PTB2-40: Christ or Bill Gates: “THERE REMAINS THEREFORE A REST TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD”!

NOTE:  As you read this message, you should by all means keep in mind the Bible in I John 2:15-17, that:  (1).  That this world we presently live in is not the world God originally created, made a wicked world by sin; (2) If you love this world it is impossible for the love of God to dwell in you; (3)  This world or world system is identified in terms of the 3 forbidden fruits of lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the lust of the pride of life; (4) now none of these three are of God the Father are from Satan and out of a natural human heart that “is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things, and who can know it”; (5) granted that there is some superficial and temporal happiness and peace in the enjoyment and reveling in these 3 lusts, however they can not satisfied as there is always the gnawing awareness that they can not and will not last, you see BECAUSE this “world passeth away” along with those lusts as at the Second Coming Christ and God created a new heaven and earth for the righteous made so in the blood and faith IN CHRIST dwell forever.  That is eternally satisfying if we patiently wait for it. 

Well, read it for yourself in God’s own words thru the Apostle John in I John 2:15-17.

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

Ia.  Bill Gates versus Christ as the savior of the world

 from the World Tribune of January 28, 2021,

Columnist: Bill Gates’ messianic plan to control the world – World Tribune: News,World News, Geopolitical intelligence, China, North Korea, Geostrategy, Military, National security, East Asia Intelligence, Politics and Culture, Life, Columnists: Jeffrey Kuhner, Donald Kirk, Willy Lam, Grace Vuoto, John Metzler, Sol Sanders, Norman Bailey, Jong-Heon Lee.

“But billionaire Gates who sees the world as his playground and the people as his playthings — or more to the truth, who sees himself as the savior of the people — is a different beast. When he calls for billions of dollars to be spent on pandemic preparation, he’s sending a message to the governments of the world that they better spend. When he calls for 3,000 first responders, trained and ready to spring to action at the first whiff of virus, he’s setting the stage to empower health bureaucrats with powers to enforce quarantines, strip citizens of self-rule, force individuals to abide by his will and obey his commands.”

Gates wrote in the foundation letter: “To prevent the hardship of this last year from happening again, pandemic preparedness must be taken as seriously as we take the threat of war. The world wasn’t ready for the Covid-19 pandemic. I think next time will be different.”

Chumley concluded: “That’s a chilling remark from a guy who thinks China, in many respects, handled the coronavirus response better than America. But don’t worry; Gates says his master pandemic preparedness plan is all for your own good.”

1.  Most of the world knows to laud the achievements of Bill Gates and many strive to emulate his acquisition of prosperity and wealth, not realizing that it began with parental instilled competition at all cost, including dishonest (the must to win at all cost, which of course is inherent and groomed selfishness.  And even as love of the secular world is more popular worldwide than the following of the Lord Jesus Christ, so Gates and his kind are also more popular and more emulated than are the teachings and ways of Christ.  Of course, many ignoring some of  the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount think they can follow both Gates and his philosophies and strategy simultaneously with following Christ.  For example how Jesus taught you “can not follow both God and mammon (money), as well as the broader teachings of the Bible condemning GREED.

For example Forbes in March of 2020 wrote the article entitled “In Praise Of Bill Gates: Entrepreneur, Normal Guy, Potential Savior Of The World.”

NOTE:  Upfront, do not know how anyone could call Gates normal in any sense of the word, Nerd as many articles describe him and other computer genius would be far more accurate and descriptive:  “Gates graduated from Lakeside in 1973. He scored 1590 out of 1600 on the college SAT test, a feat of intellectual achievement that he boasted about for several years when introducing himself to new people.”  How many people do you know that can score that high on the SAT test.

2.  Now let us utilize the book of Hebrews with the twin subjects of (1) the Doctrine of Christ, and (2) The great apostasy called the Falling Away, to compare our Lord Jesus Christ as to His qualifications to be our Savior of the world.

NOTE:  As reinforced background for the Bible book of Hebrews, did you know that the Apostle Paul originated and developed it as his address to the synagogues which was his first stop on arrival in any city of the Roman Empire, in order to first address his own brethren by birth of the Hebrew nations, hence the title of HEBREWS.  Since chapter 1 of Hebrews is so heavy in Christ and about Christ, it seems likely it was added later before the Apostle to the Gentiles distributed it among the Christian churches of the first centuries, and it therefore became part of “the faith once for all established among God’s people”.  We are striving to second guess the Apostle Paul, but it is more than likely that he started his synagogue address with somewhere around Hebrews 3:8 with an introduction to the falling away second major theme of Hebrews—

Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:  When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.”

It seems sort of a harsh beginning, but Paul was sorely aware that he would not be allotted much time to speak before the synagogue to dedicated Pharisees and Hebrews, especially if he mentioned the Lord Jesus Christ which earlier his own nation had been instrumental in crucifying.  There is no more famous statement of what Paul thought of his Hebrew (Jewish) brethren than Romans.

 Ib.  REST

Or with the wisdom he had as a former Hebrew of the Hebrews, a Pharisee, and a lawyer/leader in the nation of Israel, he could have more wisely started with REST.

And with some later modified version of Hebrews 3:11-19

So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

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 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

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 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness?

 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?

 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

OR to the Hebrew synagogues, more than likely starting on rest with a quote from the OT with which they would be familiar in 3:17 that introduced a part of their history—the falling away in the wilderness wanderings for 40 years of which they were well and painfully aware.

“While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.

 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness?

Or even better Hebrews 4:9 for a beginning since they like many today thought they were the people of God—

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.”

Oh my, this could be the title of the book of Hebrews and a title for this message—

“THERE REMAINS THEREFORE A REST TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD”!

II.   A Table on “Introduction to the Doctrine of Christ in Hebrews”.

Doctrine of Christ Introduction
HebrewsSubject of Chapter (Chapters)
1.  Hebrews 1:1-14  1.  The Son of God Himself purged our sins and sat down on the right hand of God.       a.  the final spokesman for God       b.   the heir of God        c.   the co-creator of the universe       d.   the manifestation of the glory of God       e.  the image of the Father       f.  and the sustainer of the universe
2.  Hebrews 2:9-18  2.  Jesus, temporarily made a little lower than the angels, that by the grace of God He should taste death for everyone (Hebrews 2:9-18).
3.  Hebrews 3:1-4:153.  Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our Calling, in all points tempted as we are yet without sin.
4.  Hebrews 5:1-104.  Jesus, the high priest, Son of God and priest like Melchisedec, the author of eternal salvation
5.  Hebrews 7:1-285.  Hebrews 7:1- 28:  Jesus, a forever priest like Melchisedec, is able to save to the uttermost that come to God by Him.
6. Hebrews 8:1-56.  Hebrews 8:1-5 “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum:  We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.”  (Hebrews 8:1,2)
7.  Hebrews 8:6-9:107.  The More Excellent Ministry of the Doctrine of Christ is the Mediator of a Better Covenant.
8.  Hebrews 9:11-288.  Christ, the high priest of things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle and by the way of His own blood obtained eternal redemption for us.
9.  Hebrews 10:1-189.  A fundamental doctrine of Christ:  don’t put sacrifice, a shadow, in the place of the real body of Christ given for the sins of the world.

III.  A Preliminary Look at the Subject of the Chapters in Hebrews on Christ as the Son of God.

NOTE:  Perhaps a list of the doctrine of Christ is more suited to your test than a table such as above.

As we look at each chapter before Hebrews 6:1-3, it became apparent that each was a different aspect of the Doctrine of Christ with the underlying aspects of repentance, faith, baptism, laying on of hands, resurrection, and judgment. Look at that with me briefly.
1. The Son of God Himself purged our sins and sat down on the right hand of God. (Hebrews 1:1-14)
a. the final spokesman for God
b. the heir of God
c. the co-creator of the universe
d. the manifestation of the glory of God
e. the image of the Father
f. and the sustainer of the universe


2. Jesus, temporarily made a little lower than the angels, that by the grace of God He should taste death for everyone (Hebrews 2:9-18).


3. Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our Calling (Hebrews 3:1-4:15), in all points tempted as we are yet without sin.


4. Jesus, the high priest, Son of God and priest like Melchisedec, the author of eternal salvation (Hebrew 5:1-10).
You see what is meant: each chapter is another way of talking about the very fundamental doctrine of Christ. How although the Son of God, He was obedient to the will of God, dying on the cross for our sins; and then sitting down on the right hand of God until something.


Then when I looked again at the chapters after Hebrews 6:1-3, although I was expecting more advanced doctrine–whatever that is–I found a repetition of more fundamental doctrine on the Doctrine of Christ with the underlying principles.
1. Hebrews 7:1- 28: Jesus, a forever priest like Melchisedec, is able to save to the uttermost that come to God by Him.
2. Hebrews 8:1-5
“Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.” (Hebrews 8:1,2)
3. The More Excellent Ministry of the Doctrine of Christ is the Mediator of a Better Covenant, Hebrews 8:6-9:10.
4. Christ, the high priest of things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle and by the way of His own blood obtained eternal redemption for us, Hebrews 9:11-28.
5. A fundamental doctrine of Christ: don’t put sacrifice, a shadow, in the place of the real body of Christ given for the sins of the world, Hebrews 10:1-18.
You see what I mean! Almost the whole book of Hebrews, except for perhaps the last three chapters which would fall into the typical category like Paul’s other epistles of “special instructions” for Christians is on the Foundational Doctrine of Christ. The underlying principles like judgment, repentance, faith, etc. are also there and we will look at those later, after we have a more significant grasp of “doctrine of Christ” and of what Paul means when he writes in Hebrews 6:1-3 of moving on from the fundamentals. It is obvious that he did not move away from the fundamental of the Doctrine of Christ in Hebrews as he kept hitting on it in each chapter.

 IV.  A simple Savior Outline of Christ in Hebrews 1

NOTE:  And in order to drive home the Christ over Gates or his kind, the lovers  of the world more than lovers of God (remember the victims of lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life), we should look at the respect and glorification of Christ in Hebrews chapter 1.

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

WHO  (All below is far out of the category of a bill gates kind of person to be a savior)

 1.  Who being the brightness of his glory,

 2  and the express image of his person,

 3  and upholding all things by the word of his power,

 4 when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Christ is far more excellent than the angels that many of you admire, that is the way God made it to be—

 1.  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

2.  For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?

3.  And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

 4.  And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

5.  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.

 6.  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

 7.  And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:

8.  They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;

 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

 9.  But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

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