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Pastor Brant Seacrist

JUNE 9, 2019



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SUBJ: Giving due attention to all things pertaining to the Gospel as an essential part of the believing life.

AIM: That we might attain to the joy discovered in giving heed to the things we have heard.
1. The Bible is not a book to be given over to arbitration or private interpretation. Rather it is precise and specific in both fact and precept.
2. There is a tendency to “dumb down” the curriculum that carries over into biblical requirements.
3. That Gospel which we have heard declares the power of God unto salvation and we dare not become indifferent or complacent with reference to God’s terms and our affection for them. This is a strain to the flesh, but to the delight of the new man is Christ.

THESIS: The Word of God is precise, not only, in its teachings about Christ and salvation, but also, about our approach. We are not at liberty ever to make determinations about the faith of others, but we may not presume about our own when we have heard of a Great Salvation.

I. Giving the More Earnest Heed – The things addressed in chapter 1 – Deity, Majesty, the preference of Christ over angels and the special emphasis on the fact that He has spoken.
1. Consider the nature of hearing with regard to understanding – compare that which is heard by the “head” and that which is heard by the “heart.”
2. And, think about “he that hath and ear, let him hear.”
3. The work “slip” speaks of a leaking vessel and so we are warned to take care that it does not get away from us. Compare: “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13 AND Haggai 1:6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.
4. Compare the sower: the wayside and the fowls, Stony places with no root, choking thorns.
5. The gracious reason of this is not to apply a legalistic precept, but rather that we should know joy in attending to these things. This brings a precious sense of His love.

II. An exacting Old Testament Ministration is to be compared
1. Compare the word spoken by angels (From Sinai, the Law, and etc.)
2. See further that it was exacting and without recompense.
3. The Law could only condemn and it did just that.

III. To So Great Salvation (How much greater is our accountability to “no condemnation” and see For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” 1 Peter 4:17-18. S.A. Heb 10:29 and Heb 12:25.
1. The word “So Great” is one word and indicates great age and great size or bulk.
2. That which began to be spoken by the Lord
1) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Hebrews 1:2
2) From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:17
3) And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: Luke 24:19
4) Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Acts 2:22

3. Confirmed by them that heard Him
1) 1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, 2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; 3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, 4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed. Luke 1:1-4
2) And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. Luke 24:47-48
3) And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. John 15:27
4) Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. Acts 10:40-42

4. And God bore witness to them
1) And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. Mark 16:20
2) But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: John 15:26
3) This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. Acts 2:32-33
4) Precious spiritual gifts: See Eph. 4:8-11
5) According to His will: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, Ephesians 1:5 AND Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: Ephesians 1:9