Scripture: Hebrews 4:12–13. As a result, Noah became intimate with God. In order to enter into that rest they must claim the promises of God which are found in His Word. Hide Verse Numbers 12 God means what he says. Neither did Christ presume to set himself up as high priest, but was set apart by the One who said to him, “You’re my Son; today I celebrate you!” In another place God declares, “You’re a priest forever in the royal order of Melchizedek.”. He was quite explicit: “Vengeance is mine, and I won’t overlook a thing” and “God will judge his people.” Nobody’s getting by with anything, believe me. Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God. That’s impossible. So don’t feel sorry for yourselves. Hebrews 4:12. Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Fields like that are burned, not harvested. But they were after a far better country than that—heaven country. That’s why blood, the evidence of death, is used so much in our tradition, especially regarding forgiveness of sins. He is the Mediator of this covenant. 5 1-3 Every high priest selected to represent men and women before God and offer sacrifices for their sins should be able to deal gently with their failings, since he knows what it’s like from his own experience. 6 1-3 So come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless—the world didn’t deserve them!—making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world. But we don’t have time to comment on these now. with the slate of their sins forever wiped clean. They’ll get to know me by being kindly forgiven. Acting in faith, he was as ready to return the promised son, his only son, as he had been to receive him—and this after he had already been told, “Your descendants shall come from Isaac.” Abraham figured that if God wanted to, he could raise the dead. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. Dan. ◄ Hebrews 4:12 ► For the word of God is living and active. Remember that God said, Exasperated, I vowed,    “They’ll never get where they’re going,    never be able to sit down and rest.”. John Piper Nov 18, 1990 4 Shares Sermon. When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee—God can’t break his word. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. The earsplitting words and soul-shaking message terrified them and they begged him to stop. Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. 15-19 But the Melchizedek story provides a perfect analogy: Jesus, a priest like Melchizedek, not by genealogical descent but by the sheer force of resurrection life—he lives!—“priest forever in the royal order of Melchizedek.” The former way of doing things, a system of commandments that never worked out the way it was supposed to, was set aside; the law brought nothing to maturity. God doesn’t miss anything. . 24-28 By faith, Moses, when grown, refused the privileges of the Egyptian royal house. 17-19 By faith, Abraham, at the time of testing, offered Isaac back to God. Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. And at the end of the journey we’ll surely rest with God. There are so many more—Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets. Hebrews 4:12-13 “Indeed, the word [Logos] of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. It’s not fragrance and smoke from the altar. So let’s keep at it and eventually arrive at the place of rest, not drop out through some sort of disobedience. 27-28 Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences. However, it is helpful to view Hebrews 4:12 in its broad context. Hebrews 4:12-16 Amplified Bible (AMP) 12 For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. Scripture quoted by permission. Abraham in turn gave him a tenth of the spoils. That’s what God noticed and approved as righteous. The murder of Jesus, unlike Abel’s—a homicide that cried out for vengeance—became a proclamation of grace. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. So don’t throw it all away now. Then, having arrived at the full stature of his maturity and having been announced by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who believingly obey him. Don’t drag your feet. His voice that time shook the earth to its foundations; this time—he’s told us this quite plainly—he’ll also rock the heavens: “One last shaking, from top to bottom, stem to stern.” The phrase “one last shaking” means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. 10 1-10 The old plan was only a hint of the good things in the new plan. 1-3 For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. He is living, active, and moving. Strip down, start running—and never quit! By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. What he says goes. And do you see how thankful we must be? This makes Jesus the guarantee of a far better way between us and God—one that really works! 32-38 I could go on and on, but I’ve run out of time. They must hear the word and believe in it. 11-14 If the priesthood of Levi and Aaron, which provided the framework for the giving of the law, could really make people perfect, there wouldn’t have been need for a new priesthood like that of Melchizedek. Thanksgiving in Suffering Celebration of Thanksgiving at Maranatha Hall. God has warned us that he’ll hold us to account and make us pay. But not if we don’t have faith. He’s done it, once and for all: offered up himself as the sacrifice. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice. And now I want each of you to extend that same intensity toward a full-bodied hope, and keep at it till the finish. It wasn’t canceled at the time of Joshua; otherwise, God wouldn’t keep renewing the appointment for “today.” The promise of “arrival” and “rest” is still there for God’s people. Or have you forgotten how good parents treat children, and that God regards you as his children? Scripture: Hebrews 4:14–16. It means we’d better get on with it. He’s there from now to eternity to save everyone who comes to God through him, always on the job to speak up for them. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and take your Bible knowledge to a new level this year! Nov 18, 1990. 11 1-2 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours. 5-6 By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. 4-6 No one elects himself to this honored position. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. All rights reserved. Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive and active. While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. Scripture: Hebrews 4:14–16. And then he attested its validity with the words, “This is the blood of the covenant commanded by God.” He did the same thing with the place of worship and its furniture. In the midst of adversity, believers are to fix their eyes on Jesus, live by faith, and run the race that is marked out for them. Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. 25-27 So don’t turn a deaf ear to these gracious words. They didn’t keep their part of the bargain. Hebrews 4:12, KJV: "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." So I said, “I’m here to do it your way, O God, When he said, “You don’t want sacrifices and offerings,” he was referring to practices according to the old plan. When they heard the words—“If an animal touches the Mountain, it’s as good as dead”—they were afraid to move. Hebrews 4:12-16 Cut That Out! 14-17 Work at getting along with each other and with God. In a sense, that’s what happened when he received Isaac back, alive from off the altar. He had his eye on the One no eye can see, and kept right on going. Since that old “law plan” wasn’t complete in itself, it couldn’t complete those who followed it. 13-16 Each one of these people of faith died not yet having in hand what was promised, but still believing. For Christ didn’t enter the earthly version of the Holy Place; he entered the Place Itself, and offered himself to God as the sacrifice for our sins. Salem Media Group. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Hebrews 4:12-13. God keeps renewing the promise and setting the date as today, just as he did in David’s psalm, centuries later than the original invitation: Today, please listen,    don’t turn a deaf ear . 11-18 Every priest goes to work at the altar each day, offers the same old sacrifices year in, year out, and never makes a dent in the sin problem. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Then he sat down right beside God and waited for his enemies to cave in. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Hebrews 4:12 King James Version (KJV). Another way—Jesus!—a way that does work, that brings us right into the presence of God, is put in its place. Hebrews 4:12-16 12 God means what he says. 19-21 So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. 16-17 Like a will that takes effect when someone dies, the new covenant was put into action at Jesus’ death. He always keeps his word. He brought together God and his people in this new way. 22-24 No, that’s not your experience at all. Psalm 119,Heb. Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best. Read verse in The Message Bible The Holy Spirit confirms this: This new plan I’m making with Israel    isn’t going to be written on paper,    isn’t going to be chiseled in stone;This time “I’m writing out the plan in them,    carving it on the lining of their hearts.”. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. of All rights reserved. Hebrews 4:12 is often cited in our publications to show that the Bible has power to change lives, and it is perfectly proper to make that application. Hebrews 4:12-13 MSG God means what he says. It judges the … What he says goes. If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior, think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. When he left he had no idea where he was going. Romans 1:16 tells us that The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to all those who believe. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting. Grow up in Christ. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live? 12 1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? 6-13 But Jesus’ priestly work far surpasses what these other priests do, since he’s working from a far better plan. 7-10 While he lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow as he offered up priestly prayers to God. 26-31 If we give up and turn our backs on all we’ve learned, all we’ve been given, all the truth we now know, we repudiate Christ’s sacrifice and are left on our own to face the Judgment—and a mighty fierce judgment it will be! People who live this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home. 22-25 So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. By that single offering, he did everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process. Christ’s death was also a one-time event, but it was a sacrifice that took care of sins forever. We can’t get away from it—no matter what. 39-40 Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. But we’re not quitters who lose out. He doesn’t do this every year as the high priests did under the old plan with blood that was not their own; if that had been the case, he would have to sacrifice himself repeatedly throughout the course of history. It’s still a sure thing! It was then that God said, “Be careful to do it exactly as you saw it on the Mountain.”. carving it on the lining of their hearts. What he says goes. The invisible Jerusalem is populated by throngs of festive angels and Christian citizens. Study how he did it. But then God intervened and called this new, permanent priesthood into being with an added promise: God gave his word;    he won’t take it back:“You’re the permanent priest.”. But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! The Egyptians tried it and drowned. In acts of blessing, the lesser is blessed by the greater. The lampstand, the table, and “the bread of presence” were placed in it. 4-11 In this all-out match against sin, others have suffered far worse than you, to say nothing of what Jesus went through—all that bloodshed! Women received their loved ones back from the dead. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. This was the Holy Spirit’s way of showing with a visible parable that as long as the large tent stands, people can’t just walk in on God. Hebrews 4:12 Message . 30 By faith, the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days, and the walls fell flat. 12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. What he says goes. A new covenant. This is the GOOD NEWS. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? 23-26 That accounts for the prominence of blood and death in all these secondary practices that point to the realities of heaven. It also accounts for why, when the real thing takes place, these animal sacrifices aren’t needed anymore, having served their purpose. . Aug 26, 1985. But instead of removing awareness of sin, when those animal sacrifices were repeated over and over they actually heightened awareness and guilt. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. By an act of faith, he turned his heel on Egypt, indifferent to the king’s blind rage. 6-10 After this was set up, the priests went about their duties in the large tent. Proud member 4-7 You realize just how great Melchizedek is when you see that Father Abraham gave him a tenth of the captured treasure. When he added, “I’m here to do it your way,” he set aside the first in order to enact the new plan—, carving it on the lining of their hearts.”. His death marked the transition from the old plan to the new one, canceling the old obligations and accompanying sins, and summoning the heirs to receive the eternal inheritance that was promised them. I’ll forever wipe the slate clean of their sins. Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong. In his message just before being stoned to death, Stephen, a man filled with the Spirit (Acts 6:5, 8, 7:55) ... Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there it stays, gathering dust. This was called “the Holy of Holies.” In it were placed the gold incense altar and the gold-covered ark of the covenant containing the gold urn of manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, the covenant tablets, and the angel-wing-shadowed mercy seat. In this way he is like the Son of God, one huge priestly presence dominating the landscape always. 29 By an act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust toward God; baptismal instructions; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; eternal judgment. Commentary, Hebrews 4:12-16, Amy L.B. But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy. They saw the child’s beauty, and they braved the king’s decree. The Word of God becomes an issue because it tests a person's life and sets the standards of acceptable behavior and attitudes. When he said, “You don’t want sacrifices and offerings,” he was referring to practices according to the old plan. The message of Hebrews for the global church is that Jesus is better than every other thing believers are tempted to fall back into, such as their formers ways of sin, culturally comfortable patterns of thinking or living, or non-Christian ethical codes. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God. But there’s so much more. After Moses had read out all the terms of the plan of the law—God’s “will”—he took the blood of sacrificed animals and, in a solemn ritual, sprinkled the document and the people who were its beneficiaries. A Well-Timed Help Sunday Evening Message. 18-20 We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body. God helping us, we’ll stay true to all that. Hebrews 4:12 12 For the word of God is alive and active. He also bypassed the sacrifices consisting of goat and calf blood, instead using his own blood as the price to set us free once and for all. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek. Verse Concepts. If those who ignored earthly warnings didn’t get away with it, what will happen to us if we turn our backs on heavenly warnings? 28-29 Do you see what we’ve got? Help each other out. You don’t want sacrifices and offerings year after year; you’ve prepared a body for me for a sacrifice. 11-12 By faith, barren Sarah was able to become pregnant, old woman as she was at the time, because she believed the One who made a promise would do what he said. 3-5 The assigned task of a high priest is to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and it’s no different with the priesthood of Jesus. The plain fact is that bull and goat blood can’t get rid of sin. 3 By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see. 20 By an act of faith, Isaac reached into the future as he blessed Jacob and Esau. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. 11-15 But when the Messiah arrived, high priest of the superior things of this new covenant, he bypassed the old tent and its trappings in this created world and went straight into heaven’s “tent”—the true Holy Place—once and for all. Take the mercy, accept the help. It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. Moses said to the people, “This is the blood of the covenant God has established with you.” Practically everything in a will hinges on a death. 4 By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. They’ve repudiated him in public! By an act of faith, he kept the Passover Feast and sprinkled Passover blood on each house so that the destroyer of the firstborn wouldn’t touch them. God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. What he says goes. Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. 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