Summary: To convince believers to retain JESUS as center of their lives and focus of their eyes.
Who is the focus of your life?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To convince believers to retain JESUS as center of their lives and focus of their eyes.
Hebrews 6:8 (Amplified Bible)
6:8 But if [that same soil] persistently bears thorns and thistles, it is considered worthless and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.
I keep my eyes on the Blessor, the Giver, my Savior, LORD JESUS, all others will just follow me.
Persistent thorns and thistles
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. Persisten bearing thorns and thistles
"But if [that same soil] persistently bears thorns and thistles,"
Matthew 7:16 (The Message)
7:16 Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook. These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned.
Matthew 13:22 (Amplified Bible)
13:22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the Word, but the cares of the world and the pleasure and delight and glamour and deceitfulness of riches choke and suffocate the Word, and it yields no fruit.
Thorns and thistles are the cares of the world, the pleasures, delight, glamour, and deceitfulness of riches choke and suffocate the WORD, and it yields no fruit.
B. It is considered worthless and near to being curse -- whose end is to be burned.
"it is considered worthless and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned"
John 15:6 (Amplified Bible)
15:6 If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned.
Matthew 13:40 (Amplified Bible)
13:40 Just as the darnel (weeds resembling wheat) is gathered and burned with fire, so it will be at the close of the age.
There's a worthless CHRISTian, CHRISTians who have valued other things replacing the WORD, prioritizing the blessings not the Blessor.
1 John 2:15-17 (Amplified Bible)
2:15 Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.
2:16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself].
2:17 And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever.