Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
“The Vail Is Upon Their Heart”
A. It is frustrating to try and teach sometimes (Mark 3:1-5 and Mark 6:1-6).
1. We all have those “why can’t they see it” moments (Mark 8:10-21).
2. Sometimes we expect people to be further along than they are in their learning (John 14:5-10).
3. Sometimes we even have to step back and realize some are not ready to progress in learning (I Corinthians 3:1-3 and Hebrews 5:8-14).
4. Even worse, we have to realize that some are not teachable at all (Matthew 7:6).
B. It is sad, but there are those who have decided not to allow the word to penetrate their hearts (Jeremiah 13:1-10).
1. Hardened hearts are a very old problem, even amongst those claiming to be of God (Matthew 19:8).
2. The heart is a key component in someone obeying the truth (Matthew 13:15, Luke 8:15, and Romans 6:17).
II. Body: II Corinthians 3:12-16
A. Moses did literally put a veil on his face at one time (Exodus 34:29-35).
1. Moses covering his face is used by Paul to illustrate how Moses did not fully reveal God’s entire plan to Israel (I Peter 1:9-12).
2. The things that are now revealed were a mystery during the Old Testament dispensation (Ephesians 3:1-11 and Colossians 1:25-27).
3. The Old Law of Moses was abolished [caused to cease] (Ephesians 2:11-17).
a. It had to be fulfilled before it was abolished (Matthew 5:17-19).
b. The Law of Moses was only a temporary law (Galatians 3:11-24).
B. Now that the mystery is unveiled, one cannot ignore the Law of Christ and be saved (John 12:48).
1. Under the Law of Moses there were severe punishments for disobeying the law (Leviticus 20:9-15, Numbers 15:32-36, Numbers 20:7-12, Joshua 1:18, II Chronicles 21:12-15, Ezekiel 14:13, etc.).
2. It is much worse to refuse obedience to the Law of Christ (Hebrews 2:1-4, Hebrews 10:26-31, and Hebrews 12:24-29; cf. Matthew 25:46).
C. You cannot cover your heart and think you can be saved (Jeremiah 4:4; 14, Zechariah 7:8-14, and Romans 2:28-29).
1. Blindness of heart is a choice (Ephesians 4:17-19).
2. Those who have covered hearts cannot be converted (Acts 28:23-27).
3. One’s heart has to change (Ezekiel 18:31).
4. An open heart can be lead to salvation (Luke 6:45 and Romans 10:10).
III. Conclusion: Examine yourself making sure that your heart is open to the will of God (Hebrews 3:7-4:1).
© 2011 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager