by Jerry Vines

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Jerry Vines
Hebrews 12:14-17

Our Wednesday night is primarily now an adult service.
Only high schoolers and above are in this particular
service. So I have tried to put it on this level and
really to get everything God has for us out of these

In the 13th chapter of Hebrews, toward the conclusion
of the letter, in the 22nd verse, he calls the book of
Hebrews “a word of exhortation.” Or a word of
encouragement. The great encouragement of the book of
Hebrews for God’s people is that we not be satisfied
to be average, ordinary believers, but that we be
everything God has saved us to be.

Perhaps you remember a number of years ago the Army
had a slogan—Be All That You Can Be. That would not be
a bad title to the verses we are studying this
evening. The thrust of these verses is that we be
everything God’s grace has saved us to be. Be all that
you can be. Don’t miss out on grace.

As you move through the book of Hebrews, there are
scattered through a series of what we call warning or
encouragement passages. There are five of them and
this is the 5th one of them. They are encouragements
for us to move on. The theme of Hebrews is in Chapter
6:1 where it says, “Let us go on to perfection.” He’s
not talking about sinlessness. But he is saying - let
us go on to full maturity. Let us be everything God’s
grace has saved us to be.

So here is another encouragement, another enticement,
so to speak, that we be what God has saved us to be.

You will notice if verse 15 he says, “Looking
diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God.”
He’s not saying here that it is possible for a
believer to lose their salvation. When he talks about
failing the grace of God, the word, fail, really means
to come short of. Or to fail to arrive at the goal.
It’s the same word that is used in Romans 3:23 where
it says, “For all have sinned and come short of the
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