Pamphlet 1998 Hebrews kc 25-1
Many of our brothers and sisters, though they claim to be Christians and they cry "Lord, Lord, Praise the Lord", are spiritually blind and spiritually deaf.
In our last study Paul made reference to the great shaking of the heavens and the earth that is yet to come at the end of this flesh age, thereby establishing this final generation of the fig tree, the generation that would see the fulfillment of all the things Christ foretold us of in Mat. 24 and Mark 13, which includes those shakings, as the time period concerning running "the race which is set before us". Yes, the wonderful works of God in this final generation just before that great and final shaking, shall be (and are being) accomplished and shall be finished by that "seed" who would come forth in the last days (Ps. 22:31) and serve Jesus Christ. That "seed" is the offspring, the sons and daughters spoken of by the prophet Joel who Peter quoted on that first Pentecost Day following the resurrection of our Lord in Acts chapter two, who would "see" the visions of the prophets and prophesy (teach the words of the prophets) to the lost sheep of the true house of Israel. Of course the sons and daughters of the Father are naturally brothers and sisters to each other, right? And so it is that it is the church of the brothers (sons) and sisters (daughters), i.e. the church of Philadelphia (brotherly love) along with her sister church of Smyrna (Rev. 3:7-13 & 2:8-11), those who love and serve God "acceptably" by patiently enduring and declaring His righteousness (PS. 22:31), His Word to this generation, who shall come and finish the work.
Therefore, let us review the last few verses of chapter 12 to refresh our memories concerning the subject Paul was addressing, which was indeed our serving God in the days just prior to "receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved", the Kingdom of God.
That great shaking that shall remove all that is temporal and wicked, followed by the ushering in of the Kingdom of God, shall happen in and unto this final generation, and perhaps sooner than many might think. A word to the wise! Therefore, what should we who are waiting to receive that kingdom which cannot be moved, be about doing? The answer is: We should be about doing our Father's business, serving Him acceptably... according to His will, with reverence and godly fear!Hebrews 12:27
And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
God's elect, those with eyes to see and ears to hear, have a purpose and a destiny, a duty to perform, for there is work to be done and you know what? It involves our brothers and sisters, our family! So let us have grace, even graciousness and gratitude giving thanks always for the love and grace He has bestowed upon us, and let us be about doing our Father's business acceptably (acceptable and pleasing to Him) with reverence (love) and godly fear, knowing and understanding the magnitude and importance of our labor in the field. We already know of the exceeding reward and inheritance that awaits us and not only that... we have the very "title-deed" to those promises in our possession. Consider how remarkable that truly is!Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
That "consuming" fire, which is the same fire that warms the hearts of his children and his ministers of fire (Heb. 1:7), is soon coming to melt with the fervent heat of His Word, all the evil rudiments and wicked works of this world (2 Pet. 3:10)! For our God is a consuming fire.
With the timeframe of these last days now having been established, let us complete our study of the great Book of Hebrews, written as instruction to all Christians but also on a deeper "scholarly" level to those who came from "across the river" (Eber) to bring the strength of His Word to those whose hands hang down and whose knees are feeble. If you do not understand that, do not worry about it. Just keep studying our Father's Word and you will surely increase in grace and knowledge and understanding. Many of you know that Paul taught on different levels (for not all can handle the meat of God's Word as he explained in Heb. 5:11-14) and for that reason we shall deem the first level of understanding to be easily discernable and teach this 13th chapter on the deeper level concerning "serving Him acceptably" in the work to be done in this final generation.
The subject Paul is going to discuss in detail in this chapter is the 'endurance' of the work of the church of "brotherly love", which is "philadelphia" in Greek. The word "continue" is "meno" which means to endure, abide, to tarry, remain.Hebrews 13:1
Let brotherly love continue.
You "see", this is what it is all about in running "the race which is set before us", not for self gain nor for self glory but for the love of the brethren.meno, men'-o, Greek 3306; a primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy) :- abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for), × thine own.
The sons and daughters who serve God acceptably in this final generation know and "see" that many of our brothers and sisters, though they claim to be Christians and they cry "Lord, Lord, Praise the Lord", are spiritually blind and spiritually deaf and have become spiritually weak and lame indeed for they have been "drawn away" after the traditions of men and led down the wrong path which leads right into Satan's camp. To that end, always remember that we too were born in and were called out of spiritual Babylon, the land of confusion, like as Zerubabbel. Therefore since we were once lifted up ourselves and by His grace given eyes to see and ears to hear, always keep in mind when dealing with our brothers and sisters the saying "There for but the grace of God go I."philadelphia, fil-ad-el-fee'-ah, Greek 5360; from Greek 5361 (philadelphos); fraternal affection :- brotherly love (kindness), love of the brethren.
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