Hebrews 3:7-14 // Provoked
Heart of Stone • Sermon • Submitted • Presented • 41:29
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When You hear His Voice
When You hear His Voice
When you hear God, do NOT be like a certain people…
This passage is calling into view your response to God.
However, not the immediate response as much as the heart level response.
Referencing Psalms 95:7-11
Talking about those “in this flock”
If you are here today… this is talking about YOU.
It is possible to be associate with God’s people (flock)
And not actually be a part of it.
Just because you see God move doesn’t mean you are a part of that movement.
· Scripture supports this
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,
And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away.
This sort of apostasy provokes God and calls for His wrath.
Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’ As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’ ”
o Some look at this passage and wonder
“ Can a Christian lose their salvation?”
I don’t believe that you can lose your salvation.
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
When you heard and believed
Were sealed by the Holy Spirit
Who is the guarantee of our inheritance.
When it comes to “Losing salvation” there are two options:
I am wrong and you can in-fact love your salvation
This issue then is obvious. You have something to lose.
I am right, you cannot lose your salvation.
Then why are there so many passages like this one?
Why should we care about our relationship? (It’s guaranteed)
A relationship with God has never been “Get it and forget it”
Maybe the point should be:
Even as a Christian you should SERIOUSLY consider your salvation.
True faith makes God the priority.
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.
Verse 12 lays the responsibility on you.
Take Care – carefully consider how you handle this particular situation
Consider what is in your heart.
Look inside yourself for an evil unbelieving heart.
But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Verse 13 lays responsibility on all of us.
Exhort – encourage
That means you take the faith of others seriously as well
That means you notice when someone is struggling
This describes long term relationships in the body of Christ.
Act while you have the opportunity.
Today you have a choice in how you respond.