Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Are you drawing near to your FATHER? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that we can be so near to FATHER GOD. IV. TEXT: Hebrews 10:22 (Amplified Bible) Let us all come forward and draw near with t
Are you drawing near to your FATHER?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we can be so near to FATHER GOD.
Hebrews 10:22 (Amplified Bible)
Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water.
We can be so near to FATHER GOD.
Draw near to FATHER GOD
A. Author: Pauline authorship but uncertain
B. Date written: Before 70 A.D. but uncertain
C. Purpose: To show the greatness of new covenant dispensation as compared to Old Testament
D. To whom written: Hebrew Christians
E. Main theme: Superiority of CHRIST and His Work
F. Key word: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Sincere heart with full assurance of faith
"Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness),"
Hebrews 9:14 (Amplified Bible)
How much more surely shall the blood of Christ, Who by virtue of [His] eternal Spirit [His own preexistent divine personality] has offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God, purify our consciences from dead works and lifeless observances to serve the [ever] living God?
1 Timothy 1:5 (Amplified Bible)
Whereas the object and purpose of our instruction and charge is love, which springs from a pure heart and a good (clear) conscience and sincere (unfeigned) faith.
1. With no guilty conscience
Isaiah 6:7 (Amplified Bible)
And with it he touched my mouth and said, Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity and guilt are taken away, and your sin is completely atoned for and forgiven.
James 4:8 (Amplified Bible)
Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery].
1 John 3:2-3 (Amplified Bible)
Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is.
And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless).
2. Our bodies washed with pure water
a. The Word is the water
Ephesians 5:26 (Amplified Bible)
So that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word,
b. Water also smybolizes water baptism
1 Peter 3:21 (Amplified Bible)
And baptism, which is a figure [of their deliverance], does now also save you [from inward questionings and fears], not by the removing of outward body filth [bathing], but by [providing you with] the answer of a good and clear conscience (inward cleanness and peace) before God [because you are demonstrating what you believe to be yours] through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The LORD JESUS CHRIST came not only in water or in blood but by both.
1 John 5:6 (Amplified Bible)
This is He Who came by (with) water and blood [His baptism and His death], Jesus Christ (the Messiah)—not by (in) the water only, but by (in) the water and the blood. And it is the [Holy] Spirit Who bears witness, because the [Holy] Spirit is the Truth.
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