Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hebrews 12:22-29 -- On Shakeproofing our Lives

"But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
For our God is a consuming fire."
Hebrews 12:22-29

Wow.  This whole chapter is incredible.  Just before this in the chapter it is talking about how we really need to repent, seek peace, and walk in straight paths.  To emphasize this, it explains that we aren't approaching the mount where Moses went, which scared people with how holy it was... this is more.  We are attempting to approach Zion... the city of God, and angels, and perfected people. :)  ... which means that we really need to work on that perfection stuff ourselves.  And why?  Because anything that can be shaken is going to be gone.  The plus side to that is that we know when we get to Zion, we won't have to worry about any earthquakes or natural disasters. :)  On the other hand, we have to be pretty solid ourselves in order to make it there.  Which is why God is warning us.  Not to scare us into submission... but to help us realize who we need to be to live there.  We need to work at building things that can't be shaken, and refining ourselves so that the refiner's fire only finds purity, not bad stuff to burn off.  Today, let's work on ourselves... getting rid of the bad parts that will crumple or burn, and strengthening and purifying the parts that will last.

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