sermon: Hebrews 2: God Is Present
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 20-Feb-21; Sermon #1584; 63 minutes
In many New Testament scriptures, God unambiguously promises His people an inheritance (Acts 20:31-32; 26:16-18, Ephesians 1:3-14; 5:3-5; Colossians 1:12; 3: 11-15). The immense motivating value of that promise lies in its power to consistently hold in the face of His people the facts that 1.) He communicates to them and that 2.) He is always and everywhere present with them. The "gathering storm" reflected in the troubling events in the American government suggests an impending terrifying time for God's people, similar in scope to that experienced by the apostolic church in the summers of AD 64 and 70, when Rome and Jerusalem burned respectively. Founding Fathers James Madison, John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, realizing that government is nothing but power, acknowledged that, unless government controls itself to adhere to its compact with its people (the Constitution), it will self-destruct. Thankfully, God's called-out ones can look forward to a more permanent inheritance. The Book of Hebrews is an exhortation warning of dangerous times, assuring God's people that He is present and that He will communicate to those who give their lives to Him. With extremist organizations and thought in the ascendency in America, God's people must stick to the truth, immersing themselves daily in the Scriptures, learning to trust God. While sinning Israelites consider God to be absent, He nevertheless remains present with His Saints, promising never to abandon them (Hebrews 13:5).
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