biblestudy: Hebrews (Part 4)
Hebrews 3:7 - 4:2
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 08-Sep-87; Sermon #BS-HE04; 85 minutes
John Ritenbaugh observes that the suffering we experience in trials stems from a desire of our carnal nature to bale out, giving in to temptation to satisfy the appetites of the flesh. As the trials become more intense, our flesh ravenously demands to be satisfied, making sin look increasingly more attractive. As we stiffen our necks and resist God's will, we automatically lose what we have gained spiritually and become ignorant of His awesome purpose for us. We must emulate our Elder Brother, who learned through suffering (resisting the powerful, deceitful pulls of sin), preparing Himself for His role as High Priest. Giving in hardens our hearts and alienates us from the fellowship with God. Like the original recipients of the letter to the Hebrews, we must soberly reflect upon our calling, unconditionally trusting in God's faithfulness to fulfill His purpose for us.
Callous Corking up human nature Deceitfulness of sin Drunkenness as a metaphor for sin Endurance Faith God's rest Hardening neck Hooked on drug Hypostasis Liver analogy Mixed with faith Once saved always saved Organic unity Plodding toward the Kingdom of God Resting on the oars Sabbath Sin as drug Sin as drunkenness Temptation to bale out Trickery of sin
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