Pauline Epistles Looking Back to Witnesses, Up to Jesus, and Forward to Joy. Nothing material cleaves to them. Introduction. With regard to other believers, it is by an act of faith on our part that we comprehend a reward to be in store for them. 4. Poetical Books Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Looking Back to Witnesses, Up to Jesus, and Forward to Joy . He that has murdered his fellow desires to put a wide distance between himself and the accusing corpse. Body, soul, and spirit, these make the full-summed man in all his powers. So, by looking, heaven becomes clearer; as we look, it comes more near. - Y. II. The Gospels 3. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point (5) This comfortable converse with God as Judge of all is promoted by the believer's application to God as a Father in Christ (Ephesians 2:18). Intro. (Plain Sermons by Contributors to " Tracts for the Times. Being good Presbyterians, we celebrate All Saints' Day on the Sunday Methinks I now see them holding forth the ensigns of royalty, and hear them saying to us who profess to be the disciples of Jesus: "These are the rewards which God hath given, Be not weary, then, in well-doing, for you will at length reap if you faint not. Hebrews 12:2 What Does Hebrews 12:2 Mean? c. To the man let down from the roof on a cot. Johannine Writings II. His present glory is a manifest thing, manifest in the light of more tests than one. And what, then, have we in its place? IV. (2) This comfortable converse with God is promoted and maintained by the soul's daily faith on the person of Christ as God-man. It may respect themselves; they are the chiefs the excellent ones, the firstborn. It takes in those you loved in life, with whom you took sweet counsel together, and went to the house of God in company, your pious friends and relations, who now sleep in Jesus. Which part are you going to take in this great gathering? 3. But yet that " perfecting "does not exclude progress, continuous through all the ages; and especially it does not exclude one great step in advance which, as Scripture teaches us, will be taken when the resurrection of the body is granted. Confusion in the mind and judgment makes confusion in the soul's comfort. ", A Besetting Sin Dulls Spiritual Perception, Advantages Obtained by Looking unto Jesus, Christ's Joy Varied as the Relationship He Sustains to Me, Jesus the Author and Finisher of the Christian's Faith, Look to Christ Rather that to Experiences, Looking to Jesus, the Secret of Running Well Our Christian Race, The Christian Runner in Relation to His Spectators, The Cross Carried, and the Shame Despised by Jesus, The privileges and the duties of believers, The connection between Christian, s and angels, The general convocation around Mount Zion, Faith's access to the Judge and His attendants, The immediate blessedness of departed saints, The messenger of the covenant and its seal, The privileges and blessings of the new covenant, What is required in the Mediator between God and men. Immediately on the thought of God rising in the writer's mind there rises also the thought of the blessed company in the centre of whom He lives and reigns. O God, it is a chain for God in heaven which binds the victim to the horns of the altar, a chain of everlasting love, of illimitable goodness." Noah was a drunk. If you notice in the second text, this blood is called "the blood of sprinkling." And, still further, He is the Mediator of the covenant, in so far as He Himself possesses in His humanity all the blessings which manhood is capable of deriving from the Father, and He has them all in order that He may give them all. ", II. Use. That is to say, they dwell freed from the incubus and limitations, and absolved from the activities, of a bodily organisation. Doth the law acquit thee now? But he went on to say, "The faith which is by him has given him this complete healing in the presence of you all." Sermon Hebrews 12:1-2 A Gallery of Saints By Dr. Philip W. McLarty As most of you are aware, the day after Halloween – a.k.a., "All Hallowed Eve," is All Saints' Day, a day in which we pay tribute to those who've lived and died in the faith. Jesus Christ, our Mediator, hath perfection in every grace. Furthermore, JESUS' BLOOD SPEAKS BETTER THINGS TO US IN OUR OWN HEARTS than the blood of Abel. 3. Who for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross, despising the shame. It is very significant that they should be closely associated in our text with " God the Judge of all." FROM BEGINNING TO END, JUDAISM WAS AN APPEAL TO SENSE. It appears in the subject of their study. I believe that he would have been disappointed when the Lakers swept Sacramento. Where the King of Glory Himself dwells, and everything declares His more immediate presence (Revelation 7:15). "He spoiled principalities and powers." William L. Lane writes, (Hebrews 9–13, WBC 47B; p. 428) "Jesus' deliberate disregard for disgrace and his endurance of hostile opposition from those who understood neither the depth of God's redemptive love nor the extremity of their own plight provide a pattern for emulation whenever Christians experience an antagonistic response from the world. Its spirituality. 14. One night she came, and he could not repress an exclamation upon her peculiar beauty. He is at the head of the race; he stands at the goal; holding the crown of victory in his hand, which he puts upon the head of the successful runner. That is the first step, without which nothing in death has any tendency to ennoble or exalt men. Lessons: 1. It appears in their union. The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, The mountains gradually reveal their peaks; then the valleys show; then the corn; then the smoke of the cottage; the group by the cottage door; the apples on the tree; and then — the vessel is in port. He saw more with his sense of truth, his power of insight, his superiority to this world's considerations, than we can see. Hearts grow not selfish in heaven. 4. Post navigation ← 223. 1. 3. (6) This comfortable converse with God as Judge of all is promoted and maintained by direct acts of faith on the promises of the covenant. Sometimes I think I've had it bad when someone has made a sluring remark about my faith. The Old Testament The Church of all time is one. Again their worship exercises not only their affections, but their intelligence. It is not good for man to be alone. THESE SEPARATED SPIRITS ARE REPRESENTED TO US AS IN A STATE OF EXALTED ADVANCEMENT, DEPENDING UPON THEIR DISEMBODIMENT. Link the twenty-second verse with this twenty-fourth, and read, "Ye are come to the blood of sprinkling.". 2. (1) This comfortable converse with God is greatly obstructed when it is apprehended that only the benefits and effects of Christ's righteousness are communicated to believers, and not the very righteousness itself. Our crucified Lord was prefigured by the lifting up of this; our guilt, by the stings of the fiery serpents; and our faith, by their looking up to the miraculous remedy. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving and all caring. Hebrews 12:2 - J C Philpot - "Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith." Hebrews 12:2. View Resource Looking To Jesus . In order to a poor sinner's comfortable converse with God the Judge of all, there must be an absolute renouncing all righteousness of his own. The Gospels Luke-Acts It was threefold. Come to the Mediator, so as to be united to Him; participate a new nature through Him (2 Corinthians 5:17), rely on His sacrifice, obey His commandments, and, according to the aforementioned figure, to be taken by Him at last to the city of God (Revelation 3:21). We are like men gazing towards the land from the deck of a ship. Its distribution in these different abodes affects not its identity. Here, then, is the voice of the gospel; it is not the voice of a trumpet, nor the voice of words spoken in terrible majesty; but the blood speaks, and assuredly there is no sound more piercing, more potent, more prevailing. 1. Every Christian Must Run in the Race (Hebrews 12:1) Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, The imagery created by the apostle is a race in the coliseum in ancient Rome. Lord, done enough to make me weep for ever if it were not that Thou hast wept for me. They have but one spirit, one wish. The Church is as Mount Zion that standeth fast for ever, and cannot be removed. 3. Christ is the express image of the Father. Though they are absent from the body, yet they are present with the Lord. Look on the face of Christ, in the mirror of the book, and that is all that you can have. We see the faith of one who submits to death with the certainty that he will rise again, and in due time he does rise again. Minor Prophets He understands its nature. (3) Believers' comfortable converse with God is further prevented or interrupted by a changing or shifting the foundation of our faith and hope. happiness, so rare a gift, that among friends it is but seldom named, and then under their breath, and in a tone almost of despair of finding it; each heart knowing its own bitterness; the stranger not intermeddling with it, the friend unable to hear it, so he must let that alone for ever! 5. Having an interest in Him, an interest in all the rest will follow. Jun 30, 1991. 4. (5) Another instance of this comfortable converse which believers have with God the Judge of all is in a way of anticipating, or antedating as it were, that sentence of absolution which shall be openly pronounced upon them at the last day. THEY CONSCIOUSLY LIVE IN A MORALLY PERFECT STATE. Not having his own righteousness, the self-righteousness that comes by keeping the law. "He His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes we were healed." Is there any hint that men who have been redeemed, who, being unjust, have been made just, and have had experience of restoration and of the misery of departure, shall, in the ultimate order of things, stand nearer the throne than unfallen spirits, and teach angels? Hebrews 12:2-3 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. All is spiritual. There is a living as well as a memorial sympathy between the Church on earth and the Church in heaven. The other is dignifying. It was the sense that He would be united with you and me; that was the joy of Jesus Christ. (6) This comfortable converse with God as Judge of all is promoted and maintained by direct acts of faith on the promises of the covenant. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point It is not said that we shall come to the spirits of just men made perfect, but that we are. Jesus’s Pursuit of Joy. The infinite value of Christ's office. All its true aims are unfolded. I. The cherubim with his wings covers his face and his feet; the angels before the throne fall on their faces. Their worship in the Church above is only more perfect than that of saints in the Church below, because they are more near to God. We believe that our friends are with Him; and if we can come to Him, and to them, in our daily faith — in the seekings, strivings, and settlings of our souls, then we are believers indeed. WHEN I LOOK UNTO JESUS, WHAT DO I SEE? You have sinned and you know it. Those thunders and sharp lightning flashes are the tramping of His heralds, and the flashing of their spears. Scripture: Hebrews 11:39–12:2. And here he employs the same word with distinct reference, as I suppose, to his previous declaration. We see something which is not God's standard, but in our self-deception, honestly enough, we take it to be so. Watch; March 4, 2018. A great painter has left on the walls of a little cell in his Florentine convent a picture of the victorious Christ, white-robed and banner-bearing, breaking down the iron gates that shut in the dark rocky cave; and flocking to Him, with outstretched hands of eager welcome, the whole long series from the first man downwards, hastening to rejoice in His light, and to participate in His redemption. Take some time today to look not at your situation but at Jesus. Does it not say this? Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Doubt you? "WHO ARE THEY? They have fixed upon the fact that each of us must meet death alone, and, of course, that is true, at least as regards earthly companionships. It is as loving and as winning as Sinai was terrible. He will never leave me, never forsake me, never mislead me, never forget me. 2. He is light, He is love, and He is Lord. NOTE THE SPRINKLING OF THE BLOOD WHICH SEALS THE COVENANT. For all of eternity Christ is in the bosom of the Father, exchanging love and being loved. The broad way, though it lead to death, has its contented wayfarers, chiefly because it is so broad; the narrow way discourages so many, because there are so few that walk in it. There is A COMPARISON in our more central text. III. Its awaiting aspiration must be very glad. What I ignoble, when the city they belong to is the city of the great King; a city whose streets are of gold, whose gates are of pearls, and into which the glory and honour of the nations shall be brought! Christ was the Conqueror. Comfort and encouragement in respect of ourselves, in making us patient, cheerful, and thankful; and in our conduct towards others, in making us brotherly and kind, and still looking forward to a happier meeting in a world where neither sin nor sorrow can enter. Of Him it was declared that He should "swallow up death in victory." This "perfection " is bestowed upon all past, as well as for all future, time, and "ye are come to the spirits of just men made perfect!". He is formed for social enjoyment; and it is a great source of his present pleasure. "Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named." Paul asked, "Who is he that condemneth? "When the fulness of time was come," &c. "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us," &c. And so there was enacted, down here on the earth, once for all, the splendid mystery of the incarnation and the crucifixion and the resurrection. What was Paul's goal? conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy When the sinner looks to Jesus slain, he may well say, "If I did not know that all this blood was shed for me as well as by me, my fears would multiply a thousandfold; but when I think that that precious blood is shed instead of mine, when I think that that is the blood of God's own dear Son, whom He has smitten instead of smiting me, making Him bear the whole of His wrath that I might not bear it, O nay God, what comforts come streaming from this blessed fountain!" III. 3. It is described as subsisting in intimate union with the Saviour. To the general assembly and Church of the firstborn (Romans 8:29; Colossians 1:15-18). It shall find even in heaven many mansions. 2. b. Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness. Last week we established that the Bible is the word of God, and as such, we should give the more earnest heed to the things that we have heard, for in the Bible, the eternal God the Creator is speaking to His creation. They have reached their goal in Him. These are His special means of drawing His children away from their evil. Read Hebrews 12:2-4. HE IS NOW SET DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE THRONE OF GOD. For the Joy Set Before Him - Part 5. It saith, "There is redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace." a. Jesus loves you and desires to see the joy you experience when that heavy load of guilt that comes from our sin is lifted off. What reason is given for focusing on Jesus? 5. IV. Scriptures: Hebrews 12:1-3. General assembly and Church of the firstborn. He is goodness, kindness, gentleness, and He is God. 1. If we knew ourselves we should bless God for our sorrows. Ye abide in Him by faith and love, and ere long shall ye be for ever with Him. Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Another thing to be considered is, of the deep, sincere, and thorough humility which must be expected of those who think to be admitted into the blessed society of " the spirits of just men made perfect." Do not refuse the voice of Jesus by cold indifference. Introduction To The Epistle; God's Perfect Spokesman (1:1-3) Jesus' Superiority To Angels (1:4-14) Lest We Drift Away (2:1-4) Advantages Of Jesus' Humanity (2:5-18) The Supremacy Of Jesus Over Moses (3:1-6) A Warning From The Wilderness (3:7-19) The Rest That Remains (4:1-11) God's Powerful Word (4:12-13) … Cookie Notice: II. Prophets Where your treasure is, there let your heart be also. Did you notice the first text? -------------------- Perhaps you have broken a vow or betrayed a trust. 1. But further, as Mediator of this covenant, He acts with God for man, that we may be brought to a compliance with the terms of the covenant, be reconciled in our hearts unto God, and live as the ransomed of the Lord. It is a city, a corporate community, but all, who are enrolled in it, partake of common immunities, and are "fellow-citizens with the saints." Observe that on Sinai there was "the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they heard that entreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more." Not by mere birth, not by profession, but by a new creation in Christ Jesus. The angels are proverbial for knowledge; we read of being " wise as an angel of God." Must all self-righteousness be renounced in order to a comfortable converse with God the Judge of all? They had reacted to the constant violence that occurred when so called messiahs tried to raise armies to overturn their rule. 1. Running with the Witnesses. So that He is not just the Author of our faith, but He is the increaser of our faith and ultimate Finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2, CSB: "keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. We're stirred to thankfulness for the bravery of those who sacrificed their lives for ours, and we can celebrate the freedom they have won for us. The intellectual faculty must be very clear. We're stirred to thankfulness for the bravery of those who sacrificed their lives for ours, and we can celebrate the freedom they have won for us. Let me point you to one other consideration bearing not so much on the condition as on the place of these perfected spirits. IV. Ye believe in Him as the Mediator of the new covenant. Our faith looks to Jesus both as an example of perseverance and as our reward. On earth? dictate, no eagerness to dictate, no backwardness to co-operate upon Himself. of.... 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