be born, so that I can die, so that you can live. So when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman. Now, that’s the time of the year that we’re celebrating today he born of a woman born under the law. So Christ was born under the law. He taught under the law in order to do what? To go to a cross to redeem us, as it says, those under the law, so that they might receive full rights as sons so that they may be able to be called sons of the living God, no longer a slave to the law, but a son of a living God. And that is exactly why Christ came to this earth. He was born of a woman of a virgin under the law, in order to buy us back, redeem us from that law. That’s what redemption means. You’ve gone to a redemption center to a green stamp centers, everything, what do you do? You turn in some lousy green stamps and get a toaster, you turn in something that really has hardly any value to it at all, in order to get something it has some value. And that’s what redemption means I bought you back. I redeemed it means exchanged. It’s the exchange life where Christ Jesus exchanged his life. For years and mine, we give him all that we are nothing, he gives me everything that he is everything. And that’s what new birth and Christ is. It isn’t just acknowledging the fact that Jesus came, Satan acknowledges that. It is giving your heart to it, it is seeing and coming to the end of ourselves. Coming to see in and of myself is no good thing, coming to recognize our own wretchedness, so that we will turn to Him for all of his sufficiency. It’s exchanging ourselves for him. And that, my friends, is the offense of the cross, where it says that the cross is an offense. The offensiveness of the cross is not like I used to think for years that the offense of the cross was because somebody had to bleed and die. The offense of the cross is there’s not one thing left for you to do, right. That’s the offense of the cross. The offense of the cross is I’ve done it all. You couldn’t hit a lick in regard to providing your own salvation. There is no righteousness in and of ourselves at all. That’s an offense to the proud heart. And that is the offense of the cross is the fact it’s all him and none of us That’s the offense of it. That’s what people rebel against recoil against, argue against, is because it’s offensive, if you’re telling me, it’s all Jesus, and none of me, after all, oh wonderful me, ought to be able to do something to make God happy. I mean, their assurance I’m certainly seems to be something please again me that God would just put down and just be tickled to death because I’m here. You know, tell somebody, God loves you and say, no wonder, wonderful as I am knowing that God loves me to have as God. And, and that’s the pride that comes within all of us. And that’s the offense of the cross, is my own pride makes the cross offensive. And folks, that’s why God gives grace only to the humble. And that’s why he resists the proud is because the proud will not receive grace, the proud thinks there’s something in of myself that is worthy. And the humble finally comes to the point of saying, in and of myself, as Paul said, is no good thing. And that’s what then enables them to turn to Him for the total sufficiency of Christ Jesus.
Now, so he came born of a woman, born under the law to redeem those under the law, that we might receive full rights as sons. And because your son, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit now living in us, who cries out, Abba, Daddy, Father, so you’re no longer a slave. You’re no longer under the law. But you’re a son. And since you’re a son, you’ve also been made an heir, an heir and heir to what? An heir to the promise you have received the promise that God gave to Abraham for all men, through my seed, I will bless the world. In over, in chapter three Galatians it says in verse six, consider Abraham, then he believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. Understand, then that those who believe people who have come to Christ, the seed of Abraham, through whom the world was going to be blessed, that you and I have received the gift that was promised. Christ Jesus to all of those people are called children of Abraham all of them. The scriptures foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith and announce the gospel in advance to Abraham, I’m going to, you’re going to be a blessing to all people. All nations are going to be blessed through you, through your seed, Jesus Christ. To those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith, all who rely on observing the law, are under a curse. You think you’re gonna find your acceptance in the sight of God through obedience to the law, he says, you’re under a curse. For it, his written charisma does everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the law, you want to be under the law, the righteous requirements, that is total sinless perfection, from the time you’re born to the time you die, that’s all it will do anything else is fallen short of the glory of God. So if you think you’ve lived a perfect life between now time you were born, and right now sitting here in this chair, and you will also continue in that perfect life until you die well then that might do outside of that you better give up on it.
Because you’re under a curse. And the curse is the wages of sin under the law is what? Death that’s your curse, folks. You want to live under the law, you’re under a death penalty. There’s no life in the law, the law kills. Now it goes ahead to tell us that. That everything written in the book of the law, if you don’t continue in it, you’re under a curse. Clearly no one is justified before God, by the law. No one, no one will ever be justified before God, by the law. How come? Well because the righteous will live by faith. How come? Because that’s the only way a righteous person can live by faith what is a righteous person? One who has been made righteous, by being close with the righteousness of Christ. It is because of him God that we are in Christ Jesus who has become for us our what? Righteousness. You and I have no righteousness in and of ourselves. The only thing we had to be do was to be cleansed of all unrighteousness which is all we have ever been in order to be indwelt by Him and His righteousness, which is all he has ever been You and I don’t ever never had righteousness in and of ourselves. We weren’t born into this world, right standing with God, we were born into this world, unbelievers. That’s why you have to be born again by becoming a believer. If we were born into this world as believers, you’d be born again backwards. We’re born into this world, unbelievers. And we repent of that unbelief when we come to Christ, turning to Him by faith and become a believer. That’s what repentance is not repenting of all your sins. None of you sitting in this room, including me have ever repented of all my sins. You still worry? How long have you been a Christian? 40 years. How long? Have you been worrying? 40 years. That’s pretty persistent. How long will you continue being worrying? Until you’re absent from the body present with the Lord. So be sure Doctor pray, Lord, help me to quit worrying. Because there’s a way he can do that take you home.
So it’s the sin of unbelief. No one will ever go to hell because of his sins, plural. Those sins were placed on Christ 2000 years ago, and taken away. It’s the sin of unbelief, that will keep a man dead. As long as he remains in unbelief, he remains an unbeliever, dead. And the only solution to death is what? Life and that’s why Christ said I came at you might have what? Life. What do we need life for? Because we’re dead. Now a dead man is out trying to get life by doing good deeds. That’s a stupid as a corpse, trying to do good deeds and his underground condominium. He didn’t get to do any good. You can do good corpse deeds down there. But about all you’re gonna impress as the worms, you’re not gonna impress anyone else. Because good deeds will not bring a corpse to life. For a corpse to come to life, life has to enter into that and bring him out of there. And that’s what Christ said I came to do I came to bring you life to give you life.
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Stand on the firmness of truth. Don’t keep going back and forth. Thank Him that the forgiveness issue is settled.
Let’s pray together:
- Lord Jesus,
- I thank you for taking away my sins on the cross,
- never ever to see them again.
- Having done that, I now thank you for giving me eternal life,
- through your resurrection.
- I now receive that life.
- And I am going stand in the fact that I am a child of the living God.
- In Jesus Holy name I pray.
All believers are now brothers and sisters in Christ.
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”