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Remain True     Hebrews 3:1-15    September 17, 2006


Introduction

       Have you heard this story? A pastor visited a farmer who was a member of his congregation. The pastor noticed a windmill on the barn which carried an inscription, GOD IS FAITHFUL. "Do you mean," asked the pastor, "that God's faithfulness depends on the direction the wind is blowing?" "No!" said the farmer. "The words mean that, regardless of which way the wind blows, God is faithful." Therefore His children ought to Remain True.

 

1.    Remain True . . Considering Christ. 3:1-6

       A.   Consider The . . Companionship In Christ. V 1-2

1 Therefore, holy brothers and companions in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high

       priest of our confession; 2 He was faithful to the One who appointed Him, just as Moses was in all God's

       household.

 

       B.   Consider The . . Commendations Of Christ. v 3-5

3 For Jesus is considered worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder has more honor than the

       house. 4 Now every house is built by someone, but the One who built everything is God. 5 Moses was

       faithful as a servant in all God's household, as a testimony to what would be said [in the future] .

 

       C.   Consider The . . Confidence In Christ. v 6

6 But Christ was faithful as a Son over His household, whose household we are if we hold on to the

       courage and the confidence of our hope.


       Christians need to remain true for many reasons but the major reason will be our consideration of Christ. He deserves faithfulness, and certainly gives us that example to follow. The text reminds us of our relationship with Christ and other Christians as “companions in a heavenly calling.” When one of God’s children behaves inconsistently it degrades all of us. Some even criticize God because of the actions of His children. On the other hand, Christians receive commendations when they display the qualities Christ builds in their lives. As we move through our lifetime with Christ we can become more and more confident because of the faithfulness He displays.


 

2.    Remain True . . Connect with History.      3:7-11   

       A.   Connect with A . . Spiritual Connection. v 7-8

              7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear His voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as in the

       rebellion, on the day of testing in the desert,

 

       B.   Connect with A . . Sympathetic Connection. v 9-11

9 where your fathers tested Me, tried [Me] , and saw My works 10 for 40 years. Therefore I was provoked with this generation and said, "They always go astray in their hearts, and they have not known My ways." 11 So I swore in My anger, "They will not enter My rest."


       Does history teach us anything? If we apply godly wisdom we will learn from history, especially biblical history. In addition to what one might normally learn from past biblical characters, we add the spiritual dimension. The text reminds us, “as the Holy Spirit says, and therefore we have a spiritual dimension through which we may connect to history. Then as we connect to history we can allow our sympathies to guide us and not to harden our hearts or “go astray” in our hearts as they did in the rebellion. God said about those who rebelled, "They will not enter My rest." The older I get the more the privilege of walking in His rest, and ultimately entering a heavenly rest thrills me.

 

3.    Remain True . . Cautioning One Another.       3:12-15

       A.   Cautioning about . . Skepticism. v 12

12 Watch out, brothers, so that there won't be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart that departs from

       the living God.

 

       B.   Cautioning about . . Sin. v 13

13 But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by

       sin's deception.

 

       C.   Cautioning about . . Stability. v 14-15

14 For we have become companions of the Messiah if we hold firmly until the end the reality

       that we had at the start. 15 As it is said: Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the

       rebellion.


       Another help for us in our desire of remaining true comes from our brothers and sisters in Christ cautioning us. This may come in the form of encouragement. We may need cautioning about skepticism, sin, and even our stability. Negative thoughts cause skepticism, and that leads to unbelief. It is amazing how often someone who knows the Lord does not have faith in Him to provide for a project or the people in ministry. Jesus said to His disciples, “oh ye of little faith,” hopefully He does not need to said that to us. Of course unbelief can be sin, and the cautioning needs to be for us to not allow unbelief to cause the sin of hardening our hearts. Have you ever been encouraged to be stable in your stand for the Lord or His Word? Some brothers and sisters possess a gift of encouragement, and their cautioning may be given just at the right time to encourage us to Remain True. Amen? Amen!