Hebrews 12:14-17 “Pursue Peace and Holiness”
Here he emphasizes that We are to be at peace with Man and in a holy relationship with God. Both bases must be covered! Sanctification- process by which I become more like Christ.
Hebrews 12:18-24 “We have inherited a better Covenant”
Ex. 19:12-22, 20:18-21
Note, at Sinai God is depicted as AWEINSPIRING unapproachable OTHERNESS.
At Zion, we have fellowship with God entering his heavenly city to the salute of Angels made Righteous through the blood of Christ and the New Covenant!
Hebrews 12:25-29 “The Dangers of Disobedience”
In light of this new relationship made available to us, DO NOT NEGELCT IT!
Shaking the earth quote comes from Haggai. God physically and spiritually shook the earth and the order of all things at Sinai, and He did so again at the Cross!
The reminder of God’s character is as a consuming fire (Exodus Deuteronomy), is a reminder that His character has not changed since the days of Sinai. He is the same today as then. All that has changed is His approachableness. We are able to approach the throne of grace through Christ! (Hebrews 4:16)
2 Timothy 3 “Distinguishing Marks of a Good Leader”
2 Tim 3:1-9 “Sign of the Times, and What to Avoid”
1-5 Who are they?
Note how all of these sins occur when one’s focus shifts from God to oneself. What is our focus? Do we focus on our favorite movie, music, politician, work, or family (all things temporal) or do we focus on Christ and devote the first fruits of our time, energy, and thoughts to Him?
6-9 How does who they are play out in their actions?
Both the deceivers and the deceived are being rejected here. He is saying, don’t let men like this lead you! He is also saying, know God’s Word and be close to Him in your relationship so you don’t fall prey to them! The character of the Christian should reflect the character of Christ.
2 Tim 3:10-17 “Examples to Follow”
“All Scripture is God-Breathed”
This Greek word is only used once in the Bible. It is a compound word, as though Paul didn’t know how to explain it so he made up his own word: θεόπνευστος
In this we see that the source of Scripture is the very Breath of God. This should remind us of how God breathed life into Adam in Genesis.
Because of this essential Characteristic, it is also profitable…
Scripture is the essential tool of the Christian and the Leader. It both supports and defines them.
Who are we and who do we want to model ourselves after? If we are to model Paul we must have an active relationship with God and His Word. All too often we have a passive relationship with God and His Word, where we merely hear it at Church or know various stories or passage, but never allow ourselves to be CHANGED by It.