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Purity, Contentment, and Confidence

Hebrews 13:4-6

4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?”

What we act reveals what we believe. Last week, we saw three keywords about a Christian’s social life: Love, Hospitality, and Sympathy. Today, let’s look at three keywords showing how a Christian’s private live should be: Purity, Contentment, and Confidence.

Purity

v. 4

4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

The home is the first place where Christian love should be practiced.

“Marriage should be honored by all…”

At that time, there were two bad decisions about marriage:

  1. Asceticism : Marriage is worldly, carnal, and secular. So, to keep unmarried = to be more holy (WRONG)
  2. Libertarian-ism : I’m free to do whatever I want. To marry or not or anything (WRONG)

Marriage is not made by man – it is designed and planned by God. In this world, there are only two institutes originating and designed by God originally:

  1. The church : Christ = the head of the church, God says, “I will build my church”
  2. Marriage : between one man and one woman (Genesis 1-2, after the Creation of the world, the first thing God did was to marry Adam and Eve “It is not good for the man to be alone, so I will make a suitable helper for him.” And he united them as husband and wife. “For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife.”

Jesus also honors marriage by repeating this same sentence. “The two will become one flesh so let not man separate what God has joined together.”

Paul also honors marriage:

  • “Wives, submit to your husbands as the church to Christ.”
  • “Husbands, love your wives as Christ to the church.”

In this world, the best relationship to illustrate the relationship between Christ and the church is the relationship between husband and wife.

Practically, how can we honor marriage?

  1. Purity – by honoring our spouse and being faithful to each other, delighting in each other, serving each other

“…the marriage bed kept pure…”

What is this marriage bed? It is a euphamism to show a sexual relationship. The Bible shows that sex outside of marriage is highly destructive.

Are you a Christian? Then your standard must be the Bible. Our standard is not what the majority does, not our feeling, not our convenience. Our standard is what the Bible says.

God HATES and judges adultery and fornication – also marriage between man and man, and woman and woman. Remember, our lifestyle is worship.

Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, which is your spiritual act of worship. Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds. Then you will be able to test and approve the will of God.”

God bless us all with purity.

Contentment

To keep our purity, we must be content with what we have.

Satisfaction: Are you content now? Are you fully satisfied with what you have?

v. 5

“5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”

The Bible does not say, “Love is sin / bad” but rather the “love of MONEY” (and not just money).

To LOVE and to HAVE are two different things:

  • It is possible to LOVE money without having it
  • It is possible to HAVE money without loving it

In this world, we are to control and manage the money that God gives us – wisely, according to God’s will. If we really love God first, we will have a right relationship to money. But if we love money first, we will be controlled and driven by it, and become slaves to it.

Jesus: “You cannot serve both God and money. It is impossible for you to have two Masters.”

So, we must choose. What / who is my Lord? What is controlling and directing my whole life? The love of money is covetousness. Covetousness is idolatry. The root of all sins in the relationship to others = covetousness. So, the LAST of the 10 commandments = “You shall not covet.”

  • A millenial is asked: “How much money would it take to be satisfied?”
  • A: “One million more than I have.”

Covetousness = desire to have what I don’t currently have

Remember: If we put our desires and hopes in things that go away, then when that thing goes away, our hope goes away. Many people today think that MORE will make them happy, content, secure. But that is wrong.

  • We must remember that our value is not determined by our valuables.
  • Our heart should not be possessed by possessions.

Money can never satisfy our hearts, souls, spirits.

Real security can only be found in what can never be taken away from us. Our real security is our personal, individual relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. That’s why he says, “Watch out and be on your guard against all kinds of greed for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possession.”

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures that will be destroyed by rust and moth. But store up for yourselves treasures that will not destroyed by rust and moth. For where your treasure is, there your heart is also.”

We know that we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out. So if we have food and drink, we can be content with what we have.

The Bible strongly challenges us to be content with what you have. Are you content with what you have, now and here?

What is contentment?

It does not come from visible materials.

Yes, in this world, we need money and materials, but we must remember that real contentment does not come from money or materials. Contentment is not giving up these things completely, nor a purposeless life, nor an easy life, or challenge-less life, nor not making progress for a better life.

  • Contentment means: materials and money are not high in my priority list.
  • Contentment means: the power to give thanks in any and every circumstance.
  • Contentment means: The power to enjoy peace and joy in our Lord Jesus Christ in any situation, and confessing that “he is my Lord.” (Psalm 23)

If Jesus is my Lord, he is enough. In him, I can find anything and everything I need. He is MORE than enough because everything is provided by him.

“My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Jesus Christ.”

He provides us with everything we need.

Paul says, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.”

How was his situation at that time?

  • no money
  • jail
  • bound and chained

Yet he confessed, and proclaimed: “I have learned the secret to being content in any and every situation.”

Confidence

(Assurance & conviction)

v. 5b-6

“because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?”

We are very familiar with the first part because God said this often in the OT to Joshua and Israel. Jesus also promised in the last verse of the last chapter of Matthew: “Surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.”

“…so we say with confidence…”

  • Without confidence, contentment is impossible.
  • Without contentment, purity in this world is impossible.

“…so I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

What kind of confidence do we need?

  • Assurance of God’s presence with me all the time –
  • his provision
  • his protection
  • Assurance of forgiveness
  • Salvation
  • Ultimate / final victory and glory

Do you have this kind of assurance? We need this.

How can we have this kind of wonderful assurance? What is the ground on which we can have this kind of assurance? The ground is very important. Without a foundation, this building cannot stand. Likewise, without assurance, our faith can be shaken.

  1. The ground of our assurance is not what we have done, but what Christ has done for us
  2. The ground of our assurance is God’s promise and character, not our own merit and character (which is very changeable)
    1. Only God’s character is unchangeable

What has Jesus done for us? Died on the cross for us, and rose again for our salvation, justification, and glorification.

“Who is it that condemns? Jesus was crucified for us and raised from the dead, and is seated at the right hand of God the father in heaven.”

Jesus says, “I give you eternal life, and you shall never perish. No one will snatch you out of my hand.”

Jesus is so faithful and powerful in keeping his promise.

Romans: “Now there is no longer any condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. His power sets us free from the law of sin and death.”

“If you believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord and confess with your mouth that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Acts “For there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

Jesus’ name means: “He will save his people from their sins.”

This week, remember and meditate and pray about how you can apply these three keywords:

  1. Purity
  2. Contentment
  3. Confidence

God bless us with these three as well as his assurance of salvation, forgiveness, and eternal life.

Let’s pray.

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