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Exercise Confidence Hebrews 10:19-36, 39 November 05, 2006


Introduction

       In what, or whom do you have confidence? The Christian certainly ought to be a confident person. We need to be confident in God and His Word. If His word tells me He expects me to perform a certain way then

I know I can Exercise Confidence and do it.

 

1.    Exercise Confidence In . . Worship. 10:19-23

       A.   Confidence In Worship Through The . . Blood of Jesus. 10:19-20

              1.    Entrance To The Sanctuary through the Blood. v 19

19 Therefore, brothers, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus,

 

              2.    Entreaty To The Holy Place through the Blood. v 20

                     20 by the new and living way that He has inaugurated for us, through the curtain (that is, His 

              flesh);

 

       B.   Confidence In Worship Through The . . Boldness of Faith. 10:21-23

              1.    The . . Full Assurance Producing Boldness. v 21-22a

21 and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,

 

              2.    The . . Faithful Assurance Producing Boldness. v 22b-23

                     “. . . our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in

                     pure water. 23 Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who

                     promised is faithful.


       We receive confidence to worship through the sacrifice of Christ. The shedding of His blood for us makes us realize the importance He placed upon us. That also gives us boldness in worship as we come to the throne of God. Our attitude in worship centers in the work of Christ. In Christ we possess the courage to enter the holy place, and once there to make entreaty with assurance. Our text tells us to do this “in full assurance.” The more we practice this God-given ability; the more faithfulness we will demonstrate because of His faithfulness.


 

2.   Exercise Confidence In . . Wisdom. 10:24-27

       A.   Confidence In Wisdom About . . Ministry. 10:24

24 And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works,

 

       B.   Confidence In Wisdom About . . Meetings. 10:25

25 not staying away from our meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

 

       C.   Confidence In Wisdom About . . Messages. 10:26-27

26 For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries.


       We want to exercise confidence wisely. The church needs wisdom related to ministries, meetings, and messages. Ministries performed to the people of God are needed for the promotion of “love, and good works.” Then encouragement to attend, rather than to neglect, the meetings of the church. Today many church members give poor excuses for not assembling with the people of God. The message about sin’s punishment needs to be sounded. We desire to communicate the truth about hell in a loving manner. Too many try to judge God’s future judgment without consulting His Word. There will be a judgment based upon God’s standards, not those made by man.

 

3.   Exercise Confidence In The . . Witnesses. 10:28-34

 

       A.   The Witnesses from the . . Testimonies. 10:28-29

28 If anyone disregards Moses' law, he dies without mercy, based on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

 

       B.   The Witnesses from the . . Trampling. 10:28-29

29 How much worse punishment, do you think one will deserve who has trampled on the Son

       of God, regarded as profane the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and insulted the Spirit

       of grace?

 

       C.   The Witnesses from the . . Terrifying Things. 10:30-31

30 For we know the One who has said, Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, and again, The Lord

       will judge His people. 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!

 

       D.   The Witnesses from the . . Taunts. 10:32-34

              1.    Suffering and . . Taunts. v 32-33a

                     32 Remember the earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard

              struggle with sufferings. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to taunts and afflictions,. . .”

 

              2.    Sympathizing and . . Taunts. v 33b-34a

                     “. . . and at other times you were companions of those who were treated that way. 34 For you

              sympathized with the prisoners. . .” and accepted with joy the confiscation of your possessions,

 

              3.    Seizure and . . Taunts. v 34b

                     “. . . and accepted with joy the confiscation of your possessions, knowing that you yourselves

              have a better and enduring possession.”


       Confidence in the Christian life may be built through a variety of different kinds of witnesses. The writer

reminded these Hebrew believers of the significance established for the testimony of two witnesses. I am confident the writer knew of Jesus’ emphasis of this truth in John 8:17-18. In fact the writer used it earlier in Hebrews 2:4. We therefore possess confidence through the witness of Christ being confirmed by the Father, Son, and Spirit, as well as the works He did.


 

4.    Exercise Confidence In The . . Wonderment. 10:35-36,39

        A.   The Wonderment Through . . Fortitude. 10:35-36

              35 So don't throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you need endurance, so

       that after you have done God's will, you may receive what was promised.

 

       B.   The Wonderment Through . . Faith. 10:39

39 But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.


    Confidence may build through the wonder associated with the persons, and pleasure involved. In today’s world someone serving with fortitude encourages others to endure. Have you noticed how the younger generation stands in curious awe at a
fiftieth (50th) wedding anniversary? They are amazed and stand in wonderment. Recently several of us heard an eighty-three year old preacher proclaim the word of God in a mighty manner. His fortitude produced wonderment and praise to the Lord for what He did and does in his life. Our confidence will be strengthened through the display of faith. When a person demonstrates unusual faith do you sometimes stand in wonderment? We certainly can stand for Christ and Exercise Confidence. Amen? Amen!