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TV Broadcast #1332

Two Unchangeable Things
Part One

April 15, 2018

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— Brother Phil Enlow: As we’ve said many times, Hebrews was written to Jews who had grown up knowing the Law of Moses but knowing it through the lens of their religious tradition. And the Gospel came along and the question was, do you let go of this and grab hold of that and to what degree, or do they mix? And so many questions that people had to deal with.

And so, the writer, throughout, is pointing out the eternality, the permanence of what God has given us through the New Covenant and through what Christ did. And the old was only a picture. It was only temporary. It was something to show us, to teach us, to get us ready for what His eternal purpose was.

But anyway, I’d like to pick up in the middle of chapter 6. He’s warning against the danger of coming to the very doorway of the Kingdom and really being faced with a clearness of choice and saying, no, and walking away from it.

But in verse 9, he says, “Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case—things that accompany salvation. God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.

“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.

“And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.

“God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” (NIV).

And he goes on to describe…talk about what he means there, that there was another order of a priest, one who’s able to represent us before God, who was not based upon the order that was given through Aaron in the Law, rather something that preceded that and Christ has an eternal priesthood. Thank God he does!

( congregational amens ).

I need somebody who can do something for me once for all, and always be there to represent me, faithfully, before God, because, if I lean upon my own ability, in any sense, I’m a goner, and so are you.

“But the things that drew my attention, I think, to this was the topic of “Two Unchangeable Things.” And, you know, I’ve kind of gone back and forth on what those two unchangeable things are but I believe it’s pretty clear, if you sit there and read it.

It’s true that God’s character is unchangeable, but he’s not talking just about His character, he’s talking about two things. One is His purpose and the other is His promise. But God has declared, throughout the scriptures, that there is a purpose that He conceived in His heart and in His mind, way before the world ever was! And this passage highlights the fact that this is not changeable.

And you know, if you look back in chapter 2, I believe it is, of this same book…there are many references to this, but one of them is pretty interesting here in…let’s see. He’s talking about the supremacy of Jesus, that’s the context, but verse 5, “It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking.”

So, right there we have the knowledge that this world you and I live in, right now, this one that has seemed so hopeless, seemed so out of control, stuff happens, it’s beyond our control, some of it is scary, we don’t know what’s gonna happen and…but this is not the end. Thank God it’s not the end! There’s a world to come. God has declared that this world, as I said, is going to pass away. There is a world to come.

But there is someone who’s going to rule over that world. There’s someone who’s going to have that wonderful, beautiful, perfect creation and they’re gonna be the rulers of it. Praise God!

Okay, “But there is a place where someone has testified.” And he goes ahead and quotes from the Psalms. “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor and put everything under his feet.”

So, what he’s doing is pointing back to the original creation. God revealed His heart. God revealed His purpose in doing everything by creating a perfect world, and when Adam and Eve came along it was done, wasn’t it? All they had to do was step into it, enjoy it, walk with God and they had…absolutely they could do anything they wanted because there was no sin there to mess it up. Until they chose to rebel, it was a perfect world.

And what a glorious picture that is of the future of what God had in mind in the beginning. I want to have sons and daughters. I want to have people. I’m creating man in My own image. He’s gonna be like Us. The Father undoubtedly spoke to the Son, said, “Let us make man in our image…” so that he’s like us, he’s not just an animal following instinct and all of that…we can make them beautiful, we can give them joy and all that stuff, along with their capacity.

But I want somebody who’s like us. I want somebody we can fellowship with, we can talk to, we can enjoy them, they can enjoy us. Our nature is one of love. How I long for someone to express that love towards.

And so there is this perfect, unbroken fellowship for a short period of time, in a perfect creation that had no sin, no suffering, none of the things that you and I have to deal with in our world today. And of course, what messed that up was sin.

And you come down several generations, and they were pretty long generations in those days, but you come down several generations to Noah’s day. If there was a time in all of history when God would have said, forget it, that was the wrong idea, let’s go to plan B, all this stuff that I thought I was gonna pull off, forget it, it was a bad plan, a bad idea, that was it!

Because He comes down to the place where only Noah is the one who’s faithful and he says, of all the people, whoever was on the earth, he said, the imaginations of their heart—every imagination of their heart, “…was only evil continually.” (KJV). It wasn’t like they had some bad days. There were no good days. There were no good thoughts. There was nothing good about them. They were so corrupted by sin, even then He waited 120 years, didn’t He, for the sake of His people.

And He said, I regret…I repent, that I made man on the earth. I mean if there was ever a time when God would have said, scratch my plan, throw it out, I’m done, that would have been it. But God’s purpose is not changeable. God did not abandon His purpose. “…Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”

And so God, in keeping with His purpose, He enabled Noah and his family to escape the flood and to begin again. And so, we see again the world…immediately the people begin going downhill, begin turning away from God, and we see what’s happened ever since. But I’ll tell you, God’s purpose is unchangeable, isn’t it?

So, you see the extent of God’s purpose in putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. That’s man He’s talking about. Every work, every aspect of creation is going to be under our power. I don’t know what that’s gonna look like. Does that mean we can go and mess with stars? I don’t know. But I know what He said. There are ages to come when the Word of God says that He’s going to be showing His kindness toward us. Praise God!

You know, there’s so much that we can’t even to begin to fathom with our minds, but it’s real, folks! God wants us to see…be able, first of all, to see beyond all this, to look back and to say, God had a reason for everything in the beginning. That has never, ever changed. That’s something I can rest in.

God is not gonna look at me and all that’s wrong with me and say, forget it! I can’t pull this off, I’m not even willing to pull it off, my emotions about this have changed. God is not like us. When God sets out to do something, He doesn’t change. What does He say in the Old Testament? “…I am the LORD, I change not…” Praise God! Praise God! That gives me some major hope, doesn’t it you? So, we see that, we see His purpose.

Well, what do we see now? What’s the reality in which we live right now? And He says, “Yet at present…” right now, “…at present we do not see everything subject to him…” (NIV).

( laughing ).

Slightly! “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor.” So what we see that is an outworking of God’s original heart and His original purpose, we don’t see the fulfillment in us because of our condition, but we see Jesus. And this is God saying, I have never, for one second, abandoned the purpose for which I made you in the beginning.

“…We see Jesus…crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” Thank God! That tells me, also, how He did it, ‘cause He was a man, wasn’t He? While He was down here, how did He manage to do something like that? It says, the grace of God. God was there helping Him. “…God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself…” (KJV). The Word tells us, doesn’t it?

So, here’s His purpose, it’s not changed. Nothing has changed. But here is where He declares, not just the fact that He’s had in mind beings who are in His image and a wonderful creation to rule over, but it says, “In bringing many sons to glory…” (NIV).

Now, of course, there’s another example…where the word ‘son’ is not an earthly gender kind of thing. These are God’s children. This includes all of us, regardless of our earthly gender. These sons are in His image. We’re like the one Son, Jesus. We’ve been made into His image. We have been prepared in order so that we can step into that beautiful creation and not mess it up.

Now, it says, “…bringing many sons to glory.” Let’s look at the grammar of that. How does that happen? Who does the acting?

( congregational response ).

Yeah. This is not, I’m inviting many sons, if they can change themselves. This is, I am acting to bring many sons to glory. So, this puts us in the position of receiving something that…and the reason, of course, is that we’re powerless to do anything about our situation. That’s the very nature of salvation, folks. It is not an invitation to obey laws so you can earn God’s favor. This is a supernatural work of a God whose purpose is from eternity to eternity, who has the power to do what He said He’s gonna do! Praise God!

Does that give you hope today? Yeah! I’ll tell you where all of my discouragement comes from! It’s from looking in the mirror. If I dwell upon that and suppose that that’s a reflection of my hope, that’s pretty hope-less. And the longer I go and the more conscious I am of things in which I come short, the more hopeless I get if I look at that.

But we have got to start a new year remembering where our hope lies. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” You see, when God declared His purpose, in the beginning, to take people in the condition He finds us in, whatever facet of society and life and sin and whatever pit we may have come out of, God has declared a purpose to take people from this world, sinners, to supernaturally cleanse them from the guilt and the power of their sin and bring them all the way to glory so that we stand there one day just as glorious as our Savior!

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! Man, we ought to be shouting! This is God’s unchanging purpose! We don’t get to a point in our lives where our need is so deep that God says, ah, forget it. I’m walking away from this one. But how many times has the Devil told you that about yourself? Yeah! We’re gonna have to start learning to listen to God. We’re gonna have to start reckoning and attaching…reckoning upon His promise and His word and His unchanging purpose.

God’s purpose has not changed toward you on your worst day! Hasn’t changed a bit! He’s still able to do what He said He’s gonna do and He will finish. You know, how often do we quote the scripture about, “…he which hath begun a good work…” (KJV). Where did the work come from? His work, isn’t it? “…He which hath begun a good work in you will perform ituntil the day of Jesus Christ.” That’s in spite of the depth of my need that gets uncovered. He knew about all the stuff that was wrong with me before He ever set out to save me. Before He ever made the plan in the beginning, He knew about me!

( congregational amens ).

He knew my need is so great, but His plan took every bit of my need into account! He’s not dismayed when He looks at me and said, boy, I don’t know if I can pull this off. Phil is so bad! He’s got so much stuff buried down in there. Oh, I don’t know what I can do about all that! He knew! He knew me at my worst, before I ever discovered America! Before the world was…oh, He saw me, not just as I am, but He saw me through the lens…He’s not bound by time, folks! He’s in Eternity. This time thing is just something that He created for us to live in.

You know, I’ve quoted the scientist who said, time was invented to keep everything from happening at once. You know, it gives us a context in which to live. But oh, He’s so much greater than all of that. And He who has conceived a purpose…I mean, is there anyone who can stay His hand and say, You can’t do that? No! So you’ve got Somebody that is all-powerful, all-knowing, who can see the end from the beginning, who has a plan and says, I don’t change! I don’t come up with a plan and then just change my mind. It’s forever. It’s unchangeable!

That’s a major part of what He’s talking about over there in chapter 6 about the basis, the foundation of our hope. That’s one of the unchangeable things. And certainly His character is, but what He’s talking about in the context is not just His character, but the promise.

See, He uses, as an example, how we make contracts with one another in the world. I mean, yes, there are people who have the gentleman’s agreement. They shake hands and it’s good enough for both of them. But for the most part, if you and I enter into a legal agreement, there is some kind of authority to which we appeal and by which we sign our name.

We have a notary there. There’s something legal that’s above and beyond ourselves by which our oaths are bound and we have enough confidence to go forward and say, this contract will happen. I’m not just depending on the guy I see here and what he says. I’m depending on…there’s some authority that backs this thing up.

And of course, in a court of law, I swear, by God, on the Bible. As long as that happens, I don’t know how long that’ll be, but anyway they’re still swearing on a Bible that they’re gonna tell the truth. And you see how there’s an appeal to a higher authority than just me. I’m vowing, before God, to tell the truth and the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and all that. So that’s what we do.

Now, who’s God gonna swear by? There’s nobody greater! I mean He’s the top—He’s the top One. So, what it says here, whereas we swear by someone who’s greater than us, He swears by Himself. And you’ve got somebody…and His character is such that He cannot lie. It’s not that He does not! He cannot!

It’s not in His nature to say something and deceive us. That comes from the other side of the realm. That comes from the one who rebelled against Him in the beginning. That’s Lucifer’s job! He is the father of lies. But this God cannot lie! So, when He declares a purpose, man, that’s unchangeable! When He declares a promise, He doesn’t have to go find somebody so we can have enough confidence. He’s the top One! And He swears by Himself.

It says Abraham, ‘cause that’s the example He’s using here. He’s using the father of faith as the example. “When God…” Verse 13… “When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself.” (NIV).

And so that was where the promise came. And Abraham’s confidence was so fixed on that promise that it defined his life. It was not simply information he learned somewhere. He didn’t read a book about God and say, you know, I think it might be a good idea to live for Him. This was something where God had personally communicated.

Do you know the Word of God has to become personal? Do you realize that it’s not just…I mean, it’s good to learn the contents of the Bible. It’s the Word of God from cover to cover. God’s preserved it for us. But do you know that somewhere—somewhere down the line, God has to speak to you and to me?

There has to be that personal confrontation with God where He takes the words…and this is not just something you learn and you learn the theology and you embrace it with your head and with your mind. If the Word of God is going to change us, if it’s going to make us and bring us to that place where we as His sons can enjoy that new creation, there’s gonna be some changes made.

How many here need changes made this year? Yeah! We all do! Everyone…there’s not a one of us here who’s made it. And I’ll tell you what I am becoming much more deeply conscious of, every day, as it seems like I go forward, the Lord’s really working on me and bringing things to my attention and I know it’s because I need it.

But it’s also for you. And that’s the simple fact that there is so much that we know with our heads, there’s so much that we have heard and learned and even memorized and read and all these things, and sung, that is an assertion of our conscious mind. We’ve learned, we’ve assimilated the right facts, even.

And it’s not a bad thing…not saying that’s a bad thing. It’s an insufficient thing. Somewhere, down the line, God has got to get down into here. He has got to touch the deep needs of our hearts and every one of us has got them!

( congregational response ).

There are things that rule our lives from here, regardless of what this says. Understand what I’m saying? I think you do. I think, if you’re conscious at all of how things are in your life, you know what I’m telling you is the truth. How many of you believe God wants to touch those things and change us?

( congregational response ).

See, that’s what I sense, going into another year…that God has so much for us. And everything that comes to us, comes in the form of a promise. We’re told about the, “…great and precious promises…” in 2nd Peter 1, right at the beginning. And it says, “…by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature.” (KJV).

I can actually gain…I mean, there’s something of God that can wind up in me and make me a different person. And it’s not just simply sitting in a class and learning correct theology; it has got to be a walk of hearing God’s voice. God has got to come down and speak to me and to my particular need in such a way that it becomes a promise to me. It becomes something that has power to displace Satan’s lies.

Certainly salvation happens that way. You cannot educate people into becoming a Christian. You can’t just sit there and force spiritual law into them if God’s not at work. Now if God is at work, that’s fine. But what I’m saying is you cannot manufacture Christians by going through an ABC salvation and having them pray a little magic prayer. God, at some point, has to convict the heart and say, I am calling you!