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Hebrews 12:14–15 NASB95
14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;
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Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification
notice, without which no one will see The Lord.
2 things to do if one wants to See the Lord.
Pursue peace with some men.. NOOOOO pursue with men that you like..... Noooo pursue peace with ALL men.
1. Pursue Peace with all men.
Notice the sermon on the mount which is Christianity 101
Matthew 5:9 NASB95
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Now remember that. we talked weeks ago about our position to God as sons
The Son of God, became the Son of man. So that man, could become sons of God.
So sons of God are peacemaker. They pursue peace...
they are not gossips are busybodies
Galatians 5:20–21 NASB95
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:20 NASB95
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
gal 5:20
Strife
Strife
a: bitter sometimes violent conflict or dissension
b: an act of contention
The greek word is also translated, quarrel.
Which means, an angry argument or disagreement, typically between people who are usually on good terms.
The Kingdom of God are reversed for sons and daughters.
2. Pursue sanctification.

hagiasmos; from 37; consecration

Sanctification here is the word - hagiasmos; from the word consecration.
Sanctification here is the word - hagiasmos; from the word consecration.
Consecration is, the action of making or declaring something, typically a church, sacred.
A more biblical definition of consecration is, the separation of oneself from things that are unclean, especially anything that would contaminate one’s relationship with a perfect God.” Consecration also carries the connotation of sanctification, holiness, or purity.
Pursue, in essence separation.
2 Corinthians 6:15–18 NASB95
15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 17 “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. 18 “And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.
2 Corinthians 6:16–18 NASB95
16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 17 “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. 18 “And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.
the KJV says it like this
Hebrews 12:14 KJV 1900
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
Notice Holiness..
Dr. Carroll Thompson says, Holiness is to be a reality for the believer.
What if i told you, you can be holy!
Some would say no way pastor, that is not true.
in the story the grand inquisitor, Christ comes back to Earth at the time of the Inquisition which was a group of institutions within the government system of the Catholic Church whose aim was to combat heresy.
Jesus performs a number of miracles (echoing miracles from the Gospels). The people recognize him and adore him, but he is arrested by Inquisition leaders and sentenced to be burnt to death the next day.
The Grand Inquisitor visits him in his cell to tell him that the Church no longer needs him. The main portion of the text is devoted to the Inquisitor explaining to Jesus why his return would interfere with the mission of the Church.
the inquisitor explains that Christ erred when He expected man to voluntarily choose to follow Him. The basic nature of man, says the Inquisitor, does not allow him to reject either earthly bread or security or happiness in exchange for something so indefinite as what Christ expects.
He says, the burden you have placed on man is far too great and the church has spent centuries trying to modify his demand some that normal people can tolerate it .
and this is what has happen to Christianity. we have change what God word means to tickle our ear and make us feel comforable in our pews and life,
there is the story if Abraham Lincoln during the civil war. it is said that he would sneak into the methodist church to find solace. after a sermon one of his aid asked. President Lincoln, how did you enjoy the message. His response was, i didn’t because, he didn't ask anything of me.
Matthew 7:13–14 NASB95
13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Pursue Holiness.
AW Tozer says,
“The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people.” AW Tozer
he also adds,
Read more: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/32-great-christian-quotes-about-holiness/#ixzz59BzPYTkM
“No man should desire to be happy who is not at the same time holy. He should spend his efforts in seeking to know and do the will of God, leaving to Christ the matter of how happy he should be.” Tozer
Charles Spurgeon says,
“I have now concentrated all my prayers into one, and that one prayer is this, that I may die to self, and live wholly to Him.” Charles Spurgeon
Pursue Peace with all man.. Christianity 101, The Sermon on the Mount says, Blessed are the peacemaker for they shall be called the sons of God.
pursue holiness for without it no man shall see the lord.
watch what Jesus says on the sermon on the mount
Matthew 5:8 NASB95
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Holiness is a condition of the heart. its not perfection, its a pursuit.
be pursue because we know
Ephesians 5:5 NASB95
5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
this truth release a desire in us to
2 Corinthians 7:1 NASB95
1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
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the beauty is God calls us to be Holy
1 Peter 1:16 NASB95
16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
This is why the believer needs to release the work of grace which bring holiness to the life of man.
this is why we gaze...
Romans 14:19 NASB95
19 So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.
Hebrews 12:1–3 NASB95
1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
He 12:1-2
that cloud of witnesses are all that were just mention in the faith hall of fame in hebrews 11
let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us.
the writer is telling us to stop being so sin conscious and run the race....
fixing our eyes on Jesus. this is the gaze.
Remember Stephan.
Acts 7:55–56 NASB95
55 But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; 56 and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
He fixed his eyes, he gazed and he endured
He partook of the Lord suffering who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Gazing upon Jesus allows the Lord to produces the work of sanctification in our lives.
(NASB95)
Hebrews 12:7–11 NASB95
7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
He disciplines us for our good, so that we may… what????????
8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
share His holiness.
9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?
Watch this
10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.
Hebrews 12:12–13 NASB95
12 Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
Holiness produce righteous acts.
watch the warning for those who pursue flesh of holiness and peace
Hebrews 12:16–17 NASB95
16 that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.
Esau was too fleshly and missed it. came short of the grace of God because he didn't purse holiness
Hebrews 12:18 NASB95
18 For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind,
God didn’t bring us this far to
be burned in the fire
Live in blackness and darkness
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