Hebrews: The Better Covenant Part 7
In Hebrews: The Better Covenant Part 7, Pastor Lawson Perdue concludes his series on the book of Hebrews. In this lesson, discover how Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Through this new covenant God will never change and we can always access Him!
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Hebrews Part 7 Transcript
Praise the Lord friends. Today we are concluding my series on Hebrews. I’ve been sharing in Hebrews chapter 13, and we’re talking about Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever. And the covenant has been fulfilled in Jesus. All we need to do is put our faith in his grace and receive the good things that God has already done for us. Open your heart and receive God’s good word. We’re gonna finish up Hebrews today. In Hebrews chapter 13 verse eight, it says, “Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today, and forever.” Jesus is the same. Hebrews is a book all about Jesus. Amen. Don’t quit on Jesus and don’t quit on your faith. Keep living the Christian life. What does that look like? Well, he says in verse one, “Let brotherly love continue.” Do you know love is the highest law of Christianity. Love is the highest law of our faith. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give you that you love one another as I have loved you,” John chapter 13, verse 34 and verse 35. “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples because you love one another.” Paul says this in Colossians chapter three, verse 14. He says, “Put on love, the God kind of love, charity, which is the bond of perfectness or maturity.” I can’t tell how mature you are by the gifts that you operate in. But I can tell how mature you are by how well you walk in love. Praise God. John says it this way in 1st John chapter four, he’s the apostle of love. Verse seven and verse eight. He says, “Beloved let us love one another for love is of God and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God for God is love.” So keep loving your brother. Let the love of God rule your life. Any decision that is made outside of love is a decision that is made outside of God. So keep walking in love. Then he goes on in verse two and says, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for thereby some have entertained angels unaware.” Hebrews 13, verse three, “Remember those who are in bonds as bound with them and them who suffer adversity as being yourselves also in the body.” What’s he saying? Sometimes there’s strangers you need to take care of. Now, listen, I don’t give to every person that’s on the corner. One time Mike Peterson, who worked for me, he worked for me for 12 years. He was my first employee and he said, “Lawson”. Before he worked for me, he had counseled for years at the vet center. He said, “A lot of those people on the corner are making more money than you and I. And he said, but they have drug and alcohol habits that take all of their money.” So I don’t give to everybody. Sometimes the holy spirit say, take care of that person. One day I was going to Taco Bell, there was a guy out on the corner who had said, “Buy him something to eat.” So I did. I never gave him money. Listen, I have given money to Bible school students and have them buy drugs with it. So generally, unless I know somebody really, really well, I don’t buy them money, or I don’t give them money. If I’m gonna give to people that, I’ll give them what they need. So I gave him some food. Amen. One day I was going outta my neighborhood and there was a homeless person, appeared to be, who was trying to get in the neighborhood. They wouldn’t let him in. I just asked him, I said, what do you want? He said, “Well, I just want some water.” I said, I’ve got a bottle of water right here. And I gave him a bottle of water. Amen. And we’re sharing. We do different things for different ones at different times, but you need to listen to the Holy Spirit and not make people dependent on you or you don’t want to help their substance abuse, right? So he says, you gotta pay attention in all this. So he says, then he goes on after he talks about sometimes we’ve entertained angels unaware. He says, “Remember those who are in bonds as bound with them. And those who suffer adversity as being yourselves, also in the body as being bound with them.” Right now in the Ukraine there are a lot of people that are suffering adversity. It’s wrong in any sense of the word. I don’t care what anybody says, it’s wrong. When they’re attacking hospitals, when they’re attacking orphanages and bombing them, that’s wrong. And the international community, including the United States of America needs to get involved. We can’t sit idly by the way, and just watch this murder happening. Now, I’m gonna tell you, there are a lot of Russian people that love Jesus. There are a lot of Russian people that are completely most of them against what is happening in the Ukraine. And there’s a lot of Ukrainian people that love Jesus. This week we gave to two different missionaries. We gave money to one missionary that spent the last 15 years plus of their lives in the Ukraine working. And now they’re on the border and they’re taking care of refugees that are coming out. So we gave money to one missionary. We gave to another missionary that’s going there to the border to help minister to refugees that is there going out. We’re involved in this, but the United States of America right now, we should not be supporting Russia in any way. We shouldn’t be buying Russian fuel. In fact, they need to open up the reserves in America. They they need to get to pumping fuel again, praise God. And we need to become energy independent like we were getting to before the last change of administration, right? As soon as that administration’s changed, just nearly as soon as it changed, Putin started moving these tanks towards, the Ukraine. He said, “This is my opportunity.” But what’s going on there is wrong in any sense of the word. And you know what? We cannot stand by. I don’t believe the international community can stand by and just watch people bomb orphanages, watch people bomb civilians, watch people bomb hospitals. This is completely wrong. And we need to stand up and not just turn a blind eye because you don’t know when it comes to your doorstep, praise God. So America needs to stand up and the world needs to stand up and we need to do something about the situation. Praise God, not just turn the blind eye and say, this is what happened, that’s wrong. Praise God. So he says this, he goes on. So he says, “Remember those who are in bonds and as bound with them and those who suffer adversity.” That’s what happened, right now in Ukraine people are suffering adversity as being yourselves, also in the body. They’re part of the body. There are a lot of believers that are there. Remember them. He goes on to say, “Marriage,” in verse four “Is honorable in all and the bed undefiled, but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” We need to live scripturally according to what the Bible says about marriage, we would have a lot less problems if we would do what the Bible says to do about marriage. Those who marry, you need to find out what the Bible says about marriage. You need to find out what the Bible says about your sexuality and how do you live in the married life. And you need to obey the scriptures. Those who are unmarried, you need to find out what the Bible says about marriage. Marriage is for sex between one man and one woman that are married. It is not for anything else. That’s what marriage, praise God. And so he says, “Marriage is honorable and all, and the bed undefiled but whoremongers and adulterers, God will judge.” So if you’re having sex outside of marriage and you’re married, you are an adulterer. If you are having sex outside of marriage and you are not married, you are a fornicator. That’s what the Bible calls it. Does God love adulterers? Yes, God loves adulterers. Does God love fornicators? Yes, God loves fornicators. God loves sinners, but listen, don’t let your flesh get ahold of you. Amen. You need to dominate. Your spirit needs to be king. Your soul needs to be servant and your body needs to be a slave to your spirit. You need to let Jesus who lives in you live through you, praise God. So he says, keep living the Christian life. Amen. Don’t be acting like a bunch of wild crazy dogs that have no control over your central appetite.
The Bible says that plenty of places. So I think I’m okay to say it. He says, “Let your conversation,” in verse five, “Be without covetousness and be content with such things as you have for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Now, the first thing he says is love one another. Love is manifested in different ways. The second thing he says is, remember what God has given you. Amen. Let your behavior be without covetousness. Be content with what you have for the Lord said, “I will never leave you or forsake you so that we may boldly say the Lord is my helper and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Praise God. So don’t be a victim. Be a Victor. Thank God for what you have. I remember one time I was in business, I was going through a terrible loss and the Lord told me, as I was praying to him, “Look at what you have and not what you lost.” And the Lord brought me through that hard time, praise God. And I continued to believe him, God, got on the other side of it. And you know what? I got it all back seven times, praise God. And so I learned some lessons going through it. However, I will tell you this. I never made the mistake of blaming God for the problems. I’m the one that made the decision. I’m the one that did that. And God is not my problem. He is my answer. Praise the Lord. So I never blame problems on God. Amen. And I always thank God for good things. If you’ve got any good in your life, it came from God. So thank him for it. So don’t be a victim, be a victor. He goes on and says this, “Remember those who have the rule over you, who have spoken to you the word of God, whose faith follow, considering the end of their behavior.” So remember those who have rule over you, who has rule over you, who is your spiritual authority? Who have you set up in your life that you can listen to, that can speak into your life. I have a question for you, who can tell you no? More than Jesus. I’m talking about people. I’m talking about counselors. I’m talking about godly counsel. You see Jesus needs to be able to tell you no, but sometimes you don’t hear Jesus. I’m gonna be really honest with you. So you need counselors. And the Bible says a lot. It says in the multitude of counselors, there’s safety, it says with good advice, make war. The Bible says this in Proverbs chapter 13, verse 20. He says “He that accompanies with wise men shall be wise, but the companion of fools shall be destroyed.” I have always had the privilege in my life of having good, godly people that I can go to, that I can listen to, that can speak into my life and I’m always listening. And I’m listening to hear the voice of God. I know that I’m not 100% spirit. And I know that I don’t hear God 100% correctly all the time, praise God. So we need godly leadership. And so he’s talking about that. So he says, first of all, he says, “I want you to love one another.” Second of all. I want you to remember what God has given you. Remember all the good things that you have. And part of what God has given you is God has given you relationships and you need to honor godly relationships. Then he says this in verse eight, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Verse nine, he says, “Do not be carried away with diverse, with funny doctrines and strange doctrines, for it’s a good thing that the heart be established with grace and not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.” He says, “Get established in the grace of God.” I’m telling you people get carried away with the craziest things. And in eternity, they don’t amount to nothing. And so, you know what? Some battles you don’t need to get in, praise God, you don’t need to chase every dog as Aaron would say, you know what I’m saying? Just get established in the grace of God. Jesus is the grace of God.
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Jesus is the embodiment of grace and you need to get established in Jesus. You need to get established in the gospel. “The grace of God has appeared to all men,” Titus says, “And teaches us to deny ungodliness and live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.” That’s Titus chapter two, verse 11, through the end of the chapter. Jesus is the embodiment of grace. Amen. Get established in grace. It’s good that you get established in grace and not with meat. Praise God, righteousness, the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the holy ghost. The kingdom of God is not meat and drink. The kingdom of God is not a bunch of religious rules and regulations. I’m mean there’s some people that act like if you took the vaccination, you’re going to hell. I don’t believe that. I believe a lot of this stuff in eternity is gonna go away. Now there might be wisdom in taking it or not taking it. However you look at it, but listen, don’t get all caught up with some stuff that doesn’t amount to a hill of beans in the end of the day, people just get crazy about stuff. Get established in grace, get established in Jesus, right? Not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied there. It’s not a bunch of religious rules. That’s not what the kingdom is. We have an altar, who is our altar? Jesus is our altar. What did the altar represent in the Old Testament? The altar represented man’s approach to God. We approach God through Jesus. We come to God through Christ, which they have no right to eat which serve in the tabernacle. In other words, the people in the tabernacle didn’t have a right to Jesus like we have a right. “For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin are burned without the camp.” They burnt these sacrifices outside of the city, “Wherefore Jesus also that he might sanctify the people with his own blood suffered outside of the gate.” Jesus was crucified on the hill of the skull on Golgotha, which was just north of the city of Jerusalem. Praise God. They found the tomb where Jesus was. It was in the garden. There is a wine press there. There was a cistern which they watered the garden with. And Jesus was crucified just a few hundred foot away on Golgotha, the hill of the skull. Praise God. We have the history. He says, “Jesus suffered outside the gate that he might sanctify the people with his own blood.” Jesus is our altar. He brings us into the presence of God and Jesus sanctifies us. How many of you are glad that Jesus sets us apart for the father’s work, that we have been sanctified by the blood of Jesus Christ. He says, let’s go forth to him on the outside of the camp, burying his reproach for here we have no continuing city. Listen. This world is not my home. I’m passing through. I’m looking for a city whose builder and maker is God, hallelujah, thank God that you know what the earth… Heaven he made for the Lord. But the earth is he made for the sons of men. This earth is our place. When we understand that we have authority and we can operate in victory. But at the same time, this is not my continuing home. I’m going to a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness, I’m going to the new Jerusalem. It is a city built for square. It has streets that are made of transparent gold, it’s walls are of gold. It has foundations of sapphires and , rubies and emeralds, it has 12 gates, each of one, large pearl, praise God, and Jesus and the father God are the light of that city. That’s where I’m going. I have a hope in Jesus. Praise God. There’s somewhere beyond this life. There’s something beyond this life, he’s saying, listen, just be thankful for what you have. I’m not telling you. You can’t believe God for more, but at the same time, this earth isn’t my home. I’ve got a home in glory land that outshines the sun. Amen. Hallelujah. How many of you glad that we’ve got a home in glory? Heaven’s sounding sweeter all the time. Some glad morning. I’m gonna fly away. Hallelujah.
Glory to God. Amen. We need to sing some of the songs of hope that we have in the gospel. Thank God we have a hope that transcends anything that this world has the offer. We have a hope that transcends anything that this earth has the offer. We have a hope in Jesus. Paul said, “If you don’t have this hope in Christ, you are of all men, most miserable.” So thank God for the hope that we have in Jesus. He says this about Jesus. He says “By him therefore,” in verse 15, “Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually. That is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Listen, we can offer to God the sacrifice of praise continually because of Jesus. Before Jesus, only the high priest could come into the most holy place of the temple once a year. And when he went, he had to take blood for his own sins and for the people sins. But once Jesus died and rose again and took his blood and went into the holy place. When Jesus died, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom and God was saying, listen, you can come into my presence, 365, 24/7. You don’t have to stay on the outside. You don’t have to live with guilt and condemnation, and shame. You can come and enjoy my presence. Praise God, by him therefore let us offer up the sacrifice of praise continually, continually thank God and praise his name. Amen. Because of what Jesus has done. Not only that, Jesus has come to live on the inside of us. Aren’t you glad that Jesus is living on the inside of you as a believer, praise God, you know what? You couldn’t live this gospel life. You couldn’t live this Christian life without the Christ life, without Christ living in you. So you need to live your lives as a living sacrifice, Romans 12:1-2, Paul says it this way, “I beseech you now, therefore brethren by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. It’s reasonable for you to live holy, it’s reasonal, reasonable. He says this is acceptable. He says and do not be conformed. Don’t be poured into the mold or patterned after the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, renew your mind in what the word of God says. Let the word of God change you into what Jesus wants you to be. He goes on and says this. He says, “By him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually. Let our lips give thanks to his name.” Finally, he says this in verse 16, but to do good and communicate, to give don’t forget for which sacrifice is God well pleased, keep on giving. Sometimes people get tired. Sometimes people get discouraged, but he says, I want you to keep on giving. Amen. Don’t be weary in well doing. Let’s go to Galatians. Paul talks about this same thing in Galatians chapter six, let’s read verse six to verse 10. He says, “Let him that is taught in the word communicate to him who teaches in all good things.” We ought to be giving, right? He says, “Do not be deceived God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows that shall he also reap.” I preached for a man. One time, he said, “You sow money, you get money. You sow corn, you get corn. You’re so watermelon. You get watermelon. Praise God. So he was in the practice of sowing money. He was a giver. He had a revelation about this. Praise, God, we like to teach our people how to sow. Praise God. I’d like all of you to do your giving, not as a debt that you owe, but as a seed that you sow, because when you give with a seed mentality, you’re gonna have harvest. Hallelujah. But I just heard it and I believed it ’cause that’s what I am. I’m a believer, not a doubter. I’m a powder, not a shatter. Amen. So keep giving. Now let’s read here. We’re in Galatians chapter five, right? So he says this in Galatians chapter six. He says, “Whatever you sow you also reap, for he that sows to his flesh full of the flesh, reap corruption but he sows to the spirit shall of the spirit reap everlasting life, and let us not be weary in well-doing for in due season we shall reap if we do not faint. As we have opportunity therefore, let us do good to all men, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” We need to keep giving. We need to keep sowing seed. We need to keep believing God, amen, and good things will happen. So how do we walk out this Christian life? He says, listen, keep letting Jesus live through you. Keep living the gospel. Keep living the Christian life. Love one another. Remember what God’s given you. Get established in the grace of God. Number four is this, listen to godly leadership. Let’s go on down to verse 17, Hebrews 13:17, “Obey them that have the rule over you.” Do you know who has the rule over you? Do you have somebody that you’ve submitted yourself to? He says, “And submit yourselves for they watch for your souls, that they must give account that they may do it with joy and not with grief. Listen, when somebody does something stupid. The last thing we wanna go is go get in their mess. But sometimes we have to, and so he says, “Listen to them, listen to them again. Listen to godly leadership. He says do it that they may do it.” Those people they’ve gotta give an account with joy and not with grief for it’s unprofitable for you. He says, “Pray for us.” He says, “Listen to godly leadership and keep praying for spiritual leaders.” Pray for us for we trust that we have a good conscience in all things willing to live honestly. Praise God, pray for us. “But I beseech you rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.” He says now, “The God of peace,” in verse 20, “That brought again from the dead, our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.” What’s he saying? Let Jesus live big in you. See the only way that you can live the Christian life is through the Christ life, is through Christ in you. And he says, “God, that raised up Jesus from the dead, the great shepherd of the sheep through the blood of his covenant make you perfect.” Make you complete, make you whole in every good work to do his will, “Working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight through Jesus, to whom be glory forever and ever.” See it starts in your spirit. Jesus is living in you. Then it goes to your soul. You renew your mind right in the word of God. And then it goes to your body. Amen. Praise the Lord. Philippians 2:13 says this. It says, “It is God who works in you that’s in your spirit, both the will that’s in your soul and to do that’s in your body his good pleasure.” God works in you to will and to do his good pleasure. Let Jesus live big in you. Finally, he says, “I beseech you brother, suffer the word of exhortation, for I’ve written a letter to you in a few words, you know that our brother Timothy is set at liberty with whom, if he comes shortly I will see you. Salute them that have rule over you and all the saints. They of Italy salute you,” praise God. What’s he saying? He’s saying, remember those who’ve gone before you. There are some people they’d have no remembrance of who’s went before them. They have no respect for the past, because they have no remembrance and no respect for the past. They don’t have a very bright future. But if you remember the people that have gone before you, and you remember the foundation that is laid, you are building on a foundation where you can move forward. So he says, “Remember those that have gone before you.” Respect again, he’s talking about godly authority, respect godly authority. He’s talking about honor them, listen to them and remember them. Praise God, godly authority. He says, “Salute all them that have rule over you and the saints. And they of Italy salute you.” Praise God. You see, because you cannot live the Christian life without the Christ life. So just let Jesus live big in you. Amen. Let Jesus keep living his life in you, praise God. And when you do that, guess what? You’ll keep operating in the victory that he’s already won.
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