SUBJ: The fact
that we are both in and are receiving the immoveable Kingdom of God with
the injunction that we be in the way of receiving it and serving God
accordingly with reverence and Godly fear.
AIM: That we
might move with confidence in this present in the way of true worship
and the service rendered in a proper manner and so to have grace.
twelfth chapter of Hebrews is most encouraging in that the witness of
the faithful and the witness of the Spirit in us assures us that we are
brought to Christ.
1. We are transported to scenes in the past where
the power and holiness of God were displayed and witnessed as a
2. In so doing, the writer causes us to see
something of the manner in which the Lord proves that which is genuine
and divinely constituted.
3. The book of Hebrews is often
characterized by the “better things” it reveals and the Kingdom we are
receiving (now and in the future) is far better than any other.
THESIS: Our Lord revealed early on both
the fact of the Kingdom and the necessity of the New Birth to enter it.
Saved people are both in the process of and are assured of fully
receiving this same Kingdom which cannot be moved.
I. The Kingdom
we are receiving (v. 28a)
1. The implications here are of an active
process and by virtue of that process we are assured of final possession
1) It is that for which we are being prepared and
2) We shall in every way be fitted for it in time.
2. We are there
now because of a divine call: That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath
called you unto his kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:12.
Citizenship in the Kingdom is ever before us in the example of Christ
and we are called coheirs with Him.
1) We then have a royal character
imparted to us and it is to be cultivated: But ye are a chosen
generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that
ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of
darkness into his marvellous light: 1 Peter 2:9.
2) As such we are
under the protection and care of the King who never slumbers.
spiritual rights and privileges are ours to enjoy including the grace
and peace that attends the way of all who wait on Him. In all these
things we are given a foretaste of that which shall be brought to
perfection when He comes in His Kingdom.
4. And, it is an immoveable
1) We can compare the Old Testament Kingdom whose continuance
depended on men and as it was shaken it eventually fell.
statement is about the shaking that then occurred and which shall
continue to occur.
3) We understand that there is a proving to be
endured in that which pertains to Him
i. Thus, He shakes with a view
to revealing all that is not genuine (see verses 26-27)
ii. We are
reminded that all that “shakes” came against Christ and He never moved
and neither does the Kingdom He claims as His.
II. The mandate to
have grace (v. 28b)
1. The thoughts are varied as to the meaning of
these words and yet, like many other issues, it seems that all thoughts
may have merit.
1) The KJV margin has it as “let us hold fast” with
the thought of the blessedness of true spiritual awareness.
Barnes wrote of assurance that all our interests are safe; all our
exertions will be crowned with ultimate success; the efforts we make to
do good will have a permanent influence on mankind and will bless future
ages; and the reward is certain.
3) John Gill saw is as holding fast
to the doctrine of grace, the Gospel and that we should hold it as a
4) Others view is as implying thankfulness which is
verified in that we should so all things with thanksgiving: Rooted and
built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught,
abounding therein with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:7
2. It is by way
of these things that we are able to serve God acceptably:
Acceptably: In which there is a “sweet savor of Christ” in all we do
2) With a due recognition of the Majesty and holiness of God while we
are conscious of our own sinfulness and sense of unworthiness
Gill wrote of Godly fear thusly: it is that “which has God for its
author and object, and which springs from His grace, and is increased by
the discoveries of His goodness; and which is consistent with faith and
spiritual joy: Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
4) We are further remined of Who in the days of his
flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong
crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was
heard in that he feared; Hebrews 5:7.
III. A consuming fire (v.
1. Which may be best understood by the sacrifices He consumed
(most notably Mt. Carmel and at the dedication of the Temple).
righteous wrath knows no limits and so He can, has and will consume all
that offends Him and His holiness.
3. But, especially to be seen in
the outpouring of His wrath on Christ by which our sin debt was taken
way having attained full satisfaction in consuming His Son!