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Don’t insult the Spirit of Grace!

Scripture reading for October 26th:  Hebrews 10

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Hebrews 10:26-30  “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.  Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.  How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, who has insulted the Spirit of grace?”  

It is a dangerous thing to sin willfully after you know God’s will and and have the Holy Spirit living in you.  Under the old covenant, there was no sacrifice that could be made for willfully breaking God’s law.  Several of the laws had the penalty of death–idolatry, murder and adultery.  Under the New Covenant with grace through faith, the writer of Hebrews warns of more severe punishment for those the trample on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and insult the Spirit of grace.  This warning was meant to help believers maintain a holy fear and respect for God’s amazing grace!

Observations for over-comers:  Knowledge brings responsibility to fear God and appreciate the Spirit of Grace!  “But anyone who sins defiantly, whether native-born or alien, blasphemes the Lord, and that person must be cut off from his people.  Because he has despised the Lord’s word and broken His commands, that person must surely be cut off; his guilt remains on him.”  (Numbers 15:30-31)

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An unshakeable Kingdom!

Scripture reading for November 15th: Hebrews 12:14-29

Holiness is a precious requirement for those entering the kingdom of God and desiring to see Him. “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.  See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” (Hebrews 12:14-15)  There are things that can keep us out of our inheritance.  Failure to be a peacemaker and living in violence and strife will cut us off.  Immorality is also a killer of faith.  These sins are likened to bitter roots in the soul that causes a person to miss out on the grace of God.

We who live in the last days are under the new covenant.  This covenant is not made at Mt. Sinai like the old covenant, but at Mt. Zion.  At Mt. Zion we see the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of God and thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly.  Here we have the church of the Firstborn (Jesus Christ) consisting of all men and women who by faith have come to Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ is the mediator of this new covenant and His sprinkled blood has forever made atonement for all sins committed in ignorance.

We must willingly come to Jesus and accept His sacrifice for us in order to escape judgment by Jesus Christ.  Many Israelites ignored God’s warning through Moses and perished.  Now Jesus, God’s final Word from Heaven, has warned us again of another shaking coming at the end that will shake all things that are able to be shaken!  (Hebrews 12:26-27)  (Haggai 2:6)  The earth and everything in it will be destroyed by this final shaking.  (2nd Peter 3:7)  The kingdoms of earth will be no match for the Lord of Hosts as He comes to establish the millennial Kingdom.

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptable with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”” (Hebrews 12:28)  Our King Jesus and the heavenly city, the New Jerusalem will be our permanent King and eternal home!  This calls for worship and active pursuit of holiness through faith in Jesus.  Those who refuse will be consumed by the fire of His wrath!

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Are you securely attached?

Scripture reading for November 2nd: John 13-17

Several years ago, I planted two grape vines in my back yard along the fence.  I had used these potted vines as a sermon illustration of Jesus’ teaching in John 15.  I studied grapes and found that they were one of the most widely grown crops in the world.   There are many different varieties and colors and people love to eat them fresh, as juice, or as wine.  They also need cultivation and tending to be the most fruitful and healthy.  Dead and diseased branches need trimmed off and the vines trained to grow in the arbor. The branches are not good for anything but producing fruit.

Jesus used this great agricultural example to teach his disciples about their need to stay attached to Him!  Jesus said that He was the true vine and the disciples are branches.  If they would just “abide” in Him and allow His Word to “abide” in them, they would produce much fruit. (John 15:7)  Being a branch is all about “abiding”!  It doesn’t sound too hard to understand!  A branch that doesn’t remain attached is good for nothing but the fire!

Jesus also went on to say that His Father was the gardener who tended the vine. (John 15:1)  All fruitless branches were pruned off to keep from wasting precious nutrients so that those branches that were abiding could use those nutrients to produce fruit.  Fruitful branches are pruned and trained to maximize fruit production.  God is glorified when His branches produce much fruit!  (John 15:8) Branches that produce no fruit are trimmed off and are good for nothing but the fire.

After four years the original potted vines were nearly 20 feet long and covered a section of a wooden fence that I planted them near.   I took two branches off these vines to church for a sermon illustration.    One branch had 12 clusters of grapes on it and a second branch had none!  I had cut them off and after just one hour, they were already wilted.  It is amazing how quickly they die without attachment!

The lesson for us is plain and simple.  We must stay attached to the vine and also bear fruit.  This takes a relationship with God through His Word and prayer!   Are you securely attached and producing?  Today is the best time to affirm your attachment!

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