Summary: To establish as children of God we are always in need of Christian admonitions.
1. Let Us Draw Near:
2. Let Us Hold Fast:
3. Let Us Consider:
1. Webster defines admonitions as, "to caution, advise, or encourage. To reprove or warn in a mild manner, to urge to duty, or remind of an obligation. When one admonishes he counsels, advises, or cautions." Each of us some time in our Christian life will require some admonitions. In our lesson today we will admonish the church.
2. First, let draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith unto God, because Christ has made this possible by cleansing the inner nature with his precious blood, and the washing of our bodies in pure water in the act of baptism. Thus, making us children of God and granting us access unto his throne in time of need. Each Christian must avail themselves of this help, "with a true heart, and full assurance of faith." In Christ we are wholly clean, thus gives us the liberty to approach God, to enjoy his help and comfort in our time of need.
3. Secondly, let us hold fast our profession of faith without wavering. That profession is the acceptance of ones part in the new covenant. "Whatever our hands find to do, we must do it with our might." Realizing again, "he is faithful that promised." We must stick to the job, we must go onward to the end. Never wavering in our faith or at His promises.
4. Then lastly, let us consider one another, even as we have been encouraged to consider our Lord Jesus. (3:1) Let us now concentrate on each other. We should keep our eye on one another to watch for any tendency toward failure. In so doing we provoke one another to love and to good work. To accomplish this all are encourage to assemble for public worship and unifying services. Which some have already become weakened by the neglect of their assembling together. The Christian cannot wilfully neglect the assembling of the saint. Like hot coals loose its glow and power to help warm things when separate from each other so is it with the Christian when he fails to assemble with the saints. Let us then "admonish one another as we see the day approaching."
BODY OF LESSON
LET US DRAW NEAR:
A. The writer suggest first of all that we draw near unto God. Here is our first Christian admonition. But something has been done by God and Christ, which makes this access possible. Let’s look at verse 15-21. Here we can see the sufficiency of their contributions which grants us access unto them and heirs to the promise.
1. The sufficiency of one sacrifice for sins. "But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God....” 10:10-13; 9:23-26. “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Heb 1:3 He was the Lamb of God. Jn 1:29, John the Baptist said: “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
2. The sufficiency of one offering for sins. “For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.” 10:14 “...but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” 9:12 And, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” 9:14, He was the perfect offering for sin.
3. The sufficiency of a new covenant. “Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.” 10:15-18; See also, Gen 15:9-10,17; Heb 8:10-13; And, 10:3-4 “But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.”
4. The sufficiency of the new and living way. “Having therefore, brethren , boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil; that is to say his flesh;” 10:19-20 Also, “The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:” 9:8