Summary: A study of the book of Hebrews 12: 14 – 29
Hebrews 12: 14 – 29
Little concern for ‘the way of promise’
14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears. 18 For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, 19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. 20 (For they could not endure what was commanded: “And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow.” 21 And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”) 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. 25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” 27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Have you seen the new movie made especially for Christians? It is called ‘Lambo’. In this movie our hero, a master of martial arts and weapons defeats the evil Pagans –[people against God and nice Spirits]. It’s time to put into practice the famous scripture – ‘God helps those who help themselves.’
Well, in truth, there isn’t any new movie coming out. The last time I checked Benjamin Franklin was not a prophet of God because he was the one who made that statement. In addition, our Lord did tell us that ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.’
I do not need to remind you that our Holy Ruler Is The Prince of Peace. Nothing will be right until He Is Lord of all people. All things are His workmanship. And in the fullness of His Wisdom He will come back and make things right again.
We continue will our study of chapter 12 of the book of Hebrews and we come across this verse.
12.14 ‘Follow after (‘pursue’) peace with all, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord.’
Some see this as meaning ‘all men’ as in Romans 12.18, but the context rather suggests it means all their fellow Christians with whom at present they are not perhaps fully at peace because of their Judaist tendencies. They should seek to be aligned with them in their beliefs and hopes. But whichever way it is, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God’ (Matthew 5.9). Those who are His seek peace with all, and peace between all, for that is how God’s children should be. And this should be accompanied by following ardently after ‘sanctification’, that sanctifying process whereby they are being conformed into the image of The Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8.29), for in this they will have peace with God. It is peace to be achieved within sanctification. We must never seek a false peace which is not accompanied by sanctification. Oneness is important, but never at the cost of holiness or truth.
Please notice the statement ‘Without which no man shall see the Lord.’ ‘The Lord’ here probably means ‘our Lord Jesus Christ’ rather than ‘God The Father’, for outside of quotations this is how the writer usually uses the title. Thus ‘seeing the Lord’ here probably refers primarily to His second coming (9.28; 1 John 3.2-3). It is a reminder that if we are to see Him we will at present be experiencing His sanctifying work (2.10-11).