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HEBREWS CHAPTER 4

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1 Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it.

 

Heb 4,1-11

(60c) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Unable to enter because of unbelief / Unable to enter because of disobedience

(88a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith produces works >> Relationship between faith and works >> Works establish your faith

(92g) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> What kind of trail is this? >> Gate is small and few are those who find it

(117c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Rest in Jesus (Sabbath) >> Rest in His yoke by faith – We must keep the Sabbath Day holy by going to church. God included the Sabbath in the Law of Moses for our benefit, so we wouldn’t get lost in our work seven days a week and forget about God. We should give our body a day of rest and that day should be devoted to worshipping God, but the writer of Hebrews is referring to far more than just keeping the Sabbath Day according to the law. Although it says to rest on the seventh day as God also rested from His works, he’s talking about it as an analogy for entering His rest on a spiritual level. According to this usage in Hebrews entering His rest is about coming to the realization that our works cannot save us. Entering His rest according to this chapter is about putting down our flesh and resting on the finished work of the cross to find favor with God, and to receive the eternal life that Jesus promised to all who would believe in Him. He is saying that anyone who is trying to work his way to heaven has every reason to fear. We have all experienced working hard and never achieving our goals, but to not achieve the goal of heaven is the greatest travesty of all. We should think this is good news, for God is not calling us to work harder; instead, He’s saying the opposite, that we should relax and rest in the grace of Christ. That sounds pretty easy, but for a lot of people it is impossible.

(140b) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> Worshipping God in His temple

(172g) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Hypocrites among the just >> Lazy among the prudent – How did they enter His rest if God swore in His wrath that they shall not enter His rest? The writer of Hebrews is saying that we are not of those who are disobedient and unbelieving, but of those who have faith, even as there were those in Israel who wandered in the wilderness for forty years until they expired, who believed in God and were open to the direction of Moses. There are always victims with the disobedient and unbelieving, and there is always a remnant who believe in Jesus.

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

(192b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Life for life >> Losing your life to gain God’s purpose

(223h) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Miss God >> Missing the mark >> Miss the will of God for your life

(228d) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> Comforted >> We are comforted in the presence of God >> God comforts us in His company

Heb 4-1,2

(21b) Sin >> Disobedient to the call -- These verses go with verses 6&7

(55b) Paradox >> Opposites >> Be diligent to enter His rest -- This verse goes with verse 6. There are two sides to every coin. Entering His rest refers to resting in the grace of God for the salvation of our souls, but entering His rest also refers to putting ourselves in a position where we can believe in God. For example, working at a brothel is not a good position to believe in God. also, if we are drug smugglers or hit men or sinners of any capacity while working on our faith to enter His rest, this will not find success. This denotes effort on our part, referring to “being diligent to enter His rest,” as stated in verse 11. As part of resting in the grace of God we have to drop our sins. Going back to the drug smuggler, let’s say he gets caught, the cops surround him with guns drawn, and the chief says, ‘drop your weapon!’ What does the drug smuggler have to do in order to obey the cops? He simply has to relax his hand and the gun will fall to the ground, so there is really no effort involved. The effort comes in the fact that our flesh doesn’t want to surrender to the will of God; therefore we have to force it. This is where the word “diligent to enter His rest” come into play. So, it is our flesh that makes resting in Jesus seem like work. No matter what we do, we are wrong; even if we are busy trying to please God we are wrong. This is what it means by resting: stop! Stop sinning; stop being self-righteous. He speaks both to the sinner and to the religious person to put down their works and relax in the grace of God.

(96l) Thy kingdom come >> Having a negative attitude about sin >> Having an attitude of unbelief -- These verses go with verse 11

Heb 4-1

(88g) Thy kingdom come >> Fear the judgment of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Fear the consequences of your disobedience

(171f) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Decorating the outside to simulate the inside >> Playing the part to be accepted by men

(197d) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Rebelling against where God wants you to go >> Refuse to enter His rest -- This verse goes with verse 6

(203j) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Withdraw from obeying God >> Withdrawing from the narrow way -- This verse goes with verse 11

(205b) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> According to promise >> Promise of His rest

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2&3 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, "AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST," although His works were finished from the foundation of the world. 

 

Heb 4-2,3

(86a) Thy kingdom come >> Belief >> Treating the knowledge of God as fact >> Believe the word by obeying it – A person can have doubts, but when he repents and believes, he will live according to his faith. In contrast, the person who never patterns his life after the doctrines he believes is considered an unbeliever. Doubt is a temporary spiritual condition; a person doesn’t have doubts his whole life. He may think he doubts, but when the day comes to believe, he will find it very difficult, since he has carved channels of doubt in his mind that have hardened to unbelief, and now he can’t believe even if he tried. This does not mean God can’t help him, but at this point it would take a miracle for him to believe. A person cannot remain in a state of doubt his whole life; eventually he will make a decision, whether consciously or unconsciously with his mind or with his life. The Bible teaches that unbelief is associated with demonic activity, just like faith is related to the Holy Spirit. If Jesus promised to help us obey Him, then the Holy Spirit will be part of our lives. The same is truth with the unbeliever; only it is not the Holy Spirit helping him but demonic forces of wickedness leading him further into the darkness of disobedience and unbelief. We live in a spiritual world; we like to think that everything is natural, but it isn’t; there are spiritual forces in this world. Just because we don’t believe they exist doesn’t mean they are not working on us, and just because we call ourselves Christians and walk in unbelief doesn’t mean those evil forces have no power over us. If Jesus promised to judge us according to our deeds, then the entire spirit realm follows that pattern. When we sin, the accuser of the brethren that accuses us hopes it will discourage us from believing the truth and living accordingly.

Heb 4-2

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

(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 -- This verse goes with verses 7-11

(149g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Preaching the word to the world >> Sowing the seed

(150j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Speak the word >> Preaching the word to the Church -- This verse goes with verse 6. The Bible speaks in terms of “us” and “them” in this verse and in other instances in the epistles. Try using that language in today’s touchy-feely society of political correctness and we will receive flack for being judgmental. In fact, this verse is judging people for their unbelief. They heard the word, but it didn’t benefit them, because they did not pair the word with faith, by evidence that there was no sign of obedience. Obedience is one and the same with “believing” in that obedience is a physical manifestation of our beliefs. Obedience is a sign of faith, which is paired with obeying the Holy Spirit. Beliefs are generated as a function of human prerogative, whereas faith comes from heaven. When the writer of Hebrews used the word “faith” in this verse, he was referring to the obedience of faith, just as Paul intimated at the very beginning and at the very end of the book of Romans. We heard the word of God and believed its doctrines, demonstrating our beliefs through the deeds of the body, but those who did not benefit from Scripture did not obey it. They might concur with the doctrines they heard if we asked them, but since they didn’t tailor their deeds after their beliefs, it was reckoned to them as unbelief.

(168j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world has deaf ears to God >> Deaf from a hardened heart

(171a) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Vanity >> Vain effort >> Vain religion

(197f) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Man withers when he is in control >> Fruitlessness >> Neutral is unfruitful

(200f) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Excuses for rejecting Christ >> Selfish ambition >> Having more important things to do

Heb 4,3-5

(45h) Judgment >> Of believer’s sin >> God will judge us if we don’t heed His word

(217a) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> God Is Independent Of His Creation >> No one can make God do anything

Heb 4-3,4

(212c) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> He is the creator >> The creation glorifies God >> All things originated from God – There is good reason to enter His rest even in old covenant days when it meant keeping the Sabbath, because His works were finished from the foundation of the world in the sense that He always knew from eternity past that He would never fail in anything that He set His heart to do, so to Him they were already finished. Since His works had already been finished before the foundation of the world, then those of the old covenant have received the blessing and the promises of the new, for the blood of Jesus transcends covenants and time itself. The cross reaches back in time and saves the earliest of God’s creatures, and reaches forward in time to save the last. God encompasses His entire creation. The cross is the very emblem of His power.

Heb 4-3

(44b) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Complete >> It is finished >> God has spoken

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4-6 For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: "AND GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL HIS WORKS "; 5 and again in this passage, "THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST." 6 Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience,

 

Heb 4-4

(151g) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> Adam

Heb 4-6,7

(21b) Sin >> Disobedient to the call -- These verses go with verse 11

(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 15&16. Even if we go to church and do no work at all on the Sabbath, still it remains for some to enter His rest, for this rest is not about the Sabbath day but about another Sabbath that the Sabbath day represents. When we rest from our labors every week on the Sabbath and go to church and reconnect with the family as the people of God, we are only simulating the Sabbath rest that He has intended for us. The true Sabbath is in the revelation that God is working through our good works, not through every good work but only through the works that He intended for us. Therefore, to the extent that we are doing the good works that He has prepared for us is the extent that we have entered His rest. We can see the divine works of God working through us, causing a reverberation that has an epicenter in our lives. God worked for six days creating the heavens and the earth, and then He sat down and rested; and since then the creation has been at work doing the things that God created it to do; likewise, we discover God’s rest after we realize that He is working through us, thus accomplishing exponentially more than we ever could in our flesh. Consider the backhoe operator who digs holes in the earth with his machine; he accomplishes more in one day than he could do in a whole month with just his back and a shovel. He goes home tired, but what he accomplished would have been impossible even with a whole crew of workers. The backhoe represents God, who makes copies of Himself through our efforts in many people, the image being unique in each person. If we want a clear picture of God, we must put the pieces together to see how they fit that we might come to a revelation of the composite image in the body of Christ, creating a single tapestry of Jesus Christ by that which every joint supplies, “according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love” (Eph 4-15,16), thus establishing unity.

(214j) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God’s time is soon >> God’s time is always now As God created the heavens and the earth and then rested on the seventh day, so He also urges us to enter His rest. Notice God rested on the seventh day and He is still resting; the seventh day has not ended; we are still in God’s seventh day (Vs3-5). The word “today” is a very interesting one in this context. It says that He fixed a day… today, and this day has a perpetual presence; today never ends. This means today is not a twenty-four hour period but has been lengthened to as long as God wants it, and so far today has lasted for thousands of years, having started before he wrote the book of Hebrews in the first century; the door is still open for anyone who is willing to be saved. The fact that the door is open means that some day it will be shut, and when that day comes, today will have ended and no one can be saved, and the next day will have begun a new chapter in God’s timeline. If we wait till tomorrow, it will never come and yesterday cannot be retrieved, so today is the only day we have to make a second effort to seek God. So, today if we hear His voice, we are not to harden our heart. 

Heb 4-6

(55b) Paradox >> Opposites >> Be diligent to enter His rest -- This verse goes with verse 11. Keep in mind that there are other passages that use the word “unbelief” in place of “disobedience.” These words are interchangeable, one and the same. When it says God rested on the seventh day, He is referring to keeping the old covenant Sabbath, and then verse 5, “they shall not enter My rest.” In one verse he ties the symbol of the Sabbath to the analogy of resting from the works of our flesh (for the purpose of walking in the Spirit). Also keep in mind that when God rested on the seventh day, He sat down on His glorious throne, and it doesn’t say that He has gotten up since then, suggesting that God’s Sabbath rest is still in effect.

(150j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Speak the word >> Preaching the word to the Church -- This verse goes with verse 2

(197d) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Rebelling against where God wants you to go >> Refuse to enter His rest -- This verse goes with verses 9-11

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7-10 He again fixes a certain day, "Today," saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, "TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS." 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. 9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.

 

Heb 4,7-11

(114d) Thy kingdom come >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Obeying the revelation from heaven >> Obeying the revelation of God’s word -- These verses go with verse 2. The voice of the Holy Spirit is the very essence of Christianity. We learn about God in the Bible, but we actually live out our Christianity through the Spirit. Once we acquire the hearing ear, we pick up the good works that God is calling us to do and run with them, and whatever we do according to His voice we will do in a state of rest. It will no longer be us doing them but God working through us. We will be pleasing to the Lord, because then we will be doing His will and not doing good works to seek His favor. In this way our works will be initiated by God as a matter of obedience that is guaranteed to bear fruit. We will be inspirational to others and our works will have the effect that God intended. He wants every aspect of our lives to be a product of the Holy Spirit working in us.

Heb 4,8-13

(46b) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Subjecting your flesh >> Preparing for battle – The Israelites entered the promise land after wandering in the wilderness for forty years and built homes and settled there, but then he continues and says that if this were the rest God had in mind, he would not have spoken of another day after that. This suggests that Israel entering the promise land was a mere symbol of God’s rest, meaning that His intended rest is similar. We could mention heaven when we enter the sweet by-and-by, which is the ultimate rest that God has in mind for us, but the writer of Hebrews was alluding to a rest pertaining to this life. When we look at Israel and how they entered their promise land, it was through tremendous opposition and war. The Israelites came to usurp the current inhabitants of the land, not just to chase them off their property but to destroy them, whose behavior and practices were a plague to mankind, and if allowed to continue man would have regressed to the days of Noah, when all of mankind became corrupt and there was no other solution except total annihilation except eight persons, Noah and his immediate family. God created Israel through Abraham, and once they had matured in numbers and endurance through slavery, He sent them into the land of plenty spilling with milk and honey, and He caused Israel to make war with its inhabitants. God is calling us to spiritual warfare in our own day and time, not with gun and knives but with the good works that God has prepared for us. There will be opposition and there will be war, and we will have to fight these battles in order to accomplish the will of God. Once we accomplish the works that God performs through us, He will give us rest, and He will give all of mankind rest, as it says in Act 3-19, “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”

Heb 4,9-11

(12d) Servant >> Father is our example through Christ – God wants to be an example for us as He rested from His works after creating the heavens and the earth; so He wants us to rest from all our works by giving all our cares to Him, and resting from all our works in the flesh. The Sabbath rest once a week is meant to be a ceremonial showing of that rest.

(197d) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Rebelling against where God wants you to go >> Refuse to enter His rest -- These verses go with verse 1

Heb 4-9,10

(43b) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Conform to the character of Christ >> Conform to His nature

Heb 4-9

(213j) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> Jesus owns you >> His will becomes our will >> As a master owns a servant

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11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.

 

Heb 4-11,12

(102a) Thy kingdom come >> Ambitious to fulfill God’s calling >> To see God’s will in your life

(113b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heaven’s clothes >> Protection >> Shelter

(116e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through worship >> Entering His hiding place

Heb 4-11

(6e) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Rest in Jesus’ yoke – God is calling us to rest from our works, both good and evil. The writer of Hebrews is simultaneously alluding to two rests; one refers to Joshua leading Israel to the promise land and the other refers to the Sabbath rest. It says that Joshua didn’t lead them to a final rest, suggesting that there is yet a rest the people of God must enter before we can be complete. Note that Israel was a people before they were a nation. God spoke them into existence through Abraham, and it was his faith that made them a nation. Therefore, Israel exists through faith, which no other nation can claim. Abraham is the father of our faith; he is the example God raised up for us as a model, that we should walk in like manner. Israel may have found a resting place for their nation, and they may have found a resting place for their city Jerusalem, but they did not find rest for their souls. For this reason it says, “there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God,” and not just Israel. The author of Hebrews is writing to the Church, commanding us to rest from our works in the flesh through faith. Those outside of faith inherently have sin on their hands and cannot be at rest, and all the other religions of the world feel they must do something to gain favor with God. They have no choice but to use their own righteousness to seek His favor, which the Bible has previous condemned. “For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.” He is using the Sabbath as an analogy, so he can’t be referring to literally resting on the Sabbath day. Since the book of Hebrews is a contrast between the old and new covenants, this rest must have something to do with the Holy Spirit. Paul commanded us to do good (1Tim 6:18), but these good works must be done in a state of rest. We must first find our rest before our good works can please the Lord. It is more important to God that we be at rest in our faith than to be at work in our flesh. The only thing we can do to make God happy is to enter His rest.

(21b) Sin >> Disobedient to the call -- This verse goes with verses 1&2

(55b) Paradox >> Opposites >> Be diligent to enter His rest -- This verse goes with verse 1. The “diligence” as stated in this chapter comes in our perseverance in continuing to let God work through us. It would seem ironic that the harder we strived to enter His rest the further we would stray from it, but there is a diligence that enters His rest, in fact one that enters within the veil into the Holy of Holies and that ceases from our labors in the flesh. God has called us to put down our works initiated by the flesh, both good and evil and leave them down. Although Paul said he worked hard (1Cor 15-10), he also said, “yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” This is a perfect example of resting in the works that God is producing in our lives.

(96l) Thy kingdom come >> Having a negative attitude about sin >> Having an attitude of unbelief -- This verse goes with verses 1&2

(98l) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Endurance invites the Holy Spirit into your life >> Endurance invites the glory of God

(100f) Thy kingdom come >> Diligence >> Diligence in working the grace of God

(116k) Rest In Jesus (Key verse)

(167k) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> The world’s unbelief

(203j) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Withdraw from obeying God >> Withdrawing from the narrow way -- This verse goes with verse 1

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12&13 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

 

Heb 4-12,13

(40a) Judgment >> Jesus is the judge >> Jesus judges the world’s unbelief

(40i) Judgment >> Judgment of Christ >> God’s word executes judgment by the Spirit – The word of God is a weapon, a sword, an instrument of death, but we don’t use it as a weapon to hurt people; instead, we use it as a surgeon’s tool who cuts in exactly the right places in order for healing to occur. That is how the sword of the Spirit is used among the saints, but we need to remember also that Jesus Christ is the epitome of God’s word made flesh, who spoke grace and blessing to the people and cut the religious Pharisees to ribbons. In this way Jesus did not use the truth of God as a scalpel, but as a soldier’s weapon of warfare. We also need to remember that His enemies did not overcome Him, but He willingly submitted to the cross as the Lamb of God to fulfill Old Testament prophecies. His enemies sought to destroy Him, but they could not do it because of His words and His popularity. He spoke the word of God to his enemies and it paralyzed them, so there was nothing they could do to Him. This was the case many times, but His apostles were all martyred. If God would have allowed his apostles to live out their lives and die a normal death, people would have said that the gospel was just another man-made religion, but the fact that almost all the apostles lost their lives for their faith in Jesus adds further proof that the gospel belongs to God.

(68i) Authority >> Discernment >> Judging truth and error >> Perceiving wicked motives

(78m) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind >> God renews your mind by His Spirit

(110a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit speaks through you >> Word of knowledge >> knowing their thoughts by the mind of Christ – This is what we need to remember about the living and active word of God: He wants to say things to people by faith, not blind faith but having the mind of Christ. We don’t know their circumstances; we don’t know what they need to hear, but God wants to speak to them through us just the same. In 2Cor 12-8 we see this phrase: word of knowledge. Sometimes God will reveal to us what is happening in a person good or bad, and we address their need. Other times God will not tell us what is in a person, but give us what to say through a word of knowledge from the Spirit. How these things happen we don’t know; we are not in total control of the gifts; the only thing we control is our obedience and willingness to believe the truth. We must avoid religious ideas and spooky-spiritualism, which has engulfed the gifts of the Spirit so nobody has a clue about how to use them, and people constantly abuse them or would if they could. God wants to speak through us to people, and He wants us to do more than just quote Scripture to them. He wants us to reveal the mysteries of God to them, and He wants us to reveal the mysteries that lie within themselves, so they might learn to repent and recognize the fact that God knows everything about them.

(111k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Living and active word of God – This is a description of the nature of God’s voice that we are called to obey, the voice who is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword. He is able to distinguish between the works of our flesh and the works of the Spirit. He knows why we pick up the works of the flesh and try to please God by them. He knows why we don’t want God to be a part of pleasing Him with the things we do, like giving a surprise party to someone who doesn’t like surprises. God wants to be involved in our works; He wants us walking by the Spirit. If we are doing the things that God has called us to do, then our spirit-man is alive and actively listening for His voice. If we are doing his work, He can speak to us anytime and we will hear Him and obey. Therefore, He can use us, but how can God use us if we are not listening for His voice, but are busy doing the works that we think would make Him happy? We are disconnected from Him. We are too busy, like the story of Martha and Mary. Mary was the one who sat down and listened to the voice of Jesus while Martha was busy in the kitchen trying to do those things that she thought would please the Lord. What was His answer to her? “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42).

(212g) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all knowing >> Nothing hidden >> God knows your heart

(255a) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> God’s word is Spirit >> Spirit of the word >> Words of His Spirit are life – When the writer of Hebrews said that the word of God is like a sword, He was not talking about the Scriptures per se, but the word that is currently proceeding from God’s mouth. The Bible is not alive or active; it just sits there on the desk, inanimate. It contains the record of God’s word, though the word itself is living and active. It is the goal of all Christians to come to a revelation of the Scriptures, so we understand God’s word as He spoke. We don’t just understand the Scriptures but actually possess the word of God within us. We are not just talking about knowledge of the Scriptures or memorization of certain passages, though these things are good, but we are also taking about a spiritual understanding of the Scriptures, and it goes beyond that. The Scriptures depict what God has said in the past, but God is still speaking, and it behooves us to come to the knowledge of what He is saying right now. The living, active and current knowledge of God that is relevant to the moment is what Paul was saying in Eph 4-29, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” To do this is a mixture of various gifts of the Spirit: Discernment to know the need of the moment, and the word of knowledge to speak the pertinent word. Also it says, “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person” (Col 4-6). We are to have the word of God in us so when we open our mouth we invite God to speak through us and tell the hearers what they need to hear. The word of God doesn't always feel good; that is why the doctor puts us to sleep before the surgery. When the operation is finished, we will awake to much pain, but it is all for the purpose of healing. When we speak to our enemies we hope they will get saved, born-again and delivered from this present darkness and from the sentence of eternal damnation in hell.

Heb 4-12

(74f) Thy kingdom come >> Heart is man’s central value system >> Where value interprets the man

(75m) Thy kingdom come >> Having ulterior (hidden) motives

(89k) Thy kingdom come >> God convicts us of sin >> Conviction makes us conscious of sin

(150h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Speak the word of the Spirit >> Speaking the words that God speaks

Heb 4-13

(4b) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Being accountable to the Judgment of God – Whether we want to or not, we will all advocate God’s cause, either coercively or willingly. It does not matter if you were an atheist the short time allotted to you on earth in the flesh, God will still require an answer for every thing you have done and said. If that does not scare you, then maybe you are doing mental calisthenics with God’s truth.

(105d) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart >> Secrets of His heart are disclosed

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

(135k) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Abortion >> God loves the fetus >> God is aware of the developing fetus

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14-16 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

Heb 4,14-16

(43k) Judgment >> Satan destroyed in the absence of sin >> Perfected in weakness – Jesus has passed through the heavens, meaning that He has been from one end of His creation to the other; He has experienced it all. There is nothing He doesn’t know on an experiential level. He is omniscient, but since the cross He knows about our suffering and angst through personal experience. He can now sympathize with our weakness, having been tempted Himself “in all things, yet without sin.” Jesus didn’t have to commit a sin to experience its consequences, for He took on our consequence through death. Jesus experienced the temptations of his own flesh throughout the 33 years of his life on earth, and never once surrendered to it. His absolute perfection in a human body was his greatest miracle, yet God turned His back on Him after wicked men nailed Him to the cross, which in Jesus’ mind was the worst possible judgment He could ever receive from His Father.

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

(83a) Thy kingdom come >> Receiving from God through prayer >> Prayer of faith

(83g) Thy kingdom come >> Jesus intercedes for us >> He is our Great High Priest – God gives His grace to the humble and contrite of heart. The longer we live, the more experiences we have, the more we need God’s grace, the more we realize He has availed Himself to us, the deeper we know the extent He went to retrieve us, to the very depths of the human soul. God is able and willing to pull anybody from the deepest pit that he made for himself, but the person must be willing. He must admit that it’s all his own fault and that he made many wrong turns to get there, and that his whole way of thinking is wrong. He needs to change his life in order to avoid the pitfalls and addictions of sin. God’s grace is boundless so long as we are willing to sacrifice our egos to receive it, for He does not give His grace to the proud and arrogant, for one thing they cannot even receive it.

(173b) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Scripture that contradicts the Catholic faith >> Relationship between Jesus and His mother >> Jesus is our mediator, not Mary (or the apostles)

Heb 4-14 

(68h) Discernment (Key verse)

(97k) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Rooted deeply >> Standing firm together in the faith

(150ca) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Confessing Jesus to be saved >> Confessing Jesus as the Son of God

(232g) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Embrace (Jesus during the storm) >> Hold on to your faith

(253e) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the internal qualities of the Father >> Jesus is the Son of God >> Declared the Son of God by angels and believers

Heb 4-15,16

(9g) Responsibility >> Strengthen us by the sword of His Spirit >> Through prayer

(30e) Gift of God >> Prepare to receive from God >> We must first get His attention

(32e) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Grace >> God gives grace to the afflicted

(33n) Gift of God >> Believers are special to God >> God receives us

(116b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through worship >> In prayer – We approach the throne of God through faith, seeking grace and mercy through the blood of His cross. Prayer is the means that God has given us to work His grace into our lives and in the lives of others. We don’t lie there in a puddle of our own filth waiting for God to do something for us; He has already done everything He needed for us to seek Him and find Him, and now it is in our hand to reach for Him and take the gifts He offers. If it weren’t for the cross, the means of finding mercy and grace from God would be unavailable. We don’t know who much we are accomplishing in prayer, because God is at work performing His will in us and through us and creating us in His image, so that we might make a difference in this world as people who know and love the Lord. We shouldn’t faint or shy from prayer; many fine Christian people find it a great drudgery to pray; many people pray reluctantly as a compulsory Christian duty, not because they want to pray, not because it is the essence of their lives, not because they feel most alive when they are in prayer, and not because they understand it is the channel by which God imparts His grace and mercy into us. Psalm 32-9 says, “Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, otherwise they will not come near to you.” If we understood the power of prayer, we would probably pray more often. If our prayers are not anointed, we need to seek God until His anointing comes. We need anointed prayer sessions before God, because if we feel dead while we are talking to Him, the result of our prayer will be dead too. If we sense the living God with us while we are praying, he will stay with us throughout the day and throughout the week, and we will be able to hear His voice. These are all aspects of His grace that we develop through prayer; it is called practicing the presence of God.

(160h) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Temptation >> Overcoming temptation >> Jesus was tempted

(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 6&7

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Heb 4-15

(41a) Jesus Is Without Sin (Key verse)

(41d) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Jesus overcame sin

Heb 4-16

(7k) Responsibility >> Use time wisely >> Get ready >> Make time to pray

(122b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Confidence in God >> Through prayer

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