Jesus is Sufficient
Passage: Hebrews 10:1–10:18
1 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? 3 But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; 6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. 7 Then I said, 'Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.'" 8 When he said above, "You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings" (these are offered according to the law), 9 then he added, "Behold, I have come to do your will." He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. 15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, 16 "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds," 17 then he adds, "I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more." 18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
Here is a copy of the list referenced at the end of the sermon:
From Pastor Bill Eliff - 50 Blessings in Christ from Romans 8
One of the greatest battles we must fight as leaders and ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ is discouragement. It can hang on us like a winter cloud, depleting us of our joy and robbing us of the confidence we need to lead others. We have no burden for revival and awakening when our eyes have been taken off the sufficiency of Christ.
When we are in Christ, we experience an abundance of extraordinary results. Look at what is ours as followers of Jesus, as Paul describes in one chapter, Romans 8.
- We are no longer under any condemnation (v. 1).
- We are set free from the law of sin and death (v. 2).
- Christ did something for us we could not do, condemning sin in His flesh on our behalf (v. 3).
- We can fulfill the law as we walk according to the Spirit (we never had the ability to do this before) (v. 4).
- Our minds are set/directed/focused to the things of the Spirit, and we have the capacity to think in a new realm (v. 5).
- We now have life and peace instead of death (v. 6).
- Our mind is no longer hostile toward God (v. 7).
- We can please God (v. 8).
- We belong to Him (v. 9).
- Our spirit is alive because of righteousness (v. 10).
- His Spirit gives life to our mortal bodies (v. 11).
- We are under obligation to live by the Spirit, not according to the humanistic flesh (this is a wonderful pressure and can be fulfilled because the Spirit is in us!) (v. 12).
- We live (v. 13)!
- We are led by the Spirit (v. 14).
- We are sons of God (v. 14).
- We have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear (v. 15).
- We have received a spirit of adoptions as sons, by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” (v. 15).
- The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God (v. 16).
- Because we are children, we are heirs with God and fellow heirs with Christ (v. 17).
- The sufferings of this present time cannot compare to the glory that will be revealed to us (v. 18).
- Our bodies will be soon be completely redeemed (v. 23).
- We have hope (v. 24).
- The Spirit helps our weakness by praying for us, and He does this perfectly because He intercedes for us according to the will of God (v. 27).
- God causes all things to work together for good as we are loving Him and called according to His purpose (v. 28).
- We have a glorious purpose—to become conformed to the image of His Son (v. 29).
- He has foreknown, predestined, called, justified, and glorified us (v. 30)!
- God is for us (so who can possibly stand against us?) (v. 31)!
- He did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us (v. 32).
- He will freely give us all things (v. 32).
- We can have no charges brought against us, because we have already been justified by the ultimate Judge (v. 33).
- We cannot be condemned, because Jesus died, was raised, and intercedes for us (v. 34).
- We will NEVER be separated from the love of Christ (v. 35)!
- Tribulation will not separate us from Christ’s love (v. 35).
- Distress will not separate us (v. 35).
- Persecution will not separate us (v. 35).
- Famine will not separate us (v. 35).
- Nakedness will not separate us (v. 35).
- Peril will not separate us (v. 35).
- The sword will not separate us (v. 35).
- We overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loves us, even when persecuted all day long (v. 37).
- Death will not separate us (v. 38).
- Life will not separate us (v. 38).
- Angels will not separate us (v. 38).
- Principalities will not separate us (v. 38).
- Things present will not separate us (v. 38).
- Things to come will not separate us (v. 38).
- Powers will not separate us (v. 38).
- Height will not separate us (v. 39).
- Depth will not separate us (v. 39).
- No created thing will separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (v. 39).
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