Until He Comes- Part 1
Franklin Kirksey, pastor
First Baptist Church, Spanish Fort, Ala.
Until He comes there is a much to keep in mind! Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe writes, “We should be watching, witnessing, and working. We may not be successful in the eyes of men, or even popular with others. But if we are faithful and profitable, we shall receive our reward.” Dr. William R. Newell (1868-1956) explains, “Since Hebrews is an epistle of exhortation, and in verses 19-25 of this chapter we have the great central exhortation, the consideration of this next passage becomes most important.”
There are three things to remember until He comes.
- First, remember your approach to God.
Hebrews 10:19-21 reads, “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God.”
“Therefore. . .” (Hebrews 10:19). When you see the word “therefore” find out what it is there for. Therefore, look at Hebrews 10:11-18, “And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,’ then He adds, ‘Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’ Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.”
- The Believing Humble Penitent “. . . brethren. . .” (Hebrews 10:19a). Hebrews 2:11 reads, “For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.” Hebrews 3:1 reads, “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus.” Hebrews 3:12 reads, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.” Hebrews 13:22 reads, “And I appeal to you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words.”
- The Most Holy Place “. . . having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh . . .” (Hebrews 10:19b-20). Dr. Adam Clarke (1762-1832) explains this speaks of “Liberty, full access to the entrance of the holy place. This is an allusion to the case of the high priest going into the holy of holies. He went with fear and trembling, because, if he had neglected the smallest item prescribed by the law, he could expect nothing but death. Genuine believers can come even to the throne of God with confidence, as they carry into the Divine presence the infinitely meritorious blood of the great atonement; and, being justified through that blood, they have a right to all the blessings of the eternal kingdom.” Hebrews 4:14-16 reads, “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
- The Great High Priest “. . . and having a High Priest over the house of God” (Hebrews 10:21). Dr. J. Gerald Harris, editor of the Christian Index, publication of the Georgia Baptist Convention, wrote a book several years ago titled Pardoned to be Priests. The Bible teaches the priesthood of all believers. 1 Peter 2:5 reads, “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” Revelation 1:4-7 reads, “John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.”
The observance of the Lord’s Supper is a time of sacred remembrance. Luke 22:14-20 reads, “When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. Then He said to them, ‘With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’ Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, ‘Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.’” 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 reads, “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” Be very careful what you do with the Lord’s Supper. It symbolizes the great truth of the Crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Dr. John R. W. Stott (1921-2011) writes, “Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us (leading us to faith and worship), we have to see it as something done by us (leading us to repentance).”
We have unfettered access to the throne of God as we read in Ephesians 3:11-12, “according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.” There is an open invitation. Rev. Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) writes, “We are sadly unmindful of our God, but He is graciously mindful of us.”