Doctrine and Spirit Go Hand in Hand: “The Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophesy”

Sunday Message on THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST.  This series of 3 messages was delivered on Facebook yesterday, repeated here in long form so you can READ and LISTEN. NOTE:  About the title, it may seem strange to have a title from Revelation to begin this message from Hebrews; however the distortions of the Doctrine of… Continue reading Doctrine and Spirit Go Hand in Hand: “The Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophesy”

The Book of Hebrews: Chapter 1 on the Falling Away.

Chapter 1:     The Falling Away. Senator McCain of Arizona called terrorism “the challenge of our generation.”  As the world of natural people think, at least the non-Muslim half of the world, terrorism is a good challenge to place up there at the top as a United States national goal.  Definitely the American Democratic Faith, which… Continue reading The Book of Hebrews: Chapter 1 on the Falling Away.

No Neglect because there is NO ESCAPE!

Admittedly there is a lot of tolerance with Our Father which art in heaven with Neglect since “God is patient and not willing that any should perish” into Hell and the Lake of Fire and brimstone; however, there is zero tolerance for ESCAPE.  THERE IS NO ESCAPE FROM THE ETERNAL, ALL-POWERFUL AND ALL-SEEING GOD WHO SITS RIGHT NOW ON THE GREAT WHITE THRONE WITH HIS FEET IN THE CLOUDS.

King David learned as a shepherd lad from those long days and nights alone tending his father’s sheep, that there was absolutely no place to escape from God.  The Psalm he wrote is famous:

“Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall[a] on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.”  (Psalm 139:7-12)

  1. There is NO ESCAPE for NEGLECT of salvation because inevitable, unless Christ comes again, death knocks at the door of all and then all freedom of choice and control of the soul is lost.

“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment…”  (Hebrews 9:27)

You know how people say that there is nothing certain, but death and taxes; however eternal reality demands that the judgment of God the Father must be added to the real story:  It is death, taxes, and judgment.

  1. There is NO ESCAPE for Neglect of salvation because life is short and before you realize it is going to be over.  Life experience and psychology tell us that people hardly ever think about death and dying, but just like government and taxes it is an inevitable reality.

“…whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”  (James 4:14)

  1. There is NO ESCAPE for Neglect because in God’s plan for a new heaven and a new earth, it is a kingdom of righteousness and the presence of God with man. God wants and demands the eternal best for man, so He has cast out all possibility for the sin of neglect in both heaven and the new earth.

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”  (II Peter 1:5-11)

 

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There is No Escape for Neglect!

“how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” What do you think when you hear or read these words from the Bible?
The definition and Synonyms of neglect according to the Merriam Webster dictionary are–“the state of being unattended to or not cared for such as ‘for years the barn sat in neglect until one day it finally fell down'”.

And the Synonyms of neglect are--“desolation, dilapidation, disrepair, seediness, inattention, negligence, abandonment, desertion, decay, decrepitude, dereliction, deterioration, disintegration, dumpiness, ruin, ruination”, the nonperformance of an assigned or expected action as ‘your ongoing neglect of your health is going to land you in the hospital someday’, default, delinquency, dereliction, misprision, failure, negligence, nonfeasance, oversight, carelessness, heedlessness, inadvertence, inadvertency, laxity”

Life itself teaches us that there are consequences, sometimes severe and sometimes mediocre, for NEGLECT. Obviously, there is no escape from neglecting God, Jesus, and the power of their messengers, the angels; they are eternal and not going away, and inevitably either at death or the Second Coming they must be faced!

So what question remains to be answered? Is this neglect of “SALVATION”, only our salvation of the past; or is it past, present, and future. Right here and now in Hebrews 1 and 2, it is talking about what God the Father said about the salvation provided through Christ: It is so great, how can you at any time, especially NOW, neglect this GREAT SALVATION OF THE GREAT GOD THE FATHER AND THE GREAT LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THE GREAT HOLY SPIRIT THAT WROUGHT THIS SALVATION IN OUR LIVES, PAST CALLED REDEMPTION AND THE NEW BIRTH, NOW CALLED SANCTIFICATION AND BEING SET ASIDE FOR THE FATHER; AND FUTURE WITH THE RESURRECTION OF OUR BODIES FOR THE NEW EARTH. Just talking about it and thinking about it, you know it to be GREAT.

No, you can not and dare not neglect initial faith and repentance with the new birth; definitely not, you dare not neglect present and continuing salvation of becoming more Christlike each day; and you can not afford to neglect the marvelous possibility of new and resurrected life at the END and for eternity! Agreed, then practice each remaining day of your life an awareness of this Greatness, considered Webster’s Antonyms for neglect as:   “compliance, discharge, fulfillment, conservation, preservation, upkeep, keeping, repair”

Hebrews 1:8-14 and 2:
8 But to the Son He says:
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”[g]
10 And:
“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
11 They will perish, but You remain;
And they will all grow old like a garment;
12 Like a cloak You will fold them up,
And they will be changed.
But You are the same,
And Your years will not fail.”[h]
13 But to which of the angels has He ever said:
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”?[i]
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Footnotes:
Hebrews 1:3 NU-Text omits by Himself.
Hebrews 1:3 NU-Text omits our.
Hebrews 1:5 Psalm 2:7
Hebrews 1:5 2 Samuel 7:14
Hebrews 1:6 Deuteronomy 32:43 (Septuagint, Dead Sea Scrolls); Psalm 97:7
Hebrews 1:7 Psalm 104:4
Hebrews 1:9 Psalm 45:6, 7
Hebrews 1:12 Psalm 102:25–27
Hebrews 1:13 Psalm 110:1
Hebrews 2 New King James Version 

                                    Do Not Neglect Salvation

2 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
The Son Made Lower than Angels
5 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. 6 But one testified in a certain place, saying:
“What is man that You are mindful of him,
Or the son of man that You take care of him?
7 You have made him a little lower than the angels;
You have crowned him with glory and honor,[a]
And set him over the works of Your hands.
8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”[b]
For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

                     Bringing Many Sons to Glory

10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying:
“I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”[c]
13 And again:
“I will put My trust in Him.”[d]
And again:
“Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.”[e]
14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Footnotes:
Hebrews 2:7 NU-Text and M-Text omit the rest of verse 7.
Hebrews 2:8 Psalm 8:4–6
Hebrews 2:12 Psalm 22:22
Hebrews 2:13 2 Samuel 22:3; Isaiah 8:17
Hebrews 2:13 Isaiah 8:18

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Hebrews Session #6a: B.H. Carroll’s Chart on Doctrine and Exhortation in Hebrews.

NOTE: Since, no doubt, the Apostle Paul delivered most of Hebrews as a synagogue address to his fellow Jews, this is both a summary of Hebrews and another effort to get the flow at one setting like listened to Paul.   It will have to be in about 5 or 6 sessions; that is Hebrews… Continue reading Hebrews Session #6a: B.H. Carroll’s Chart on Doctrine and Exhortation in Hebrews.