A daily Christian thought from:
ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
34 Duck Pond Road
Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
Important Note: Starting Wednesday March 29th, 2006, the thoughts will be posted at 7PM.. This is to assure that all thoughts are proof read before posting.
Rev. Bob Celeste
Can we always read the Bible literally? YES! Can we always understand the Bible? NO! Today we are going to look at seven verses of Hebrews chapter ten. I will try to explain how, depending upon to whom the writer is writing, those verse can be looked at in several different ways.
Does that mean that God is writing in an ambiguous manner? No!
It simply means that we are not as smart as God and that for one reason or another God the Holy Spirit has chosen not to reveal to me, exactly what He meant in these verses. It also means that God the Holy Sprit may have different applications for different people and that is why commentary is all over the map with some of these verses. As is the idea of whom the writer of Hebrews is and who he is addressing.
verse 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Now this verse is pretty easy to understand. The writer is warning us not to forego going to church and worshiping with other believers, as some do, claiming we are all hypocrites and that they can worship God on their own, etc. The writer is further urging us to spend even more time with others who are Saved as we get closer to the Rapture. For this reason I hold to the idea that the book of Hebrews is written to Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians.
Verse 26 For if we sin wilfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, To me this would indicate that once a person hears and understands the Gospel message of salvation through Grace by what Jesus did on the cross for us, and rejects it, there is nothing that can be done for that person, for there is no sacrifice better or in place of Christ.
Verse 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. I look at this as being in support of verse 26, it is going on to explain that all who reject salvation (by and only by the works of Christ, His sacrifice of Himself on the cross as the perfect blood sacrifice for our sins), will find themselves receiving fiery judgement and tossed into the lake of fire with the adversary, which is of course satan.
Verse 28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Here we see a comparison between the old and the new. Salvation looking towards the coming of the Messiah and Salvation looking back at what Jesus did for us. Those who denied the laws of God as delivered by Moses in the Old Testament died without any mercy, any chance of escaping hell.
Verse 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he (the rejecter of Christ) be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the Blood of the covenant, wherewith He (Jesus) was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? Now this is a verse where some look at the second he as he, meaning the one the writer of Hebrews is addressing and others, myself included look at that He as Jesus. If I am right, then the warning is very clear indeed. Especially when you read verses 28 and 29 together:
He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he (the rejecter of Christ) be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the Blood of the covenant, wherewith He (Jesus) was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? He that disobeyed the God's law as relayed by Moses was fond guilty and sentenced to death by the word of two agreeing witnesses. These witnesses if proven false suffered the punishment set out for the one they were falsely testifying against, how much better and fairer our court system would be if we lived by the same rules, but I digress. But, how much worse the punishment for those who know and understand the Gospel and Salvation through what Christ did on the cross for us, for they are, by their denial, accusing the Blood of Christ as being unworthy of payment for their sins. I might also add here that even if the He whom I think refers to Jesus is instead those the writer is addressing, it does not change the meaning or essence of the two verses.
Verse 30 For we know Him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto Me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge His people. Now some would say that He quoted by the speaker were both Jesus, others say both God the Father, and still others saying God the Holy Spirit, but in this case, since all three are God. Which face of God it is, is not really important since it does not change the meaning in any way and all three are One.
Verse 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. The message in verse 31 is clear regardless of who the writer is addressing. For it is articulated even better by the Living Christ Himself. And adds credence, I think to my feeling that the writer of Hebrews is speaking to men and women who are truly Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians.
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them and the gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of Man be come.
The disciple is not above his Master, nor the servant above his Lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his Master, and the servant as his Lord. If they have called the Master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of His household?
Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:16-28 ACP/KJV)
Yes, it is indeed a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Especially as one who has rejected the offer of salvation after they have heard and understood it. How do you know if you are a true adopted son or daughter of God? Look in the mirror and ask yourself this: "Would the world know that I belong to Christ by my actions, speech, dress, behavior, reading and viewing habits?" Many a young women out here who professes to be Saved while wearing clothing, and behavior designed to make a man lust in his heart, is gong to find the truth of verse 31.
And many of you reading this are going to be joining her in her cry of "Oh God NO." upon hearing His true, just and final declaration of your status on that day of judgement. I really get tired of hearing about how so many so called Christians have such easy sailing and so much joy in their lives. When Jesus was referring to Joy, do you think He was talking about easy sailing? Have you ever read Foxes book of Martyrs? How about Jesus Freaks? Joy is not joy of this world, but Joy in eternity with Christ. Your joy on this earth is to suffer for Christ. If you are not suffering, if satan has not sicced his minions on you, then you are of no concern to satan. The only ones satan has no concern for are the ones he knows to be both smug and his. Are you falsely smug in your Christianity?
Lord God of Creation, expand my ministry, give me the words to wake people up, give me ways to make them seek Your face and Your word. Blessed art Thou oh Creator of the Universe, blessed art Thou who can understand and explain all things. Blessed art Thou who can answer my prayers for salvation. Blessed art Thou my God , my Saviour, my Master, my Big Brother. Amen.
Thank You Lord,
Your little spoiled brother Bob.
Sha'al shalowm Yruwshalaim.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
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The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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