“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Warning Against Refusing God

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Warning Against Refusing God”, Acts 12:14) Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:  Matthew 5:8.  15) Looking diligently lest any man fail of the Grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;  16) Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.  Genesis 25:33.  17) For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected:  for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.  Genesis 27:34.  18) For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,  Exodus 19:12.  19) And the sound of a trumpet, and the Voice of Words; which Voice they that heard intreated that the Word should not be spoken to them any more:  20) For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:  21) And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)  22) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the City of the Living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, Revelation 3:12.  23) To the general assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which are written in Heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,  Philippians 3:12.  24) And to Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.  25) See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh.  For if they escaped not who refused Him that spake on earth:  much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaketh from Heaven:  26) Whose voice then shook the earth:  but now He hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also Heaven.  Exodus 19:18; Haggai 2:6.  27) And this Word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.  2Peter 3:10.  28) Wherefore we receiving a Kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace (or hold fast), whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:  29) For our God is a consuming fire.  Psalm 50:3; Isaiah 66:15.

Quest Study Bible – v14, Can we be more Holy by trying harder?   To be Holy is to be Christ-like, reflecting the Glory of God.  The Holy Spirit produces within Christians Holy characteristics, called the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).  In that sense, we can’t produce Holiness ourselves.  But we are responsible to renounce sins that would otherwise hold us back (v1).  Also we can focus on Jesus (v2) through disciplines such as worship, prayer, service, witness and fellowship. 34.  v18-21, A mountain….burning with fire, see Exodus 19:12-22.  v22-24, How does Mount Zion (Sion) compare to the earlier mountain?  Mount Sinai (vv18-21) is in contrast to Mount Zion (Sion).  Sinai was marked by an awesome display of power causing the people to fear and tremble before God.  Zion is a picture of people in joyful worship, freed of condemnation and standing in purity before a Holy and Righteous God.  Sinai represented the law and focused on avoiding sin.  Zion reflected God’s Grace and emphasized righteousness.   v25-27, Is this a warning to Believers?  Hebrews sounded a warning to early Jewish Believers (Hebrews) who, because of persecution and hardship, were pulled strongly toward reverting to their Old Testament way of life. v27, What can be shaken….what cannot be shaken.  The former refers to the present material universe; the latter, to the abiding, spiritual realm–the Kingdom of God to which Christians belong.  Eternal things cannot be shaken. </p

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v24-29, Christ the Mediator (intervenes on our behalf to God) of this New Covenant.  This Covenant is made firm by the Blood of Jesus sprinkled upon our consciences, as the blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled upon the altar and the victim.  God’s dealing with men under the Gospel, assures us, that He will deal with the despisers of the Gospel, in a way of judgment.  

More to come and God Bless You. 

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