Summary: To show that we need to talk the talk, walk the talk and seek after Heaven, our real country.
Are you seeking after heaven?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we need to talk the talk, walk the talk and seek after Heaven, our real country.
Hebrews 11:14 (Amplified Bible)
11:14 Now those people who talk as they did show plainly that they are in search of a fatherland (their own country).
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS, for You have taught us how to desire heaven, and we desire You and everything that is Yours, we talk JESUS, we live JESUS and we seek after JESUS.
We seek a country
Subtitle: Study on the Book of Hebrews
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 talk like they did
"Now those people who talk as they did show plainly"
Say or "lego" in Greek meaning:
1. to lay forth
2. to relate
3. set discourse
4. an individual expression or speech
"Declare plainly" or "emphanizo" in Greek meaning:
1. to exhibit
2. to disclose
3. appear, declare, inform, manifest, show, signify
What they "say" appears in how they lived. These are the Hebrew Patriarchs, these are their descriptions:
(Source: Barnes' Notes on the New Testament)
1. They lived in tents.
2. They frequently change their residence.
3. They purchase land to bury their dead.
4. They never speak of becoming permanent residents.
Our saying is important, what we say, is it according to what the bible is saying?
Jeremiah is only saying what the bible is saying:
Matthew 2:17 (Amplified Bible)
2:17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
Matthew is only saying what the bible is saying:
Matthew 1:22 (Amplified Bible)
1:22 All this took place that it might be fulfilled which the Lord had spoken through the prophet,
John, the Baptist is only saying what the bible is saying:
Matthew 3:2 (Amplified Bible)
3:2 And saying, Repent (think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Apostle Paul is only saying what the bible is saying:
Romans 4:3 (Amplified Bible)
4:3 For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed in (trusted in) God, and it was credited to his account as righteousness (right living and right standing with God).
Genesis 15:6 (Amplified Bible)
15:6 And he [Abram] believed in (trusted in, relied on, remained steadfast to) the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness (right standing with God).
Of course, again it's not in the saying but in the doing.
James 1:22 (Amplified Bible)
1:22 But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].