Heb.12:28,29 – Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let’s show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.
I often talk about the prophet, Dick Mills, and the impact he had on my life and ministry. His love for the written word, word books, and old commentaries rubbed off on me. Brother Mills also had a great appreciation for the Holy Spirit and was always open to fresh moves of the Spirit. Many times he spoke with me in private about former moves of God. He would also ponder and talk about future waves of the Spirit and how they may impact the world. He refused to get stuck in the past. I actually met Brother Mills when he ministered at our Jesus Community in Kerman, California. Looking back, it was quite amazing that a minister from an historic Pentecostal church embraced the Jesus movement at all. Years later it was Dick that called me from Toronto, he was so excited about the fresh wave of the Spirit that was falling at the Toronto Airport Church. One of the ways Brother Mills effected me most was learning how to study passages of scripture. He would key in on key words in a passage and discover their original meanings. Here is an example from a word study on three words from today’s passage.
Receive – paralambano – to take, receive. To take near, with, or to oneself, to receive to oneself.
The Greek word paralambano is often used in classical Greek literature for heirs who have the “rights of succession” (to a throne). (Passion Notes)
Gratitude – charis – Grace, particularly that which causes joy, pleasure, gratification, favor, acceptance, for a kindness granted or desired, a benefit, thanks, gratitude. A favor done without expectation of return; the absolutely free expression of the loving kindness of God to men finding its only motive in the bounty and benevolence of the Giver; unearned and unmerited favor.
Offer – latreuio – It refers particularly to the performing of the Levitical service of the celestial temple. Generally to offer sacrifice, to worship
These three words bring this passage alive. First, we are heirs to the throne of God, seated in heavenly places with Christ. Second, He has effected our lives with His grace, the result is that our hearts are filled with gratitude. Finally, our response to His grace is to offer our lives back to Him in worship. I am grateful to the Lord for bringing Brother Mills into my life, the Lord used him to open my heart to the rich resources of God found in His word.