3ABN Sabbath School Panel

Jesus, The Anchor of the Soul

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Series Code: SSP

Program Code: SSP220007S

00:01 Hello, friends, I'm Jill Morikone
00:02 and welcome to 3ABN Sabbath School Panel
00:04 as we journey through the Book of Hebrews,
00:07 in these last days.
00:08 I can't believe we're at the tipping point.
00:10 We're halfway through the quarter.
00:12 This is lesson number seven, Jesus, the Anchor of the Soul.
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01:10 What an incredible study this has been
01:12 of the Book of Hebrews.
01:13 I've learned so much and grown to appreciate even more,
01:17 our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
01:18 who is our High Priest,
01:20 our sacrifice and our substitute.
01:22 I want to introduce to you our panel,
01:25 no strangers to you at home.
01:26 It's just so good to get in
01:27 and study the Word of God with family
01:29 and that's who we are on the set.
01:31 To my left is Pastor James.
01:32 So glad you're here.
01:33 Good to be here Jill, always.
01:35 Looking forward to your study.
01:36 To your left, Pastor John Dinzey,
01:38 glad you're here.
01:39 It's a blessing to be here. Amen.
01:41 To your left Shelley Quinn,
01:43 my sister, glad you're here, Sis.
01:46 I'm excited to be here. Amen.
01:49 You notice everyone's talking a lot today.
01:51 To your left is Pastor Ryan Day,
01:53 last but not least.
01:55 I'll talk a little bit more.
01:56 It's a blessing to be on Sabbath School Panel.
01:57 I love Sabbath School Panel.
01:59 And I love all of my brothers and sisters on this panel.
02:02 Amen. Amen.
02:03 And we love you a home too,
02:04 you're part of the 3ABN Sabbath School family,
02:07 because you study with us every week,
02:09 and we're so grateful for that.
02:10 Before we go any further,
02:11 we want to go to the Lord in prayer.
02:13 Pastor James, would you pray for us?
02:14 Absolutely. Let's pray.
02:16 Father, thank You again so much for Jesus Christ.
02:19 Thank You for how much this book means to us,
02:22 this Book of Hebrews, in these last days,
02:24 and thank You that we can open these pages again,
02:28 we just pray that the Holy Spirit will be here
02:30 with us and also with everyone
02:31 who's viewing that You will touch our hearts
02:34 that You will draw us to heaven.
02:35 We pray this in Jesus' name, amen.
02:38 Amen.
02:39 So last week's lesson was an incredible study.
02:41 I was so blessed by it.
02:43 We studied Hebrews Chapter 5-7, did we not?
02:45 Just those three chapters,
02:47 and looked at Jesus as the faithful High Priest.
02:51 This week, Jesus, the Anchor for the Soul
02:53 is really a parenthetical insertion
02:57 into what we studied last week.
02:58 Now, you say what in the world are you talking about, Jill?
03:00 Well, I studied English that was my degree in school.
03:03 And parentheses is a word or a clause,
03:08 something that's inserted as an explanation
03:11 or an afterthought into a passage,
03:13 but the passage would be grammatically complete
03:15 without it.
03:17 So all we're studying the entire panel today,
03:20 we're studying a parentheses.
03:21 It's this insertion into Hebrews Chapters 5-7,
03:26 we're going to study Hebrews 5:11,
03:29 all the way through the end of Chapter 6.
03:32 That is the parenthetical insertion
03:34 into the theological exposition on Jesus as the High Priest.
03:39 So this parenthetical insertion has two portions,
03:42 the first portion is a warning.
03:45 It's the danger of falling away from Christ,
03:48 the danger of spiritual immaturity,
03:51 the danger of becoming discouraged in the journey,
03:53 the danger of apostasy from God
03:56 or even open rebellion against God.
03:59 But it's followed,
04:01 the second part of this parentheses
04:03 is encouragement.
04:04 Jesus is the way of salvation. He's our hope.
04:07 He is our High Priest.
04:09 Through Him, we have immediate access to the Father.
04:13 The promises given to Israel are extended to us.
04:16 The hope given to Israel is given to us.
04:19 You and I today can have assurance,
04:22 we can have hope, we can have peace,
04:24 victory and salvation.
04:26 We're going to cover all of that
04:28 in these parentheses around of Hebrews Chapters 5-6.
04:32 Our memory verse is Hebrews 6:19-20.
04:35 Let's take a look at that.
04:37 Hebrews 6:19-20.
04:41 "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul,
04:43 both secure and steadfast,
04:45 which enters the presence behind the veil,
04:48 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus,
04:51 having become High Priest forever according to the order
04:56 of Melchizedek.
04:58 On Sunday's lesson, we tackle a passage
05:00 that can be a little complicated,
05:02 and I'm just doing the very first portion of it,
05:05 'cause Pastor James and Pastor John here
05:07 are going to cover it even more.
05:09 Sunday's title is Tasting the Goodness of the Word.
05:14 You know, they say that Rome wasn't built in a day,
05:17 you heard that expression?
05:18 Yep.
05:20 And I would suggest to you
05:21 that a marriage doesn't crumble in a day.
05:24 You don't go from marital bliss to the next day,
05:28 I hate you, and I'm going to divorce you.
05:30 It's a process to get from A to Z,
05:32 it would be a process that takes time.
05:35 Your child doesn't walk away from Jesus in a day,
05:37 it's a process, daily choices,
05:40 where there may be in love with Jesus,
05:42 and all of a sudden, you end up over here and say,
05:45 "I don't even know if I know this person,
05:47 because they've so turned away from God."
05:50 An employee of an organization is never terminated in a day.
05:54 It's a process that takes much time
05:57 and discussion before that decision is reached.
06:02 You know, we all make choices in life,
06:03 our thoughts impact our feelings,
06:07 do they not?
06:08 Our feelings become our words and our words,
06:12 of course, actions,
06:13 and then habits and then character.
06:16 And that becomes our destiny.
06:17 So, you know, it starts back in the mind.
06:19 We say, "Okay, well, you just did such and such,
06:22 and that became your destiny."
06:23 No, our thoughts,
06:25 the thoughts that we have and the feelings
06:27 that we hold on to,
06:28 you take that to its logical progression,
06:31 and you end up over here with your destiny
06:33 and where it is determined.
06:35 So I want to look at this passage with that in mind.
06:38 We're in Hebrews 6,
06:40 we're going to pick it up in verse 4.
06:43 "It is impossible for those who were once enlightened,
06:47 and have tasted the heavenly gift."
06:49 We're going to go back and explore all of these verbs.
06:51 Enlightened is the first,
06:53 tasted the heavenly gift is the second,
06:56 become partakers of the Holy Spirit,
06:58 that's the third, tasted the good word of God,
07:02 that's the fourth,
07:03 and the powers of the age to come,
07:05 that's the fifth,
07:06 if they fall away to renew them again to repentance.
07:09 So let's take a look at this.
07:11 The believers were converted, were they not?
07:14 They were once enlightened, what does that mean?
07:17 I'm reminded of Paul, this is in Acts 26,
07:20 his defense.
07:21 Acts 26:17-18, and what does he say?
07:24 This is God speaking to him,
07:26 "I will deliver you from the Jewish people
07:28 as well as from the Gentiles to whom I now send you
07:32 to open their eyes in order to turn them from darkness
07:35 to light, from the power of Satan
07:38 to the power of God,
07:39 that they may receive forgiveness of sins
07:42 and then inheritance among those who are sanctified
07:44 by faith in Me."
07:46 Paul's really talking about the commission
07:48 that he received from the Lord Jesus Christ.
07:52 But what was part of that?
07:54 He was to open up their eyes.
07:57 Reminds me of Colossians 1:13,
08:00 God's delivered us from the power of darkness
08:03 and conveyed us into the kingdom
08:04 of God's dear Son.
08:07 So, these people were once enlightened,
08:10 what does that mean?
08:12 They knew God.
08:13 They were enlightened.
08:15 They understood they had been transformed
08:17 out of darkness,
08:18 into the kingdom of God's dear Son.
08:20 They were walking in the light of the glory of God.
08:23 But it doesn't stop there.
08:25 They tasted the heavenly gift.
08:26 You know, Psalm 34:8,
08:29 is a pivotal verse in my own experience,
08:31 because of this verse,
08:33 I made a choice to follow Jesus.
08:34 Psalm 34:8, just says,
08:36 "Taste and see that the Lord is good.
08:38 Blessed is the man or woman who trust in Him."
08:41 And because of that verse in my own life,
08:44 I said, "Okay, God, I'm going to try You."
08:46 And I actually gave Him two weeks,
08:47 which I'm not sure I recommend.
08:49 But I said two weeks, I want to see are You real?
08:52 Are Your promises real?
08:54 Are you a real God?
08:55 Can You do what You say in the Bible?
08:57 And if in two weeks You don't show Yourself to me,
08:59 then I'm done with You.
09:01 And in those two weeks He so revealed who He was.
09:05 What was that?
09:07 That was tasting God for myself.
09:09 I tasted and saw that He was good.
09:11 So those who have tasted of the heavenly gift
09:13 clearly have experienced God for themselves.
09:17 Let's look at the third verb.
09:19 They tasted the heavenly gift, that's the second.
09:21 The third is, they became partakers of the Holy Spirit.
09:25 You know, in Galatians 5 tells us
09:26 when we walk into spirit,
09:28 we don't partake of the works of the flesh.
09:30 If we have partaken of the Holy Spirit, clearly,
09:33 we're walking with God.
09:35 We have the infilling of the Holy Spirit
09:37 as Shelley always talks about pray for every day,
09:40 the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
09:42 What's the fourth thing? They tasted of the Word of God.
09:45 I'm reminded of 1 Peter 2:2-3, Peter talking,
09:49 "As newborn babes,
09:51 desire the pure milk of the word,
09:53 that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted
09:57 that the Lord is gracious."
09:59 So, they were enlightened by the Spirit,
10:02 they partook of the Spirit,
10:04 they had tasted of the goodness of God,
10:07 they had tasted His Word, they had walked in His Word.
10:11 And then it says, the power of the age to come.
10:14 This refers to the miracles
10:15 that God will perform for the believer in the future,
10:18 as well as the miracles in the present
10:21 that He wants to do.
10:23 And yet, in spite of all this, in spite of walking with God,
10:26 in spite of knowing His Word,
10:28 in spite of partaking of the Holy Spirit,
10:30 you mean, they're going to fall away?
10:32 You mean, they're going to turn away?
10:34 Remember, we started at the beginning,
10:35 you don't go from A to Z in a day.
10:37 So that decision does not happen overnight.
10:41 You cannot be on fire for God, walking in the Spirit,
10:45 being in His Word, witnessing,
10:48 tasting and seeing that the Lord is good.
10:50 And you go from here to apostasy,
10:54 to spiritual lethargy, to apathy,
10:57 to walking away from God.
10:59 There is a progression of the hardening of the heart.
11:03 And I would submit to you from this passage,
11:05 I see three steps in that progression.
11:08 The first step is hardness of hearing,
11:11 or the inability to listen
11:13 and where we find that we just go back
11:15 a couple verses.
11:16 We're in Hebrews 5, we were in Hebrews 6,
11:18 just go back to Hebrews 5:10-11.
11:21 It says, "Called by God a High Priest
11:23 according to the order of Melchizedek,
11:25 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain," why?
11:29 "Since you became dull of hearing."
11:35 When I was growing up, we used to say to my dad,
11:38 when he was reading, he didn't hear anything else
11:40 but all he did was focus on what he's reading.
11:43 And my sister and I would tease him
11:44 and we would come in and we would say,
11:46 "Hey, Daddy, can we have this?"
11:48 "Uh-huh." "Hey, Daddy, what about this?"
11:51 "Uh-huh." "Hey, Daddy, what about this?"
11:53 Because he's not listening, right?
11:54 He's reading.
11:56 And then we'd always follow it up.
11:57 This was our joke, we always ended with,
11:59 "Is your head chopped off?"
12:00 And he would say, "Uh-huh."
12:03 So the truth is,
12:05 we hear what we want to hear, do we not?
12:08 We can be so absorbed.
12:09 God wanted to explain, God wanted to tell,
12:12 God wanted to teach, and they were dull of hearing.
12:15 Are you dull of hearing?
12:17 Have you, do you have hardness of hearing,
12:20 the inability to listen?
12:23 Hebrews 3:15, "Today, if you hear His voice,
12:25 do not harden your hearts."
12:27 When God speaks to your heart, your spirit.
12:31 Maybe you have walked with God for years
12:33 and you've tasted and partaken of the Holy Spirit.
12:36 But if He speaks to you in a certain area of your life,
12:40 and you don't want to listen, you begin to harden your heart.
12:44 That leads to number two,
12:45 the hardness of hearing or the inability to listen
12:48 leads to number two,
12:49 which is the hardness of heart to obey.
12:53 James 1:22,
12:54 "Be doers of the word and not hearers only,
12:58 deceiving your own selves."
12:59 This is the inability to do what you know is right.
13:02 Not only are we supposed to listen
13:04 when God speaks to us,
13:06 we need to walk in obedience to what He tells us to do.
13:10 And step number three
13:11 is the difficulty in understanding
13:14 spiritual things.
13:16 I believe step one and two are combined,
13:19 the inability to hear and the inability to obey.
13:22 They're combined to form a lack of spiritual maturity.
13:26 We see this in Hebrews 5:12, "Though by this time,
13:30 you ought to be teachers,
13:31 you need someone to teach you again
13:33 the first principles of the oracles of God,
13:35 you have come to need milk and not solid food.
13:38 For everyone who partakes only of milk
13:40 is unskilled in the word of righteousness.
13:42 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age,
13:46 that is, those who by reason of use
13:48 have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."
13:53 So what is Paul saying?
13:54 He's saying here that they lack spiritual maturity,
13:58 and they lack spiritual discernment.
13:59 And why is that?
14:01 Because they began first,
14:02 they neglected to listen to what God tried to tell them.
14:07 So my appeal to you, listen when God speaks,
14:11 be open to hear His voice, and be quick to obey.
14:15 Amen. I really liked that.
14:17 I was actually taking notes right there
14:19 and learning some things.
14:20 I was really excited about getting this lesson.
14:23 My name is James Rafferty,
14:25 and I have Monday's lesson Impossible to Restore.
14:28 And as the lessons were being divvied out here and there,
14:32 I was looking through and thinking
14:33 which ones do I have?
14:35 Which ones do I have?
14:36 And I landed on this one,
14:37 find out that also John has this one too,
14:39 so we're kind of sharing it,
14:40 but this is a really significant one for me.
14:44 And the reason why is because
14:46 this is a big question as the pastors
14:48 and evangelists that is asked constantly,
14:51 people continually point to Hebrews Chapter 6,
14:54 and to Hebrews Chapter 10, and basically say,
14:57 "You know, is there any hope for me?
15:00 Is this my experience?
15:01 What does this mean?
15:02 If I sin, is God, there's no way I can be restored."
15:06 And that's the title of this lesson
15:08 is Impossible to Restore.
15:10 Now I came to this lesson filled with all kinds of ideas
15:14 and thoughts that I was just ready to share.
15:16 And then I read the lesson, I was like,
15:19 "Wow, this guy knocked it out of the park."
15:23 I just, I can't, I just thought this is so good.
15:26 I just we just got to go through what's written here
15:28 because it's so good.
15:29 So we're going to start by just rehashing a little bit.
15:32 We're going to look at Hebrews 4:6-8.
15:35 Those are the verses that we're going to be covering,
15:37 Hebrews 4:6-8.
15:38 There are a number of other verses,
15:39 they kind of build this, build on this.
15:41 And we'll look at those as we go through the outline,
15:43 but Hebrews 4:6-8, let's just start with verse 4.
15:46 "For it is impossible
15:48 for those who were once enlightened,
15:50 and have tasted the heavenly gift,
15:52 and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost."
15:54 Excuse me. I'm sorry. You said, Hebrews...
15:56 Hebrews 6. Hebrews 6...
15:57 Oh, I'm sorry, Hebrews 6. Okay, we're in Hebrews 4.
16:00 Yeah, it's Hebrews 6:4, got, thank you.
16:02 Okay. Hebrews 6:4-6, 4-6.
16:05 All right.
16:06 "For it is impossible
16:07 for those who have once enlightened
16:09 and have tasted the heavenly gift,
16:11 and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
16:14 and have tasted the good Word of God,
16:17 and the powers of the world to come."
16:19 All those verses that Jill has shared with us,
16:21 all those phrases.
16:22 "If," verse 6, "they shall fall away,
16:24 to renew them again unto repentance,
16:28 seeing they crucified to themselves,
16:30 the Son of God afresh, and put Him to open shame."
16:35 Now, there is a significance, a seriousness here.
16:39 When you read these verses,
16:40 you think they should kind of grab you,
16:42 and they should kind of remind you
16:44 of how important it is for us
16:46 to hold on to the enlightenment,
16:49 to the power, to everything that we've tasted of God,
16:53 and to not let that slip.
16:56 As Jill was sharing, you know, this,
16:58 does this process doesn't take place overnight.
17:00 It may look like it took place overnight,
17:03 but it's a long protracted process
17:05 that starts in our brains.
17:07 We may still put up the form of religion
17:09 and going to church and doing all the things
17:10 we're supposed to do.
17:12 But if our heart and our mind
17:13 is not connected intimately with God,
17:15 that process is already taking place.
17:17 Right.
17:19 And we know this because this is the experience
17:20 of Revelation Chapter 3's Laodicean Church.
17:24 They are already having this experience,
17:26 because Jesus is on the outside knocking to come in.
17:30 They're not supping with Him,
17:31 but they feel like they're rich
17:33 and increase with goods and don't need anything.
17:34 They're not even aware of their miserable condition.
17:36 And then one day,
17:38 they're just going to be spewed out of the mouth of Christ.
17:41 So this is significant.
17:42 It's an important point
17:44 that we need to look at in the Book of Hebrews,
17:45 'cause the Book of Hebrews is just filled
17:48 with all the promises and the beauty
17:50 of covenant relationship and our focus on Jesus
17:53 as our High Priest and the better things.
17:55 But then we get this right in the middle of it all.
17:57 Look out.
17:59 What does this mean?
18:00 While I love the way the author of the Book of Hebrews has,
18:05 the quarterly has described this,
18:07 he says here, the original text in the Greek emphasizes
18:11 the word impossible, a lot of emphasis there.
18:14 It is impossible for God to restore those
18:17 who have fallen away because they are crucified once
18:22 again the Son of God, Hebrews 6:6.
18:25 Paul wants to stress that it is,
18:27 there is no other way of salvation,
18:29 except through Christ.
18:31 Salvation by any other means is impossible,
18:35 as it is for God to lie, Hebrews 6:18.
18:37 To please God without faith, Hebrews 11:6.
18:40 I want to just pause right there in the quarterly
18:42 and just emphasize this point,
18:44 because it's so profound to me, it's so powerful.
18:47 And this was really what I was going to share
18:49 outside of the quarterly and that is,
18:50 is that the point that Hebrews is making here
18:53 is not that it's impossible for us to be forgiven,
18:55 it's not that it's impossible for us to have a mediator.
18:57 It's not that it's impossible for us
18:59 to find the blood of Christ cleans us.
19:01 What the point that the author is making,
19:03 that Paul is making and, of course,
19:05 the quarterly is making is the impossibility
19:08 is if we turn away from the mediation of Christ,
19:11 if we turn away from the sacrifice of Jesus,
19:14 if we turn away from the Holy Spirit,
19:16 if we turn away from everything we've tasted of God,
19:19 there's no other means of salvation.
19:22 You see, he was writing to the Hebrews
19:24 and the Hebrews had trusted for thousands of years
19:27 in the ceremonial system, in the sacrifices
19:30 that point to the types that pointed to Jesus,
19:33 they trusted in that.
19:34 And there was this danger that they might be overwhelmed
19:36 a little bit with the whole pressure
19:38 of the Judaizers or the pressure of the culture
19:41 and that they came from,
19:43 and the pressure of family relationships
19:44 that would draw them back into that and Paul saying,
19:46 "Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, don't go back there.
19:48 I know that you've trusted that all of these years
19:51 for these generations.
19:53 But you can't go back to that now."
19:55 It's impossible for you to find salvation in that system.
19:59 Don't go back to that system,
20:00 because you've tasted
20:02 of what all that system was pointing to,
20:03 and you've got to stick with
20:05 what it is that those things were pointing us
20:08 to and not go back to those symbols,
20:11 those representations, so to speak.
20:14 Then he goes on here in the quarterly, he says,
20:16 to crucify the Son of God, again, the Son of God
20:19 is a figurative expression that seeks to describe
20:23 something that happens in the personal relationship
20:26 between Jesus and the believer.
20:28 Now we're going to get down to the nitty-gritty.
20:30 When the religious leaders crucified Jesus,
20:33 they did it because Jesus posed a threat to their supremacy
20:37 and autonomy.
20:39 Okay, so here comes Jesus, He's the Messiah,
20:42 He's performing miracles,
20:44 He's preaching these amazing sermons
20:46 that people are gathering, hearts are being converted,
20:49 things are being turned upside down,
20:51 and the religious leaders don't feel like
20:52 they're the center anymore.
20:54 They're not the focus anymore. They're not in charge anymore.
20:57 And they haven't really put their confidence in Christ
21:00 or in John the Baptist.
21:01 And so Christ now becomes a threat to them,
21:04 He threatens their autonomy.
21:07 And this is the context we see in what leads
21:10 to the crucifixion of Jesus literally.
21:13 Thus, they hope to eliminate Jesus as a person
21:16 and destroy a powerful and dangerous enemy.
21:20 Similarly, the gospels challenge
21:23 the sovereignty and the self determination
21:26 of the individual at the most fundamental level,
21:30 that's us, right?
21:32 We are now being challenged by the gospel of Jesus Christ,
21:36 we are now being challenged by everything we're learning
21:38 in the Book of Hebrews,
21:40 that Jesus has accomplished for us
21:41 and does want to accomplish for us.
21:43 So the essence of the Christian life
21:45 is to take up the cross, deny oneself,
21:47 Matthew 16:24.
21:49 This means to crucify the world,
21:51 Galatians 6:14, the old man, Romans 6:6,
21:55 and the flesh with its passions and desires, Galatians 5:24.
21:59 The purpose of the Christian life
22:01 is that we undergo a kind of death.
22:04 Unless we experienced this death to self,
22:07 we cannot receive the new life
22:09 that God wants to give us, Romans 6:1-11.
22:12 The struggle between Jesus
22:14 and self is a struggle to death,
22:18 Romans 8:7, Galatians 5:17, Romans 8:7-8.
22:23 It is a difficult battle
22:25 that is not won once but every single day.
22:30 Paul says, I die daily.
22:33 I protest by your rejoicing, I die daily.
22:36 1 Corinthians 15:31, I'm running out of time here.
22:39 So, this is not talking.
22:43 This message, this passage is not referring
22:46 to a person who sometimes fall,
22:48 sometimes fails in the battle against
22:50 the old man in the flesh.
22:52 This sin refers to a person
22:53 who haven't experienced genuine salvation
22:56 and what it implies, Hebrews 6:4-5,
22:59 everything that you were sharing, Jill,
23:01 decides that Jesus is a threat to the kind of life
23:06 that he or she wants to have, right?
23:09 Because the Jews felt that Jesus was a threat to them.
23:12 So they crucified Him.
23:13 When we think, when we conclude,
23:15 when we come to the understanding
23:18 that Jesus is a threat to us,
23:19 that everything the gospel is bringing to us
23:22 is a threat to us, and we reject that,
23:24 you know, what we do?
23:25 We crucify the Son of God afresh,
23:27 and we put Him to open shame.
23:30 So we want to kill our relationship with Him.
23:35 That's what it's all about, friends,
23:36 it's about that relationship.
23:38 That is as long as the person does not fully come
23:41 to the place where they choose to turn away from Christ,
23:44 there is hope of salvation for them.
23:47 I just want to reiterate this as I close out the section.
23:50 This impossibility does not apply to anyone
23:55 who is still turning to the Lord,
23:57 still believing there's hope for them in Jesus Christ.
24:01 So to crucify Christ afresh is to reject Him,
24:04 it's to reject the Holy Spirit, it's to reject the gospels,
24:07 it's to reject the New Covenant,
24:08 it's to reject everything we're talking about here.
24:10 And if you haven't done that, there is still hope for you,
24:13 friends, there is still hope,
24:14 if your heart is still open to receive Jesus Christ.
24:18 Amen. Thank you so much, Pastor James.
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25:02 Welcome back to our lesson Jesus, the Anchor of the Soul,
25:05 and we're going to kick it over to Pastor John Dinzey
25:07 in Tuesday's lesson.
25:09 Yes, this is now moving into
25:12 No Sacrifice for Sins Left,
25:15 No Sacrifice for Sins Left.
25:18 It's a very interesting lesson.
25:19 We again go through Hebrews Chapter 4,
25:23 Hebrews 6:4-6.
25:26 You see, there's a very similar warning in Hebrews 10:26-29,
25:31 and that's where I'm going to focus mostly on.
25:34 Once again, I will read Hebrews 6:4-6,
25:36 "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened,
25:40 and have tasted the heavenly gift
25:41 and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,
25:44 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers
25:47 of the age to come, if they fall away,
25:50 to renew them again to repentance,
25:52 since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God,
25:55 and put Him to open shame."
25:58 I have run into people in evangelistic campaigns
26:00 that they've been gone from the Lord,
26:02 they spent several years away.
26:04 And this is like Pastor James said,
26:07 this is an obstacle for they wonder
26:09 if they can come back.
26:11 I see some experienced
26:13 that is not regular here in these verses,
26:16 that person has really tried
26:19 to solidify their relationship with the Lord.
26:21 And this is why they name all these different elements
26:24 or the experience of the individual,
26:26 that gain that experience with the Lord,
26:30 that they fall away,
26:32 and then it becomes impossible for them to return.
26:35 And these are the people that, you know, who come,
26:37 they come to evangelistic campaigns wondering
26:39 because they still feel like
26:41 there's a pulling of the Holy Spirit,
26:43 but they don't understand what's going on.
26:45 So these people have an opportunity.
26:47 And it's very interesting here,
26:49 when I, when you look into the part,
26:52 they seem they crucify, it's a present active particle,
26:56 and in the notes, a willful
26:58 and continuous hostility to Christ.
27:01 So these are a different type of individuals,
27:04 they refuse,
27:06 they are doing these things in a hostile way.
27:10 And they like refuse to turn to the Lord.
27:14 And so in Hebrews 4:6,
27:20 it says, "If they fall away
27:21 and to renew them again to repentance,
27:23 since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God,
27:26 and put Him to an open shame."
27:28 It's different than what we find
27:30 in Galatians 6:14, where Paul says,
27:34 "But God forbid,
27:35 that I should boast except in the cross
27:38 of our Lord Jesus Christ,
27:39 by whom the world has been crucified to Me
27:42 and I to the world."
27:43 This is a different experience.
27:45 Paul says the world have been things crucified to me,
27:47 though I'm dead to the world,
27:48 I don't want any part of it.
27:50 But these individuals are basically saying, "Christ,
27:54 He doesn't mean anything to me, He's dead to me,
27:56 I'm crucifying Him, I don't have any need for Him."
28:00 Therefore, the blood of Jesus Christ
28:01 cannot cleanse these people
28:02 because they don't proceed to repentance.
28:06 And God works with them but unfortunately,
28:09 these people are not coming to that point of repentance.
28:12 Hebrews 10:26 and onward.
28:16 It says, "For if we sin willfully,
28:18 after we have received the knowledge of the truth,
28:22 there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins."
28:26 And this is the title of Tuesday's lesson.
28:28 Why is there no longer a sacrifice,
28:30 there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins?
28:33 If we sin,
28:34 this here is a Greek present particle.
28:36 If we be found sinning, that is not an isolated act,
28:40 but a state of sin.
28:43 These people are in a state of sin,
28:44 you're willfully sinning,
28:46 you're disregarding the appeals of the Holy Spirit
28:49 to your heart, and you are committed to sinning,
28:53 basically you're committed to sinning.
28:55 And there is, in Numbers Chapter 25,
28:57 and experience related concerning
28:59 the people of Israel.
29:01 And in Numbers 25:2, it says,
29:05 "And they called the people unto this,
29:07 and they called the people unto the sacrifice of their gods,
29:11 and the people did eat and bowed down to their gods,
29:14 and they joined themselves unto Baal Peor,
29:17 and the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel."
29:20 So Moses comes upon the scene,
29:22 and he gathers all the people together,
29:24 all the heads and the leaders of the people together,
29:27 and he is chastising them, he's rebuking them,
29:30 and he's now telling these people have to pay
29:33 for their sins.
29:34 And while Moses is talking to them with the inspiration
29:37 of the Holy Spirit, in verse 6 of Numbers 25,
29:40 something happens that tells you
29:43 the mindset of these individuals.
29:45 "And, behold, one of the children
29:47 of Israel came and brought unto his brethren
29:50 a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses,
29:54 and in the sight of all the congregation
29:56 of the children of Israel,
29:57 who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle
30:00 of the congregation.
30:01 And Phinehas,
30:03 when Phinehas the son of Eleazar
30:04 saw the son of Aaron, the priest saw it,
30:07 he rose up from among the congregation
30:09 and took a javelin in his hand.
30:10 And it says he went in into the tent
30:12 and he slew both the woman and the man.
30:15 So we see here this man was doing an open rebellion,
30:19 willfully sinning, here's Moses
30:21 chastising the people telling them,
30:23 what they are doing is against God's principles,
30:26 here comes somebody in the midst
30:27 of all the congregation
30:29 about to perform an open sin before all the people.
30:33 So now we go back to Hebrews 10:27.
30:36 This is the kind of people that this passage is talking about.
30:41 "Now, for these people, it says,
30:43 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment
30:46 and fiery indignation,
30:49 which will devour the adversaries."
30:52 So we have here a situation
30:55 where God has to take action and execute judgment.
30:59 You see, God will judge everyone fairly,
31:03 and the Bible says they will be judged according
31:05 to their works.
31:07 And these people that reject the Son of God,
31:11 and even those that once followed the Lord,
31:15 and it's a, you know,
31:17 when a member of the church falls away,
31:22 and they knew people that say,
31:24 "Oh, this is a Christian, he's going to church,
31:26 he's going to church," lives like a Christian
31:28 and eventually this person falls away,
31:31 this brings shame upon the cause of God,
31:33 because perhaps even these people move upon,
31:37 were talking to these individuals,
31:38 you should repent, you should stop doing
31:40 and now they are doing the same thing.
31:42 This brings shame upon the cause of God.
31:45 This is bad,
31:46 but when it is a leader of the church,
31:48 when it is a pastor, an elder of the church,
31:52 it seems to be a bigger sin,
31:54 a bigger shame is brought upon the cause of the Lord.
31:57 And unfortunately, this is happening today.
32:00 You see, because Satan is working hard.
32:03 He knows that his time is short.
32:05 And as I have said before, if Satan has a short time,
32:08 we also have a short time.
32:10 And so in verse 28, says,
32:13 "Anyone who has rejected Moses law
32:16 dies without mercy under testimony
32:19 of two or three witnesses."
32:21 Notice how it is written here,
32:22 "Of how much worse punishment do you suppose
32:26 will be thought worthy
32:28 who has trampled the Son of God underfoot,
32:31 counted the blood of the covenant
32:32 by which he was sanctified a common thing,"
32:35 and I like the way the King James puts it,
32:37 "and unholy thing and insulted the Spirit of grace."
32:41 I want to quote, read this to you from Review
32:45 and Herald in April 25, 1893.
32:49 Notice what is written here,
32:50 "There will be no excuse for those who choose
32:54 to go in err when they might understand what is truth.
32:59 In His sufferings and death,
33:02 Jesus has made an atonement for all sins of ignorance,
33:06 but there is no provision made for willful blindness.
33:10 Those who have hid their eyes from the truth
33:14 less they should be convinced,
33:16 must exercise repentance toward God
33:18 for the transgression of His law,
33:21 and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ,
33:23 that there are sins of ignorance,
33:25 and in the transgression of God's Commandments,
33:28 including the Sabbath, may be forgiven."
33:30 So there is no more sacrifice for sins for these people.
33:35 Now the lesson brings something interesting here
33:38 about the expression trample the Son of God under foot.
33:42 It this describes the rejection of Jesus rule,
33:45 the title Son of God reminded the audience
33:47 that God has installed Jesus at His right hand
33:51 and promised to make His enemies a footstool.
33:54 The trampling of Jesus underfoot implies
33:56 that the apostate has treated Jesus as an enemy.
34:01 In the context of the argument of the epistle in Hebrews 1:13,
34:05 it could be implied that as far as the life of the apostate,
34:09 the person that walked away is concerned,
34:10 Jesus has been taken off the throne,
34:13 which is now occupied by the apostate himself,
34:17 and has set him as the footstool instead.
34:22 This is what Lucifer wanted to do in heaven.
34:25 And in essence,
34:26 some of the things described here in Hebrews Chapter 6,
34:29 and Hebrews Chapter 10,
34:31 identifies a little bit with what the angels
34:35 that fell away did.
34:36 They tasted of the heavenly things,
34:39 they were there in the presence of God,
34:41 they knew all the heavenly blessings,
34:44 but these angels chose to go with rebellion,
34:48 they chose to go on the side of Lucifer
34:51 that became Satan,
34:53 and then did open rebellion against God.
34:56 This is a similar case, the way I look at it.
34:59 And so I encourage you
35:01 that if you're seeing yourself drifting away,
35:04 come back to Jesus while the door of mercy
35:07 is still open.
35:08 Amen and amen. Thank you.
35:11 I'm going to just read it briefly again,
35:12 even though I'm not going to cover 4 through 6.
35:15 But actually, the warning goes from Hebrews 6:4-8,
35:20 I wanted to add that.
35:22 So here's what it says, it is impossible,
35:24 this is Hebrews 6:4,
35:28 "It is impossible
35:29 for those who are once enlightened
35:30 and have tasted the heavenly gift to have become partakers
35:34 of the Holy Spirit."
35:36 So that means you have to quench the spirit, right,
35:39 if you're going to do this.
35:40 "And it tasted the good word of God
35:43 and the powers of the age to come,
35:46 if they fall away, if they're apostatizing,
35:49 to renew them again to repentance,
35:51 since they crucify again for themselves,
35:54 the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame."
35:57 Now listen to verses 7 and 8,
36:00 "For the earth which drinks in the ring
36:03 that often comes upon it,
36:06 and bears herbs useful for those
36:10 by whom it is cultivated,
36:13 receives a blessing from God.
36:18 But, if it bears thorns,
36:21 and briars, it is rejected,
36:24 and near to being cursed,
36:27 whose and is to be burned."
36:32 We don't want that in, do we?
36:35 So this is a very strong,
36:39 it's a sincere warning that He's referring to the people
36:43 of the wilderness generation,
36:45 actually, who were, they had,
36:49 they were a negative example, the people who,
36:53 through the absence of their faith,
36:55 the absence of belief, they could not inherit
36:59 the promises of God.
37:01 So it's interesting though,
37:04 is He's referring back to these people
37:07 who saw God move, they tasted of His goodness,
37:11 they saw His miracles, and yet, they never responded to God,
37:16 they just wouldn't believe Him.
37:18 So, but the writer of Hebrews goes on
37:22 and he's speaking of better things
37:26 concerning his audience.
37:29 So he's not putting them in that category.
37:32 He's referring back to those people.
37:34 So let's look at Hebrews 6:9.
37:39 And here's what he says, "But, beloved,
37:43 we are confident of better things
37:47 concerning you."
37:48 You're not going to be like that faithless generation.
37:51 "Yes, things that accompany salvation,"
37:55 this will be all the promises of God,
37:57 "though we speak in this manner.
38:00 For God is not unjust,
38:04 to forget your work and your labor of love,
38:07 which you have shown toward His name,
38:11 in that you have ministered to the saints
38:16 and you do minister."
38:20 So essentially, he's saying,
38:23 I'm confident, beloved audience,
38:25 you haven't fallen away.
38:28 And I'm confident because you continue to minister,
38:32 you're not going to fall away in the future.
38:34 See, he believes, from what he's written here,
38:39 that they're going to receive that warning that he just gave.
38:43 He's got a confidence that they'll continue
38:47 to produce the appropriate fruits.
38:51 I loved what the study guide said,
38:53 it says, they are like the earth,
38:56 he's speaking of the audience of Hebrews,
38:59 they are like the earth which is cultivated by God,
39:03 and produces the fruit.
39:05 He expects these people will receive
39:09 the blessing from God, which is salvation.
39:15 So the believers
39:18 that were receiving this letter of Hebrews.
39:20 What I liked about it,
39:22 is that we see they are continuing
39:26 to minister to the saints.
39:29 It was a sustained service,
39:33 it was not isolated actions.
39:37 You know, in Romans 13:10,
39:41 Paul makes this simple statement,
39:43 love is the fulfillment of God's law.
39:48 And what these people were doing and let me tell you,
39:52 if someone loves or expresses love,
39:57 only in words, that's fake love,
40:00 because love is demonstrated by actions.
40:04 What 1 John 3:18 says is,
40:09 "Let us not love in word,
40:13 or in tongue, but in deed, and in truth."
40:17 It's easy to say to someone,
40:21 "Oh, if you need my help, call me."
40:23 But if you say to that person,
40:27 "What can I do to help you today?"
40:29 It shows you're ready to spring into action.
40:32 It's not just some kind of a pat on the back
40:37 to make them feel better or make you feel better.
40:40 Love is not
40:43 an intellectual exercise.
40:46 You know, when the Bible says God is love,
40:49 He is a God of action.
40:51 Our study guide, here's another
40:53 great quote from the study guide.
40:56 Exceptional acts do not reveal
41:00 the true character of a person.
41:02 Ain't that interesting?
41:04 The weightiest evidence of love toward God is not
41:10 "religious acts per se,"
41:13 but acts of love toward fellow human beings,
41:17 especially those who are disadvantaged.
41:20 You remember, Jesus said,
41:22 "If you've done this to the least of one of these,
41:26 you've done it to Me."
41:28 And Paul exhorts his believers not to forget to do good.
41:33 Let's look at Hebrews 6:11-12.
41:37 He says, "And we desire that each one of you
41:40 show the same diligence to the full assurance
41:43 of hope until the end,
41:45 that you do not become sluggish,
41:48 don't become dull of hearing, as you were saying,
41:51 don't become apathetic and in danger of falling away."
41:56 But then he says,
41:57 "Imitate those who through faith
42:01 and patience inherit the promises."
42:06 How do we inherit the promises?
42:09 Through faith, trust in God, and through patience,
42:13 waiting for God's timing.
42:16 Hebrews 5:8-11, or 8 and 9, at least,
42:21 is talking about Jesus.
42:24 God, who became the person of Jesus Christ
42:28 became the covenant Son of God,
42:31 who learned obedience
42:33 and was perfected in that learning.
42:37 And we already have discussed this.
42:40 Jesus didn't have any propensity to disobey.
42:45 He was God, He never had to obey anybody before.
42:49 But this is something that we all need to remember
42:54 is that we've got to be imitators of Jesus,
42:57 we need to learn to obey,
42:59 we need to be imitators of the people of faith,
43:04 who through their patience and faith,
43:07 they inherited the promises.
43:10 And you know, the writer of Hebrews
43:12 presents Abraham as an example we should follow.
43:16 Let's look at Hebrews
43:18 6:13-15.
43:22 And he writes,
43:24 "For when God made a promise to Abraham,
43:27 because he could swear by no one greater
43:29 he swore by himself."
43:31 This is God saying, "Surely, blessing I will bless you,
43:36 and multiplying, I will multiply you."
43:40 And so after he, after Abraham,
43:45 had patiently endured,
43:49 except for a little season of impatience,
43:53 he obtained the promise.
43:56 Hebrews 11 gives us a list of positive examples.
44:01 And then Hebrews 12 says this,
44:05 therefore, Hebrews 12:1,
44:09 "Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded
44:12 by such a great cloud of witnesses,"
44:14 he's talking about all the saints in Hebrews 11,
44:18 the hallmark of faith.
44:22 He said, "Let us lay aside every weight,
44:25 and the sin which so easily ensnares us,
44:27 let us run with endurance the race that is before us,
44:31 looking unto Jesus,
44:33 the author and finisher of our faith,
44:35 who for the joy that was set before Him
44:37 endured the cross, despising the shame,
44:40 and has sat down at the right hand
44:42 of the throne of God.
44:43 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners,
44:49 and against Himself."
44:52 And he says, "Consider Him,
44:54 lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls."
44:59 Here is the patience of the saints.
45:02 That's what Revelation 14:12 says,
45:06 "Here are those who keep the commandments
45:09 and the faith of Jesus."
45:11 Amen. Amen. Praise the Lord.
45:13 This chapter has been made much clearer
45:16 after today's lesson.
45:18 Praise God. I'm Ryan Day and I have Thursday's lesson.
45:21 And the title of this lesson happens to be the title
45:24 of the overall lesson, which is Jesus,
45:27 the Anchor of the Soul.
45:29 And, of course, Paul culminates his warning against apostasy
45:32 and encouragement towards love and faith with a beautiful,
45:36 soaring exposition of assurance in Christ
45:39 when we get to Hebrews 6:17-20.
45:43 So if we go there now, we'll read through
45:45 to the latter part of this or to the end
45:47 of this chapter here.
45:48 Hebrews 6:17-20.
45:51 Notice what the Bible says,
45:53 "Thus God determining to show more abundantly
45:56 to the heirs of promise,
45:58 the immutability of His council,
46:01 confirmed it by an oath,
46:05 that by two immutable things,
46:07 in which it is impossible for God to lie,
46:11 we might have strong consolation,
46:13 who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
46:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul,
46:22 both sure and steadfast,
46:25 and which enters the presence behind the veil.
46:28 Wherefore, I love this,
46:30 where the forerunner has entered for us,
46:34 even Jesus, having become the High Priest forever,
46:38 according to the order of Melchizedek."
46:42 God guaranteed His promises for us in several ways.
46:46 We see that all the way through scripture,
46:48 but especially here in this particular chapter
46:50 in Hebrews.
46:51 We see first that God guaranteed His promise
46:53 with an oath that's mentioned there in Hebrews 6:17.
46:58 According to Scripture, of course,
47:00 God's oaths to Abraham,
47:02 and to David became the ultimate basis
47:05 of confidence in God's permanent favor for Israel.
47:08 We see this all the way through Scripture.
47:10 And we're referencing this because again,
47:12 a lot of people look back at that Old Testament,
47:13 they see a division between Old Testament
47:16 and New Testament,
47:17 when you start talking about the covenants,
47:18 the oaths, the promises that God made to Abraham,
47:21 to Isaac, to Jacob, all the way to David,
47:24 and of course, you know, people look at them
47:25 and say, that's Old Testament,
47:26 it's not important, we don't need it anymore.
47:28 But yet we see that even all the way forward
47:31 to the Book of Hebrews, those oaths are mentioned,
47:33 those promises are mentioned.
47:35 In this case, the writer of this lesson brings out
47:38 that the oath by Abraham and David are great examples
47:42 of these promises of God.
47:44 For instance, if you go all the way back to the story
47:46 there in Exodus Chapter 32, we even see Moses,
47:49 of course, Moses, reaffirming, and reminding God
47:53 of the special promise, the covenant, the oath
47:55 that He had made with Abraham, with Isaac, and Jacob.
47:58 Let's go to Exodus 32,
47:59 and read verses 11 through 14 there,
48:01 powerful what we see here.
48:03 So the children of Israel,
48:04 just to set the foundation for what's happening,
48:06 the children of Israel just been caught dancing naked
48:08 around this golden calf.
48:10 And God says, "Look, you need to get down off this mountain
48:12 and go down there and handle these people."
48:13 And God becomes furious says,
48:15 "I'm going to destroy these stiff neck people."
48:17 And then notice what Moses response was.
48:19 Exodus 32:11-14, it says,
48:22 "Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God,
48:24 and said, 'Lord, why does Your wrath burn hot against
48:26 Your people whom You have brought out of the land
48:29 of Egypt, with great power, and with a mighty hand?
48:33 Why should the Egyptian speak and say,
48:36 He brought them out to harm them,
48:38 to kill them in the mountain and to consume them
48:40 from the face of the earth?
48:42 He says,
48:44 turn from your fierce wrath
48:49 and relent from this harm to your people.'"
48:52 Remember, here it is verse 13, "Remember Abraham,
48:55 Isaac and Israel, your servants,
48:56 to whom You swore by Your Own Self,
48:59 and said to them,
49:01 'I will multiply your descendants
49:02 as the stars of heaven,
49:03 and all this land that I have spoken of,
49:06 I give your descendants
49:07 and they shall inherit it forever.'"
49:09 So the Lord relented from His harm.
49:11 And He said He would do to His people,
49:14 and what He had said He would do to His people.
49:15 So in this case, Moses is reminding God,
49:18 he's saying, "Lord, what about Your promise?
49:19 What about your oath?"
49:21 Again, what did Hebrews 6:17-20 say earlier?
49:25 God cannot lie.
49:26 God honors His word, my friends,
49:28 that's one of the things we can absolutely stake
49:31 our faith on is the fact that God honors His word.
49:34 He keeps His oath, He keeps His covenant,
49:36 He keeps His promises.
49:37 Even Romans 11:28-29, alludes to this.
49:41 It says, "Concerning the gospel,
49:44 they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election,
49:47 they're beloved for the sake of the fathers."
49:49 And then verse 29, it says,
49:50 "For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable."
49:55 Why? Because God's Word stands forever, God does not change.
49:59 And so similarly with the Psalmist now,
50:02 we see that the Psalmist even intercedes before God
50:05 and for Israel, he claims,
50:07 he basically claims God's oath to David, okay?
50:11 So reminding God of His oath to David.
50:13 And we see that in Psalm 89:34,
50:16 and all the way through to verse 37.
50:19 So this is Psalm 89:34-37.
50:21 Again, it says, "My covenant I will not break,
50:23 nor also the words that are going out of My lips.
50:26 Once I have sworn by My holiness,
50:29 I will not lie to David.
50:31 His seed shall endure forever.
50:33 And his throne is as the sun before me,
50:35 it shall be established forever,
50:37 like the moon,
50:38 even like the faithful witness in the sky."
50:42 Selah.
50:43 And so in this case, again, we're reminded that according
50:46 to the New Testament, speaking of these oaths,
50:48 these promises, according to the New Testament,
50:50 both of these oaths to Abraham,
50:53 and to David that we see carry over all the way
50:55 to the New Testament,
50:57 both oaths were fulfilled in Jesus,
50:59 the seed of Abraham,
51:01 who ascended and was seated on the throne of day.
51:03 We read this in Galatians 3:13-16,
51:07 as well as Luke Chapter 1.
51:08 Let's go to Galatians 3 and read that there.
51:10 Galatians 3:13-16.
51:14 Notice what the Bible says.
51:16 It says, "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law,
51:20 having become a curse for us, for it is written,
51:23 cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree
51:26 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles
51:30 in Christ Jesus,
51:32 that we might receive the promise
51:33 of the Spirit through faith."
51:36 "Brethren," he says in verse 15,
51:38 "I speak in the manner of men,
51:40 though it is only a man's covenant,
51:42 yet it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it."
51:47 Verse 16, "Now to Abraham and his Seed,"
51:51 and Seed is capitalized there I like that,
51:53 "were the promises made.
51:55 He does not say, 'And to seeds, 'as of many,
52:00 but as of one, 'And to your Seed,'
52:03 who is Christ.'"
52:05 So who is the fulfillment of that oath?
52:07 Who is the fulfillment of that covenant
52:09 that God gave to Abraham?
52:10 It's none other than Jesus Christ Himself.
52:12 We even find to the covenant that God had promised in David
52:15 or through to David on to the sea
52:17 that would come after him.
52:19 We see in Luke 1:31-34, as well as verses 54 and 55.
52:24 We see this also Christ is the fulfillment of that.
52:26 Notice what the Bible says, it says, "And behold,
52:28 you will conceive in your room and bring forth a son,"
52:31 this is God speaking to Mary, or the angel speaking to Mary,
52:35 "and shall call His name Jesus,
52:38 He will be great
52:39 and will be called the Son of the Highest,
52:41 and the Lord God will give Him the throne of his father,
52:45 David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever
52:49 and His kingdom there will be no end.
52:52 He has helped his servant Israel in remembrance
52:55 of his mercy, and he spoke to our fathers to Abraham
52:58 and to his Seed forever," my friend.
53:02 So the number, one of the ways that Christ
53:04 is confirmed to us as the anchor of the soul
53:07 is through these oaths, through these promises,
53:10 His covenant, His Word does not fail
53:12 because God does not fail, love does not fail.
53:16 The second point that we make here Christ is anchor to us.
53:19 He is the anchor of the soul,
53:21 because He is forerunner
53:24 seated at the right hand of God in heaven.
53:28 The lesson brings us out, this is second,
53:30 God has guaranteed His promises to us
53:32 by the act of seating Jesus at His right hand.
53:35 Jesus' ascension has the purpose
53:37 of corroborating the promise made to the believers
53:40 because Jesus ascended as a forerunner on our behalf.
53:45 Of course, that's seen in Hebrews 6:20.
53:48 "Thus the ascension reveals to us the certainty
53:51 of God's salvation for us.
53:53 God led Jesus to glory through the suffering
53:55 of death for everyone,
53:57 so that He might bring many children to glory."
54:01 We'll read that there in Hebrews 2:9-10.
54:04 When it goes on to say, for it, in verse 10,
54:06 "For it is fitting for Him, and for whom all things
54:10 and by whom are all things in bringing many sons to glory,
54:14 to make the captain of their salvation
54:15 perfect through sufferings."
54:18 But, of course, the scripture, this lesson goes on to say,
54:21 Jesus presence before the Father
54:23 is the anchor of the soul
54:26 that has been fastened to the throne of God.
54:30 I like that, that has been fastened.
54:32 Jesus got a seatbelt. He's right there.
54:34 He's fastened, He's held tight in the Father's presence.
54:38 It goes on to say, "The honor of God's rule
54:41 has been waged on the fulfillment
54:42 of His promise to us through Jesus."
54:45 And I have to end with this question here.
54:47 It's beautiful. What more assurance do we need?
54:52 If we can't believe in the Word of God,
54:55 if we can't trust in God's promises,
54:57 if we can't trust in His covenant,
54:59 in His oath, and we cannot trust in the fact
55:01 that God's Word promises us that Jesus has now ascended
55:04 to be seated on the throne with the Father beside Him
55:08 as our forerunner, as the anchor of our soul,
55:11 we look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
55:14 My friends, I just appeal to you now,
55:16 look to Jesus.
55:18 As you've learned today, we see that no one,
55:21 if you're still in love with Jesus,
55:22 if you're still, no matter how many struggles,
55:24 no matter how many challenges,
55:25 if you're still struggling,
55:27 that does not necessarily mean it's the end.
55:29 Just simply look to Jesus as the author
55:31 and finisher of your faith.
55:32 Amen. What a powerful study.
55:35 I can't believe this is all the parentheses.
55:37 Praise the Lord, what an amazing study.
55:40 Thank you, Pastor Ryan, Shelley,
55:42 Pastor Johnny and Pastor James.
55:43 I want to give each one of you a moment
55:44 to share a closing thought.
55:46 Amen.
55:47 Hebrews, Chapter 6, not Chapter 4, but Chapter 6,
55:50 love this thought, you know, there is hope for all of us,
55:54 as long as we don't turn away from Jesus Christ
55:57 and all that He means to us.
55:59 I like to turn to Isaiah 55:6-7,
56:01 "Seek ye the Lord, while He may be found,
56:04 call ye upon Him while He is near,
56:07 let the wicked forsake his way,
56:08 and the unrighteous man his thoughts,
56:10 and let him return unto the Lord
56:12 and He will have mercy upon him and to our God,
56:14 for He will abundantly pardon."
56:16 Amen.
56:18 My day was better things and one of the better things,
56:21 one of my favorite promises is Hebrews 13:5 where God says,
56:24 "I will never leave you or forsake you."
56:26 I claim that all the time, but I want to balance that
56:30 because I teach a lot, but I want to read something,
56:32 2 Chronicles 15:2,
56:34 "The Lord is with you while you are with Him.
56:38 If you seek Him, He will be found by you.
56:42 But if you forsake Him, He will forsake you."
56:45 Amen.
56:47 Just like the old hymn says, what can wash away my sins?
56:52 Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
56:54 What can make me whole again?
56:56 Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
56:58 Oh, precious is the flow
57:02 that makes me white as snow.
57:06 No other fount I know,
57:09 nothing but the blood of Jesus.
57:14 Amen.
57:16 I love it when you sing, Ryan,
57:17 he could sing more on set, don't you think?
57:19 I love that. Thank you.
57:20 Jesus, the Anchor for the Soul.
57:22 What an incredible encouragement.
57:24 The lesson started with a serious tone.
57:26 It's a serious warning, and I think as Christians,
57:30 no matter what denomination you are,
57:32 we need to examine our own hearts.
57:34 We need to go to God and we need to make sure
57:36 that we listen and that we walk in obedience.
57:39 But yet there is hope, there is forgiveness in Jesus.
57:43 Jesus is the anchor for the soul,
57:46 both sure and steadfast.
57:48 Do you need an anchor today?
57:49 Do you need something to keep you
57:51 in the storm tossed winds of life?
57:53 Reach out to Jesus.
57:55 He will hold on to you throughout life
57:59 and bring you to eternity.
58:01 Join us next week, lesson number eight,
58:03 Jesus, the Mediator of the New Covenant.


Revised 2022-01-27