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Hebrews 12:18-29

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The Believer’s Blessed Position under the New Covenant

Hebrews 12:18-29

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Lesson Number 28

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Christians have not come to Mount Sinai.
  2. Christians have come to Mount Zion.

Practical Application

  1. Why invest in that which will not remain?

Questions

  1. There is a specific final warning to the Hebrew readers in this section. What is this final warning?
  2. Has God put these warning passages in Hebrews to scare true believers? If not, who was He warning and what was He warning them about?
  3. Who are these warnings for today?
  4. What is Mount Sinai noted for?
  5. What does Mount Zion symbolize for believers?
  6. Review the seven wonderful things that believers have in Mount Zion.

Answers

  1. “See that you do not refuse Him who speaks.” Hebrews 12:25
  2. God was speaking to professing believers to make sure their salvation.
  3. Professing believers.
  4. It was the site of the giving of the Law.
  5. It represents our position in Christ under the New Covenant with all the associated blessings and privileges that are ours.
  6. Seven wonderful thins that believers have come to in Mount Zion: a. to the city itself b. to an innumerable company of angels c. to the church of the firstborn d. to God, the Judge of all e. to the spirits of just men made perfect f. to Jesus, the Mediator of the New Covenant g. to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel

Discuss/Consider

  1. Read Exodus Chapters 19 and 20. Picture the awesome sight of Mount Sinai when the Law was given to Moses by God. Aren’t you thankful that you are living in the period of grace?
  2. Mount Zion, in contrast to Mount Sinai, symbolizes our position in Christ under the New Covenant with all the associated blessings and privileges that are ours as believers. We have come to Mount Zion. This is our position now. Review the seven wonderful things that believers have come to in Mount Zion.

Challenge

  1. Read Haggai 2:6, quoted in Hebrews 12:26. In the future there is going to be a great shake-up, and only those things of eternal value will remain. In light of these scriptures, ask yourself what you are doing with your time, talents, and money. Looking at this seriously, should you review and perhaps change some of your priorities?

Key Verses

  • “ You have not come to the mountain that may be touched and burned with fire…so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, ‘I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.’ ” - Hebrews 12:18-21
  • “ But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem … ” - Hebrews 12:22-24
  • “ See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. ” - Hebrews 12:25

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