By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION
Expository: Hebrews 6:9-12.
There has been a grave injustice done by those who have not stressed the importance of active Christianity in the past.
We have had the idea that Christianity is a "Have it your way" sort of thing.
Many excuses are offered to uphold this philosophy.
I don't have enough time.
I have to work too much.
I am just too tired.
The Hebrew Christians had fallen into this same trap.
Time ------ sufficient - v. 12a.
Ability --- sufficient - v. 12b.
Effort ---- insufficient - v. 14.
They had different things in their lives which accompany destruction.
Drifting away from God - 2:1.
Failing to take heed - 3:12.
Failing to exhort one another daily - 3:13.
Failing to give diligence to enter God's rest - 4:11.
Failure to grow - 5:11-14.
In contrast to this, let's notice four things that should accompany salvation of those who claim to be children of God.
WORK ACCOMPANIES SALVATION - v. 10.
What church work is NOT:
Not attendance - result of the work.
Not being happy - reward of the work.
Not partaking of the Lord's supper - privilege of the work.
Not giving - supports the work.
What is church work?
Delivery of God's Word - v. 30.
Exhort the brethren - v. 32.
Teaching and preaching the Word - v. 35.
Visit the brethren - concern - v. 36.
God named all this WORK - v. 38.
Unity among brethren.
Romans 14:20 - "Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble."
Ephesians 4:3 - "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."
I Corinthians 9:1 - "Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not the result of my work in the Lord?"
I Corinthians 4:15 - "Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel."
II Corinthians 8:1-15.
II Peter 1:5 - "For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge..."
LOVE FOR GOD ACCOMPANIES SALVATION - v. 10.
Matthew 22:34-40 - heart, mind, soul.
We must dive into the riches of God's love.
Great men grew in love.
Abraham - loved God and believed Him.
Moses - loved God and followed Him.
David - loved God and obeyed Him.
The more we study and discover about God, the more our love will grow.
Husband and wife grow in love together.
God's children grow together toward God.
Serve God out of love.
THE LOVE OF HOLINESS ACCOMPANIES SALVATION - v. 10.
I Peter 1:15-17.
Holiness comes with Christian maturity.
God expects the older Christians to "know better" and correct it.
Our perfect God hates imperfection so much that Jesus had to die.
II Peter 3:8-13.
Love of holiness will make us strange looking in the sight of others - I Peter 4:4.
"They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you."
THE LOVE OF THE BRETHREN ACCOMPANIES SALVATION - v.10.
Love prefers the best for the other person.
I John 3:13-18.
How to show love for the brethren:
By providing what they need.
Philippians 4:16 - "for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need."
By speaking edifying words.
By restoring the fallen brother.
By not taking your fellowship away because of laziness.
By putting him before yourself.
Philippians 2:3 - "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves."
Romans 9:3 - "For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race,"
We need to start loving each other more and express it.
We claim to have the Bible Plan of Salvation and the assurance of salvation, but do we have the things that accompany salvation?
How do you measure your church work?
Do you love God with all you have?
Does your love for holiness show in your life?
Do you love your brethren?
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