Knowing and clinging to the gospel. Or, why we are diverting from our church card to spend another week in Hebrews 4:14
Our church card shows that we had planned to mainly focus this Sunday's sermon on the exhortation found in Hebrews 4:16--"Let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace." Because it is one of the sweetest exhortations in all the Bible, Lord willing, we will get there soon.
Last Sunday we dealt with the four ground clauses in Hebrews 4:14-15 which serve to support the author's two exhortations found in verses 14 and 16. We saw that both of the practical expressions of obedience (v. 14 - hold fast, v. 16 - draw near) are rooted in a massive four-fold vision of the Lord Jesus Christ:
- Jesus is our great high priest (v. 14)
- Jesus has passed through the heavens (v. 14)
- Jesus is the Son of God (v. 14)
- Jesus has been tempted in every way, yet never sinned (v. 15)
Because of these weighty truths concerning Christ, we must "hold fast our confession." What is "our confession?" And, what does it mean to "hold it fast?" Good questions. Few questions could be more important.
Friends, if we don't know the gospel, we can't cling to it. If we don't cling to it, we won't be saved. This Sunday's sermon will be blood-earnest, in the truest and fullest sense of the word.
Pray on, saints...