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HEBREWS CHAPTER 12

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1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

 

Heb 12,1-25

(99a) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Enduring the will of God >> Enduring the word of God >> Endure obeying the word of God – We endure God’s reproof for the sake of discipline, which holds tremendous reward. On the one hand, if we are a disciplined, it proves we are His children. This provides the necessary tools to fulfill His purpose in our lives, but some have been led to believe that all we have to do is recite the sinner’s prayer and we’re "in like flint". On the other hand, if we are without discipline, it proves we are illegitimate children. The Bible is a little stricter about salvation than the current generation of believers, who are permissive by comparison.

Heb 12,1-13

(187ab) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> The ministry of dying to self >> Die to self to minister to God >> Pick up your cross and follow Him

Heb 12,1-6

(8j) Responsibility >> Responsible to defend God’s cause >> Preparing to die to self

(43a) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Conform to the Resurrection of Christ’s death

Heb 12,1-4

(12m) Servant >> Jesus is our example of a servant – Jesus is our example of going through hardship as a Christian in a world where people view faith in God with contempt. The implication is that we will not grow weary and lose heart after we have endured hostility at the hands of unbelievers. The scriptures encourage us to set in front of us the joy of our eternal destiny with Christ, not looking back or losing track of His eternal purpose that incorporates the trials of our injustice.

(188f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Suffering righteousness

(194a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God >> Run the race that is set before us -- These verses go with verses 13-15. There is a race we are running that is very similar to the course Jesus ran. We cannot run this race while running the gauntlet of the world. We have a backpack full of doodads that we collected from the world, consisting of nasty habits, pet sins and evil desires, and God is commanding us to unburden ourselves of these things before we take another step in the ways of God. He is talking to Christians; he is not saying we must do this in order to be saved. Rather, he is saying we must take off our sins because we are saved. We look to the character of Christ as a description of this race, for God is calling us to live the same life that Jesus lived. After Jesus modeled Christianity for us and is now commanding us to follow in His footsteps, we discover very quickly how difficult it is to follow Him, and those who refuse to participate in this race will soon discover that his faith is dead.

Heb 12,1-3

(35a) Gift of God >> God is willing to Give >> He is generous with the flesh of His Son – One of the functions of the cross was to encourage us to continue in our faith and not to grow weary. Jesus’ death didn’t have to be as violent, bloody and painful as it was to accomplish the goal of dying for our sins, but He submitted to torture for our sakes so no matter what ill-treatment we receive at the hands of our fellow man, or even from a crippling, painful illness, we have reason to hope and have reason to believe in God’s love. We have reason to continue to trust God that He has not abandoned us. Rather, God abandoned His own Son, turned His back to Him as He became sin for us, His flesh shredded and nailed to a cross, so that when we go though our trouble, we can be sure He won’t abandon us, no matter how dark our circumstances.

(92b) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Trail of good works >> Ray of light leading to the face of Christ

(96b) Thy kingdom come >> Positive attitude about suffering >> Abstaining from sin

(97f) Thy kingdom come >> Attention >> Facing the direction of the Lord >> Focusing your mind on God

(98i) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> (Faith > Suffering [Integrity] > Glory [Reward]) – Where its says, “…who for the joy set before Him endured the cross…” You could replace the word “joy” with the word “hope”, and the word hope with the word “reward”. “…who for the [hope of a reward] set before Him endured the cross….” Jesus' hope was the Church. Not even God does anything without a reward! Some people claim that seeking a reward is a base incentive for doing the will of God, as though we are serving Him with impure motives, as though serving Him without hope of a reward would be a more pure motive, but this way of thinking does not embody the truth. Selfless altruism where the volunteer gets nothing for their services does not exist, nor should it. If not even Jesus does anything without hope of a reward, then why should we? What is our reward for serving Christ, but eternal life?

(118h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Giving God your attention >> Resolutely focus on the glory of God >> Focus on Jesus

(189e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Martyr >> Tested for faithfulness to the death

(209e) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Righteous saved with difficulty >> Righteous saved with hardship >> Righteous saved with endurance

(229ia) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking of Jesus’ suffering >> Suffering as a Christian -- These verses go with verse 8

(242f) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecuting God >> Persecuting Jesus

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Heb 12-1,2

(5c) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Disciples finish the course

(30c) Gift of God >> God knows our needs >> He is the source of our obedience – Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith, meaning that as we walk according to His example, He will give us the spiritual understanding as to what we are doing. God wants us walking by faith, living a miraculous life; he doesn’t want us living a normal, natural life like the heathen. He wants us living a supernatural life, a life that is above the elementary principles of the natural world. He is calling us to walk above our sinful nature on a plateau that this world cannot attain. Without God’s help we could never walk on the path that He has ordained for us. We must persevere with endurance the race that is set before us. We endure our trials while we persevere in doing his will. If we drop one, the other will fail, so we will have neither. The person who doesn’t know God’s calling in His life cannot persevere, for he knows not what to do, and as a result his endurance is hampered and he readily falls into sin. If he allows certain sins to remain in his life, they will chip away at his perseverance until he becomes stagnant, and sin will take over his life. He will abandon the trail of good works that leads from one good work to another and blaze a new trail by his own authority that leads from sin to sin.

(56e) Paradox >> Opposites >> Humble yourself as a defensive strategy

(100h) Thy kingdom come >> Diligence >> Diligence in running the race that is set before us -- These verses go with verses 12-15

(113a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heaven’s clothes >> Protection >> Covering

(115k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through obedience of faith >> Through diligence

(121j) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope Based On Faithfulness >> Hope based on endurance – The joy set before Christ was the promise that His Father would raise Him from the dead and seat Him on His throne at His right-hand and give Him the Church as His possession, that He would be her Husband and she would be His bride, and the Father would marry them. This was the hope that Jesus used to submit to the cross. Without hope nobody can do anything. Hope gives us incentive to endure hardship in order to accomplish a goal. Without hope there is no reason to suffer, but with hope we can endure anything, knowing there is a reward waiting for us on the other side. Hope, then, acts as a bridge between faith and love and is inadvertently associated with suffering, which is always present, for without suffering there would be no need for hope. The person who works for a wage will put in 12 to 14-hour days for the hope of being paid, but if he didn’t get paid, he wouldn’t do it. So, hope is always accompanied by endurance and usually involves some level of suffering. Hope is like crossing a river in the winter; we know it is going to be really cold, but if we can see our car or the cabin on the other side, we will forge ahead, but if we’re lost and don't know if crossing the river would help, we won’t cross it. Hope therefore is based on knowledge, and the knowledge we have about Jesus is based on the Scriptures. So when we read the Bible, and it builds hope in us, we will be willing to suffer for the cause of the gospel and for the purpose of obtaining an eternal reward in heaven. Some people spurn the rewards, saying that it is selfish to seek them, but tell that to Jesus who went to the cross “for the joy [hope] set before Him,” for the reward that He would receive from His Father, all authority in heaven and on earth, and a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works (Tit 2-14).

(125c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Joy >> Joy is the result of investing in the kingdom >> Investing in a life of adversity – How many of us have heard of churches or been to one that teaches faith as something we believe for the sake of enjoying a better life (prosperity doctrines). In stark contrast the truth that Scripture teaches is that God has given us this life as our investment that we offer back to Him, causing us to forego many pleasures in order that we may gain Christ. He taught that this life is like a seed that we plant instead of eating it. If we eat the seed, it will only help us live that day, but if we plant the seed, it will produce a crop in heaven for eternity (Jn 12-24,25). This is what Jesus did; He lived for His Father, and when the time came for His true ministry, He gave His life a ransom for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Therefore, the cross is a manifestation of God’s faith in that it was the Father’s calling that His Son should die for the sins of man. He has given each of us a calling, which is our purpose for being born. We are to discover it and fulfill it just as Jesus fulfilled His, and we can be sure endurance will be involved. In Jesus’ case, His purpose was to suffer, whereas in our case suffering may be involved, but it will not be the goal. Instead, He wants us to bear the fruit of the Spirit as we endeavor to bear the fruit of winning souls to the Kingdom of God. That is not to say we should shun pleasure and happiness, but if it be our goal, it will invariably replace God’s will for our lives.

(161j) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Carried Away >> Condemnation >> Condemnation without basis of sin – If the world treated Jesus with contempt, the hostility of sinners is sure to come to us too, and when it does, it always portrays itself as being in the right and paints us as clowns in their world. Everyone involved in Jesus’ crucifixion appeared righteous and justified in the eyes of men, and they made Jesus look like a criminal, and the same is guaranteed to happen to us. To the degree that we live the Christian life is the degree that the world will treat us just as they treated Jesus, with absolute contempt. We cannot expect to receive any kind of nobility or notoriety in this world, for if they do, we can know for certain that we have taken a wrong turn somewhere a long time ago, and now we are lost. The world will never treat us honorably because of our faith in Jesus. If not one drop of our blood has fallen to the ground as a result of our faith, then we have not yet resisted against sin as we may be required. Many Christians have been martyred throughout the age of grace; more were persecuted, beaten and treated shamefully, and they despised their ill-treatment, taking it upon themselves as the brand marks of Jesus.

Heb 12-1

(1j) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Carrying a false burden >> Weighs you down as you walk in the flesh

(105c) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart >> Being a slave to a pure heart -- This verse goes with verse 3

(155i) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> The Church bears witness of the believer – Keep in mind that the context of this verse is chapter 11, the hall of faith that describes many of the patriarchs of the Old Testament, clarifying the faces in this cloud of witnesses. Many have speculated that this cloud also pertains to some of our family members who have died and are rooting for us, but there is no need to guess because it carefully describes this cloud of witnesses in verses 22-24 of the same chapter, indeed suggesting that they are those who have gone on before us, including our family members, and it also includes the angelic host. What seems most significant, dictated by the main context, is that this cloud of witnesses is composed of those who are faithful in Christ; they are looking on as witnesses, encouraging us by their personal examples to remain faithfulness to Christ.

(161l) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Carried Away >> Carried away by sin

(162h) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Addicted to sin >> Being a slave to the nature of sin

(187ha) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> Spirit versus the flesh >> Deny the flesh to walk in the Spirit >> Deny bondage to walk in freedom

(190e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Circumcision >> Undressing >> Take off your sins – Sin easily entangles our feet until we trip and fall, and while we are lying there, sin will try to keep us in a fallen state. This is why he has called us to strip ourselves from all encumbrances. If we keep one sin, it will slowly and eventually erode our faith, until it dominates our desire to do His will. Temptation will overcome us and we will come under bondage to it, and then we will have to seek God’s help. He will deliver us, and we will have to start again from our point of our failure. This is an ongoing process for the majority of us throughout our lives, for every person struggles with sin. We are not to fall into a pit of guilt and condemnation over it; we are to confess and continue, realizing the things that happen to us are happening to everyone who loves the Lord.

(193j) Run To God (Key verse)

(212h) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all knowing >> Nothing hidden >> God exposes things hidden in darkness

(225o) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables >> Parables about running a race

(241f) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Obstacles in the way of the kingdom >> Obstacles that keep you from Jesus

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2-4 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 4 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;

 

Heb 12-2

(43i) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Perfected by God

(67c) Authority >> Jesus at the right hand of the father >> He is interceding for us there – Jesus seated at the right hand of the power of God is the main point of the book of Hebrews. Jesus Christ performs His duties as our Great High Priest from the vantage point of heaven. He is the author and perfecter of our faith. How does Jesus perfect our faith, except through the Holy Spirit? For the Holy Spirit to perfect our faith or for Jesus to take on this role is virtually one and the same thing in that it is Christ who sends the Holy Spirit, who perfects our faith, so to whom we attribute the credit, whether to the one who does the work or to the one who made it possible, is immaterial?

(75d) Thy kingdom come >> Motives of the heart >> God’s motives

(97c) Attention (Key verse)

(104j) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart shall see God >> Shall see Jesus >> We shall see His face

(137h) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Maturing in Jesus is hard work >> Maturity comes through discipline -- This verse goes with verses 7-11

(153l) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Shame >> Living for Jesus exposes sin >> Suffering shame for the cause of righteousness – Jesus despised the shame of sinners against Himself. To despise something is to hold it in contempt. Jesus held the shame of sin in contempt, knowing that His Father would pour all of our sin upon Him; and instead of fearing it, He looked it straight in the face and despised it. He willingly received it in obedience to His Father for our sake and for the future of His eternal, heavenly kingdom, and He has called us to hold our own sin in contempt. We are to despise our sinful nature and stare down our temptations that regularly come to us, holding them in contempt as we endure them, even as Jesus endured our sin, for we are sons and daughters of God. He has called us to live in this world as we will live in heaven, no longer slaves to sin. He has called us to live without sin to the degree that we can overcome and rise above it, and our failings He will resolve through the forgiveness of His own blood.

(194f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Hate evil >> Condemning sin >> Judging evil

(212b) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> He is the creator >> The creation glorifies God >> God created all things through Christ

(227d) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> God rewards endurance >> Rewarded for overcoming sin

(233a) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Seeking the goals of the kingdom >> Seek the goal of the resurrection

(233h) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seek His glory without wavering >> Seek His glory by faith

Heb 12-3

(18a) Sin >> Unrighteous judgment >> Condemning Jesus

(44i) Judgment >> Transformed >> Fulfill your ministry >> Calling from God >> Complete it

(79c) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind >> Compromising your convictions

(82f) Thy kingdom come >> Three elements of prayer >> Our approach >> Meditation

(105c) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart >> Being a slave to a pure heart -- This verse goes with verse 1

(139b) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Encouragement >> The adversity of our brothers encourages us

Heb 12-4

(105e) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart >> Abstain from wickedness

(242g) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Worldly pressure >> World pressures you to forsake God – There are those who would translate this verse to mean penance. There are those who whip themselves mercilessly until their backs are bloody, but it only communicates to God that they are unwilling to accept Jesus’ sacrifice as full payment of their sins. Penance is the idea of pagans, but this is not what the Bible teaches. Penance has no power over sin, either in regard to forgiveness of former sins or protection against future sins. Rather, this verse is saying, ‘Those who would torture you to the point of shedding blood have not done so.’ Striving against sin refers to the struggle against denying the faith. Many a Christian has caved to the pressures of persecution and has denied the Lord. There is encouragement to continue in the faith and stand against our persecutors with a boldness they have never known. If they shed our blood for our faith, then so be it, but we will not sin and deny that we know the Lord, because if we don’t know Him, then who does? Our persecutors would like to think they do, but if they did, they wouldn’t be persecuting us.

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5&6 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, "MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM. 6 FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES." 

 

Heb 12,5-11

(4m) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Disciples are chastened by the Lord – We see a child getting spanked and can assume he did something wrong to deserve it, but what we often forget is that the consequence of the child’s wrong is the best part of that child. Discipline is not something that happens to us because we are evil, but is the cause of all that is good in us. Discipline is the means by which we attain the peaceful fruit of righteousness, suggesting that outside of discipline there is only evil and unrest. At the moment it seems to a child when his father has him on his knee that life as he knows it is over, and in a sense he is right, for his life intrinsically changes resulting from discipline. When the spanking is over, the child reflects on it and becomes a different person, one with parameters. He now understands that what he does can have consequences. There are certain limitations and fences that he should not cross, and this gives the child a completely different worldview. The child cries when receiving discipline, usually not from the pain, but from a need to amend his ways. Without discipline the child would continue down a dark path and far greater harm would befall him than a simple spanking. Discipline helps us realize we must learn to relate with other people, that we don’t own or control anybody. The most important lesson of discipline is it teaches us that we don’t have more rights than anybody else, and its most important gift is the right is to become the children of God. Discipline is what makes God real to us. Without discipline none of these things come into focus. At the time we think God must hate us and has given up on us, but when He looks into our eyes we see deep concern and hope. We see that He still loves us; in fact, we finally realize it. We now have hope because we have been disciplined.

(73f) Authority >> Respect Positions Of Authority >> Respect the Father’s Authority

(100e) Thy kingdom come >> Diligence >> Diligence in the sight of God -- These verses go with verse 19

(239e) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Teachable students >> The teachable are taught by God

Heb 12,5-10

(33i) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Children need to obey their Father

Heb 12-5,6

(51h) Judgment >> Judging the Church with the world >> No partiality among us with God

(138b) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Reproof >> Jesus reproves His disciples for their unbelief – We should not distain the discipline of the Lord, which is in reference to our conscience. God specifically speaks to our hearts, and the discipline comes in listening to His voice telling us that we are sinning and to repent. Repentance is an act of righteousness that is just as great as doing exploits for God. We are afraid to repent because it is an admission to being evil, but if we like to do nice things for people, then we should also love to repent, because it holds greater promise than doing acts of righteousness. Repentance can add whole new dimensions to our lives that lead to a fuller anointing for the purpose of fulfilling our calling from God. In repentance, sometimes God uses other people to speak to us about ourselves, especially when we have sinned against another person, but some people when God exposes the sin in their lives, they become faint-hearted, and it becomes a guilt trip instead of an occasion for restoration. That is not the lesson God wants us to learn. He is not trying to tell us we are guilty; He is trying to tell us to repent, instead of being controlled by darkness that holds us in bondage to feelings of shame and despair. Whenever God convicts us of sin, we should rejoice in the same way that someone persecutes us, for if we repent “your reward in heaven is great” (Mat 5-12). The problem is that people think God is persecuting them, and God forbid if He should use somebody to rebuke them.

(138k) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Exhortation >> The discipline of exhortation – Discipline is part of a Christian's life, and if it isn’t, then he or she is not s Christian (v8). It is more descript to say we are disciples of Jesus; instead, we prefer to be called Christians. “Christian” is descriptive too; it means we are like Him, but the connotation of “Christian” has changed since it was first used 2000 years ago. Now, the title of “Christian” can refer to anybody who goes to church and believes in a set of doctrines, but do they discipline themselves in the word of God and prayer? The answer for many is no. The word “Student” is akin to disciple. When we go to work or school, these are usually militant environments, and so Christians should be students of the word, and we should discipline ourselves to read the Scriptures every day, instead of so many in the Church who are unskilled in the Scriptures. If we try to talk about Jesus to a so-called brother and the only thing in his mind is running from us; that is no different from the world. If the word of God were truly in their hearts, they would love to talk with us about their faith, but they have nothing to say because they are not students of the word. If we were living in a country where Bibles were scarce, then they would have an excuse, but Bibles are extremely available in America, so we have no excuse for being ignorant of the Scriptures.

(238i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Teachers "remind" their students >> Prevention against forgetting

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7&8 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.

 

Heb 12,7-11

(137h) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Maturing in Jesus is hard work >> Maturity comes through discipline -- These verses go with verse 2

(208g) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being the friend of God >> Father & son relationship – The writer of Hebrews has compared our earthly parents to our heavenly Father, saying that those who love their children discipline them in ways they think is best, suggesting that all parents make mistakes with their children, because they are merely human. In contrast, God disciplines us for our good, meaning He never makes mistakes, so we may share His holiness. Therefore, we can have strong confidence in the Lord’s discipline, not only in the things He commands us being right and true, but also in the confidence He builds in us that we are the children of God. If we receive disciple from the Lord, it proves we have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying. This single tool is of utmost importance pertaining to our relationship with God.

Heb 12,7-9

(6g) Responsibility >> Being spiritual >> Ministering to God by dying to self

(106f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> When He speaks and what He says We endure for the sake of discipline that we may share in His holiness. We should be listening to the Holy Spirit in our hearts and be ready to repent at a moment’s notice, always prepared to respond to His call. We are not to be like the Israelites in verse 19, who heard, “…the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word be spoken to them.” When God speaks we are not to beg that no further word be spoken to us. This was Israel’s big mistake; they should have endured the word of God; had they done that, they wouldn’t have needed Moses or the Law. Instead, God spoke to Moses, who spoke to the Israelites, because they were unwilling to hear the word directly from God. This is the case of the new covenant; God directly speaks to us by His Spirit, and not everything He says is positive. There are many things He would like to tell us about ourselves, but we cannot hear them; we are unwilling to listen, but if we did, the changes He could make in us would transport us into a spiritual realm that would fit us for a kingdom that is to come, and He would use us to bring that kingdom to light through the gospel. We are to endure the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking in our hearts no matter how critical He is of us. It takes discipline to acquire the hearing ear to listen to the Holy Spirit tell us all the things He would like to change, and if we are willing to listen to Him about that, then He will begin to speak to us about Himself, and that is when the change really occurs. That is when the glory and the power of God and the anointing of the Holy Spirit begins to build in our lives and strengthens our spirit to believe the truth so we can act on it, demonstrating to our fellow brothers and sisters and to the world that God lives in our hearts.

Heb 12-7

(4l) Disciples (Key verse)

(91d) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> His purpose answers "Why" -- This verse goes with verses 10&11

Heb 12,8-15

(156f) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> You will know them by their repentance – Show me a Christian without discipline, and I will show you a person who is not a Christian. Prov 12-1 says, “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.” Solomon linked discipline with knowledge, while Hebrews twelve linked discipline with knowing God. Therefore, anyone who hates discipline is ignorant of God. Discipline is not only a good thing, but is evidence that we are the children of God.

Heb 12-8

(157e) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Being displeasing to God >> Walking in disobedience – The writer of Hebrews is saying without exception that every person who’s going to heaven, who’s name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life is disciplined by the Lord; we are all disciples of Jesus. The phrase “disciple of Jesus” is better than the name Christian, in that the phrase includes the concept of discipline, which is what the Church needs more than ever. Those who adhere to the doctrines of easy-believism resist becoming disciples of Jesus and usually do not read the Bible much, because there are too many passages that contradict what they believe, like this verse, and there are a host of others that simply do not fit their doctrines they have devised over the centuries to excuse their sinful flesh. Easy-believism could be defined this way: having an interest in going to heaven, but having no interest in serving the Lord. They say, ‘It was good for the early Church to be disciples of Jesus, but they did it for us so we don’t have to live that way.’ They think that all we have to do is agree with certain handpicked doctrines that we have extrapolated from the Bible, pray once in a while and do good deeds more often than worldly people, and for this God will allow us into His heaven. This is anything but a description of Christian discipleship. The writer of Hebrews is saying that all Christians going to heaven are disciples of Jesus, but if we’re not, then we are illegitimate sons in need of salvation.

(159c) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit godliness >> Counterfeit Christian

(172a) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Devils among the saints >> False brethren among the people of God >> Antichrists among Christians – Illegitimate (or bastard) children are defined as not having a father, but the definition of a Christian is someone whose spiritual Father is God, meaning that if we don’t have a spiritual Father, then we are not Christian. This suggests that there is no such thing as illegitimate Christians. The apostle John wrote in a similar manner in his epistle, giving evidence of salvation and evidence of being hell-bound. A person who flatly rejects discipline is on his way to hell, period. The writer of Hebrews is saying that this is a black and white situation. Show me a rebellious Christian without discipline and I will show you a false brother. There are just too many people in the Church today who make grandiose claims of faith but are undisciplined in their walk with God, in the Scriptures, in prayer, in cultivating the hearing ear, in doing the good works of his calling….

(217h) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> I never knew you >> Because you never did His will -- This verse goes with verse 14

(229ia) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking of Jesus’ suffering >> Suffering as a Christian -- This verse goes with verse 10

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9-11 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

 

Heb 12-9,10

(36b) Gift of God >> Gifts from the Holy Spirit >> The gift of repentance

(73i) Authority >> Respect authority in the family >> Respect your mother and Father

(88g) Thy kingdom come >> Fear the judgment of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Fear the consequences of your disobedience – It was an assumption back then that every child had a father; but in society today sadly not every family has a father, and it is all due to a lack of discipline. We live in undisciplined times, and society is becoming volatile and dangerous. People demand everything, but they are unwilling to discipline themselves. The Bible does not speak for nothing; if we disobey the word of God, consequences will come, and they are coming to America, and they are already here, and it is all because people have turned a deaf ear to the gospel and turned their hearts against the Lord and refused to serve Him or to discipline themselves for the sake of righteousness. Some people will go to school and discipline themselves up to a decade to achieve a degree and get a job that pays big money, but they are unwilling to discipline themselves for the cause of righteousness, and it is killing this nation. Professionalism and education is a poor substitute for a pursuit of holiness through faith in Jesus.

(133f) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> The body of Christ is holy >> God has made His people holy

(236c) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> All things are for your sake >> God’s purpose is for your sake – We have all heard our parents say about their discipline that it is for our own good, but here the Bible is saying that they disciplined us as seemed best to them, suggesting that no one knows the truth like God does. We are all poking and guessing at what is right and wrong and what is true and false, but when God disciplines us, it is not what seems right to Him; it is right, and He does it for our good. Holiness is not a common goal with Christians in these last days. Talk to unbelievers about the Lord and they will ask us questions like, ‘Will He help me find my dream home,’ etc. Many people have different goals in mind, and when the Lord speaks to them about their sin, it doesn’t match their objectives for being Christian. They think God is being overly critical with them when in fact He is actually addressing the heart of the matter. Their lives are a mess and they don’t know why, and they ask God for help, and God speaks to their hearts and tells them to repent, and they get angry and turn from the Lord because He is not giving them what they want. These are the problems that God is trying to resolve in their hearts that we might be willing to accept the last place in order to accomplish God’s plan and purpose for our lives. If we seek the first place, it is a poor position to do the will of God. We can’t work way up there, because that is where Satan dwells; He wants the first place. He looks down on us and thinks we belong to him when in fact nothing belongs to him. Everything has been taken from him, so that whatever possessions he thinks he has is merely a figment of his own imagination. His real place is the lake of fire where he will be tormented day and night, and if we seek the first place next to him, we may find our place next to him in that lake. We need to humble ourselves and do the will of God and let the Lord reward us in secret and wait for our real reward in heaven instead of seek the reward here on earth. The whole purpose of this life is to store up treasures in heaven.

Heb 12-9

(148d) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >>

(237l) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> Transformed from death to life

Heb 12-10,11

(91d) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> His purpose answers "Why" -- These verses go with verse 7

(170i) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Temporary >> All suffering is temporary

Heb 12-10

(94e) Thy kingdom come >> Perspective >> God’s Perspective on the Church

(178c) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Presumption (Hinduism) >> Presuming the facts about the circumstances >> Presumption interprets our observations

(229ia) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking of Jesus’ suffering >> Suffering as a Christian -- This verse goes with verses 1-3

Heb 12-11

(41h) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Seek His righteousness -- This verse goes with verse 23

(126f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Peace >> Terms of peace

(128l) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Bearing fruit >> Living a fruitful life >> It is a way of thriving – Discipline is not much fun, but it ultimately leads to all the character traits we need to get along in this world. That is, if we endure the word of God in our hearts and endure the humiliation of admitting our sins and repenting and reconstructing our lives to fit into God’s plan and purpose, eventually we will get where we want to go. Everyone is seeking happiness; in fact, it is engraved in our nation’s constitution; we have political freedom to pursue happiness, but many a person has gotten entangled in that pursuit. If we pursue happiness, we will never find it, but if we pursue the will of God, happiness will lay at our doorstep, along with the peaceful fruit of righteousness. What would make us happier than to be at peace with God and at peace with ourselves and with each other in the joy of the Lord? That is everybody’s hope; we may all be pursuing it in different ways, but ultimately this is everybody’s desired outcome. However, people go to drinking parties, snort cocaine and dance all night, pursuing happiness according to the elementary principles of the world, not hoping to get into a fistfight or to get addicted to their drug of choice, but eventually they will achieve just the opposite of what they are seeking. Unhappiness will be their lot in life and turmoil, like the breaking waves of the sea crashing against the shore, casting up their shame like foam (Jd-12,13), but if we pursue happiness under the tutelage of the Lord, we will find it.

(188h) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Sorrow >> Grieving over your own loss >> Grieving over your sinful nature

(215e) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God views time in eternity >> God sees eras as moments

(218h) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest >> Reaping the harvest of obedience >> The harvest of righteousness – There is a reward at the end of God’s reproof, the peaceful fruit of righteousness. There are those who do not value such things, but this just proves they are not the children of God. The Holy Spirit will train us to value His reward, so that those who don’t value them will expose themselves as false brethren. When we receive things from God, we perceive them as treasures from heaven, but those who find no joy in the peaceful fruit of righteousness prove they do not have the discipline of the Lord.

(227c) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> God rewards us for obeying Him >> Fruit of the Spirit is its own reward

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12-14 Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed. 14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.

 

Heb 12,12-16

(9i) Responsibility >> Strengthen one another >> Be strong

Heb 12,12-15

(100h) Thy kingdom come >> Diligence >> Diligence in running the race that is set before us -- These verses go with verses 1&2. We are to make straight paths for our feet. A crooked path is usually going through a mountain pass where there are large obstacles and rocks that can twist our ankle if we step on them wrong, but if we make straight paths for our feet, that kind of path goes through a flat prairie, where we have time to stop and smell the roses and watch the birds in all their busy work flying overhead, feel the breeze and enjoy the day in the peace and joy of the Holy Spirit. The one who’s climbing an uphill battle against the elements is usually taking a shortcut that will ultimately end in disaster. God is not interested in shortcuts; He has given us a life that is long enough that we can get where we’re going. Even if we die young we will have time to do everything God has called us to do if we serve Him and do His will.

Heb 12-12,13

(134a) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Your body >> Mediator between the natural and the spiritual realms >> Manifesting the Kingdom of God through obedience

(229b) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> Growing In Numbers Corresponds With Spiritual Growth >> Kingdom grows in strength

Heb 12-12

(137h) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Maturing in Jesus is hard work >> Maturity comes through discipline

Heb 12,13-15 

(194a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God >> Run the race that is set before us -- These verses go with verses 1-4

Heb 12-13

(8o) Responsibility >> Prevent backsliding from God

(92g) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> What kind of trail is this? >> Gate is small and few are those who find it – The straight and narrow way is also the most level place to walk in the deep, dark forest. If you get off the trail, you must fight rugged terrain, and risk turning your foot and losing your way.

(193a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Stop practicing sin >> Be zealous and repent

Heb 12-14

(11a) Servant >> Standard for a servant >> A changed lifestyle

(117j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Acknowledging the presence of God

(126c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Peace >> Peacemakers >> Peacemakers are a blessing

(169b) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is blind to God >> Blind to Jesus >> Blind to the holiness of God in Christ

(191i) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Set apart >> Set apart from sin Heaven will not be filled with people who never attempted to fulfill God’s plan and purpose for their lives or sacrificed the will of God to do their own thing. The writer of Hebrews is putting the capstone on his message that sanctification is an absolute requirement for all God's people, “without which no one will see the Lord.” Discipline is the definition of a Christian discipleSanctification belongs to every soul who expects to see the Lord, and we discipline ourselves for the purpose of setting ourselves apart from the world. To be set apart means to be called; we have a calling from God and we cannot fulfill it while we are attempting to integrate into the world. If we fight against the Lord, nothing can get done, but if we work with Him, He will set us apart for the purpose of fulfilling His calling, "who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption" (1Cor 1-30).

(217h) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> I never knew you >> Because you never did His will -- This verse goes with verse 8. Without sanctification no one will see the Lord, sanctification meaning set apart from the ways of the world and from it attitudes, values, teachings and philosophies. We must program and reprogram our minds to think the way God thinks, because there is nothing about the world, our flesh or the devil that corresponds with the mind of Christ. The only thing we have is the Bible to believe the truth, and we have the Spirit to guide us, and we have the witness of the creation to prove God’s existence. Nevertheless, some churches erroneously teach that if we believe in a set of doctrines we will go to heaven with almost no mention of sanctification or obedience or faithfulness or any of God’s expectations. The only thing that many churches teach nowadays is God’s faithfulness and the work He performed on the cross for us, that if we believe in His blood sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin, He will cleans us from all unrighteousness and accept us into His heaven. This is taught totally separate from the teachings of sanctification. They continually quote Paul, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph 2-8,9). They say that this is the gospel in its entirety; it is all we need to know. They affirm certain doctrines and go on their merry way, believing they are saved and going to heaven, yet the process of sanctification never happens. If we confront them about it, they say the Law is no longer in effect so that any demands on us are interpreted as commandments, which are superseded by grace. This nullifies any obligation on our part, they claim. If we follow this line of reasoning, what do we do with a verse like this? What they fail to realize who believe in phony doctrines of easy-believism is that God has given us His Spirit who has endowed us with a willingness and desire to please the Lord, so we are no longer following commandments but the Spirit who lives in us. Paul said, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” (Gal 5-25).

 

15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;

 

Heb 12,15-20

(174i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Form of a servant but denying God your loyalty

(203e) Denying Christ >> Dishonor God >> Stepping out of position

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Heb 12,15-17

(55k) Paradox >> Gain the world to lose your soul >> he who saves his life shall lose it – The writer of Hebrews equates bitterness with immorality, godlessness and betrayal. The most valuable possession Esau had was his birthright. Esau was the firstborn son of Isaac; the family inheritance fell to him by default, unless of course he died childless or sold his birthright to his younger brother for a single meal. This transaction occurred by word of mouth, which acted as an oath, and God stood as witness, which resulted in Jacob receiving the inheritance. Esau came back to camp after many days of hunting, famished. He figured he would die of starvation, and Jacob was not giving him anything to eat unless he traded his birthright for a bowl of soup. Gen 25,31-34 tells the story, Jacob replied, ‘First sell me your birthright.’ ‘I am about to die,’ Esau said. ‘What good is the birthright to me?’ But Jacob said, ‘Swear to me first.’ So he swore an oath, transferring his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. He ate and drank; so Esau despised his birthright. Had Esau actually starved to death that day the inheritance would have naturally gone to Jacob, so there was no reason to sell his birthright, except for the soup. What Esau didn’t realize was that life continued after dinner. God was deeply offended by this blatant act of self-betrayal. He was trying to build a nation through the children of Abraham; He was not about to link a man in the genealogical chain who despised the very faith He was trying to ordain that would ultimately lead to the Son of God. 

(74i) Thy kingdom come >> Heart of man is sinful >> It is deceitful and desperately wicked – Jacob and Esau were fraternal twins, it happened that Esau came out of the womb first, and that is how he was first-born, but by how long, perhaps less than an hour, so when Esau gave up his birthright to Jacob, it was like trading places with his brother in the womb, as though manipulating their destinies. We know that physically the birth order could not be changed after they were born, but in the mind of God after that infamous bowl of soup, He perceived the birth order as reversed. Therefore, the things we say and do from the heart have a bearing on the spiritual realm. Whatever happens in the heart is very real to God. He views the heart of man as it were a material object. For example, when we look at the covenant that Esau made with Jacob when he sold his birthright for a single meal, God accepted that as a legitimate deal. There were no papers to sign; there was no final handshake; there was just a transaction that occurred in the spiritual realm that was just as real to God as a signed, notarized official document or a closing handshake, because Esau was sincere when he “swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob” (Genesis 25-33). We can get mad and say, ‘I don’t want to be a Christian anymore.’ It was just an outburst of anger, an emotional flare; we didn’t really mean it. We didn’t say it from the heart, so it didn’t count. We know we will not lose our salvation over words like that, but we also know that Esau could not retrieve his birthright and could not receive the blessing after his father gave it to his brother, so the person who despises the blood covenant that purchased his salvation cannot take it back, to the degree that he spoke from the heart. 

(153j) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Shame >> Walking in condemnation >> Attacking the body of Christ

(161n) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Carried Away >> Carried away by lust – It wasn’t just what Jacob did, tricking his father Isaac into speaking the inheritance over him, but it was also what happened between Jacob and Esau with that bowl of soup that Jacob traded for his brother’s birthright. The two of them together made for a legitimate covenant transfer, Isaac speaking the blessing over Jacob with Esau’s consent. If a covenant-wise transaction could be made to transpose brothers in the womb, how much easier could a covenant be altered regarding our spiritual birthright? Therefore, we need to be very careful with Christians like Esau, who would impulsively disown his own faith for a temptation little as a bowl of soup, and how much more readily would he betray us for something far less? The true Christian believes in God to the point of dying as a martyr, much less trading his faith for a bowl of soup, but there are others who fellowship right alongside us in church who spiritually bear no resemblance to us, and we often can’t tell them apart from the true saints. Thos who are guilty of this kind of sin don’t believe that such a transaction can actually take place. It is not so much that he is unaware, but that he habitually lies to his own heart, so he is incapable of knowing the truth.

(181j) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Deceitfulness of sin – The book of Hebrews talks about the deceitfulness of sin; the perfect example of this is Esau, who was deceived into trading his birthright for a single meal. It was his appetite that deceived him. Jacob sought the birth order, which is impossible to change. He wanted to be first in line for the inheritance. Esau, after coming home from a skunked hunting trip, said to Jacob, ‘What good is my birthright since I am about to die of starvation?’ (Gen 25,32-34). Esau devalued his birthright when he listened to his fleshly appetite and sold his birthright for a bowl of soup. He lost sight of the significance of his birthright, having been born the first of twins. He lost sight that God was working with his family, starting with Abraham, Esau’s grandfather, not knowing His plan was to make a chain of descendants by whom the Christ would come, and Esau despised his role in it because of his appetite, believing he would die if he didn’t sell his birthright. His logic, ‘What good is it if I’m dead?’ The lesson God would have us learn is that we would be better off dead than selling our birthright. What does Esau's birthright represent to us in the new covenant? What did the writer of Hebrews say? “Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.” It represents our salvation. When we were born-again, we received our birthright to eternal life in heaven, but Esau sold this right for a single bowl of soup.

(186da) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> Man’s role in becoming a reprobate >> The fool throws Jesus away for something better >> Israel betrayed the Lord – They say you cannot un-ring a bell, but committing the unpardonable sin is like un-ringing the bell that God rang in your heart. It is similar to becoming heir of the family fortune just because you were firstborn, and then surrendering that privilege to your younger brother for a single meal.  

(186h) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> Man’s role in becoming a reprobate >> Being unable to repent – Esau made a transaction that could not be reversed; he could not take back his words. Verse 17 says, “Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could not bring about a change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears.” There are sins we can commit that have no place for repentance, and if there is no repentance, then neither can there be forgiveness. We have stumbled upon the unpardonable sin, and it is tied to bitterness (chronic unforgiveness). In contrast to this example, the apostle Peter denied three times that he knew the Lord, yet he found grace and forgiveness, so what did Esau do that was so much worse? Peter simply lied to his accusers, whereas Esau’s sin was more like the sin of Judas Iscariot, who sold his soul to the devil for 30 pieces of silver, which He later threw into the temple from remorse. Although Judas wanted to repent he could not find the grace of forgiveness after he had been using Jesus as a moneymaking enterprise. 

(197d) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Rebelling against where God wants you to go >> Refuse to enter His rest

(207c) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Eternal security? >> God will accept you into His heaven if you overcome >> Overcome temptation to give up the faith – Like a weed, the moment we see bitterness sprout, we are to uproot it before it sends down its roots and becomes established, and more drastic measures are required to remove it. We know we are saved by grace, but bitterness can rob us of God's grace, and we can lose our salvation over it. Multitudes have funneled into the mouth of hell by obeying their pride and bitterness. Bitterness makes big promises about vengeance, but it knows nothing about justice. In the end bitterness cannot even defend our pride. The benefits of unforgiveness are a lie from beginning to end.

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(24k) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Anger >> Unforgiveness – God asks the bitter person how important it is that he goes to heaven? If the person says, ‘It is all-important,’ God will answer, ‘Good, then get rid of your bitterness and pride.’ We are all called to sacrifice our pride for the sake of our eternal soul. God wants us to humble ourselves, so no root of bitterness has an opportunity to germinate. God will take us only so far with bitterness in our hearts, and then He will expect us to deal with it before He will take us any further. Being the opposite of Jesus who is the door that opens for us through which we may pass into the Kingdom of Heaven, bitterness is a wall. For this reason He commands us to make sure we don’t let bitterness wrap its tentacles around us and pull us into its lair to squeeze the life of God from us, for bitterness is one of the ugliest evils of sin. There are some sins that are pretty and bring pleasure but in the end breed destruction. Bitterness is not like that; usually cultivated from a bad experience from the start, it has no redeeming qualities. Like a contagious parasite, bitterness has the power to harm its host, making a victim of the person who holds the grudge, and this person makes victims of other people through their bitterness. You see a bitter person? Run, because he will hurt you. It is only a matter of time that his dagger will find you.

(115c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through your ministry >> Through your calling >> To build up the body of Christ

(145f) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Deliverance from demon possession >> Human state >> Filthiness >> Being defiled

(158e) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Divide and conquer >> Strife >> Bitterness – The subject is still on discipline, but the writer of Hebrews upped the ante by adding unforgiveness to the kitty, which quickly turns to bitterness. Forgiveness is a part of discipline; we need to remain vigilant and forgive one another, knowing that we are doing it for ourselves more than the other person. We should forgive even those who have not repented. The person who refuses to forgive has committed as grievous sin as the person who has sinned against us. That’s the way the Lord sees it, for bitterness defiles a person. Harboring unforgiveness in our hearts defiles our conscience, which acts like the veil of the old covenant temple. Forgiveness grants us permission to push the curtain aside and enter the Most Holy Place, where our conscience, free of guilt, allows us to commune with God.

(172c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Devils among the saints >> Wolves among the sheep

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16&17 that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.

 

Heb 12,16-29

(185i) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> Blasphemy >> Responding with contempt to the Holy Spirit >> Evicting the Holy Spirit – The children of Israel didn’t want God personally giving them His commandments, because they had no intentions of doing His will, and they knew that if they disregarded Moses it would go better for them than if they disregarded God Himself in person. The same situation is occurring in the Church today. We would rather listen to a man behind the pulpit, though we have no intentions of doing what he says. There is a chronic problem in the Church today of resisting the Holy Spirit, yet there is always a remnant. There are still those who seek God and are willing to discipline themselves for the sake of accepting the ministry of the Great High Priest disseminating the will of God from heaven, but most of the Church is undisciplined and rebelling against the Holy Spirit. They are illegitimate children who have rejected the ministry of the Holy Spirit. There are many people who lie to themselves about their own hearts, which is equivalent to lying to God. This is a form of blasphemy, and one of the darker forms of it that is just as offensive to God as Esau selling his birthright for a single meal.

Heb 12-16,17

(22g) Sin >> Lust (craving pleasure) >> Fleshly mind

(113h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Anointed through obedience

(151c) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> The Patriarchs >> The sons of Abraham – A time came when Esau realized what he had done, perhaps thinking that such a spiritual transaction was not really possible, that the bowl of soup trade was just between he and Jacob. He was unaware that God was listening and approved the contract, essentially saying to Esau, ‘If this is what you want, then so be it.’ Obviously Esau did not think this through as just how much he would stand to lose. He traded a bowl of soup for his name associated with men of faith as a member of the original fathers and part of the lineage of Messiah who would come to save the world from sin. When He went to his father to receive the blessing he discovered that his place had been given to his brother and that the blessing would be passed through his brother instead, and his children became the twelve tribes of Israel. There was nothing that Esau could say about it after he despised his own birthright.

(165e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not partake of the world >> Do not desire the treasures of the world

(183e) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Nursery for the spirit of error >> Selfish ambition >> Seeking to control the truth

(217l) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> You cannot control the judgment of God >> You cannot control how God responds to sin

Heb 12-16

(134k) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Immorality >> Sexual perversion >> Basic immorality

Heb 12-17

(36i) Gift of God >> Inheritance >> Our inheritance can be withheld – This refers to the story how Jacob tricked his brother into giving him the birthright. Jacob and Esau were fraternal twins, and Esau was firstborn. Esau was hungry one day, and so Jacob enticed Esau to verbally transfer his birthright to him, and God took it literally, though it didn’t actually change their birth order. This story shows that verbal transactions mean something to God to the extent that we speak from the heart. It was as though the moment of birth was revisited and Jacob came out first and then Esau. Esau was still the first person to exit the womb, but he verbally transferred the birth order to his brother, so that Jacob spiritually was firstborn in the mind of God. To seal the deal Jacob deceived his father Isaac who had become blind from age and made him think that he was Esau, and so Isaac spoke the blessing over Jacob, thinking it was Esau. Isaac spoke the blessing over Jacob as Esau gave him the inheritance, and so on a spiritual level Jacob was firstborn and received the blessing of the family inheritance, and so his name was inscribed immemorial to the family order throughout the generations. The blessing went through Jacob and he has been named among the founding fathers of Israel: “Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” This is an example of what can take place in the spiritual realm based on the words we say that come from the heart. Esau apparently meant what he said, “Esau said, “Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?” And Jacob said, “First swear to me”; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob” (Genesis 25-32,33). If Esau had enough strength in himself to say that, then he wasn’t about to die. He wanted the soup immediately, but the Kingdom of God is not based on having our way and getting what we want when we want it. Rather, we wait patiently for it; generations of man believing in Jesus have waited patiently for the Kingdom of God. What Esau didn’t know at the time was that Messiah would be born through his descendants. It just proved how little he cared about the inheritance. He probably didn’t understand its significance, but then he didn't ask. It mattered to Jacob, though; he saw the value in the family lineage.

(193j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Consequences of not repenting

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18 For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind,

 

Heb 12,18-29

(34d) Gift of God >> Believer owns everything >> New creation belongs to us – This natural realm is considered a created thing; it will be shaken and ultimately removed, but the new creation that God has built in us is of another substance altogether, which cannot be shaken. Things earthly and natural are subject to demons (Jm 3-15); they will thus be shaken and replaced with that which cannot be shaken. Those who have nothing in common with God will be shaken and removed from heaven, removed from the Church, from the earth and from this natural realm. They will be shaken to their station where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

(88i) Thy kingdom come >> Fearing the power of God is the beginning of wisdom – The theme of Hebrews is Jesus as our Great High Priest, having a better ministry than that of the old covenant. Therefore, according to that theme, the writer of Hebrews is warning us not to refuse Him who is speaking. He describes Moses full of fear and trembling at the sight of God on Mount Sinai, then he describes the beauty and glory of heaven, of eternal life and of the Kingdom of God with His children living and reigning with Christ. Yet, do not be deceived by the peace and majesty of the new covenant, for rejecting the voice the of the Holy Spirit whom Christ discloses through His Priesthood has a far more fearful consequence than rejecting the God of Mount Sinai. To the degree that God shook a single mountain but intends to shake every mountain prior to His second coming (Rev 16,17-21), is the degree to which we should fear God more than Moses did. Although the universe will be shaken, yet heaven itself will stand firm. Everything will be shaken by God’s thundering voice in the days to come. The Bible promises that the entire universe one day will be uprooted and replaced by a creation that will never fade. He will do this by the same voice who is speaking in our hearts, which is good reason for new covenant believers to fear.

Heb 12,18-24

(106a) Thy Kingdom Come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Knowing the sound of His voice >> God speaks in the darkness to shine the light

(133g) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> The body of Christ is holy >> We have made ourselves holy through Christ

(221i) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides his divinity from man’s corruption >> The Kingdom of God is from another realm – God revealed Himself in earthquakes, in trumpets and in the voice of thunder at the top of Mount Sinai to the children of Israel, causing Moses to tremble with fear. This is how God chose to reveal Himself to his chosen people according to sinful flesh, but it is not how He chooses to reveal Himself to His beloved people according to the Spirit. Jesus appeared in grace and truth to reveal a different side of God, the side we all like and will enjoy for eternity with Jesus leading us as a shepherd with his little lambs, but to those who are disobedient and unbelieving, they will never know a side of God other than the one depicted on Mount Sinai in fire and smoke, which are two characteristics of hell. So we have a choice; we will either know God as He was on Mount Sinai or we will know Him in His Son, Jesus Christ, who showed mankind the love of God and came to die for our sins that we might be forgiven and walk in righteousness and holiness of the truth?

(224c) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> Describing the kingdom after he makes all things new >> Description of the new creation – The writer of Hebrews describes the new covenant in terms of what is happening inside the children of God and what their future entails. Obviously, we haven’t yet received our inheritance, but the Holy Spirit dwelling in us is the essence of the City of God and is as much heaven as heaven itself. For the Holy Spirit to dwell in us is to have our foot inside the gate, so for him to say in present tense that we have already come to mount Zion is significant. The writer of Hebrews is speaking about two mountains: Mount Sinai and Mount Zion. We have heard about Zion in conversations about Israel and the Jews. There have been many meanings and locations for “Zion” over the millennia, yet nobody knows the actual location of Mount Zion, anymore than they know the actual location of Mount Sinai. Most people agree that Zion refers to the Temple Mount on Mount Moriah, the location of the Dome of the Rock. Jerusalem will be based on mount Zion, not the Jerusalem that we know today and not the earth that we know today, but the New Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven from God (Rev 3-12) and rests upon the new earth. The ultimate meaning of Zion is the heavenly city, New Jerusalem, and its location is in heaven, and God promises to move His holy city upon a new earth that He will create, after He destroys this present universe and builds a new one in its place. Essentially, Zion is the place where God has placed his name, and it references the grace of God, whereas Mount Sinai references the judgment and severity of God. When someone dies in his sin, Mount Sinai will be the only side of God they will ever know, but when someone dies believing in Jesus’ blood sacrifice to cleans him from his sin, he will be whisked to the heavenly city where God lives. This is the true Zion, and it is the city that Abraham sought so many millennia ago, where he is now living. Zion is a mythical place that no one is sure even exists of those who don’t believe the truth, but those who believe in Jesus will live there among myriads of angels, and it is a very real place, not just spiritual but also physical. Zion is the place called heaven, the residence of God.

Heb 12,18-22

(151d) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> The Patriarchs >> Moses -- These verses go with verse 26

Heb 12,18-21

(87b) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word from the heart >> We have no choice but to be doers of the word -- These verses go with verses 25-29

(97d) Thy kingdom come >> Attention >> Facing in the direction of the Lord >> Focusing your attention on God

(187f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man>> Die to the flesh >> Dying to receive the glory of God >> Die to self to know the revelation of God -- These verses go with verse 25

(209f) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Righteous saved with difficulty >> Righteous saved with hardship >> Righteous saved with grief -- These verses go with verses 25-29

Heb 12,18-20

(57j) Paradox >> Opposites >> Unable to endure hearing the word of God, how much less are they able to do it – Verse 18 says, “You have not come to a mountain that may be touched,” and verse 20 says, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it will be stoned.” He was saying that in the old covenant they could touch the mountain but it was against God’s command. In contrast, the new covenant has not embarked on something that is physical or of this world, or to blazing fire or to darkness, gloom and whirlwind, which we have all seen, or to the blast of a trumpet, which we’ve all heard. This is God speaking to Israel from Mount Sinai, and the result was, Israel begged that no further word be spoken to them in this manner. They didn’t want to hear the voice of God, because it was too scary. They would rather God spoke to Moses and let Moses intercede for the people with the oracle of God. The children of Israel wanted the voice of a man and not of God. What is most unfortunate about this story is that people of the new covenant have come to the same conclusion. What is different between covenants, though, is that God is not willing to accommodate our request as He did for Israel, but considers us in rebellion against His plan and purpose for our lives when we don’t let Him speak to us by His Holy Spirit. We who call ourselves by the name of God would rather listen to our pastor ruminate on the Scriptures once a week, giving our feigned attention to a man behind a pulpit before we will listen to the Holy Spirit speak the truth in our hearts. We would rather be accountable to a man than to God.

(106a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Knowing the sound of His voice >> God speaks in the darkness to shine the light

Heb 12-18

(104c) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Purified through fiery judgment -- This verse goes with verses 24-29

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19&20 and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word be spoken to them. 20 For they could not bear the command, "IF EVEN A BEAST TOUCHES THE MOUNTAIN, IT WILL BE STONED." 

 

Heb 12,19-21

(96e) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Positive attitude toward God >> Good attitude toward Jesus

Heb 12-19,20

(18k) Sin >> Twisted thinking >> Unable to distinguish between good and evil >> God’s works are evil

(20k) Sin >> Disobedience >> Rejecting the word of God -- These verses go with verse 25. It says that God never changes, meaning that the God of the new covenant is the same as the God of the old covenant, so whoever God was back then, He still is today. All we ever hear about God anymore is grace and love, yet we know there is a side to God that perfectly correlates with the God of the Old Testament and with these verses. Many changes have occurred between the old and new covenants; Jesus has been sacrificed, who epitomized the grace of God, and everybody under His grace will be blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places and will receive eternal life that we should dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Since God never changes, anybody who dies outside the grace of God will meet the God of the Old Testament, and it will not go well with him. God caused even Moses to shake and tremble, being so scary they asked that Moses speak to them in His place. God stopped speaking directly to the children of Israel, honoring their request, because they were unwilling to endure the word of God, and it was their downfall.

(60d) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Could not bear the sound of the words / Could not bear the meaning of the words – They called for an intercessor, Moses, that there might be a cushion to soften the method of receiving the word of God, because God’s presence frightened them. It was God’s original plan to personally speak to His own people, but Israel demanded that God no longer personally spoke to them. They couldn’t endure the word of God being associated with loud blasts of a trumpet, earthquakes, lightning and thunder and the smoke of a furnace on top of Mount Sinai. The children of Israel could deal with all that and eventually get used to it, but they wanted it stopped, because they knew they had no intensions of obeying the Lord. They intuitively knew that after hearing the word directly from the mouth of God their defiance would demand a more severe consequence. Going back to the Old Testament and reading what happened after Israel begged that no further word be spoken to them from God, they tried to run roughshod over Moses. God took their rebellion against Moses personally, because it was their choice to have an intercessor. The people formed the rebellion of Korah, and the earth opened up and swallowed the dissenters. This was Israel’s plan, to receive the word of God from a man so they could trick their minds into believing it was just a man’s opinion. It is no different in our own time; people would rather read the Bible or hear the word come over the pulpit in their local church, rather than hear it directly from the Holy Spirit who purportedly dwells in them. People today are just as disobedient to the Holy Spirit as Israel was to God in the days of Moses. God still envisions personally leading His people, but His people still oppose Him, as Israel who wandered and died in the wilderness through their insolence. How much severer punishment can we expect to receive who demand an intercessor in the form of a pastor when Christ the intercessor dwells in us through the Holy Spirit, but we refuse to acknowledge His voice in our hearts.

(160l) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Temptation >> Tempted to act like an animal It says, “Even if a beast touches the mountain, it should be stoned;” it doesn’t say if a beast touches the mountain, God will kill it, but ordered the Israelites to do it. Recall the case in 1Chronicles 13-9,10, “When they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark [of the covenant], because the oxen nearly upset it. The anger of the LORD burned against Uzza, so He struck him down because he put out his hand to the ark; and he died there before God.” The Lord struck Uzza because he was not from the tribe of Levi. That tribe alone was given priestly authority to manage the tabernacle. In this case the Ark of the Covenant represents a man who would make it to the top of the mountain; hence if any man touches the base of the mountain, God ordered the Israelites to kill him, but reaching near the top, God will personally kill him. This is the kind of God we would have if it weren’t for Jesus. God’s ministry with Israel was very different from the Church; they were meant as a witness to the world of His greatness and power; whereas the Church is meant as a witness to the nations of His grace and mercy.

(168l) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world has deaf ears to God >> God does not speak to people who will not hear Him

(200c) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Rejecting the will of God >> Rejecting God’s purpose -- These verses go with verse 25

(246c) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literally unable to acknowledge the presence of God

Heb 12-19

(70d) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Being sensitive to the Spirit >> Spirit grieves over the flesh

(100e) Thy kingdom come >> Diligence >> Diligence in the sight of God -- This verse goes with verses 5-11

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21-24 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, "I AM FULL OF FEAR and trembling." 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel. 

 

Heb 12-21

(87m) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Committed to the word of God – This statement that Moses made at the foot of Mount Sinai, “I am full of fear and trembling,” he said before he went up the mountain, so imagine his fear as he started his ascent. God made strict orders about how the children of Israel should behave at His visitation that they should treat Him as holy, not attempt to climb the mountain to get a closer look or they should be stoned. There was fire and smoke, earthquakes and lightning, and it was all very powerful, loud and strong, so that the closer Moses drew to God, the more fearful the scene. Moses already had dealings with God, such as when he first met Him at the burning bush, and so he knew he would be safe, so long as he obeyed His command. God invited Moses up the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments, and there Moses had an experience with God like no other man before or since. There was a lot of talk about Moses; chapters were devoted to him, though only a handful of verses to Paul’s experience on the road to Damascus, but it changed his life just as dramatically as it changed Moses, if not more. We don’t know what Paul saw, and we don’t really know what Moses saw, but we do know that both saw the same God and that Moses was not allowed to look upon Him or he would die, for no man can see God and live.

Heb 12-22

(6i) Responsibility >> Ministering to people by being in the Spirit -- This verse goes along with verse 28. This is the vision Abraham had, the father of our faith, who "was looking for a city, whose architect and builder is God." Then verse 28 says to serve God and one another with our vision of heaven by getting as close to it as we can in both our thinking and our lifestyle.

(15g) Servant >> Angels >> The presence of angels denotes authority

Heb 12-23

(39b) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Characteristics of the resurrection

(41a) Judgment >> God glorifies Himself by being the judge of all

(41h) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Seek His righteousness -- This verse goes with verse 11

(43g) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Perfect (mature) >> Flawless Zion is the city of God, and it is the home of the Church. God has superimposed His righteousness over our faith in Him so that His righteousness has become our righteousness, and He will perfect us so we cannot sin. John has already said that we cannot sin, “No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1Jn 3-9). In that day His perfection will become our reality from the core of our being to our very outer extremities, and our inability to sin will become literal, so the only thing we can do is righteousness. This is what we want. He is creating a people whom He can perfect without violating their will. Both Adam and Lucifer were made perfect yet they sinned, because they both had boundaries that they crossed; for Adam it was partaking of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and for Lucifer it was desiring the throne of God. God, however, has taken away any boundaries from us so that not even the throne of God is off limits to us. We will be like God, knowing sin but living above it. In this way God has created us in His image. We will live in a perfect universe in a perfect world in a perfect city and in a perfect body with a perfect God.

(61k) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Church of the firstborn -- Church belongs to Jesus, who was firstborn from the dead / Church partook of the First Resurrection

(248f) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Jesus is first >> Jesus is first born of the Father

Heb 12,24-29

(104c) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Purified through fiery judgment -- These verses go with verse 18. Those who are shaken and removed have judged themselves unworthy of eternal life, “in order that those things which cannot be shaken may remain” (1Cor 3,10-15). Whatever we decide to use as building material will make a difference on judgment day when we pass through the fire to test the quality of each man’s work. God will not let anything combustible pass through the gates of the holy city. If we have constructed our temple from gold, silver and precious stones, those things will remain, but if we have built from wood, hay and straw they will burn, though we will “be saved yet so as through fire.” This great shaking that God intends not only against His people to shake worldliness from them, will also shake the earth itself and everything will be destroyed. God will one day build a new heavens and a new earth from a material that cannot be shaken, having the same attributes and characteristics of His holy city and the people who dwell there. This will be our new home one day. The universe will be infinite and eternal, lasting long enough to do all the things that God has planned for us, and big enough to hold His vision for the future.

(255c) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> God’s word is Spirit >> Jesus is the word of the Spirit >> Jesus is the manifested word of God

Heb 12-24,25

(114d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Obeying the revelation from heaven >> Obeying the revelation of God’s word

(135h) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Abortion >> God’s judgment against abortion >> Blood of unborn babies cry out against us

Heb 12-24

(37g) Judgment >> Redemption of man >> His blood is the gift of His grace

(80l) Thy kingdom come >> Prayer >> The priesthood >> Jesus ministered to people through His ministry toward God

(83f) Thy kingdom come >> Intercession >> Jesus stands in the gap >> He is our mediator – Jesus suffered and died on the cross, but His suffering has not yet ended, for the body of Christ is still suffering in reference to the Church. We could call them growing pains, for whenever the Church grows, it is always associated with suffering, and if the Church is suffering, then Jesus is also suffering in paradise, seated at the right-hand of His Father in constant intercession with His people. This intercession causes suffering, because they are His beloved, and He is suffering with them. We complain about Christ not returning for His people but letting them suffer, year after year, generation after generation. Sometimes we get angry with Him because He won’t end our suffering, but we don’t realize that throughout this age of grace, He has been suffering with us. We have temporal lives, and as Christians we may have suffered fifty or sixty years, but Christ has been suffering for the last 2000 years, and not just as one man suffers but for all His children simultaneously. Only God could endure our suffering multiplied by millions. It pains His heart to see his people suffering for his namesake, but He allows it, because it brings more people to the Kingdom of Heaven, and He wants his kingdom filled. Once Christ comes and ends this age, the opportunities for more people to be added to his kingdom will cease. There will be a Millennium when millions of people repopulate the earth, and the vast majority of them will be Christians, but they will have seen the Lord in the flesh, and they won’t have the opportunity to believe as we do. We are a unique people of faith.

(110m) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spiritual substance and truth >> Spiritual substance follows obedience

(205f) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> New covenant >> The new covenant in His blood

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25 See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven.

 

Heb 12,25-29

(8d) Responsibility >> Prepare to interact with God >> Entering the realm of the Spirit – There is no plan that will protect us in the last days, no doomsday preppers surviving to the end, no underground shelter that will hide us from those who would steal our provisions, food or clothing that will protect us from the great tribulation. Instead, we should be gathering oil, according to the parable of the ten virgins. Five had enough oil and five didn’t. The five who were well-stocked previously gathered the oil before the hard times came. No amount of money can buy what people need; no amount of gold will suffice, no amount of land or properties will save them. The only way to prepare for the last days is to develop the hearing ear. Obeying the Holy Spirit will in effect prepare us for endtimes. When God speaks to His people in the last days and instruct us how to survive, if we have not developed the hearing ear by then, we will inevitably listen to the wrong message, obey the wrong spirits and follow the wrong people to our own demise. Following the Holy Spirit will do three things that will get us through the tribulation: (1) we will stockpile the oil of anointing (2) we will train our ear to hear His voice (3) He will lead us into His will, so that while others are faltering, we are forging ahead. Jesus advised in Mat 6,19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal; but store up treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

(40i) Judgment >> Judgment of Christ >> God’s word executes judgment by the Spirit – This verse shows the grave contrast between the offense of resisting Moses and the offense of resisting the Holy Spirit. During the days of Moses the earth swallowed the sons of Korah (Numbers 16-32), who acted in rebellion against Moses. That was a regional earthquake, whereas the writer of Hebrews is specifying an earthquake so violent, it will make the stars appear to be falling from the night sky, the earth wildly rocking to and fro, leveling every mountain and filling every valley on earth (Rev 16,17-21). The earthquake in the last days is incomprehensibly more severe than the earthquake in the days of Moses, instituting a scale of severity denoting the kind of infraction that people have made against God throughout the age of grace. Although we have the grace of God, with that grace comes accountability. All we can talk about is the goodness of God, but what about the fear of God? God was ready to forgive Israel for crucifying His Son and for all their past sins. Many Jews in fact did come to the Lord in the beginning days of the gospel, so in the last 2000 years God has not judged Israel for crucifying the Lord but for resisting the Holy Spirit after the fact. He has judged them for rejecting His purpose by rejecting the message of the gospel, leading to Hitler’s death camps, his gas chambers and his crematoriums.

(49h) Judgment >> God judges the world >> The last days >> The day of judgment  (Armageddon) – God intends to turn this world upside down and shake it over the mouth of hell, and what falls from it has judged itself unworthy of eternal life, and those who cling to faith with all their hearts will be called the children of God. He is using this future earthquake as a metaphor for culling the Church; there will be a shaking in the spirit realm, just like there will be a shaking in the natural realm. This earthquake is the last judgment of endtime prophecy, so the Church will already be raptured when it happens. The Church is already feeling the tremors of this violent shaking that is coming to the apostasy. Note that He says, “…as of created things” as opposed to things not of this creation. Paul says that we are a new creation of a kingdom that cannot be shaken. We will see everything shaking around us while remaining untouched. When a person is born-again, “…he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2Cor 5-17). These are the people who will not feel the shaking. They may not have an underground shelter; they may not have collected tons of food, all the more God will protect them from judgment that is coming. He is not talking about removing them in the Rapture; on the contrary, those removed are the disobedient. God will keep His people here during the tribulation of the saints. When we think of it that way, the Church will remain throughout the tribulation, because after the saints are Raptured, the tribulation will by definition suddenly end with their absence. God plans on keeping us here during the apocalypse and the trumpet judgments, protecting those who have collected oil instead of guns, and Rapturing us before the bowls.

(51d) Judgment >> Judging the Church with the world >> Warned to heed the word of God

(87b) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word from the heart >> We have no choice but to be doers of the word -- These verses go with verses 18-21

(97e) Thy kingdom come >> Attention >> Facing in the direction of the Lord >> Focusing your attention on the word of God

(110ja) Thy Kingdom Come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit of revelation >> Revelation of the truth >> Revelation of the true Church – This is the most relevant endtime prophecy in the Bible; it is about resisting the Holy Spirit. God won’t blame anyone but us for refusing Him who is speaking. We could blame our preacher for not preaching these things, but God won’t blame him; He will blame us for not listening to the Holy Spirit. We could say that our religion didn’t pertain to such doctrines as obeying the Holy Spirit, and so how could the preacher preach these things, and how could we know about this? But again, God will not blame our religion; He will blame us for refusing Him who is speaking. Revelation is an entire book of endtime prophecy, and it reiterates a statement to the point of becoming conspicuous, “He who has an ear to hear, let Him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches” (Rev 2-7,11,17,29; Rev 3-6,13,22).

(111j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Word and the judgment of God

(140c) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> House where you live with Jesus

(141i) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> Old Testament is for our instruction >> Teaching from the Old Testament – How many Christians are preparing for the last days by obeying the Holy Spirit in this age of apostasy? If Christians obeyed their master, endtimes would never come, but the last days are prophesied because God knew we would not serve Him just like Israel did not serve Him in the Old Testament. The writer of Hebrews is addressing this fact in these verses, and he is not saying it in a nice way; he is not playing footsy with us, but is telling us very plainly the repercussions of resisting the Holy Spirit. It says, “If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we [escape], if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?” The one who warned them on earth was Moses. If there are consequences in refusing to do the will of God commanded by a man, how much greater consequences can we expect after refusing to obey the Holy Spirit? Israel lost everything in their deportation to Babylon, including their nation and their temple, preserving only their identity as Israelites. Seventy years later, they returned to their country and they didn’t learn their lesson. About four hundred years later Jesus came and they rejected Him too, losing their nation and their temple again, this time for 2000 years, and they nearly lost their identity as Jews. Many have renounced their Jewish faith, considering their Old Testament to be a book of fairytales. The Jew finally reclaimed their nation, but they still are not allowed to rebuild their temple and are in constant conflict with their neighbors. Many who hold to the Jewish faith are unimaginably confused about the Old Testament message that God wanted to convey to them and to the world. If that were not consequence enough, God is saying, “Much less shall we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven” (referring to the Holy Spirit). That is, those who resist Him will find their place in hell! The Bible in no way teaches that we can resist the Holy Spirit and still be Christians, though everybody has refused Him at one point or another, but to do it as a way of life has the consequence of eternal damnation. We are talking about blaspheming the Holy Spirit to the point of developing a reprobate mind. These teachings are almost absent in the Church today; instead, we go to church and hear sermons tailored after issues of the day, but rarely warning people about God.

(209f) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Righteous saved with difficulty >> Righteous saved with hardship >> Righteous saved with grief -- These verses go with verses 18-21

Heb 12-25

(4b) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Being accountable to the Judgment of God

(20k) Sin >> Disobedience >> Rejecting the word -- This verse goes with verses 19&20

(51a) Warning Of Wrath (Key verse)

(68e) Authority >> Jesus Delegates the Holy Spirit to us >> Sent from heaven

(70e) Authority >> Sin of familiarity >> Familiarity-enemy of discernment >> Spirit grieves over sin

(187f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> Dying to receive the glory of God >> Die to self to know the revelation of God -- This verse goes with verses 18-21

(200c) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Rejecting the will of God >> Rejecting God’s purpose -- This verse goes with verses 19&20

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26-29 And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, "YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN." 27 This expression, "Yet once more," denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is a consuming fire.

 

Heb 12,26-29

(212a) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> He is the creator >> The creation glorifies God >> The creation exemplifies God’s sovereignty

Heb 12-26,27

(46h) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Satan falls from heaven

Heb 12-26

(151d) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> The Patriarchs >> Moses -- This verse goes with verses 18-22

Heb 12,27-29

(243f) Kingdom of God Is Indestructible (Key verse)

(243g) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> The indestructible kingdom >> The body of Christ is indestructible >> The indestructible kingdom within us – We are going to receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken; therefore, we cannot be shaken. The Kingdom of God is not the same as earthly kingdoms. The ground is inert, made of soil, sand and rocks. The farmer sows his seed, and vegetation mysteriously grows; he eats the produce of it, yet the ground does not reflect the composition of his body, not even the things he eats. However, the Kingdom of God is different. Take any sample of His kingdom, no matter if it be soil, rocks, trees, or even a person, all are made of the same substance. In this life we have organic and inorganic material, but in heaven all things are alive and there is no death! It is of a spiritual substance that cannot be shaken. We will receive spiritual bodies one day (1Cor 15-44), which is incomprehensible to the natural mind. We consider such a notion to be an oxymoron; it must be one or the other, but it cannot be both, but it is both physical and spiritual! In other words, God’s spiritual realm will one day invade the natural realm. In the life to come, God will fuse His spirit into the material that is the composition of the new heavens and the new earth, including our own bodies, and for this reason these things cannot be shaken. It understands no threat; it is eternal. Therefore, we should be grateful to God and show gratitude by serving Him with gladness of heart and joy in the Holy Spirit, wanting nothing from this world.

Heb 12-28,29

(81b) Thy kingdom come >> Prayer >> The priesthood >> Striving to please Christ

(82h) Thy kingdom come >> Prayer >> Thankfulness >> Giving thanks for His mercy

(96d) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Positive attitude toward God >> Having a thankful attitude

(189c) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> Acceptable sacrifice

Heb 12-28

(6i) Responsibility >> Ministering to people by being in the Spirit – This verse goes with verse 22

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