Hebrews 9:24 Today’s Place for Worship

Hebrews 9:24
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

 

Someone challenged me the other day and said that I could not prove that Jesus left Judaism. I offer this verse as proof to the contrary.

 

The Bible says Christ did not enter into those holy places made by men, but into heaven itself. The passage goes on to tell us that all those man made structures were to prefigure that which is real in heaven. They were not real in and of themselves – ever.

 

But we are not in heaven, someone will argue. That is true. Today we have a new place to worship in; a place not constructed by the hands of man but built by Christ Himself. He promised He would build His church. That’s not a building of wood or stone. His building is made up of men and women who:

  • have professed faith in Christ
  • been baptized by immersion as a sign of their faith and
  • committed themselves together in union for His cause

 

That’s a Baptist Church!

 

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Hebrews 9:24 We Worship Today in a Baptist Church

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The Author of Eternal Salvation

Hebrews 5:9 KJV

And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

 

Christ was never made in the sense of creation.

  • He has always been
  • He became flesh
  • He increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man but
  • He was not created

However, as a man, Jesus perfected the role of a man. He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. He suffered in His flesh and, in that suffering, offered prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears.

 

And it was in this perfection He became the author of our salvation.

 

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Hebrews 5:9 Jesus Christ is the author of eternal salvation

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Work At Not Working

Hebrews 4:9-11 KJV

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

 

One could view this passage as a kind of play on words. We are to “work at not working.”

 

This entire chapter is taken up with the doctrine of a spiritual rest that be longs to those who believe. This rest was rejected by the first people to hear it, those Jews in the wilderness, – carrying forth to those Jews who, looking the rest of God in the face in the person of Jesus Christ, crucified him rather than give up their religious traditions. It was once again offered to Gentiles of whom the Bible says, they would hear.

 

Apostle Paul writes to those believers here and warns them of “seeming to come short of it”. It is not that they could come short, for a believer can never come short of salvation, but that they might seem to come short of it by not enjoying the fullness of rest in Christ.

 

John Gill writes, “….is here meant, that rest which believers now enter into, and is at this present time for them, and though true believers are entered into it, yet their rest, peace, and joy in Christ, is not full; they enter by degrees into it, and by believing enjoy more of it: and this is to be laboured for by prayer, hearing the word, and attendance on ordinances…”

 

It would serve us well to see also that the remainder of Hebrews four offers at least four helps for entering into this full rest:

The Word of God

Which is able to cut deeply into our hearts and souls to remove unbelief and replace it with faith.

The watchful eye of God

Who sees our faith as well as our lack thereof. He knows we believe, if we are believers. He also knows we do not yet believe perfectly.

Our High Priest, Christ

Whose function it is, to minister towards our weakness. He serves as our advocate whenever we miss the mark of faith. When the weakness of our faith becomes apparent it is then that we best hold tightly to our profession of faith in Christ. He is the overcomer of our unbelief.

The throne of grace

To which we are invited to come boldly. When we lack faith, when our rest is less than full, when we struggle between our two natures of belief and unbelief, we are invited, urged even, to come without hesitation to the throne where we may obtain mercy cover our lack of faith and grace to help us strengthen our faith.

 

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Hebrews 4:9-11Rest with God

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God’s Steps to Give Us His Word

Hebrews 2:1-3 KJV

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

 

The context before and after has to do with the veracity of God’s Word. God has taken such steps to give us His Word;

  • sure
  • secure
  • pure and
  • preserved

 

God’s efforts in getting His Word to us should spur us to earnest study, comprehension and practice.

 

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Hebrews 2:1-3 Bible is God’s Word

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Loving Righteousness

Hebrews 1:9 KJV

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

 

The testimony of God concerning Christ is, “Thou hast loved righteousness”.   The testimony goes on to say the Christ “hated iniquity”. Perhaps our hatred for iniquity, or sin, would be better received if we were known first for loving righteousness. How completely we ought to love righteousness:

  • In the practice of it
  • In the encouraging of others engaged in the like practice
  • In the study of and bettering ourselves in it
  • In the humble avoidance of making ourselves known for it (a true practice of righteousness will not seek to be known but will naturally become known)
  • In the prayer for it

 

Righteousness; God help us love it and to love it more.

 

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Hebrews 1:9 Loving Righteousness

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God Enjoys Doing Right

Deuteronomy 28:63 KJV

And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.

 

  • Because God is no respecter of persons both Jew and Gentile may be saved
  • Because God is no respecter of persons both the good man and the wicked are born again through the same grace of God
  • Because God is no respecter of persons mercy is extended to men women and children of every race creed and background
  • Because God is no respecter of persons the rain falleth on the just and the unjust

Theses are precious and dear assurances to those who understand them. Because God is no respecter of persons the same blessings are available for everybody.

 

But there is a second side to this doctrine that God is no respecter of persons.

  • It is just as true
  • It is just as holy and
  • It is just as good but
  • It is more difficult to accept

because God is no respecter of persons God rejoices in both doing good to the obedient and destroying the disobedient. This is not to say that God takes pleasure in sending a soul to hell or in chastening His children. It is to say that, because God’s nature is holiness, justice and righteousness, He rejoices in doing what is right regardless of that right. Rewarding the obedient is a right and good thing. Judging disobedience is a right and good thing. God rejoices in doing the right and good thing.

 

I praise God that in this New Testament age we have an alternative to either. We have grace available through Jesus Christ. By hiding in Christ God responds to us not based on either how good or how bad we are but on the righteousness of Christ in whom we are hidden.

 

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Nature of God

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All Are Judged

2 Timothy 4:1 KJV

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

 

Paul charged Timothy to his duty by using a Biblical truth; that both the quick and the dead, the saved and the lost, will be judged by the Lord at His coming.

 

A great deal of damage has been done in the Christian faith by the idea that, once we get saved, we are no longer accountable. I am absolutely convinced that the work of Christ on the Cross has entirely and completely saved us to the uttermost. The saved are saved:

  • securely
  • eternally and
  • irrevocably

Our sins are forgiven and forgotten by God. This, however, does not mean that we have been set free to wander about our life without restraint or expectations.

 

Certainly the judgments of the two are different in

  • their focus (Christian judgment is regarding our works and not our sins)
  • their scope (Christian judgment is regarding position in heaven and not whether we go to heaven or hell)
  • their consequence (Christian judgment is regarding rewards and not punishment)

but the fact still remains that the saved are judged. The fact also remains that this judgment is of a serious enough nature that it serves as a motivator to those who comprehend it.

 

To assume that saved means saved with no respect, regard or consequence for

  • obedience or disobedience
  • believing or disbelieving
  • following or not following

the lessons of the Word of God is to place ourselves in a position to miss the greatest lessons for life the Bible offers.

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Judgment

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Pressing Forward to the End

Philippians 3:13-14 KJV

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 

What a unique outlook is the apostle’s considering that he was in prison facing near certain execution. Under such circumstances a person might have spent his time looking back. Indeed, in Paul’s second letter to he does glance back to recall;

2 Timothy 4:6-8 KJV

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:[1]

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Paul did not view the end of his life on earth as the end of anything. Nor did he, in the shadow of his own gallows as it were, give up. He continued

  • to press forward
  • to think ahead
  • to set a mark and reach for it.

 

Hope in Christ changes how we view the final times of life. It makes every moment of breath matter. There is no time when we view life as invaluable and meaningless because the last moment on earth is one that may still be used toward the eternal moments of heaven. We live in a state of constant progression rather than reaching a point where we begin to decline because we know that, for the believer, there is no end; only a new beginning.

[1] But even in this there is a forward-looking turn as the apostle announces and for the sake of other promises.

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Eternal Rewards

Proving the Acceptable

Ephesians 5:10 KJV

Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

 

We prove those things that are acceptable unto the Lord by practicing them, by doing them and thus observing their resulting consequences.

Gill writes, “There are many things that are acceptable to God, as

  • the person of Christ, 
  • his righteousness, sacrifice, sufferings, death, and mediation;
  • the persons of his people, 
  • their services, sufferings, sacrifices of prayer, and praise to him, and of bounty and liberality to the poor;
  • their graces, and the exercise of them; and 
  • the actions of their lives and conversations, when they are becoming the Gospel, are according to the will of God, and are done in faith, and are directed to his glory: 

… are acceptable to God…”

 

By walking as children of light we become an experiment serving to test, try and prove those things that are acceptable unto God.

 

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Christian duty

The Biblical Use of Emotional Appeals

Ephesians 4:1 KJV

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

 

Paul had said in Ephesians 3:1 that he was a prisoner of the Lord Jesus Christ “for you Gentiles”. Here he uses that as a motivation for both his plea and their doing of it.[1]

 

Appeals based on emotional and heart rending circumstances are often criticized in modern Christianity. It is, however, undeniable that:

  • They can be effective
  • They were used effectively by Christ and Apostle Paul
  • Therefore they may be used in a Scriptural, effective and ethical manner

[1] The argument can be made that the “therefore” of this refers the reader to the great doctrinal truths of Ephesians chapter three. I do not deny this to be the case but only add to it that Paul’s mention of being a prisoner at the beginning of chapters three and four must have “hit home” in the hearts of these first century believers to whom Paul originally addressed this letter. Therefore his being a prisoner must have relevance in his “therefore”.

 

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emotional appeals