hebrews 13:7 sermon

To-day, brethren, Jesus Christ is the same as when Peter and Johu rejoiced "that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name" — not counted worthy to wear some crown for His name, unless the crown be a crown of thorns, but " that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name." He came here, not to stay, but to return. Mackennal, D. D.)The immutability of GodH. Exhortation to endure Christ’s reproach. The name Christ declares His right to those offices. His sameness is consistent with an infinite unfolding of new preciousness and new powers, as new generations with new questions arise, and the world seeks for fresh guidance. And it is very seldom, after years of absence, that you hear of one whose outward circumstances are nowise different from what they were, and rarer still to hear of one whose dispositions are quite unchanged. To recap: Sound doctrine always is founded on the word of God (13:7). To-day I This is the favourable time — this is the day of Jesus Christ's salvation. In common things we soon grow wearied of sameness, and the whole earthly system of things is founded on the principle of variety and change. It is blessed to think of being eternally young; but the thought that, while men are wrinkled, and bent, and scarred by disease, and toil, and suffering, and are subject to all manner of infirmities, there is One that is unchanged by time, and is for ever in the bloom of youth — this thought comes home with sweetness and comfort to every heart.2. Now, further, Christ shall be to-morrow what He has been yesterday and is to-day. We need not fear change within the limits of His Church or of His world. Take your stand on the quietest day in the stillest place you can find — change is going on around you with every moment of time, so restless is nature down to its very heart. III. Much in the popular conception of Christianity is in the act of passing. We want to feel that though there are endless variations in goodness and justice, and endless degrees of these things in the Divine mind, yet there is nothing there that traverses justice or good, or that changes these qualities, making that which is evil and unjust in this age just and good in the next age. THE WORDS "FOR EVER" FALL STRANGELY ON OUR EARS; THE SOLEMN FUTURE IS UNKNOWN AND UNIMAGINABLE. what will they do after me? But the moment a wrong motive is cherished in the heart, or an idle word escapes the lips unjudged, your happy experiences are smashed to pieces, and you are all restless and disturbed within, until in brokenness of spirit before God you confess your sin (the disturbing thing), and thus get restored once more to the calm, sweet joy of communion. Behind all changes in nature we press to unchanging power and law, and feel that these can reside only in an unchanging God. His eye is the same — bright as a flame of fire, and strong enough to view all things, whether great or small. The moon is at full, and shining in more than ordinary silver brightness. Jesus Christ is the same in His influence upon those who believe in Him. "Did he remember me?" A DUE CONSIDERATION OF THE TRUTH OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN BEFORE US, ESPECIALLY OF SUCH WHO WERE CONSTANT IN SUFFERINGS; ABOVE ALL, OF THOSE WHO WERE CONSTANT UNTO DEATH, AS THE HOLY MARTYRS IN FORMER AND LATTER AGES, IS AN EFFECTUAL MEANS TO STIR US UP UNTO THE SAME EXERCISE OF FAITH WHEN WE ARE CALLED UNTO IT. So, secondly, I apply these words in another direction. God's decrees may be taught so as to make men feel that they are oppressive; but the thought that the decrees of God run through time and eternity, and that He is true to them, so far from being repulsive, is exceedingly attractive. The text is the section of three sections that conclude the letter in chapter 13. Can He? Ask yourself why this should be so. These things constitute being and character, and these in Him are without change.(A. To those Christians who would read the words translated "for ever" in their original form, "unto the ages," they would have a further suggestion. I apply these words as a New Year's motto, in two or three different directions, and ask you to consider, first, THE UNCHANGING CHRIST IN HIS RELATION TO OUR CHANGEFUL LIVES. As opposed to such a conception as this, the Bible teaches God to be one, from eternity to eternity, sovereign and immutable. "Remember your leaders." It can be viewed as providing the grounds for the exhortation to follow in v. 9. You need not fear temptation, for His is an unchanging succour. As opposed to such a view of God, a creature of fancy, that changed with all the moods of the imagination, God was declared to be unchangeable. He is the same to-day as He was from old eternity. Difficulties will not daunt you, for He is the unchanging Helper. It is constancy that is the foundation of hope, and civilisation, and everything that is blessed in the world.(H. Maclaren, D. D.)Yesterday and to-dayS. To-day, brethren, Jesus Christ is the same as when Peter and Johu rejoiced "that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name" — not counted worthy to wear some crown for His name, unless the crown be a crown of thorns, but " that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name." In like manner, the apostle summons us, while engaged in this work of imitating the faith of departed believers, to keep steadfastly before us the end of their faith. How comes it that when we are pleased and profited by variety everywhere else, we are conscious of a sublime satisfaction in finding fixedness here? What then, are the respects in which God is to be supposed to be immutable?1. He cannot deny Himself.II. Mackennal, D. D.I. If Jesus Christ be thus immutable, He has an evident claim to our" most solemn worship. W. In these there has been great change. To-day Jesus Christ is the same as when it was said, "We are all one in Christ Jesus." In His will, in His purposes, in His principles, in His affections, He is for ever the same. Circumstances change us. Indeed, there could be no providence without change; no providing and no rule would be possible if no new circumstances arose. The Divine in Jesus Christ is ever the same, His power in heaven, in earth, and in hell — His knowledge — all that hath been, all that is, and all that will be — His wisdom for device and design, for ruling and over-ruling, for ordering all beings and things — His presence in all places — His spotless purity, and undeviating righteousness — His unbounded love — are all "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.(J. The same constitution of things holds in the higher sphere of man's moral progress and religious life. Beecher. To those Christians who would read the words translated "for ever" in their original form, "unto the ages," they would have a further suggestion. The gods of antiquity were shameful, subject to fits of wrath, and to the most fitful changes of the most desperate feelings. Their exemplary edifying conversation was now at an end. 1. It is constancy that is the foundation of hope, and civilisation, and everything that is blessed in the world.(H. He will not be unknown; He will be recognised who quickened, and guided, and sustained us, who was the steadfastness and identity of our passing earthly life. They were confided to the memory of a few poor, ignorant men, who hardly understood them. In Scripture-style this disposition of mind is called "walking with God," "setting the Lord always before us." Here is a Representative of the House of Israel in whom representatives of all earth's races have found and adored the absolute Moral Ideal. Christ is always the same, yesterday, to-day, and for ever. And for ever will Jesus Christ be our Redeemer. We need not fear change within the limits of His Church or of His world. To-day Jesus Christ is the same as when it was said, "We are all one in Christ Jesus." His GOSPEL MUST STAND FOR EVER AS THE LIVING EXPRESSION OF HIMSELF. Sport teams have leaders. Hebrews 13.7, 17, 24 . "Again a new commandment I write unto you," and every generation will find new impulse, new teaching, new shaping energies, social and individual, ecclesiastical, theological, intellectual, in the old Christ who was crucified for our offences and raised again for our justification, and remains "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever."IV. Man's systems are the shadows on the hillside. And what say you of His love? So He is the same,(1)Yesterday to our fathers;(2)To-day to ourselves;(3)For ever to our children.(T. And, lastly, if He is always the same, rejoice in Him, and rejoice always. We want to feel that though there are endless variations in goodness and justice, and endless degrees of these things in the Divine mind, yet there is nothing there that traverses justice or good, or that changes these qualities, making that which is evil and unjust in this age just and good in the next age. Is He the same to-day? Don't take good leadership for granted; don't hold that lightly. For change there means progress, and the more the human embodiments of Christian truth disintegrate, the more distinctly does the solemn unique figure of Christ the same rise before us. All! He was "with God," then with man, now with God again. So He is the same,(1)Yesterday to our fathers;(2)To-day to ourselves;(3)For ever to our children.(T. Take your stand on the quietest day in the stillest place you can find — change is going on around you with every moment of time, so restless is nature down to its very heart. Nor is there any change in the great moral attributes which form the basis of the Divine character — justice, and truth, and love. That which was love in the beginning, is love now, and will be love for evermore. They are as immutable as Justice, fruitful as Love, eternal as Truth. God's changeful providence comes into all our lives, and parts dear ones, making their places empty that Christ Himself may fill the empty places, and, striking away other props, though the tendrils that twine round them bleed with the wrench, in order that the plant may no longer trail along the ground, but twine itself round the Cross and climb to the Christ upon the throne. There was perpetual change. Raleigh, D. D.Sameness is not a quality of things much loved for its own sake. Truth and justice are the same now that they were in the beginning, and that they ever will be. Yesterday it was testified, "The love of Christ constraineth us "-it carries us out of the course of the world. God's unchangeableness was taught, also, as opposed to the caprice of heathen divinities. In all respects, and in all aspects, Jesus Christ is " the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." He was "with God," then with man, now with God again. In all respects, and in all aspects, Jesus Christ is " the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." No; "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever," there is nothing He ever did, in saving, blessing, sanctifying, that He cannot do again. Leadership. WHAT IT IMPLIES. Nor is there any change in the essential purposes of God's moral government. There was perpetual change. "And what of such another?" "He hath an unchangeable priesthood." God's changeful providence comes into all our lives, and parts dear ones, making their places empty that Christ Himself may fill the empty places, and, striking away other props, though the tendrils that twine round them bleed with the wrench, in order that the plant may no longer trail along the ground, but twine itself round the Cross and climb to the Christ upon the throne. But in the midst of all is seen one unchanging Christ. Are they not thirsting for change " from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord? Nothing in the history of the human imagination is so difficult as to create an ideal of perfection which will last. Scripture: Hebrews 13:8–16. Hebrews 13:7 : ver. In the world to come there may be further dispensations, each fulfilling a thought, and all illustrating the mighty being, of God. LET ME SPEAK TO YOU PERSONALLY OF THE UNCHANGING SAVIOUR. Yesterday that work was His. Your conscience may be sluggish, His voice is powerful to arrest; your heart may have grown hard, His love is strong to melt; your will may have become obdurate, His grace is mighty to subdue.(A. The sky is furthest away from us right over our heads; behind and in front it seems to touch the earth. On the contrary, it draws men. Difficulties will not daunt you, for He is the unchanging Helper. He has got other things to occupy his thoughts since you and he were wont to meet." Still, too, He assures His disciples, "I will come again." must we ever be restless? And these changes will continue — not absolutely, and for ever, but to-morrow, and for days in succession, until the last man, and the last day. He has made great promises to His disciples. The yesterday of my text may either be applied to the generations that have passed, and then the "to-day" is our little life; or it may be applied to my own yesterday, and then the to-day is this narrow present. Allow me to … Our souls close up to those who have deceived our confidence. New they will be, but they will not be strange; the changes will but illustrate the unchangeable.IV. Mackennal, D. D.I. He restrained the brutality of men in the Middle Ages, when, in the Renaissance, the antiquity which men had rediscovered intoxicated their minds with subtle fancies, He took possession of the strong souls, like Luther and like Calvin, who, by their very faults, checked the shortcomings of their age. And is He the same in His devotedness to the work of redemption? I ask you to think of THE RELATION BETWEEN THE UNCHANGING CHRIST AND THE DYING HELPERS. Here are changes, grand, stupendous, unimaginable. STUDYING THE EXPERIENCE OF THE LEADERS. The author uses a double exhortation: “obey your leaders and submit.”. I ask you to think of THE RELATION BETWEEN THE UNCHANGING CHRIST AND THE DYING HELPERS. 13:14 The use of the Greek subordinating conjunction gar, “for,” subordinates v. 14 to v. 13. Raleigh, D. D.)The unchanging ChristA. We need not fear change within the limits of His Church or of His world. He exercises offices in which anointing is necessary, and these are three: the office of the King, of the Priest, and of the Prophet. Mar 27, 1988. "He continueth ever." It is blessed to think of being eternally young; but the thought that, while men are wrinkled, and bent, and scarred by disease, and toil, and suffering, and are subject to all manner of infirmities, there is One that is unchanged by time, and is for ever in the bloom of youth — this thought comes home with sweetness and comfort to every heart.2. Guthrie, D. D.Ah! He was "with God," then with man, now with God again. Expressions of love must be regulated by ideas of Deity;. Now, believer, apply the simple figure. So, further, we apply, in the third place, this thought to THE RELATION BETWEEN THE UNCHANGING CHRIST AND DECAYING INSTITUTIONS AND OPINIONS. 3. Then let us to-day promote the manifestation of the true unity of all believers.(S. It may have lain mysterious and hidden in the souls of the faithful, so that the world knew it not — in faithful souls who, mingling with sinners of the most flagrant type, yet preserved to their last breath the Treasure of the Faith and the Eternal Hope. Time is foiled in Jesus. By this truth let us regulate our faith, our morality, and our ideas of our future destiny. Blessed are they who, in a world of passing phenomena, penetrate to the still centre of rest, and looking over all the vacillations of the things that can be shaken, can turn to the Christ and say, Thou who movest all things art Thyself unmoved; Thou who changest all things, Thyself changest not. Maybe it was a parent, a grandparent, or just a faithful preacher of the Word of God. No, no.(G. Maclaren, D. D.I. "Jesus Christ is the same to-day." In the first place, no change is to be imputed to Him such as comes to us by reason of age and the wearing of the body. He gave Himself to it in the beginning; undertook it when man fell; made ready for His advent during four thousand years; came in the fulness of time. Immutable, too, is He in His WORK. His sameness is consistent with an infinite unfolding of new preciousness and new powers, as new generations with new questions arise, and the world seeks for fresh guidance. dear good man, he is safe in Abraham's bosom. The yesterday of my text may either be applied to the generations that have passed, and then the "to-day" is our little life; or it may be applied to my own yesterday, and then the to-day is this narrow present. unchanging One, let me change from day to day, until I gain Thine image and reach Thy presence!" "And did you see such a one?" Exhortation to praise and thanksgiving coordinated with exhortation to good works. In regard to these visible, sensible manifestations, Jesus Christ is different to-day from what He was yesterday, and (we speak with reverence), for anything said in the Scriptures, He may be different to-morrow from what He is to-day. 3. You will observe that it is not of a thing that is the same, nor even of a truth conceived to be the same, that our text speaks, BUT OF A PERSON WHO IS THE SAME. Nay, but He is. In the world to come there may be further dispensations, each fulfilling a thought, and all illustrating the mighty being, of God. A Christian minister must preach the Word of God. I found his house shut up, and all his family gone away." In disposition to fulfil them, and in power, Jesus Christ " is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Indeed, there could be no providence without change; no providing and no rule would be possible if no new circumstances arose. For three years He worked on earth. That which was love in the beginning, is love now, and will be love for evermore. "And did you see such a one?" Here I can work, here I can feel, here I am somewhat at home; but that world will be so unutterably strange. He is not, as men are, changed by time. When a visitor comes from a foreign land where you once sojourned, you ask eagerly about the different acquaintances you once had there. Raleigh, D. D.Sameness is not a quality of things much loved for its own sake. Where, you will ask me, was this sanctifying influence in the days of Constantine, and of Clovis, or, later on, in Christian Gaul when the Merovingian kings illustrated all the infamies of life? 13:13 The author now shifts to make application of this truth to his readers in v. 13. All rights reserved. "Look up man! dear good man, he is safe in Abraham's bosom. In disposition to fulfil them, and in power, Jesus Christ " is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." We shall see in this, as in the former, that harmony of perfections, that uniformity of government, which made our apostle say, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." In the world to come there may be further dispensations, each fulfilling a thought, and all illustrating the mighty being, of God. In what department of this universe shall we find immobility? We may be troubled, but we cannot be daunted; surprised, but not unmanned. Difficulties will not daunt you, for He is the unchanging Helper. Let us renew our confidence. The gods of antiquity were shameful, subject to fits of wrath, and to the most fitful changes of the most desperate feelings. All is not fleeting, Christ is the same. No; "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever," there is nothing He ever did, in saving, blessing, sanctifying, that He cannot do again. A man is gazing intently down a deep, still well, where he sees the moon reflected, and thus remarks to a friendly bystander: "How beautifully fair and round she is to-night! Let the stableness of His mercy to us work a stableness of our love to Him. What changes need we now fear? God's decrees may be taught so as to make men feel that they are oppressive; but the thought that the decrees of God run through time and eternity, and that He is true to them, so far from being repulsive, is exceedingly attractive. Words had come to them from the heavens of old, obscurely referring to at least one other dispensation that had accomplished itself before man was created. The word rendered "considering" signifies looking at, or beholding with attention. We may stand solitary, where once we stood circled with affection, alone but not alone, for He is with us. If you have a Bible, let me encourage you to turn to that chapter. In what department of this universe shall we find immobility? The same constitution of things holds in the higher sphere of man's moral progress and religious life. To-day Jesus Christ is the same as when Paul said, "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him until that day." Yesterday Jesus Christ did all this — and what of to-day? "Of His kingdom there shall be no end." "He shall reign for ever and ever." Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.(J. It is here that men may see, if they choose, the immutable nature of His work. Cutting.It is a beautiful moonlight night. And is He the same in His devotedness to the work of redemption? Sorrow cannot long dim your eyes, for He is the unchanging Comforter. In these there has been great change. He will not be unknown; He will be recognised who quickened, and guided, and sustained us, who was the steadfastness and identity of our passing earthly life. In common things we soon grow wearied of sameness, and the whole earthly system of things is founded on the principle of variety and change. Amidst the flux of things, the flow of events, the heart rests on one unchanging friend. Still, too, He assures His disciples, "I will come again." Yesterday it was testified, "The love of Christ constraineth us "-it carries us out of the course of the world. But the time shall never come when it can be said of Jesus, His hand is shortened that it cannot save. The same principle that inclined Him to grant a little light to the age of Moses, inclined Him to afford more to the time of the prophets, and the greatest of all to the age in which the evangelists and apostles lived. In the world to come there may be further dispensations, each fulfilling a thought, and all illustrating the mighty being, of God. No, no.(G. He is the revealer of what the apostle Paul calls present truth — and in His exhibition of that which it is essential for us to know, and essential for us to believe, He changeth not. Guthrie, D. D.Ah! Let us give everything up to Him, ourselves and our all. Are they not thirsting for change " from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord? The gods of antiquity were shameful, subject to fits of wrath, and to the most fitful changes of the most desperate feelings. He can shape the course of history and open doors which prejudice and enmity have closed. But when your heart is thus all unrest, need I ask, Has Christ's work changed? Then let us to-day promote the manifestation of the true unity of all believers.(S. 1. (9-12), III. What then, are the respects in which God is to be supposed to be immutable?1. The word rendered "the end" signifies not only termination, but also exit. Let the fleeting proclaim to you the permanent; let the world with its revolutions lead you up to the thought of Him that is the same for ever. "All, times are sadly changed with him. )Jesus always the sameT. "I write no new commandment unto you"; I preach no new Christ unto you. Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you. Cutting.It is a beautiful moonlight night. Mackennal, D. D.)The immutability of GodH. As opposed to such a view of God, a creature of fancy, that changed with all the moods of the imagination, God was declared to be unchangeable. It is constancy that is the foundation of hope, and civilisation, and everything that is blessed in the world.(H. And because they speak the Word of God we have no choice but to listen. "He hath an unchangeable priesthood." Nor is there any change in the great moral attributes which form the basis of the Divine character — justice, and truth, and love. It is blessed to think of being eternally young; but the thought that, while men are wrinkled, and bent, and scarred by disease, and toil, and suffering, and are subject to all manner of infirmities, there is One that is unchanged by time, and is for ever in the bloom of youth — this thought comes home with sweetness and comfort to every heart.2. It has been supposed that the doctrine of God's decrees would repel men, and drive them into infidelity. God saw the end from the beginning; He follows a plan eternally ordained, and the whole vast administration of creation is carried on in pursuance of certain great fixed ideas. The text divides up into the following sections: 13:7 A new discourse unit begins with v. 7 with the command to “remember your leaders.” Three times in this chapter the author refers to the “leaders” of the church: Heb 13:7, 17, 24. unchanging One, let me change from day to day, until I gain Thine image and reach Thy presence!" "I write no new commandment unto you"; I preach no new Christ unto you. To-day, moved by His love, multitudes are acting and suffering as those only can work and endure who live, not unto themselves, but unto Him who died for them and rose again. There is nothing to warrant the theory that these gifts were temporary, that they were limited to any particular age or crisis, or that they were distinctive of certain aspects only of the Messianic reign. Christ is the everlasting solemn mountain itself. "Lo! The applications of them vary, but the essential moral qualities themselves never change. His sameness is consistent with an infinite unfolding of new preciousness and new powers, as new generations with new questions arise, and the world seeks for fresh guidance. "Again a new commandment I write unto you," and every generation will find new impulse, new teaching, new shaping energies, social and individual, ecclesiastical, theological, intellectual, in the old Christ who was crucified for our offences and raised again for our justification, and remains "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever."IV. He is faithful. "All, times are sadly changed with him. That which was love in the beginning, is love now, and will be love for evermore. Amidst the flux of things, the flow of events, the heart rests on one unchanging friend. In what department of this universe shall we find immobility? Yesterday kindred and friends were a wide social circle — to-day but a poor segment of that circle is left. And what say you of His love? The nature of things shows that the uncreated alone can be immutable. 2. Again the thought of the immutable One bears up out of the confusion of changing things. It is the last cry of the great ones of the earth, whether they be called Alexander or Caesar, Charlemagne or Napoleon. Verse 17 is one sentence in the Greek text. Cutting. No, no.(G. The Bible revealed Jehovah, the unchangeable; who, being once known, was for ever to be obeyed, because His commands were equitable and right, and from whom such as learned His will, and followed the path of obedience, had nothing to fear, but everything to hope. In all respects, and in all aspects, Jesus Christ is " the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." Some such change may be suggested in 1 Corinthians 15:24, 28. Yesterday Jesus Christ did all this — and what of to-day? Our text speaks of One who is even now unchanging. Truth and justice are the same now that they were in the beginning, and that they ever will be. AMP. It can be re-established by pardon from God and faith from man, and when it has been formed anew it should show itself in the justice and the charity of our lives. If our Lord be "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever," then, according to the connection of our text, He is to be followed to the end. DEATH WROUGHT CHANGE IN HIS LOVE. Here I can work, here I can feel, here I am somewhat at home; but that world will be so unutterably strange. Paul speaks of worlds and epochs, of which we now know nothing, that are all to be gathered together, and seen fulfilled in Christ. Lastly, look at these words in their application to THE RELATION BETWEEN THE UNCHANGING CHRIST AND THE ETERNAL LOVE OF HEAVEN. Let us renew our confidence. They were accustomed to look on God's purpose in the universe as unfolding itself in a series of aeons or dispensations. 13:9-10 Verse 9 has troubled commentators because it seems so out of place, even in Hebrews 13. The same law holds in providence. And for ever will Jesus Christ be our Redeemer. Andrew Davis. "Well, I rather think he was asking for you, but I cannot be very sure. 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