“Our God is a Consuming Fire” (Hebrews 12:25-29) Sermon outline:
There are to be 3 basic responses to the truths of the book of Hebrews...
• Watchfulness -- being careful not to turn away. (v 25-27)
• Gratitude – being thankful for his great salvation. (v 28a)
• Reverence – being pleasing to him in worship and service. (v 28b-29).
“The God who ‘spoke to the fathers by the prophets’ (1:1) is the same God who ‘has spoken to us by his Son’ (1:2) and the same as ‘him who is speaking’ today by his Word (3:7-11; 4:12; 12:25).”
Can Christians lose their salvation? Of all those the Father gives to the Son, none are lost (Jn 6:39). They will never perish and no one can snatch them from Jesus and the Father’s hands (Jn 10:28-29). The very same ones God “calls” and “justifies” are the same ones he “glorifies” (Rom 8:29). And “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:6). We are “guarded by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Pet 1:5). God’s seed (life) abides in his children so that they do not desire to keep sinning (1 John 3:9).
God’s children will persevere and overcome. But also, God’s children must persevere and overcome.
More on the perseverance (preservation) of the saints here.
We don’t serve him to be saved. We serve him because we are saved, and that eternally.
“How then can I be sure I am saved?” Jesus told a story...
Luke 18:10-14 ... Am I aware of my sin and my desperate need for God's mercy? Am I convinced that this mercy and forgiveness are found only in Jesus Christ and not in my good (or religious) works?
“There is always a fundamental seriousness about the men and women who are born again. I mean something like this: they are never flippant, never light, never superficial... they are fundamentally serious people... Let me hasten to add that I am not saying that they are solemn or pompous people. God forbid that anyone would think I am saying that! No, no, they are happy, they can even be humorous. But their humor never runs away with them... [But] when someone is born again he is conscious of being dealt with, of having been humbled; he is also aware of a true repentance, and he is characterized by a fundamental seriousness.” (Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Experiencing the New Birth)