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October 1, 2017 - The Tale of Two Mountains - Hebrews 12:18-24

posted Oct 25, 2017, 11:55 AM by Grant Garber
Main Thought
The writer of Hebrews draws out a contrast between two mountains. Mt. Sinai where God gave His Law which leads to death; and Mt. Zion where God reveals His salvation which leads to joy, peace and life.
  1. Mt. Sinai leads to fear and death.
    • It was a physical place.
    • It was a terrifying place.
    • It was an unapproachable place.
    • The Law was given from Mt. Sinai, but the Law can only condemn. It can never save us.
    • Faith knows not to place our hope for eternity upon our own ability at keeping God’s Law.
  2. Mt. Zion leads to joy and life.
    • The writer isn’t speaking of the literal Mt. Zion. He is speaking of a spiritual mountain and the heavenly Jerusalem. Our approach to God therefore is a spiritual approach.
Those who believe in Jesus are invited to:
    • Share in heavenly places.
    • Share in a heavenly society: Who is included?
      • Angels
      • Church of the firstborn
      • God, the Judge of all
      • Spirits of righteous people made perfect
      • Jesus, the Mediator of the new covenant.
  • Today’s Scripture text draws a line between Hell and Heaven, Law and Gospel, Fear and Joy, Sin and Grace, Death and Life.
Pastor Jim Spon | Hebrews 12:18-24