Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Remain Confident In #Christ (Hebrews 4)

Theme: Remain Confident in Christ

A) Reasons
1) Because He is a better person (1:1 - 4:13)

Than Joshua (4:1-13)

Christ is better than Joshua, because He gives complete inheritance "rest", whereas Joshua did not (8). Unbelief, robbed many redeemed people of profiting from their promised rest under Joshua. As a result, they wandered in sin as God severely chastened them. God restated the promise of rest in the time of David (Psalm 95:6-11), however, and no one should suppose he has missed the possibility of entering it (1).

It is only through faith in Christ's death and resurrection, that you can have God's righteousness put to your account (2 Cor. 5:21), be justified by God (Romans 1 - 5), escape eternal damnation (Romans 1 - 8), gain victory over the power of sin in your daily life (Romans 6:1-14), and inherit eternal life and glory (Romans 8; 1 John 5).

With regard to our struggle with sin, that too comes through faith in Christ's death and resurrection, as you "know" you have been baptized with Him in His death to sin, and raised with Him to newness of life, "count" it to be true, then yield your members as instruments of righteousness to God (Romans 6:1-14).

Relying on Christ for victory over sin and evil in your daily life is directly contrasted with yielding your members to sin (Romans 6:1-14; cf. Gal. 5:16-26), or attempting to achieve victory in the strength of your flesh--something which is impossible, and only results in more sin and frustration
(Roman 7). 

Hope of glorious deliverance from the very presence of sin, evil, and trials at the appearing of Christ motivates this kind of living, and enables us to experience it's benefits here on earth (Rom. 8; 1 Peter 1:3-25). 

The word of God helps us in this struggle, as it is able to discern between fleshly and spiritual motives, and exposes our condition before God. Viewing yourself through Scripture should enable you to rest in Christ rather than your own works, and discourage sin and unbelief.

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