Hebrews 7 & 8:1-6 The High Priesthood of Melchizedek Christ Alone

Below you will find the rough draft notes for the sermon preached today at PSNBC.ORG. I post these as a study guide for those who participate in the sermon. Please enjoy and grow.

Melchizedek priesthood is greater than that of Aaron.

The law covenant was given to Moses. This was to abate the wrath of God. (We talked of Hell last week)

The New Covenant in Christ’s blood falls under that of Melchizedek who is a King of righteousness and of Salem (Peace) (Jeru=salem)

Thus Christ is the one by which we are saved from the wrath of God.

Christ alone (Solus Christus)

Not Jesus and__________________

  • Works
  • Good works
  • Baptism
  • Sacraments
  • Second Baptism
  • A translation
  • Mary
  • Penance
  • Purgatory
  • Thoughts or intentions

Salvation is in Christ Alone!

It is also not Jesus and “now move onto other things.”

It is Christ and abiding at His feet.

Union with Christ is the only way of salvation.

Act 4:12  And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” 

Joh 15:4-6  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  (5)  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  (6)  If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.

Php 4:13  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Hebrews 7 is thus pointing out the sufficiency of Christ for saving the people of God.

Jesus Christ is thus three things to us, Prophet, Priest, and King.

“Christ and Christ alone, is fitted to be mediator between God and man.” 1689 London Baptist Confession

Jesus Christ as Prophet

The prophet whom we need to instruct us in the things of God so as to heal our blindness and ignorance.

Deu 18:15  “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—

Mat 17:5  He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

Jesus reveals to us God Himself.

Rom 16:25-27  Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages  (26)  but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—  (27)  to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

Jesus Christ as Priest

“Because of our estrangement from God and the imperfection of our services at best, we need His priestly office to reconcile us to God and render us acceptable to Him.” 1689 London Baptist Confession

Salvation is in Jesus only as there are two conditions that must be met, and can only be me t in Him.

  1. To satisfy the justice of God through obedience to the law.
  2. To pay the price of sins.

Rom 5:19  For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

Rom 5:10-11  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.  (11)  More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Jesus remains our High Priest and Intercessor forever.

Rom 8:34  Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

Jesus Christ as King

Jesus reigns through the Holy Spirit taking care of the judicial matters of atonement. He convicts of sin and righteousness and imparts faith to those whom would believe.

Act 2:30-36  Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne,  (31)  he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.  (32)  This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.  (33)  Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.  (34)  For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,  (35)  until I make your enemies your footstool.”’  (36)  Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

CONCLUSION

“ Shall we say that we have done our duty to God? Shall we say that we have done our duty to our neighbor? Shall we bring forward our prayers? Our regularity? Our morality? Our amendments? Our church going? Shall we ask to be accepted by any of these?” J C Ryle

Mat 7:21-23  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  (22)  On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’  (23)  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

The will is that

  • Hab_2:4  “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.
  • Rom_1:17  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
  • Gal_2:20  I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
  • Gal_3:11  Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”
  • Gal_3:12  But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.”
  • Heb_10:38  but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”
  • Heb_11:9  By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.

“Through Him alone we can have peace with a Holy God. By Him alone we can have admission in the presence of the Most High, and stand there without fear. We have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him. In Him alone we can be just, and justify the ungodly.” J C Ryle

God and Government

Underneath, you will find the rough draft sermon notes for the sermon preached at Poplar Springs North Baptist Church on Sunday January 17, 2021. You will find the video link of the service here.

Rom 13:1-14  Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.  (2)  Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.  (3)  For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,  (4)  for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.  (5)  Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.  (6)  For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.  (7)  Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.  (8)  Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.  

(9)  For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  (10)  Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  (11)  Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.  (12)  The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.  (13)  Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.  (14)  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

1Pe 2:13-21  Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme,  (14)  or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.  (15)  For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.  (16)  Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.  (17)  Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.  (18)  Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust.  (19)  For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.  (20)  For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.  (21)  For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.

Joh 18:33-36  So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”  (34)  Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?”  (35)  Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?”  (36)  Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

INTRODUCTION

I quoted on Facebook John Calvin the other day. He once said, “When God wants to judge a nation, He gives them wicked rulers.”

This is not a commentary on political leaders, but rather, look at our nation, why should God not treat us as Sodom and Gomorrah?

Abortion, sexual perversion, false prophets, the total disregard of His holy name.

What we read in Romans, and in 1 Peter applies today.

The early church faced times worse that we do today

Nero Persecuted the Christians as a coverup.

John, while in exile was under the rule of Domitian, who may be the hideous beast of Revelation.

Christians were often under local threats of persecution. The church was born in adversity from the local governments.

Paul and Peter write our texts today under Claudius who had banished Jews from Rome.

The Bible was written to give the church hope.

Let us now look at Scripture to understand first What God Demands.

Exegesis

Rom 13:1-14  Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.  (2)  Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.  (3)  For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,  (4)  for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.  (5)  Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.  (6)  For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.  (7)  Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.  (8)  Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 

  • Authority appointed by God
  • Wrath for wrongdoing as governments deal with authority.
  • Obeying Government is obeying God.

God sets up in His word 3 authorities to govern our lives

  • The Family (as in Adam and Eve, Husband and wife) Nurturing Rule (Motherhood is the highest office a person can hold)
  • The Government as we study today (Civil and legal matters, community)
  • The Church  (Spiritual matters and eternity) morality, and care of the soul.

Ethical and Moral dilemma Questions are raised. Not the scope of today.

  • These texts were prooftexts in the civil war, often preached to slaves.
  • What do you so with a cruel boss or husband?
  • What about 1776 and the revolution against England?
  • What do you do in Bonhoeffer’s situation, Do you kill Hitler to save lives?

We all have situational problems, they must be lived within the parameters of Scripture.

Transition

Peter, just as Paul ,says many of the same things. SO we have two authorities writing in a manner that is to build doctrine and remove confusion.

1Pe 2:13-21  Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme,  (14)  or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.  (15)  For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.  (16)  Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.  (17)  Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.  (18)  Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust.  (19)  For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.  (20)  For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.  (21)  For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.

  • We are subject yet free.
  • We are to live as examples that others would glorify God.
  • How we handle adversity is a clear indication that we are not of this world.
  • Endurance is possible because this world is not our home.

Now we turn to see what God commands?

Back in Romans 13 we find what God is commanding us to do.

We are to check our hearts in the matters.

(9)  For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  (10)  Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  (11)  Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.  (12)  The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.  (13)  Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.  (14)  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Verse 9 goes over the part of the Ten Commandments that relate to the laws of our country. These laws are written as to how we are to relate to one another.

We are to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our example.

We will NEVER find our own strength to endure, therefore, we must all the while seek Christ. Cry for revival.

TRANSITION

Jesus put it this way in John 18

What does this say about God? (Our conclusion)

Jesus view of the Earthly Government

Joh 18:33-36  So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”  (34)  Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?”  (35)  Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?”  (36)  Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

  • We clearly live differently.
  • We count it all joy in various trials.
  • We like Jesus fight for His kingdom

This world is not our home, However it is our mission field

  • Respect the government as you are an ambassador to this land.
  • Pray for leaders, whether you like them or not. We are commanded to love our enemies.
  • Do not give you energies to unworthy or non-eternal things.
  • Love other= fight for justice, protect the weak, do not be idle.
  • Save souls
  • Be good stewards
  • Seek the glory of God.

Sermon Notes

The Authentic Jesus: Purification for Sins

Hebrews 1:1-4

These rough draft notes are provided to help you follow along with today’s sermon, Sunday October 25th, 2020. Once published, you can find the sermon at http://psnbc.org/

INTRODUCTION: Why this Study, Why Hebrews?

Our goal in this series is to gain a deeper and authentic understanding of God Himself through the person of Jesus Christ.  In some ways this is a push back on the false teachings and false narratives that dominate the airwaves, books stores, and pulpits of today.

It is so we can know Him. This, is incredibly important considering John 17:3, Matthew 7, and the book of Romans. It is the fulfillment of John chapter 1, and the entire reason that God would even give us the Bible, His word, is that we would truly know Him.

We are using the book of Hebrews, though it is the most difficult book of the New Testament to understand, as it reveals a depth regarding the nature of Christ, and ultimately, it teaches us what authentic faith is.  So we will learn about the authentic Jesus and the authentic church.

Heb 1:1-4  Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,  (2)  but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.  (3)  He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,  (4)  having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

THE TEXT

PART 1 The nature of God makes salvation possible.

Heb 1:1-4  Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,  

  • In the NT we have the written Word.  The expression of God.  In many ways His revelation has progressed and we are in a better state. We have His word, filled with truth, experiences, and the cross by which it is confirmed and possible to abide with Him.
  • But in the OT the prophets were the voice of God. Thus, sayeth the Lord.
  • Yet, most failed to listen.  They spurned and killed the prophets, rejecting God’s word.

(2)  but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.

  • In the NT we have the fulfillment of OT prophesy and the embodiment of God.
  • Jesus reveals who God is and corrects the false teaching and interpretations of those who did not know but spoke or those who spoke but did not know. Jesus is the revelation of the Father to mankind. IF we have seen Him we have seen the Father.
  • The Son is thus the Voice of God representing who He is, Heir of all through the cross, and co-Creator with God the Father and the Holy Spirit.
  • Therefore, the teaching of Christ is that we would know Him. We know Him through repentance, obedience, and abiding in Him.
  • We cannot know Him apart from His word.
  • In His word, He declares who He is. His Holy Spirit helps us understand.
  • He desires to be known. Thus He will reveal.

 (3)  He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,  

  • Jesus represents the glory of God.  Know Him and you will know God.
  • His nature is understood by seeing His actions, seeing what God has done.
  • Sustainer of the Universe= Sovereign, He can do miracles.
  • Sat down = Authority established and the work done

(4)  having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

  • The early church dealt with false doctrine as people worshipped angels.
  • Jesus is the Son of God.  Nothing less. This must be understood.

PART 2

Understanding His nature, is to understand Holiness

Explain the nature of God as Holy which produces love, justice, wrath, and the purification of sinful people that they may be redeemed.

Holiness is the most overlooked trait. His holiness means that He is separate from the world, there is no sin in Him. He cannot be anything other than holy.  His nature will not contradict itself. (Would not make a rock He cannot lift) We call this transcendent; He is other than anything else.

His nature of holiness therefore is so pure that it is right and just to be the object of worship.  It is true to worship such an existence.

Thus, God created man and woman to be abiding worshippers and to enjoy the expression of His nature. (Genesis 2 & John 4)

But man sinned. (Genesis 3)

This brought a rift of separation. For God cannot abide with sin.

God, to remain Holy must also remain just.  To be just, sin must be punished.  It cannot be overlooked or excused.

Therefore, sin against a holy God deserves wrath.  Wrath is the just recompense for our sin. Even eating a piece of fruit is thus deserving because of the holy nature of God. Therefore, hell exists.

But God, so loved. (John 3:16)

God’s love desires His creation to be saved.  Think on this, to be saved means to be saved from the wrathful nature of God. Therefore, rather than being fair and giving us what we deserve, God so loves. He satisfies the wrath that is due by venting His wrath upon the only one who can fully satisfy it, His own perfect Son.

This sin is punished and a way is made to express His nature of love to the fullest by loving those who do not deserve love at all. Romans 5:8.

Now the gift is free. But it is also costly.

It is also not given out arbitrarily.

To take what is precious and to make it common is shameful, it is a disregard for the Creator of the gift.

Thus, there is a qualification for receiving the gift.  All who would forsake their sins, those desires of self-establishment, who turn unto God acknowledging his holiness and rightful honor to receive all glory, honor, and praise, to these beggars He provides a cleansing, a new nature, and an adoption by which they dine at the Father’s banquet. They leave behind all that once entangled them to find God is good.

To be a Christian is to forsake sin and embrace God as Savior, Lord, and love.

CONCLUSION

So, let us be worshippers of Jesus Christ. Knowing Him by knowing His nature, not just seeking stuff as a beggar who looks for food Let us rather come as sons and daughters, adopted into the family of those whom we once spurned, and know Him for who He is, giving Him the glory He is due.

Toward a Deeper Prayer Life

Many prayer meetings in churches have grown cold.  I fearfully believe that the root cause of this is that we have whittled down and limited our concerns to the health issues of the members and friends of members.

The health of people should not be marginalized.  Health is a deep-rooted concern.  God often uses the diminished health of people to draw them back unto Him.  In the Scriptures, Jesus did heal.  Often, His work of healing was to prove His divinity and authenticate His message. But prayer meeting should go way beyond the concern for such comfort. The need to pray amongst spiritual warfare is a prime example found in Ephesians chapter 6.

The church was told by our Lord that it would have power. To get that power, the church prayed earnestly. In the opening chapters of Acts, they held a ten-day prayer meeting.  Imagine, ten days of corporate prayer.  I would love to know exactly what that looked like.  I wonder who prayed, did they huddle in groups, was there teaching, did they take breaks, was fasting involved, and many more inquires of what they prayed about?

As I write this blog, I am concerned mainly with the corporate prayer within our churches. My particular church has been hit very hard by the Covid 19 disruption.  Typically, on Wednesday nights we would meet to pray at 6:30 PM.  After announcements, and a short lesson from the Scriptures, we would take requests. After going over requests and the prayer sheet we would often huddle in groups of three to seven and pray, each taking turns.  The beauty of God’s people huddled together in intercessory prayer is amazing. It is seeing God at work.  The prayers of the saints are powerfully birthing an awareness of the glory of God. Unfortunately, such gathering is on hold for now.

When a church meets corporately for prayer, one aspect that we must take into consideration is that it is more important to pray for holiness than for happiness. That is what I am alluding to when I say we need to pray for more than just health.  Health concerns in and of themselves are concerns for our happiness. They sympathetically work to relieve someone’s suffering.  This is truly noble; however, we need to be reminded that suffering is God’s way of purging a person of selfishness, worldliness, and a reliance on their own strength.  Suffering is the furnace of spiritual refinement. It is a classroom. Thus, when we pray for health concerns, pray first that the person endures and grows closer to Christ in their time of trials and temptation.  Next, pray for their holiness, followed by health concerns.

To pray for holiness is to pray for two things directly.  The first is holiness in the sense of being righteous, without sin.  Pray for conviction by the Holy Spirit for repentance. Second, holiness also means to be separated unto God, for His good works.  Pray for this. We are commanded to be holy for He is holy.

Then, in our prayer meetings, we need to pray to be people of praise, that is worship.  Jesus spoke to the woman at the Samaritan well in John 4, noting that the Father is seeking worshippers who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth.  That is to say with heartfelt emotion that is guided by His standards and teaching. This is our calling, to worship Him, glorifying Him, and enjoying Him forever.

We need to pray about our practice, our letting our light shine that all the world may see our good works and be drawn unto Him. When we pray for practice, that means to pray about missions, the sharing of the gospel. We should pray for missionaries, at home and abroad, by country, city, and personal name.  We should also pray that God would open our eyes and create opportunities for we ourselves to share the gospel. This very aspect should not be a casual request.  We must earnestly seek to have hearts that love the building of God’s church and kingdom.

In that same regard, pray for workers of the harvest.  For explicitly, Jesus commands that we pray for the workers of the harvest, for the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

Therefore, we must also pray for hearts of faithfulness.  The old hymn describes it well

Prone to wander Lord I feel it

Prone to leave the God I love

Take my heart Lord take and seal it

Seal it for thy courts above.[i]

Pray that our affections for God would be greater than our desires for the world.  Truly the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life are constant enemies to our sanctification.  The puritans were very well known for praying for holiness in this regard. Corporate prayer meetings need a DNA of praying for such resolute surrender unto God, seeking His strength in our great weakness.

As we live in a world that is often shouting its philosophies for living, it would be very easy to be lazy and go with the flow.  This is why we must also pray for wisdom.  We are sheep among wolves.  Jesus told his disciples that they are going out in the midst of wolves, therefore be as shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.  We are no different.

We also need to pray that we are a people of love. Not just a love toward those who will love us back; “For even the gentiles do that.” But rather, pray that just as Christ loved us while we were yet enemies, we too would love our enemies, do good to them, and pray for them.

We need to pray for religious affections as Jonathan Edwards emphasized in his book by the same name.  Pray that we would be increasing in our love for Christ.  Salvation is not about a ticket to Heaven, but more about an ever-sanctifying love for Christ.

Pray that the church itself would be a people that operate as a group that loves.  This will cover the need for harmony, unity, and perseverance. A church that loves is willing to get involved in the messy lives of individuals.  A church that loves will speak gospel truth, practice church discipline, defend the faith, and will love lost people.

By definition, love is a verb. So pray that this love will begin in the heart and then bear fruit through action. A great place to start is loving each other and then loving the community.

As we pray about the religious affections, realize that our prayer may be weak and ineffectual because of our heart condition.  It is a severe condemnation when Jesus looked over Jerusalem and announced, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”  Pray that truly our hearts would beat for Christ.

A second cause of ineffectual prayer maybe we emphasize the wrong things.  We choose to be good at things that do not matter. I am reminded of Pilgrim’s Progress where Christian gets caught up in “Busy Work.” One saint once said that they feared becoming successful at the wrong goals. We must be seeking first the Kingdom of God and focus on a Christ centered life.

A third hindrance is simply sin. Our prayers ought to include prayers of repentance.  In repentance, we pray for God to change us that we despise sin and cling to Him.  We want to hate what He hates and love what He loves. We pray not just that we are sorry, but that He would so change our desires that the draw of sin is taken away and replaced with a longing for Jesus. We pray like David, “Search me and try me and reveal any wicked way.”

We simply sin because we fail to take God at His word and try to live on our own abilities.  This has been the way since the fall. Oh that the Spirit would move to bring repentance of the assuredness of our own flesh.  May we truly abide in Him, longing for true fruit.

One last category of that which hampers our prayers is that of asking wrongly. We are told that we ask with the wrong motives, that we may have requests granted to satisfy our flesh. Another way of saying this is that our focus is on joy from a source other than Christ. This circles back to our attitude about God.

 

So, in our prayer meetings, we must seek first the Kingdom of God.  That is that we hold fast to His ways and His person.

Would you join me in seeking that God would transform our church prayer meetings?  It is my hope that the emphasis becomes more on Christ and our obedient abiding in Him rather than on comforts that are fleeting.

 

 

[i] “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is a Christian hymn written by the 18th century pastor and hymnodist Robert Robinson who penned the words in the year 1758 at the age of 22. As per Wikipedia.

Wes Pinkley Videos

Did you know you can find Wes Pinkley, Pastor of Poplar Springs North Baptist Church on video? There are several sources.

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Sermons can be found on YouTube at the Poplar Springs North Baptist YouTube channel

A Dublin, GA TV35 interview discussion of how the Corona Virus has impacted church life can be found here on TV35;s YouTube channel

Several videos of devotions, teaching and prayer meetings are here at the Poplar Springs North Facebook page.

And finally, the original TV35 interview from August of 2019, as part of his early ministry in the Dublin community.

March 22 a poem

March 22

No sounds of church bells

No children heard

No hugs

No clamor of the classroom

No choir singing His praises

Yet, the church resounds wherever we may be

The gathering may be stilled

But this time will make us stronger

To appreciate what fellowship we had

That in days to come

It will be more about Him

As precious

Glorious

And the Father to what matters most.

Websites for Boredom While at Home

Need more Jesus?  With extra time on our hands here are a few ministries that I want to encourage you with.

Start with these

The International Mission Board https://www.imb.org/

The North American Mission Board https://www.namb.net/

 

FOR PREACHING THAT ENDURES

Martyn Lloyd-Jones if my favorite preacher to listen to.  You can find him at https://www.mljtrust.org/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw6sHzBRCbARIsAF8FMpWRYItRtfYysLc7pjafEA4vMbIIDp6QqMN6N95Zlkseusx2TjBH4esaAu4kEALw_wcB

Alistair Begg is one of my favorite preachers today . https://www.truthforlife.org/

John Macarthur is another https://www.gty.org/

H B Charles Jr is wonderful. https://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Rev._H.B._Charles,_Jr.

 

NEWS AND INFORMATION

Interested in apologetics/Dinosaurs/ and culture try https://answersingenesis.org/

Baptist news http://www.bpnews.net/

Christian Post https://www.christianpost.com/

Our own Georgia Baptist newspaper  https://christianindex.org/

 

HUMOR

https://twitter.com/rev_norespect?lang=en

https://twitter.com/ChrchCurmudgeon?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

What I read in 2019

Every year I try to read 52 books.  Once the holidays hit the pace slows considerably.  With a move from Kentucky to Georgia, I still managed the following.

Good and Angry.  David Powlison
Leading the Unleadable Alan Willett
Q B Q the Question Behind the Question John G Miller
Shout Sister Shout Gayle Wald
In Remembrance of Me. Jim Henry
Prince Caspian. C S Lewis
The History of Poplar Springs North Baptist Church
Honor for Aging Parents. Judy Hale
Pixar Storytelling. Dean Movshovitz
Nighthawks Charles Johnson
The Sinking of the Indianapolis
The Ghost Ships of the Arcangel William Geroux
The Gospel Ministry Thomas Foxcroft
God, Greed, and the Prosperity Gospel. Costi Hinn
The Heart of Domestic Abuse. Chris Moles
All the Songs The Beatles
The Jesus You Can’t Ignore.  John MacArthur
The Gospel and Personal Evangelism. Mark Dever
Facing Snarled and Scowls. Croft & Carroll
Passions of the Heart.  John Street
The Fellowship of the Ring. J RR Tolkien
Talking to Strangers. Malcolm Gladwell
The Gospel Comes with a House Key Rosaria Butterfield
Prayer, it’s Not About You. Harriet Michael
A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens

Love For God Colossians 3:1-17

Dear Saints,

Attached are my rough draft notes from the sermon for Sunday, November 17th, 2019. Please realize that these will differ from what was actually presented, But as in times before, I share them with you for the purpose of your own Bible study.

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Love For God

Colossians 3:1-17

Wes Pinkley

November 17, 2019

 

INTRODUCTION

Exo 20:3-7  “You shall have no other gods before me.  (4)  “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  (5)  You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,  (6)  but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.  (7)  “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

God is a jealous God.  Idolatry has no place.

 

 

We turn to the admonitions of Exodus, to love God as He should be loved.

 

He is to be loved from a pure heart.

1Ti_1:5  The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

2Ti_2:22  So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

1Pe_1:22  Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,

 

Our focus today is Colossians 3:14-15  Love for God vs Idolatry & Lust

Put on love

Let peace rule your hearts

Be thankful

 

Love for God vs Idolatry & Lust

God puts it this way;

Jer 2:13  for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.

 

Idolatry (Methods)                            Lust(Demands)

Anger                    to get                                    Power/control/peace

Sex/Porn             fantasizing                          Respect and dominance

Gossip                  manipulating                      To be feared and idolized

Education            seeking                                 approval and competency

Perfection           to say that you                  Are better than others

 

We want Idols, wherein I do X and you provide for me Y

Idolatry & Lust are the method and motivation to a craving desire of the self.

 

It is replacing God with some aspect of creation, Broken cisterns.

Idolatry replaces God for

  • Joy and Satisfaction
  • Solutions to life
  • Strength to be
  • Sanctification to grow and change

 

This is why battling temptation is hard.

To not battle is to give in.

Christians hate sin and long for God.

Therefore, we do engage in the battle of the spirit over the flesh.

 

It is easier to turn to things for temporary pleasures rather than glorify God by holding out and fighting.

We turn to (List from Dr. Nicholas Ellen)

People, places, products, perspectives, positions, power, platforms, politics, money, medication, media and ministry.

 

God calls idolatry harlotry.

Jer 3:6-8  The LORD said to me in the days of King Josiah: “Have you seen what she did, that faithless one, Israel, how she went up on every high hill and under every green tree, and there played the whore?  (7)  And I thought, ‘After she has done all this she will return to me,’ but she did not return, and her treacherous sister Judah saw it.  (8)  She saw that for all the adulteries of that faithless one, Israel, I had sent her away with a decree of divorce. Yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but she too went and played the whore.

In judgement, He destroyed Israel and Judah for chasing false idols and looking like the people of the land.

We must repent. This is very much the church today.

To fail to turn to God is a failure to glorify Him. It is glorifying to creation rather than the creator. It is being in control rather than submitting to and loving God.

 

Lusting is a heart issue. It is a craving to be self-governing.

It is worship without God. self-pleasing, self-glory. It is what Satan offered Adam and Eve as well as Jesus.

Jas 1:12-15  Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.  (13)  Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.  (14)  But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.  (15)  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully grown brings forth death.

 

Gal 6:7-8  Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.  (8)  For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

 

Lusts

What do we lust for?

Acceptance, approval, security, freedom from hurt, to be served or significant, to be loved by peers and people, to be famous and favored, to have revenge.

These heart desires are evidenced by

Motivations, mindset/worldview/values, talk/speech, thoughts/meditations, what we keep or give, treatment of people, use of time and money.

Php 3:17-20  Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.  (18)  For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.  (19)  Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.  (20)  But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

Jas 3:13-18  Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.  (14)  But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.  (15)  This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.  (16)  For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.  (17)  But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.  (18)  And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Gal 5:16-21  But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.  (17)  For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.  (18)  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.  (19)  Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,  (20)  idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,  (21)  envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

Questions to ask yourself?

Are you willing to sin to get it?

Do you attempt to hide it?

Do you justify your actions by saying “God will understand?”

Do you hear yourself saying, “Just one more time?”

 

But let’s find our hope

Col 3:1-17  If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  (2)  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  (3)  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  (4)  When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.  (5)  Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  (6)  On account of these the wrath of God is coming.  (7)  In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.  (8)  But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.  (9)  Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices  (10)  and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.  (11)  Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.  (12)  Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,  (13)  bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  (14)  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  (15)  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.  (16)  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  (17)  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

CONCLUSION

Rom 8:1-6  There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  (2)  For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.  (3)  For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,  (4)  in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  (5)  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  (6)  For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.