Jesus > Everything, Week 11, Joy Rules!, Hebrews 10:1-39

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JOY RULES!

Hebrews 10:1-39

It is great to see you here today.  I am hoping that you are still hanging in on the Book of Hebrews.  It can sometimes be hard to understand. Today we are talking about the ways God has brought Joy into our lives.  I believe the focus of these verses will give great clarity so we can live in joy.  Joy can be a tough thing.  With all the crime and shootings and difficult marriages, difficult decisions by our government, etc. life can be tough.  But no matter the case we can still find Joy.  Look at Paul’s thoughts from a prison cell in Rome to the Church at Philippi,

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Philippians 4:4 (“Joy” is used 8 times in this letter)

I believe that finding Joy is a key to an abundant life.  Hebrews 10 helps us understand the Joy we can have a live a life the way God would want us to.  So since we are Christ Followers let’s pay close attention to this text and see what the Lord can teach us about Joy!!

Before we start I have a prayer for Joy from Psalm 16:

Thank you for today Lord.  I pray that you would richly bless us today, Now praying from Psalm 16:7 and following…

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I will bless the Lord who guides me;

even at night my heart instructs me.

I know the Lord is always with me.

I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.

No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.[b]

My body rests in safety.

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For you will not leave my soul among the dead[c]

or allow your holy one[d] to rot in the grave.

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You will show me the way of life,

granting me the joy of your presence

and the pleasures of living with you forever.

Use our time today Lord to bring glory to yourself and show us how to follow you more cleary.

In your name we pray, Amen

Joy #1 Our Sins will never be held against us! 

A. Once  for All Time, last week’s message is reiterated in verses 1-13

26 …But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, 28 so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9:26-28

B. Two Things That Relate Directly to Our Lives

Let’s focus in verse 14:

14 For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy. Hebrews 10:14

Turn your eyes upon Jesus here and see two things about Jesus that relate directly to your joy today.

First notice that…

1. Christ has Perfected  his people, and it is already complete. “By that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy” He has done it “forever.” The perfecting of his people is complete and it is complete forever. Does this mean that Christians don’t sin? Don’t get sick? Don’t make mathematical errors in school? That we are already perfect in our behavior and attitudes?

a. There is one clear reason in this very verse for knowing that is not the case. What is it? It’s the last phrase. Who are the people that have been perfected for all time? It is those who “are being made holy.”

– This is why the tense is so important. Now “those who are being made holy (or sanctified)“ are not yet fully sanctified in the sense of committing no more sin. So here we have the shocking combination: the very people who “have been perfected” are the ones who “are being sanctified.”

b. What does it mean? The answer is given in the next verses (15-18).

17 Then he says, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.” 18 And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices. Hebrews 10:17-18

The writer explains what he means by quoting Jeremiah again on the new covenant, namely, that in the new covenant which Christ has sealed now by his blood, there is total forgiveness for all our sins.

2. Christ’s people are perfected in that God puts away all our sin!!!

a. He never Brings to mind their Condemnation . In this sense we stand before him perfect. When he looks on us he does not impute any of our sins against us, past, present or future.

b. He does not count our sins against us.

v. 14 again… ”For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.”

What this means is that you can know that you stand perfect in the eyes of your heavenly Father if you are moving away from your present imperfection toward more and more holiness by faith in his future grace.

Joy #1 Our Sins will never be held against us!

Joy #2. Our God Made a Way to Be with Us

19 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. 20 By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. 21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, 22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.’

1. Let us God  Right  into God’s Presence

a. Consciences have been Cleaned

b. Bodies have the been washed, ‘With pure water’

2. Draw Near!!

a. That is what the author wants us to do

b. That is where we will find real Joy, ‘In the Lord

4 Always be full of joy in the Lord… Philippians 4:4

7 Times told to Draw Near in Hebrews

Here are a few samples…

Let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25

Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who draws near to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

 

Joy #1 Our Sins will never be held against us!

Joy #2. Our God Made a Way to Be with Us

Joy #3. OUR LORD GAVE US A PLACE TO GROW

Now what Hebrews 10:23-25 adds that we are given a Place to Grow through churches, small groups, softball teams, women’s bible studies, etc. of believers where they can help each other hold fast to their joy and stay strong in the Lord.   We need the church…  Let’s look at the text.

23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:23-25

A) We Help One Another Hold Tightly to God

Notice five things in verses 23-25 that we do to make our church and our joy stronger….I have to mention first that these are the salad verses, they all say “let us”.    Just kidding about the salad part, but in a not joking fashion it is important that it says ‘let us’…not me, not you, but us.

a. We/Us need to Hold Tightly to God’s Truth.

– We need to help others hold tightly.

B) We Motivate  One Another

God calls us to motivate one another. Verse 24b: “motivate one another.”

1. Much of our motivation comes from other Christians speaking the word of God into our lives and praying for us.

C) We Stir Up One Another to Love and Good Works

1. God’s purpose is that this mutual encouragement functions to stir us up to love and good works.

Verse 24: “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” 

2. We motivate and encourage each other and we stir each

other up to love and good works.

In other words, the aim of the mutual motivation is not just for the members of the group but for the world. And that too is good for us,  and brings Joy into our lives, because Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). It’s like the widow’s jar of flour and jug of oil in the story of Elijah: The more she gave, the more God gave. They never ran out (1 Kings 17:16). So we motivate, encourage, each other and we stir each other up to love and good works.

D) We Gather One Another together to Encourage and Love

And fourth, we Gather  to do this motivating, encouraging and this stirring up to love and good works.

1. Wanted to repeat the verse because we just mentioned it above

Verse 25: “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do,”

– This meeting together is not merely the gathering for corporate worship, as we do on Sunday mornings; it is the kind of gathering where the pattern of ministry is each person ministering to the others.

2. The meeting, in this case, is the kind of meeting that necessarily implies encouraging one another and loving one another.

3. So God is telling us that it is good for us to gather in church, small groups, affinity groups and minister to each other.

E) We Encourage One another as the End Approaches

Fifth, notice that this kind of gathering to

1. Encourage each other, is increasingly urgent, as the end of the times draws near.  Verse 25 once more:

25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:1, “…in the last days there will be very difficult times..” Times of stress and tremendous pressure and hardship and darkness and evil. It will not get easier to be a Christian. And God is telling us what we will need to do to hold fast to our confession of hope (v. 23): Meet. Meet. Meet. And encourage one another. And stir each other up to love. Lone-ranger Christians will drop like flies in those days.  Lone-rangers can miss the  joy of the Christian life.

Joy #1 Our Sins will never be held against us!

Joy #2. Our God Made a Way to Be with Us

Joy #3. OUR LORD GAVE US A PLACE TO GROW 

Joy #4. WE HAVE THE STRENGTH TO PERSEVERE

A. WARNING…

26 Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. 27 There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.

1. This means that sin is what God is angry about. And it means that he has made a provision for escaping his anger, namely, the sacrifice of his Son in the place of sinners. The love of God provides escape from the wrath of God by sacrificing the Son of God to vindicate the glory of God in forgiving sinners.

2. Verse 26: they ‘deliberately continue sinning.’ Both the tense of the verb (present continuous action in Greek) – they go on sinning – and the word “willfully” show us that it is not any one particular sin in view here. It is the extent and willfulness that is in view here.

B. REMINDER…

32 Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. 33 Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. 34 You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.

1. Remember your Faithfulness in Christ

the author of Hebrews is saying don’t fall like the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2:4, You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!

2. Remember you Accepted Difficulties and Suffering with Joy

You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever. (v34)

C. PROMISE…

35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. 

1. Patiently Endure  and ‘Continue in God’s Will.

2. Receive God’s Blessings as Promised.

Joy #1 Our Sins will never be held against us!

Joy #2. Our God Made a Way to Be with Us

Joy #3. OUR LORD GAVE US A PLACE TO GROW 

Joy #4. WE HAVE THE STRENGTH TO PERSEVERE