Summary: To show that GOD had already blessed and multiplied us.
Did you received blessings and multiplication from GOD last year?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that GOD had already blessed and multiplied us.
Hebrews 6:14 (Amplified Bible)
6:14 Saying, Blessing I certainly will bless you and multiplying I will multiply you.
Genesis 22:16-17 (Amplified Bible)
22:16 And said, I have sworn by Myself, says the Lord, that since you have done this and have not withheld [from Me] or begrudged [giving Me] your son, your only son,
22:17 In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies,
I am blessed and increased by GOD. What I am now is a result of GOD's Blessings and GOD's Multiplication for me.
Blessing And Multiplication
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. We have sure blessings from GOD
"Saying, Blessing I certainly will bless you"
Blessings came from the Hebrew word: "eulogeo" means:
1. to speak well of
2. to bless (thank or invoke a benediction upon, prosper)
What are blessed in the Bible?
1. GOD's called out ones
1 Peter 3:9 (Amplified Bible)
3:9 Never return evil for evil or insult for insult (scolding, tongue-lashing, berating), but on the contrary blessing [praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pitying and loving them]. For know that to this you have been called, that you may yourselves inherit a blessing [from God—that you may obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection].
James 3:9 (Amplified Bible)
3:9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who were made in God’s likeness!
3. Those who possessed GOD's Promises
Hebrews 7:6 (Amplified Bible)
7:6 But this person who has not their Levitical ancestry received tithes from Abraham [himself] and blessed him who possessed the promises [of God].
4. Those who have faith
Galatians 3:9 (Amplified Bible)
3:9 So then, those who are people of faith are blessed and made happy and favored by God [as partners in fellowship] with the believing and trusting Abraham.
5. The blood of CHRIST, the cup of blessing in the Holy Communion
1 Corinthians 10:16 (Amplified Bible)
10:16 The cup of blessing [of wine at the Lord’s Supper] upon which we ask [God’s] blessing, does it not mean [that in drinking it] we participate in and share a fellowship (a communion) in the blood of Christ (the Messiah)? The bread which we break, does it not mean [that in eating it] we participate in and share a fellowship (a communion) in the body of Christ?
6. JESUS CHRIST
John 12:13 (Amplified Bible)
12:13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him. And as they went, they kept shouting, Hosanna! Blessed is He and praise to Him Who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!
7. The 11 Disciples
Luke 24:51 (Amplified Bible)
24:51 And it occurred that while He was blessing them, He parted from them and was taken up into heaven.
Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting. —Elizabeth Bibesco
—Phillips' Treasury of Humorous Quotations
B. We have sure multiplication from GOD
"and multiplying I will multiply you"
Multiplying came from the Hebrew word: "plethuno" means:
1. to increase
2. to abound, multiply
What are multiplied in the Bible?
1. Mercy, peace and love
Jude 1:2 (Amplified Bible)
1:2 May mercy, [soul] peace, and love be multiplied to you.
2 Peter 1:2 (Amplified Bible)
1:2 May grace (God’s favor) and peace (which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and reedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in [the full, personal, precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
2. Seeds to sow
2 Corinthians 9:10 (Amplified Bible)
9:10 And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].
3. WORD of GOD
Acts 12:24 (Amplified Bible)