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TV Broadcast #1008

Do Not Refuse Him
One Part Only

January 29, 2012

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1008 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: I don’t know, I’m just gonna go ahead and read the scripture that…I have no particular plan this morning. I didn’t come here with anything in mind or any idea as to how things were gonna go. But I’d like to go ahead and go to Hebrews chapter 10. That was the scripture that…or is it 12 that I’m thinking of? Yes, Hebrews 12.

And, of course, as we’ve said many times, the writer to the Hebrews was very concerned about his readers. They were Jews. They grew up in the Jews’ religion. I’m sure he had the same opinion of what they had that Peter expressed when he said, you were raised in the vain traditions of your fathers. The Lord has redeemed you out of that. Because what God had given them in Moses was intended to teach them about their need of God and point to the Savior who was to come, who had now come, of course.

But what they did with that was what so many men do, what so many men have done with the message of Christ. They turned it into a religion and then handed it down from one generation to another. This is our religion, this is how we do things; this is what we believe. And so that’s really all they had.

And so the concern was, man, look at what God has done. Don’t you miss out. Don’t you cling to what you had. Don’t you just go on and live your life. This is real. This matters! The issues involved here are not just little differences of opinion here on earth. This is eternal. The consequences of what you do with Jesus Christ, they’re eternal.

And so he compares in this passage with what the Israelites knew in the wilderness and how serious it was…I say at the wilderness…at Mt. Sinai, first of all, where God gave the Law. And the people of Israel, they saw the mountain on fire! Can you imagine? A whole mountain on fire, blazing…just filling the sky with smoke and thunders and earthquakes and sound of trumpets! I mean, they were terrified!

God meant to make His presence so real that they took it seriously. That was the whole idea. That’s what makes it so amazing is the unbelief that prevailed later among people who had seen that! They had seen it. They had felt the terror in their hearts. This God is real. We need to take Him seriously. And, it was so serious, as we’ve said so many times, they told Moses, we don’t want to listen to this God. We’re gonna die. You go find out what He wants, come tell us, and we’ll do it. And of course, they didn’t, did they? So that’s the comparison.

He said, you’ve not come to that. But in verse 22, “You have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem….” (NIV). See all these things on earth were meant to be a picture, a type, to point to something that was real. Zion was the city, was the fortress that David was enabled to capture and then make his capital. It was a fortress within the city of Jerusalem. And it was declared by its inhabitants to be impregnable, but he, by the strength of God went and captured it. That’s what Jesus has done for us.

( congregational amens ).

The devil had us in a fortress. He had the human race completely under the dominion of sin and of death. But Jesus went in and He captured that. And He’s turned what the devil had into His capital. That’s what we’ve come to. We’ve come to something that’s very real, “…To the heavenly Jerusalem….”

You know, Paul speaks in another place of the heavenly Jerusalem and the earthly Jerusalem, doesn’t he? Galatians 5, I think it is…4, one of those. Anyway he talks about the earthly Jerusalem which is what? “…In bondage with her children.” (KJV). Earthly Jerusalem represented the Jews’ religion and it was a system that actually put its children, those who were a part of that, those who had partaken of that, those who that was their way of life, their religion, he said, it put them in bondage. But the Jerusalem which is above, he says, “…is free, which is the mother of us all.”

I’ll tell you, there is a reality in what God has given to us. “…The city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly…” (NIV). Praise God! You know, we get so bound to what we see and what we feel and what we apprehend in this world, we don’t realize the reality. What is real is what we don’t see!

( congregational response ).

What is lasting is what we do not see. And if we don’t live with that in mind, we’re not living. We’re headed for something that isn’t good. Man, I’m so thankful for saints that do reach the end of the way, like my mom and many others could say the same thing. And they live with that hope and you sense that there’s just a…not only is there a peace about what’s to come, there is a longing!

( congregational amens ).

I mean, death is the ultimate enemy to the human race. But yet, there is a real hope. This is not just ‘pie in the sky’ self-delusion. This is real.

( congregational amens ).

God has to do this. You can’t psych yourself into this. God has to minister a peace to your heart to where you know, hey, it’s okay…I’ve got you. And I’m gonna bring you through. Praise God! This is real!

“You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn…” Now actually, it’s not clear here, but that is actually the firstborn ones. That’s a plural word in the Greek. Of course, we’re the church of the firstborn One, that’s Christ, but I mean, we’re the firstborn ones. We are the heirs. That’s what he is saying.

That would have been meaningful to somebody because the firstborn of every family was the heir. We are, “…heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.” (KJV). Everything God has is our inheritance! All of His heart is focused on the sons and daughters that He’s bringing to glory because of Jesus Christ.

All right, you have come to thousands...to the church of the firstborn ones. Just add that in your mind. “…Whose names…” (NIV). Well, it tells you right there. ‘Whose names’…you get the sense that it is plural. “…Whose names are written in heaven.” Praise God, that’s where I want my name written. I want Him to say, this one is a citizen of Heaven. Oh, praise God!

“…Whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men.” That’s a reality, folks. There is a judgment coming. There is something where we’re gonna stand before Him and give account. What did we do with His offer of mercy? It is mercy that God would even show us any kind of…give us any kind of hope at all. But God’s mercy is so great, and He extends to us the grace that makes it possible for us to say, “Yes” to Him, if we will. Praise the Lord!

“You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect.” That’s what Kenny was referring to this morning. There are people on the other side that are just…they’re rejoicing with the Lord, but they’re also waiting for us. And I’ll tell you, there’s gonna come a day like we read Wednesday night, and the scriptures we talked about where God’s gonna bring it all together. He’s gonna gather together in one, all things that are in Christ, everything that has been redeemed by the blood of Christ, every one that’s been made a part of what God is doing that is eternal. And all that’s gonna be brought together in the fullness of time.

And I’ll tell you, that’s gonna be the moment Jesus appears in the clouds with the sound of the trumpet. You’re gonna see graves empty. There’s gonna be a lot of empty graves over in that cemetery. And God’s gonna give the ones that have gone before the bodies that are just like Jesus. But He’s gonna do the same thing for us. And I’ll tell you, we which are alive and remain, we’re gonna be caught up together with the Lord, and we’ll ever be with the Lord after that. Praise God!

All right we’ve come, “…to the spirits of righteous men made perfect…” or made complete. Now it’s interesting…stop and think about this, it says ‘made perfect.’ He doesn’t say, they achieved perfection. They made it. They live up to it, and …
( sighing with relief ) … God accepted their efforts. No! My God! Salvation is a supernatural work of God to which we must surrender.

( congregational amens ).

Only God can make us fit for what He has purposed for us. Only the blood of Jesus can eliminate and wash away the guilt of your sins. Only the Life of Christ, when we open our hearts and allow Him to bring in…to beget us as His children, to impart His very life into our beings, that Life is pure. It’s His Life. Only as that grows up do we have any hope of being there. Because there’s nothing we bring to the table that’s capable of contributing to this other than just submitting and believing the promise of God, the perfect sacrifice of Christ. Man, that’s the only thing that gives me rest.

( congregational response ).

I mean, why could I be at peace? If there were something that I had to add to this, I’d be…oh my God, can I do it? Oh God, look at how weak I am. Am I gonna make it, Lord? Oh God, how can I?…are you in that place, today? Has God brought you to a place where you have so apprehended what God has done through Christ that you have just abandoned your trust to that? Your hope is that. You know that there’s nothing you can do except to cooperate with Him. I’ll tell you, rest comes with that.

( congregational response ).

Rest…because I’m not depending on me anymore, I’m depending on Him for every bit of what I need. Thank God! Spirits of righteous men made perfect or complete, “…to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood….” Now particularly that was meaningful to Jews because they were thinking in terms of the sacrifices in some of the things that were rituals, if you want to call them that, there was blood that was sprinkled on the altar and it was a symbol of the sacrifice of a life, because the penalty for sin is death, isn’t it?

( congregational response ).

And there was a substitutionary death, and in this case it was an animal…the blood of bulls and goats we know could never take away sin, but it was what that represented. It represented the sacrifice that God was going to offer, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Those sacrifices were a stand-in for what was to come. They were putting their faith, not in the animal, but in the God who had promised who was gonna take care of what He had promised. Praise God! See, we’re all saved by the same sacrifice. They just looked forward and we look back.

So anyway, “…Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. Of course, he was the first murder victim. “See to it that you do not refuse….” This is the burden of the writer. Don’t miss this! If you miss this, you’ve missed everything that matters!

And I’ll tell you, when some people are gonna find this out. They’re gonna find it out when it’s too late. And suddenly everything they’ve lived for in this world is slipping away and they can’t hold on. Nobody can hang on to this life. You’re gonna breathe your last, whether you want to or not…that day will come. But oh I’ll tell you, you can face that day—every person here can face that day, not with dread, not with fear, but with anticipation. Praise God! Praise the Lord! And the knowledge that you’ll never ever be alone, even at a time like that.

So don’t refuse the one who speaks. This is not my words. This is not the words of Brother Thomas or anybody else. These are words that God has sent forth by His Spirit into the world. It’s the message of Hope through the Gospel. Don’t miss this! Don’t mess with it. Don’t just try to slide by. Don’t try to take hold of it and say, well, I want that and my life, too. You take it as it is. You surrender your heart, you put your hope in the promise of God, and He will do the rest.

Now he’s wanting to compare again. Here’s the problem. Why should we take this seriously? And so the writer is going back to the Old Testament and what happened there as an example. He says, “…If they did not escape…” the Israelites who didn’t listen, “…If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?”

That’s a pretty sober word, isn’t it? See, there’s a glorious hope in this passage and there’s a sober warning. And I don’t know who this is for today, but I want to tell you, this is not just doctrine, this is not just religion, this is the voice of the Lord to your heart. Where do you stand with respect to this? Are you in a place of spiritual rest and surrender today? Or are you still trying to do it some other way, trying to hang onto your life, and maybe have a little Jesus, too? It doesn’t work.

“At that time…” looking back there, “At that time his voice shook the earth….” Well, what did it shake? It shook the mountain, didn’t it? You had a whole mountain that was trembling with the power and the presence of God. So back then He shook the earth. But he says, “Once more….” Now He’s quoting out of the prophets. “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens. The words ‘once more’ indicate the removing of what can be shaken.” But what is it that can be shaken? It says, “…That is, created things.”

See, there’s two creations. There is the creation of what we can see and it’s the world, it’s people, it’s the stars, the sun, the moon, all that we can see is part of a creation that God brought forth. That creation was perfect when He created it. But He put it all of it in the hands of the first man Adam, didn’t He? He said you’re the ruler. I’ve given it to you. You rule over it.

Well, what did he do with it? He promptly rebelled and turned it over to the devil. Well, that wasn’t good, was it? And look what’s happened. Look at the decay, look at the curse, look at all the evil, all the things that are wrong with this creation. What do you think God is gonna do with this? Do you think He’s gonna somehow inject a little something into it and pump it back up? No! This world is destined…everything in this creation, everything you can see is destined for destruction.

Well now, where do men and women, boys and girls fit into this? I’ll tell you, if you’re just a child of Adam, if all you’ve got is the life that you came into this world with, your created life, natural life, do you think that’s gonna survive what he’s talking about right here? That’s part of this creation. That’s why this is so crucial. This is a matter of eternity. Everything pertaining to this creation is going to be destroyed. That’s what this is about. ‘Removed’ as he says here, but we know in other places, it’s removed all right, but it’s gonna be burned up, 2nd Peter chapter 2 or 3, whichever it is.

I’ll tell you what. Now what’s the end result of this? He says it’s gonna be “…the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.” So we’ve already defined what can be shaken. What is that? Created life. If that’s all you’ve got and you’re just religious, but you’ve got your natural life trying to be religious, you will be shaken loose. You’re not gonna survive this—you’re not gonna survive what He’s talking about here.

But there is something that cannot—cannot…get that word in your head…cannot be shaken. What is that? That is the uncreated Life of God. That is when we become a new creature in Christ, when we become a new creation. See the new creation began when Jesus came out of the tomb.

( congregational amens ).

He, the author of the first creation, becomes the author of the new one. Everything that’s in Him begins to flower, begins to burst forth in life. Everyone who partakes of the hope of the Gospel, hears the words, the incorruptible seed of the word of God, you receive it into your heart, you embrace it, you let it beget the life that God wants to put in you, you become a part of that new creation. There is something in there that cannot be shaken!

( congregational amens ).

It cannot be destroyed no matter what the devil, all the devils in hell gang up and do! It cannot be, because it’s a part of God Himself, it’s His own life.

( congregational response ).

Do you see what’s going on here? God’s gonna do whatever it takes to make that division. If you’re just part of this first creation, you will not survive this. If you are part of the new creation, I don’t care how small, how weak, how needy you think you are…if your hope is in Him, then you’ve got something that will never, ever be shaken. And it will carry you, not just through the trials of this life, it’ll carry you right through the death bed and on into the other side with a joy and an anticipation and a hope that’s real.

( congregational praise ).

Praise God!

( congregational praise ).

So what’s his conclusion? “Therefore…” in view of everything I’ve been saying, “…therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot…” Now ‘receiving’…we’re not achieving this. There’s a kingdom that God gives! “…We are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” Take God seriously!

( congregational response ).

Don’t just add your rationalizations to what God says to your heart. Man, we are very adept as human beings at rationalizing what God says and somehow making it seem okay to not quite take Him seriously. Well, it isn’t quite that…I can still do this, I can be this way. I’ll tell you, one glimpse of Him would change our tune in a hurry. I pray that God will make Himself real in a much deeper way. It’s so easy to just slide into a casual, careless kind of what we call “serving God.” It’s not that we have to measure up through our own efforts, but I’ll tell you, we need to take His Word seriously.

You think about, again, about the picture of a people standing in front of a mountain that’s shaking and burning, and the effect that would have on you. He’s saying this is a whole lot more serious than that. What do you think this world is going to be like? This is how serious God is about this. This is how much He hates what has happened to those He created and to the world He created. You think about fire falling and there being no place to hide. That’s part of the picture.

We can talk about the love and the grace of God, and that’s real! That’s what He offers, but so is the other side. And there will come a day when fire will fall, there will be no…can you imagine how you would feel?

You know, there was a scene…I can’t remember if I said this from the pulpit or just to somebody…but in Pilgrim’s Progress, there was a movie I saw a version of it recently. And the scene, one of the scenes that struck me the most was when Christian was still learning about the faith, he hadn’t come to the cross yet, and he was in the house of the Interpreter in the story. And the Interpreter would take him to a room or open a door or something and show him something that was meant to teach him. It was a picture of something in the Spirit.

But in this one, there was this woman who was just in distress. She was…all he had to do was look at her and see she was just miserable, hopeless. And so he asked her, what’s wrong? And she began to speak about what had happened. She said, there’s no hope. I’ve come to the end of the way and I didn’t take seriously the warnings and the Word that God gave me. And just now there were shining ones that came in the sky and God’s people rose to meet them, and now there’s nothing for me, it’s too late—it’s too late. There’s nothing for me to hope in—there’s no hope for me. Oh alas, it’s come to the end and I’m lost and there’s no hope.

I’ll tell you, that’s going to happen. That’s not a fairy tale. I don’t know when that will happen. This isn’t designed to scare people into making a decision. This is designed to just make sure that we get the soberness of the Word of God. What an awesome hope we have in Him! What a glorious Kingdom to which He’s called us! It’s real! It’s made of stuff that cannot be destroyed! It will never be infected again with sin or with death or with sorrow or pain or any of those things!

But there is coming an end to this world and everything it stands for and all those who refuse the One who speaks from Heaven. And so my word to you this morning is, search your own hearts. Where do you stand? Has God brought you to that rest of surrender? If He hasn’t, you cry out to Him with all your heart until He brings you to that place, whether it’s a moment or whatever it takes, there’s nothing in all this world worth holding on to, to miss that, ‘cause that’s what everything is about.

So my word to you this morning is, take seriously His Words. His hope is real. But do you have that today, because if you don’t, this is still the day of mercy, His voice is still speaking, we haven’t reached the point…that woman in the parable, if you will, was describing. It hasn’t happened yet. I don’t know when. That’s on God’s schedule. He knows. He’ll do exactly the right thing at the right time. But this Word is real and if you don’t have that when that day comes, it’s gonna be a weeping and a wailing and a gnashing of teeth time.

But oh I’ll tell you, there’s a lot of folks here, I believe, that if that happened right now, we would be just, oh wow! Talk about release. Talk about the joy that’s set before us. Talk about the reality of it dawning on us that I don’t have to put up with this anymore. Oh, wow! Praise God! Don’t even have to go to work!

( laughter ).

Got the joy of the Lord forever. He’ll have stuff for us to do, I’m sure, but it will be just pure joy. It won’t be anything like what we know here. So all I can do is speak the Word and just ask God to take it and do what He will. But I pray that there will be people here who will take it seriously and open your heart to His love for you at the cross—shown at the cross. He will receive you.

But if you’re gonna cling to your life, you’re gonna lose it. That’s His Word. It’s as simple as that. You cling to your life, what you want, your attachments to things in the world, the lust of your flesh and all of that, you cling to that and you’re gonna lose it. That’s it. It’s only once around.

But oh, we can give up this life and have one that will never end. Praise God! That’s the one I’m living for.

( congregational response ).

Praise the Lord!