Pamphlet 1943 Hebrews kc 7-3
apostle Paul, chosen by God before the foundation
of this world (Eph.
to carry forth His truth as an OBEDIENT servant of Jesus Christ, the Word of God,
disagrees with many of our preachers and ministers!
Hebrews 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto
Who are those who love (agapao) Him?
You should know that by now from what Paul has taught
about Christ and Moses being trustworthy and faithful to the commands of God,
to ALL of His commands.
In other words, those who truly believe and love the Lord, do keep His Word... all of it!
Of course, you do not have to take my word for it but perhaps you will believe the words of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself:
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
So Paul is simply saying in Heb. 3:14 that you are assured
to be a partaker with Christ
IF you love Him,
because if you do love Him you will show that love by staying in His Word and keeping His commands!
And this you will do because you want to, not because you have to.
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Hebrews 3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
One would have to say he has placed much emphasis on what is written there, right?
He keeps pointing to the lessons to be learned from the
of the children in the wilderness who did not listen (hearken) to God's commands
but rather provoked Him by going astray!
In doing so they "proved" by
their actions that they were disloyal and unfaithful,
and therefore demonstrated their "unbelief"!
In other words, Paul is documenting from the scriptures,
from the law and the prophets (David was a prophet),
what it means to "Believe in Christ!"
You must trust and obey His commands
else He has a problem with you,
just as any loving parent gets provoked when his or children are disobedient and do not listen.
The Greek word for "sinned" is "hamartano". Here is Strong's definition: For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.
 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
sinned = hamartano, har-ar-tan'-o, Greek 264; perhaps from Greek 1(a) (as a negative particle) and the base of Greek 3313 (meros); properly to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize), i.e. (figurative to err, especially (moral) to sin:- for your faults, offend, sin, trespass.
Therefore God allowed them to die in the wilderness.
Those children who did not obey
Him in the wilderness
did not make it across the river into the promised land.
In the same spiritual sense, exampled
to us by what we "saw" happen in the wilderness,
those who not "take heed" to His Word in these last days shall also die (spiritually) in the wilderness.
Paul now documents that Almighty
God does not mean "maybe" they will not enter into His rest,
but He swares to it!
In other words, it is a PROMISE that those who provoke Him to anger in their unbelief shall not enter into His rest!
 And to whom sware He that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
That is certainly what the many preachers and ministers who come in Christ's name tell our people, isn't it?
The apostle Paul, chosen by God before the foundation
of this world (Eph. 1:4)
to carry forth His truth as an OBEDIENT servant of Jesus Christ, the Word of God, disagrees with them!
Furthermore, Jesus Christ warned
all of us about the massive deception in these last days
that would result in the unbelief of so many of our brothers and sisters
who would provoke Him to wrath.
Take heed, study and believe His Word and see that you are not among those who are drawn away from Him.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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