LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
The writer of Hebrews is writing to a group of people that find themselves in a real state of consternation. It had been thirty years or more since Christ had returned to the Father so they were discouraged for they had been waiting a long time.
They were becoming very impatient. They had been persecuted; they had to give up their property and they had suffered a lot and there was no deliverance in sight.
They were still tied to the temple and there was tremendous pressure for them to go back under the law and they really didn't know how to handle that.
And when you put it all together they had become dull of hearing, sluggish in their conduct, weak in their faith and had been easily seduced into apostasy and that is why the author of Hebrews writes to Jerusalem and surrounding country to give them some exhortations on living the Christian life.
The book of Hebrews is book that encourages us to live the Christian life in a Christ less society.
It is written to people that were under pressure and about to give up. They had lost all desire when it came to the Christian life. They were about to lose it.
But the writer encourages them to hold on even though you feel like letting go. He gives them exhortation on "Living the Christian Life."
I. EXHORTATION ABOUT COMMENCEMENT -- "Let us draw near"
And the first step in living the Christian life is to stay in His presence. Draw near is used in the Greek Translation of the Old Testament as a technical description to describe the work of the priest.
It all begins with drawing near to God.
What a blessed privilege is ours. We can have access to God based on the blood of Jesus.
The first step in holding on and living the Christina life is to press forward in our access to God.
The temples of the ancient world were built in such a way that a believer never dared to tread. The believer was kept at a distance. A partition was ...
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