O. A FEW BRIEF, PRACTICAL INFERENCES.1. Boston, D. D.)Drawing near to GodT. "Near." Shall we come out of Egypt, and come so near the borders of the heavenly Canaan, and turn hack? (1)Insensible sinners will .not (John 5:40). Christianity is a hope — "Christ in you the hope of glory." Shall we come out of Egypt, and come so near the borders of the heavenly Canaan, and turn hack? (3)By the cheering attractions of a lively hope. "He is faithful that promised.A sure promiseG. In the room in which the trial took place was a curtain, and behind this curtain a man writing. But if we wish to have a correct view of the things that we are looking at through a window, what sort of glass is it necessary to have in the window? It is an ever-present tense — "He that believeth hath eternal life."2. So when, at length, we turned back into a better course, what a complicated work lay before us, to unmake ourselves! And the apostle means to say that if we do not mind what our consciences tell us we shall injure them just as the skin of our hand is injured by being "seared with a hot iron." The only sure evidence of our being in a state of grace, is our being in heart and life holy. You meet an acquaintance, and complain that he was distant, i.e., he was not hearty.2. In reality, the contents of this verse form a faithful warning against apostasy. PRACTICAL IMPROVEMENT OF THE SUBJECT, in an use of exhortation.1. NIV, Storyline Bible, Comfort Print: Each Story Plays a Part. "(2)The faith itself once delivered to the saints. If He has, then do not hold fast your profession. This hope is a perfect hope. Afterwards it would heal over, and the skin would grow again, but the new skin would be very different from that on your hand now. Hypocrisy is a disease in the vitals of religion; it pretends one thing and intends another. We are to please not ourselves, but our brother unto edification. Trapp. Nothing unforeseen or unexpected can occur as a reason why we should doubt the Divine faithfulness.5. Herein is the importance of the doctrine of original sin. To guide us and keep us from doing wrong. But if He is faithful that has promised — if till this moment you have proved the power of prayer, the wisdom of providence, and the truth of the Sacred Word, then deal with my Lord as He has dealt with you. Nothing else but faith in full, vigorous, healthy exercise. In all the New Testament there is not a single instance in which the apostles indicate, in the most distant way, that saving faith is a man's belief in his own salvation. WHAT ARE WE NOW TO DO?1. With us this unity of faith and hope is substantially the same; but it appears now in a twofold manner. )Abiding in the holiest of allAndrew Murray.Some speak as if the "Let us draw near" meant prayer, and that in our special approach to' God in acts of worship we enter the holiest of all. By the prayer of faith we appropriate it; but only for the time, not for ever. You meet an acquaintance, and complain that he was distant, i.e., he was not hearty. If we stop when it says " stop," if we do what it tells us to do, then we shall always hear it; but if we get into the habit of not heeding its warning, and not doing what it tells us to do, then by and by we shall cease to hear it.III. Oh, what taunts and curses shall pierce the ears of these who lie down in hell! Learn that religion requires both the devotion of the heart and the profession of the life. God has nowhere declared concerning any of us, as individuals, that we shall be saved; all that He has revealed on this subject respects us as characters. He has promised to give us grace to hold fast our profession; and "He is faithful."2. If we wait for a blessing at the hand of God till we are worthy of it, we shall die unblessed, and be lost for ever. D.)LinksHebrews 10:23 NIVHebrews 10:23 NLTHebrews 10:23 ESVHebrews 10:23 NASBHebrews 10:23 KJVHebrews 10:23 Bible AppsHebrews 10:23 ParallelHebrews 10:23 Biblia ParalelaHebrews 10:23 Chinese BibleHebrews 10:23 French BibleHebrews 10:23 German BibleHebrews 10:23 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)The speculations of theologians. Adam had a way to it, but that is blocked up; there is a new and living way consecrated for us (ver. The reason hereof is that His power is absolute and almighty, and nothing can resist or hinder it if once it begin to work. God has put these eyes in our bodies that we may see where to go and what to do. (5)By the continual use of all the appointed means of grace.III. The Redeemer ascended up on high; and He has poured forth the Divine Spirit: it has been granted and it is still continued to the Church.II. If you ask how you have renewed your vows, I reply: you have done it many a time at the table of communion. While pacing the deck at night, on the lonely seas, and talking with a pious shipmate, he became convinced of his need of a Saviour and became His disciple, remaining true to his profession to the last. A Christian man is a thoughtful man. L. Alexander, D. D.The full assurance of faith is a firm and full reliance on God and on. Burns, D. D.)An unwavering confessionH. Particularly, let us draw near to Him —(1) In prayer (chap. He often preached to his crew on Sundays, and was ever forward in doing good.(H. No; their invariable cry was, Repent, and believe in Christ; accept the offered salvation through faith in Him. You will sleep quietly on, just as though the alarm had never been given. I said, "I am very thankful; for it will save you the trouble of quitting them. B. Meyer, B. Glad news this to poor sensible sinners! Besides, God's mercy is like His power, and as He is able, so is He willing to do what He hath promised, and He hath signified His will and purpose, through faith, by His power to preserve us unto salvation.3. Always setting the Lord before us, etc. We will take both renderings; for they are both correct in fact if not in the letter. WHY ARE WE TO DO THIS? He is a friend of ours who is set over the house of God (ver. He shed His precious blood and died for us on purpose that our sins may be pardoned, and we may be at peace with God. Another Jack Tar was creeping along, and said, "May I come?" He shed His precious blood and died for us on purpose that our sins may be pardoned, and we may be at peace with God. (1)Assaults of Satan. Faith's special object is the blood of Christ. It means that we must receive into our hearts a sense and full belief of the efficacy of the death of Jesus Christ to cancel all our guilt and condemnation, and of the power of the Holy Spirit to make us yet good and holy and fit for the presence of God. This is held by those who teach that the faith which justifies is a confident assurance that the individual is himself in Christ, and so saved; and it is involved in the opinion of those who teach that every man who is in Christ knows this, and so is assured of his own safety. (5)By the continual use of all the appointed means of grace.III. Now, conscience is God's alarum-clock. Let us think for a minute what it has cost us. To the believer. O. "With a pure heart." To draw near to God, in the sense of our text, is to seek Him in the use of the appointed means of grace, that we may be restored to His favour and image, and enjoy a heartfelt sense of that restoration.1. Very fashionable now to doubt; and we are told if, we certainly believe anything we cannot grow. Oh, the joy of the young sailor to have a comrade with him! "Nothing," says the sagacious Andrew Fuller, "can be an object of faith except what God has revealed in His Word; but the interest that any individual has in Christ, and the blessings of the Gospel, more than another is not revealed. (Andrew Murray,)Full assurance of faith.Assurance of faith, and assurance of salvationW. Have you found Him faithful? How many there are of this kind, always sinning and always repenting! Let us embrace Him in the arms of faith, give the love of the heart to Him a full vent (Song of Solomon 8:6).4. We may be hearty without being honest.3. 4:16). (5) As children to a Father in Christ, to receive the portion of children. These vary as the wind, and are not to be relied upon.2. We are called upon to hold fast the profession of our faith. (2)By the constraining influence of Christ's love. There they are! Oh, the joy of the young sailor to have a comrade with him! "Hold fast." We may be hearty without being honest.3. Now let us accept the call of grace, be sprinkled from an evil conscience, and restored to the favour and image of God, that, like the apostle, we may "have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men." Has the Lord been untrue in His promises to you? This is a better rendering. The apostle Paul speaks in one place of men's consciences, which, he says, have been "seared with a hot iron" (1 Timothy 4:2). No. Some honour God "with their lips, bug their heart is far from Him." And God makes use of conscience as His detective police to find out those who have sinned secretly.II. But another reading — and a very good reading too — runs thus: "The confession of our hope." While pacing the deck at night, on the lonely seas, and talking with a pious shipmate, he became convinced of his need of a Saviour and became His disciple, remaining true to his profession to the last. WHY ARE WE TO DO THIS? We must forsake the sins, pleasures, and honours of Egypt; we must purify ourselves, as Christ is pure. "Thy first father hath sinned": this is the legend on our forehead which even the sign of the Cross does no more than blot out, leaving the mark of it. We may injure them by doing wrong to those about us, or by sinning against God. He has promised to acknowledge our profession; and " He is faithful."3. What a sad state of things this would be! Lawson.1. WHAT IS THE USE OF CONSCIENCE?1. II. God. But Christ's faithfulness is here laid down as the great motive.1. To guide us and keep us from doing wrong. The only sure evidence of our being in a state of grace, is our being in heart and life holy. Then hope, resting on faith, supports faith, and fills us with courage and patience. A. Morris, D. D.)Approach to GodAnecdotes of Luther.On one occasion the Reformer paid a pastoral visit to a young scholar who was in his last illness, and one of the first inquiries made was, "What do you think you can take to God, in whose presence you are so shortly to appear?" We have been marked anew with the King's name. Not half-hearted. Faith means trust, reliance, confidence, leaning. His place of prayer was amid the noise and din of the sailors. There are some evils from which a man may escape; but shall a man flee from a guilty conscience? Glad news this to poor sensible sinners! And He is always pouring them out. And He is always pouring them out. LN 25.62 basis for hope, that which is the cause or reason for hoping (1Th 2:19), ????? It is not on your toil, your labour, your skill, or your acquisitions, that you can depend; for whatever your gains, they may take to themselves wings and fly and leave you desolate and utterly worthless. )The effect of dwelling in the holiest of allAndrew MurrayEnter into the holiest of all, and dwell there. Let us draw near in these ordinances —(1) As rebels accepting the King's peace, indemnity in the blood of His Son; draw near, and welcome (Isaiah 27:5). God has put these eyes in our bodies that we may see where to go and what to do. INTRODUCTION: Today I want to talk about Christian fellowship and the importance of Christians getting together on a regular basis for intentional prayer, Bible study and mutual support. You will sleep quietly on, just as though the alarm had never been given. Christians are enjoined to examine themselves, so as to ascertain whether they are in a state of salvation or not; to be very earnest and diligent to certify their calling and election of God; to desire and aim at the attainment of firm and steadfast hope of eternal blessedness: and to regard the possession of joy in the Lord as a blessing to be asked of God, and a state of mind to be continually cherished by the believer. God desireth truth in the inward part. Then it begins to strike and ring, and makes such a racket as is sure to wake any ordinary sleeper. A. Vaughan, M. 3. He has promised to acknowledge our profession; and " He is faithful."3. His infinite intelligence. The great thing for us is to apply the right test to ourselves, and to look for those signs of salvation in ourselves which our Lord and His apostles have laid down, that we might try ourselves by them.(W. First consider our present condition, as shown us in Scripture. We may also compare it to the window of the soul. The way to heaven is associated with conflicts.3. Always setting the Lord before us, etc. Vaughan, M. A.Of course, the expression "sprinkled" is metaphorical. You know we have what are called detective police. Because He loves you. Besides, God's mercy is like His power, and as He is able, so is He willing to do what He hath promised, and He hath signified His will and purpose, through faith, by His power to preserve us unto salvation.3. He has promised to acknowledge our profession; and " He is faithful."3. I said, "I am very thankful; for it will save you the trouble of quitting them. The truth of God is pledged in the most solemn manner for the accomplishment of His promises.4. (2)Sensible sinners dare not (Luke 5:8).II. It is one part of religion itself.3. Afterwards it would heal over, and the skin would grow again, but the new skin would be very different from that on your hand now. SOME MOTIVES BY WHICH THIS DUTY MAY BE ENFORCED. Notice how thin and tender is the skin on your hand or face. Newton, D. D.Suppose that all the people in the place where we live had some disease of the eye, and that in consequence some were not able to see at all, while none of them were able to see anything clearly. "Then go, dear son; you will be a welcome guest to God. With striking confidence the youth at once replied, "Everything that is good, dear father — everything that is good!" Christ died once, long since: by communicating in His Sacrament, you renew the Lord's death: you bring into the midst of you that Sacrifice which took away the sins of the world; you appropriate the benefit of it, while you eat it under the elements of bread and wine.(J. The bishop said that the sound of that pen made him very careful to say nothing but what was strictly true. Oh, it is dreadful to feel that God is angry with us I When we know that this is the case we never can be happy till our sins are pardoned and our consciences are healed; and it is for this reason that the Bible tells us of Jesus as "the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world." "To provoke one another." W. Dale, LL. His beautiful reply was, "Sir, I long for those springing flowers which shall never fade away." "Us." He used to be called the "Stonewall Jackson of the Navy." If men imagine they can directly see the existence of faith in their souls, or if they suppose that a conviction of their being of the number of the elect is borne in on their souls by the Holy Spirit, or if they infer from some pleasant feelings in their own minds that they are the objects of God's favour, they are either deluding themselves with what is impossible, or they are trusting to what may be a mere fancy or passing emotion of their own minds. Either in the grace or doctrine of faith, or in the profession of both; ( See Gill on Hebrews 4:14 ). The author goes on to talk about the great deeds done by men and women of faith because they were looking ahead and hoping in something that was yet unseen. pray that all controversies be done away between you and Him. Yet one may be able, and for a time willing, and yet upon several reasons and motives change his mind, for the mind and will of man or angel is not absolutely immutable; and so, though perhaps they will not, yet it is possible, they may fail us. This promise is not the promise of any man or angel, but of God; this is more than if all the best men and all the holy angels had bound themselves unto us and given us all security, which possibly they could. The clock will continue to sound the alarm at the proper hour, and it will make as much noise as ever it did, but it will lose its effect. The great thing for us is to apply the right test to ourselves, and to look for those signs of salvation in ourselves which our Lord and His apostles have laid down, that we might try ourselves by them.(W. There must be decision of character. With the heart. God is on a throne of grace in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:19).2. Campbell. We have a joyful, glorious, blessed hope which purifies, and comforts, and strengthens, and sustains us, and this hope is in us now. The apostle here lays down four directions:(1) Draw near to God sincerely. Mackey. (1)By the exercise of vigorous faith. SOME CONSIDERATIONS TENDING TO ESTABLISH OUR CONFIDENCE IN THE DIVINE FAITHFULNESS AS A SECURITY THAT THE PROMISES WILL BE FULFILLED.1. And so, when we look through the blue glass all things will be blue, they will be yellow when we look through the yellow glass, and green when we look through the green glass. )The faithfulness of God the Christian's support in life and deathOwen Clarke. To some of them I must now advert.1. If you ask how you have renewed your vows, I reply: you have done it many a time at the table of communion. The eye does not see itself; faith is not to stand on itself; your full assurance is to be that Christ's blood is precious, and that He has entered as the Forerunner. But perhaps some of you lost the friendship of many by becalming disciples of the Lord Jesus. Finally, we infer from this text, what is elsewhere plainly declared, "Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you."(T. )The faithfulness of God the Christian's support in life and deathOwen Clarke. You know what an alarm-clock is. B. Meyer, B. Have you found Him faithful? (2) Next, to pass from the Jewish law, you will observe that God tells us expressly in the history of the fall of Adam, what the legal ceremonies implied; that it is our very nature which is sinful. (1) When this is borne in mind, how important the Jewish Law becomes to us Christians I important in itself, over and above all references contained in it to that gospel which it introduced. But how must the business of our drawing near to God be managed? And so, when we look through the blue glass all things will be blue, they will be yellow when we look through the yellow glass, and green when we look through the green glass. He has promised to give us grace to hold fast our profession; and "He is faithful."2. It is no doubt true that to believe in Christ is to trust in Him for our own individual salvation, for the forgiveness of our own sins and the salvation of our own souls. (2) Draw near in the "full assurance of faith." The bishop said that the sound of that pen made him very careful to say nothing but what was strictly true. Beg the great High Priest to "sprinkle" you; to do it at once, because you are at the worst, and just going to die. 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