The Right Mix - Hebrews 4:1, 2 (Sermon snapshot)
The Right Mix
Hebrews 3:14 – 4:2
“For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was He grieved forty years? Was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware He that they should not enter into His rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
Faith is the critical element that must be mixed with the hearing of the gospel that moves one from being a mere hearer of the gospel to a participant and beneficiary of the gospel.
There are just two classes of hearers in the Scriptures:
1. The faith listener – those who hear the good news of the gospel and believe and obey it.
2. The unbelieving listener – those who hear the gospel but fail to obey it.
As the world turns at 1,000 miles per hour, bringing us yet one more day closer to the dawning of the eternal day, Jesus’ query ever more relevant: “When the Son of man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8. Let me suggest to you that the gospel of Jesus Christ separates between those who hear the gospel and obey it versus those who are hearing impaired, who hear but do not obey the gospel.