Wednesday Night Hebrews 10:19-25

October 19, 2017

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Hebrews 10:19-25 (NIV)
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:19 (NIV)
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,

Let’s start by talking about the therefore

When you read “therefore” in a passage of scripture, you need to figure out what it is there for. In this case it’s referring back to the verses just before our verses today

Hebrews 10:8-17 (NIV)

Because of Jesus perfect sacrifice for our sins, God no longer remembers our sins.

This idea is one that you must take deep into your heart. What Jesus did at the cross was a “perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect some very imperfect people”. Because of what Jesus has done, not because of anything that we have done, we can enter into the Most Holy Place. The Most Holy place was where the literal presence of God was. Because of Jesus, we can now be in the literal presence of God. In His presence we can get a

Throne Room Perspective

When you get a throne room perspective for the day, then you have a completely different way of looking at things that happen throughout the day. Problems become opportunities for God to move, worry and fear can be moved into faith and peace, we can have Hope in situations knowing that He is with us and for us. And we need to understand that our

Confidence is in Christ

Ephesians 2:4-6 (NIV)
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

In Christ, we too have been seated with Him in the heavenly realms!

In Christ. God sees and relates to us in Christ. Our confidence to be in the Most Holy Place is not in our own works or performance, it is in Christ.

See, in Christ, by His blood, we have the amazing blessing available to us that we can enjoy the presence of God 24/7.

Hebrews 10:20 (NIV)
20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,

Matthew 27:50-51 (NIV)
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

The curtain of the temple was torn in two.

The book of Hebrews goes into great detail about the superiority of Christ and His ministry as High Priest when compared to the Levitical system and its priests.

Hebrews 6:19-20 (NIV)
19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

The writer of Hebrews explained that Jesus has gone “behind the curtain” for us, to serve as our High Priest. The tearing of the temple curtain signified the start of Christ’s ministry as High Priest.

Hebrews 10:21 (NIV)
21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,

In Christ, we have a great priest who…

. …is able to sympathize with us

Hebrews 4:15-16 (NIV)
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

In Christ, we have a great priest who…

. …is superior in every way

Hebrews 7:26-28 (NIV)
26 Such a high priest meets our need–one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

Hebrews 10:22 (NIV)
22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

God is faithful

2 Timothy 2:13 (NIV)
13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Let us consider how to Spur one another on toward love and good deeds

One another verses

1 John 4:11 (NIV)
11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 (NIV)
15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.

Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)
13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

James 5:16 (NIV)
16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)
25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Let us not give up meeting together

Its not all about me.

The church needs what you bring to the fellowship…

Your gifts, talents, time, prayers, etc. are an important part of the church. You matter, you make a difference. Part of the reason you cannot give up meeting together is that the church needs you. You may not always feel like meeting together for a variety of reasons, but it is not all about me.

However, it is some about me. Sometimes when we don’t feel like hanging out with the church it might mean that we are moving in a direction that is not good for us. Yes, people in the church can be difficult sometimes, just like you, but it is not a reason for not meeting together. Let me make a little illustration using our friends in law enforcement.

When you are in trouble or in need of assistance, or someone is messing with you, and a law enforcement officer arrives on the scene, it is a good thing. You are happy to see them, they are going to help you. They are a hero, yay! But, if you are doing something that maybe you shouldn’t be doing, you may not be excited to see that very same law enforcement officer. They didn’t change, the only thing different is what you are up to.

See, when we are trying to live by doing the next right thing, the church is a good thing. It is there to help us, encourage us, pray for us, bless us, etc. But, if we are moving in a direction that is not good for us, suddenly the very same church is critical, mean spirited, judgmental busy body, hypocrities who are just trying to get in my business. Who do they think they are?

The reality is, we need the church as much as the church needs us. The fruit of the Spirit, which is what needs to be developed in us, happens in the context of community. You learn about being a disciple as you deal with living in community. It is not all about me, but it is some about me.

Let us encourage one another

We are to be encouragers. We have talked about this a lot here and the ministry of encouragement is one of our foundational ministries.

To encourage literally means to put courage into someone. The ministry of encouragement then would be to put courage into people to trust and obey God because He loves them.

An encouraging person is good to be around because they build you up with their words, actions, and attitudes.

We live in a grumpy fearful world filled with bad news and fear which for some reason is spun to make it seem worse and more fearful. The reason. To keep you watching so that you will watch commercials which they are selling to make money. But it is a factor in why the world is so grumpy. It is making us all eeyores. We’re all doomed!

Fortunately, the Bible is a book of encouragement, truth, hope, love, purpose, and forgiveness

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