By: Dennis Pierce
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 6:9-12
A. Our concept of, “the better things in life,” changes as we grow older.
B. We don’t have to live very long to realize that home, family and the simple things are truly the “better things.”
C. Hebrews 6:9-12 helps us to understand God’s definition of better things and the confidence He has in our ability to have them.
D. These are the things that accompany salvation.
I. Better things are accompanied by attention to God’s warnings. (vs. 9b)
A. “…though we speak in this manner,” refers to the warning given in the previous verses. (5:12-6:8)
B. Scripture is filled with warnings of judgment and punishment. Hebrews 9:27; 2 Corinthians 5:10; John 12:48; Matthew 25:41
C. God’s warnings do not mean He has no confidence in us.
II. Better things are accompanied by an awareness of God’s justice. (vs.10)
A. God is both just and the justifier to the one who has faith in Jesus.
B. God is not unjust.
1. God’s punishment in the Old Testament is sometimes considered too severe. Leviticus 10:1-3; 2 Samuel 6:6-7
C. God knows when we are following him.
III. Better things are accompanied by advocating God’s glory. (vs. 10)
A. Their work and labor of love was shown toward His name.
B. We are to do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
IV. Better things are accompanied by applying diligence. (11-12)
A. Diligence is a steady, earnest and energetic effort.
B. Diligence will provide the full assurance of hope until the end. (vs. 11)
C. Diligence will dispel being sluggish. (vs. 12)
By having these, “better things,” we can be fully assured of our home in heaven.