Hebrews – Msg #28 “Moving on to Meat”

Transitioning from Milk to Meat – Warnings not to slip back into the system of the Law of Moses, emphasizing that Christians have everything they need through Christ. The temptation to go back to religious systems is not a desire for sinful things, but rather a desire for religious things. Neglecting the great salvation offered through Christ could have dire consequences, as Jerusalem is soon to be judged for rejecting Christ and the blood of the prophets. The author reminds the Hebrews to hold onto the word and not to let it slip, or else they will backslide. He emphasizes the importance of having the Word in them to combat the lies and accusations of the enemy, as they are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against doctrines of demons and principalities. The author then shifts his focus to the high priest and begins to teach about Jesus as the high priest and how he is the mediator between God and man. By understanding who Christ is as their high priest and life, Christians can move beyond the elementary principles of the doctrine of Christ and pursue perfection through faith. It is crucial for believers to discern truth from error and stand in the doctrine of Christ to combat the contradictory messages they hear.

I. Introduction: The Book of Hebrews and Paul’s Unique Teachings

A. Paul’s distinct language and terminology (Hebrews 7:25)

B. Addressing criticism and accusations (Hebrews 10:29)

C. Importance of understanding Paul’s teachings (Hebrews 6:1)

D. Concept of progressive revelation (Hebrews 1:1-2)

II. Rebuking Ungodly Speech and Actions

A. Speaking against serving God as a burden (Hebrews 12:1-2)

B. Ungodly individuals as wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15)

C. Rejecting Paul’s ministry and spiritual teachings (Hebrews 10:35)

D. Discipline from God out of love, not punishment (Hebrews 12:6)

III. Moses and Leaving Worldly Systems

A. Story of Moses leaving Egypt (Hebrews 11:24-27)

B. Cursed gospel preachers (Galatians 1:8-9)

C. Pursuing knowledge of Christ and living by faith (Hebrews 11:6)

IV. Growing in the Knowledge of Christ

A. Discerning truth from error (1 John 4:1)

B. Standing in the doctrine of Christ (2 John 1:9)

C. Building up the saints (Ephesians 4:12)

D. Warnings against false teachings (Galatians 1:6-7)

V. Jesus as the Merciful High Priest

A. Appointed by God to intercede for us (Hebrews 4:14-16)

B. Identifying with and sanctifying us (Hebrews 2:11)

C. Destroying the power of death (Hebrews 2:14-15)

D. Access to the holiest through Jesus (Hebrews 10:19-20)

VI. Righteousness Through Faith and Rest

A. Rest in Christ (Hebrews 4:1-11)

B. Free gift of righteousness through faith (Romans 5:17)

C. Warning against drifting away (Hebrews 2:1)

VII. The Law of Moses and Salvation Through Christ

A. Unprofitableness of the Law of Moses (Hebrews 7:18-19)

B. Access to everything through Christ (Hebrews 4:16)

C. Importance of being in the Word (Hebrews 4:12)

VIII. Hebrews Struggling with Accusations and Guilt

A. Judaizers causing confusion (Galatians 2:4)

B. Importance of holding onto the Word (Hebrews 2:1)

C. High Priesthood of Jesus (Hebrews 5:5-6)

IX. Moving Beyond Milk to Meat in Faith

A. Word of righteousness (Hebrews 5:13-14)

B. Moving on to perfection (Hebrews 6:1)

C. Understanding the high priesthood of Christ (Hebrews 7:25)

X. Resting in Christ and Overcoming Backsliding

A. Law as the strength of sin (1 Corinthians 15:56)

B. Judging between good and evil (Hebrews 5:14)

C. Pursuing perfection in Christ (Hebrews 12:2)

XI. Waiting on God and Trusting His Power

A. Example of Abraham (Hebrews 11:17-19)

B. Repudiating one’s own righteousness (Philippians 3:9)

C. Moving on from elementary principles (Hebrews 6:1)

XII. Overcoming Shame and Mistakes Through Faith in Christ

A. Being crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20)

B. Acknowledging Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9)

C. Access to blessings and spiritual riches (Ephesians 1:3)

XIII. Personal Experience with Relying on Christ for True Holiness

A. Finding peace in difficult situations (Philippians 4:7)

B. Being part of a supportive Christian community (Hebrews 10:24-25)

C. Encouragement to focus on knowledge of Christ (Colossians 2:2-3)

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