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The Blood Makes A Difference

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The Blood Makes A Difference

Hebrews 11:4
(RA-2384, Program: 1818, Air date: 05.06.18)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. The central theme in Hebrews 11 is that God is to be worshipped.
      1. God is to be worshipped in Spirit and in truth.
      2. Hebrews 11:4
    2. The Old Testament is a book of shadows that point to our Lord Jesus Christ.
      1. Colossians 2:17
      2. Abel is a shadow of the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    3. Genesis 4:1-5
      1. Cain offered to the Lord the fruit of the ground; vegetables.
      2. Abel offered the Lord a slain lamb of the firstlings of the flock.
      3. God accepted Abel’s offering, but He did not accept the offering of Cain.
      4. Abel’s offering is a shadow of the cross.
  2. THE CONTRAST IN THEIR WORSHIP  (Hebrews 11:4)
    1. All religions are not of the same value.
      1. In today’s society, we are told that all religions are equal.
        1. We should not be so tolerant that we sacrifice truth.
      2. There are only two types of religions in the world:
        1. True religion
          1. The religion of grace
          2. This is the religion of Abel.
        2. False religion
          1. The religion of works
          2. This is the religion of Cain.
    2. God respected Abel’s offering; He did not respect Cain’s offering.
    3. The worship of Cain was the way of good works.
      1. It was salvation by his own effort.
      2. Genesis 3:17-23
        1. Cain offered God his own toil, his own sweat, his own effort.
      3. Jude 11
      4. This represents culture rather than Calvary.
        1. Hebrews 9:22
    4. The worship of Abel was based upon the blood atonement.
      1. Genesis 4:4
        1. Abel offered the firstlings of his flock.
        2. Abel learned the idea of the blood atonement from his parents.
          1. Genesis 3:21
          2. Adam and Eve tried to cover themselves with fig leaves from the fruit of the ground, but this was insufficient.
      2. Hebrews 9:22
      3. Abel was a prophet of God.
        1. Luke 11:49-51
        2. Abel was a martyr who died for his faith.
        3. Acts 10:43
    5. God had redemption by blood in His heart before He ever made the world.
      1. God had prepared a way for us through redemption in Jesus Christ from the foundation of the world.
      2. Throughout the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, you will find a red river of life.
        1. Revelation 13:8
        2. Genesis 3:21
        3. Genesis 4:4
        4. Genesis 8:20
        5. Genesis 22:1-13
          1. John 8:56
        6. Exodus 3:7-10
        7. Exodus 12:1-13
      3. Christ cannot simply be our example; He must be our Savior.
      4. All of the sacrifices in the Old Testament are pointing toward Calvary.
        1. God is preparing His people for Calvary.
          1. When we see the blood, we know that sin means death.
        2. Hebrews 10:4
  3. THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR WORSHIP  (Genesis 4:5-6)
    1. God did not respect the offering of Cain.
    2. The difference between Cain’s and Abel’s offerings is the difference between unrighteousness and righteousness.
    3. God will not overlook sin.
      1. God does not simply give an “A” for effort.
      2. God does not grade on the curve.
    4. God is too good not to punish sin.
      1. God is holy.
        1. God never has, never can, and never will overlook sin.
      2. Romans 3:23-25
        1. The word “propitiation” means satisfaction.
        2. Nothing else can satisfy the righteousness, the holiness, of God except the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
      3. All sin must be punished.
        1. Our sin will either be pardoned in Christ or punished in Hell, but it will never be overlooked.
      4. Sin is coming short of the glory of God.
        1. Do not be tempted to measure yourself against someone else; that is the wrong standard.
    5. The consequence of their worship was eternal.
  4. THE CONFLICT OF THEIR WORSHIP (Genesis 4:5-8)
    1. The first murder was over religion.
      1. Cain killed Abel, but Abel did not cease to exist.
        1. Hebrews 11:4
        2. For the child of God, death is not a period but a comma.
        3. Cain’s heart was not right with God.
          1. No man can be wrong with God and right with his fellow brother.
          2. False religion is characterized by force.
          3. Our faith is Jesus Christ is characterized by love.
      2. It was a religious crowd that crucified the Lord Jesus.
      3. John 16:1-4
    2. The words “martyr” and “witness” are the same word in the Greek language.
    3. We must spread the Christian faith with love, not force.
    4. There is no other way to Heaven other than the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
      1. Galatians 2:21
      2. Hebrews 9:22
      3. Romans 5:1
  5. CONCLUSION
    1. Religion is what sinful people do for a holy God.
    2. The Gospel is the good news of what a holy God has already done for sinful man.
    3. Christianity can be described in three sentences:
      1. I deserve Hell.
      2. Jesus took my Hell.
      3. There is nothing left for me but His Heaven.
    4. Do you know Jesus personally? If not, you can pray to Him today by asking Him to come into your life.
    5. Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
    6. Romans 3:23
    7. Romans 10:9-10
    8. Romans 10:13