"MAKE ALL THINGS ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN"

Text: Hebrews 8:5

Introduction

1. The idea of a pattern is known to all of us.  Teachers use lesson plans, carpenters us a blueprint, coaches devise a game plan, seamstresses use patterns. In legal matters, a will is a pattern devised by its maker and the executors and heirs must view the will as a binding, unalterable pattern.  In spiritual matters, the New Testament is the Will of Christ and is to be viewed as an unalterable pattern for all of mankind to follow.

2. Previous lessons demonstrated that God does not want us to add to nor to take from His word, (Deut.4:2; 12:32; Rev.22:18,19).  He does not want His people to deviate in any way from what He has said, (Joshua 1:7-9; 2 John 9; and Jude 3).  His word furnishes us completely unto every good work, (2 Tim. 3:16,17).  We to speak as the oracles of God, (1 Peter 4:11). This is the language we would expect when talking about a pattern.

I. IN EVERY AGE GOD HAS SET FORTH A PATTERN FOR HIS PEOPLE.

II. ALL THAT GOD HAS SPOKEN ON A GIVEN SUBJECT CONSTITUTES HIS WILL OR PATTERN.

III. GOD HAS A PATTERN REGARDING OUR RELATIONSHIP TO OTHERS. Matthew 7:12 is a summary statement of this pattern but let us look at some of the specifics concerning:

IV. GOD HAS A PATTERN REGARDING HOW TO OBTAIN FORGIVENESS OF SINS. Luke 24:47 and Acts 2:38 illustrate this pattern in action.  The pattern is silent on being saved by faith only, grace only, having a good feeling in your heart, etc. Case after case is given to show how to be saved (Acts 2,8,16,18,etc.)

V. GOD HAS A PATTERN REGARDING CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP  He expects us to worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23,24) We are sing spiritual songs (Eph.5:19), pray through Christ, our Mediator (1 Tim.2:5), observe the Lord's Supper every first day of the week (Acts 20:7) and give as we have been prospered (1 Cor.16:1,2).

VI. GOD HAS A PATTERN CONCERNING THE WORK HE WANTS THE CHURCH TO DO.

Conclusion: "One of the great delusions of modern worshippers is the fallacy that there is no pattern, actually, and that it makes no difference what men do religiously, just so they are sincere in it; but this text reveals God as a pattern-minded God," (Burton Coffman on Hebrews 8:5).

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