A Warning: Don't Be Immature
WHY DID THE PREACHER INTERRUPT HIS SERMON?
OUGHT WE LEAVE THE GOSPEL?
WHAT EXACTLY IS IMPOSSIBLE?
a copy and shadow of the heavenly things
For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities
let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith
The fact that the promise of our salvation is a refuge and not an accomplishment is a strong encouragement that we cling to.
Dr. J. Brown
To be ‘dull of hearing’ is descriptive of that state of mind in which statements may be made without producing any corresponding impression, without being attended to, without being understood, without being felt. In a word, it is descriptive of mental listlessness. To a person in this state, it is very difficult to explain anything; for, nothing, however simple in itself, can be understood if it be not attended to.
Dr. J. Brown
When the Gospel was first preached to them, it aroused their attention, it exercised their thoughts; but now with many of them it had become a common thing. They flattered themselves that they knew all about it. It had become to them like a sound to which the ear had been long accustomed—the person is not conscious of it, pays no attention to it.
Arthur Walkington Pink
the elementals of our faith are, that Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners; that His salvation is perfect and complete, leaving nothing for us to add to it; that the only fitness He requires from sinners is the Spirit’s discovery to them of their need of Him. The greater the sinner I know myself to be, the greater my need of Christ, and the more I am suited to Him, for He died for “the ungodly” (Rom. 5:6).
If they had really and truly partaken of the milk, they would not have remained babes.
If people really loved and cherished what they so fondly called ‘the simple gospel,’ their knowledge and Christian character would deepen, and all the truths which are centered in Christ crucified would become the object of their investigation and delight, and enrich and elevate their experience There are no doctrines more profound than those which are proclaimed when Christ’s salvation is declared. All our progress consists in learning more fully the doctrine which at first is preached unto us.
Arthur Walkington Pink
The apostle is not contrasting two different stages of Christianity, an infantile and a mature; rather is he opposing, once more, the substance over against the shadows.
The apostle regards the retrogression of the Hebrews with dismay. He sees in it the danger of an entire, confirmed, willful, and irrecoverable apostasy from the truth. He beholds them on the brink of a precipice, and he therefore lifts up his voice, and with vehement yet loving earnestness he warns them against so fearful an evil.
APPLICATION: Arthur Walkington Pink
Be engaged with your great High Priest in heaven, dwell daily upon your portion in Him (Eph. 1:3). By faith, behold Christ, now in the heavenly sanctuary, as your righteousness, life, and strength. See in God’s acceptance of Him, His adoption of you, that you have been reconciled to Him, made nigh by the precious blood. In the realization of this, worship in spirit and in truth; exercise your priestly privileges.
Beautiful Eulogy: Entitlement Issues
We spend a lifetime trying to find love in anything and everything this life has to offer it's true
And often times we trade the temporal satisfaction for the things the genuine believer is entitled to
I'm convinced that it's because they don't understand that there exists an order
Of benefits of redemption that's applied to his bride
And the basis of his choice in election was for God alone to decide
And it is not like an "invitation" that one might accept or reject, but rather its the effectual calling drawing to Himself His elect
Regenerating and enabling us to respond in faith toward Christ
Giving us the gift of repentance and revealing the nature of His sacrifice
Binding us with a true intellectual realization of our sinful condition
Converting us and turning us from our previous malicious disposition
Ultimately leading to a legal declaration by God that we've been made right in his sight
Justification being credited to us on the basis of the righteousness of Christ
Adopted to be the children of God and grafted into fellowship
Being bound together by the blood of Christ into a common membership
Sanctified by the spirit given gradual growth in holiness
Increasing in our thinking and behaving in a ways that shows that were chosen
And all the while being preserved and upheld according to his sovereign providence
Giving us confidence that he will carry us to completion just like he promised