Saved in a Moment; Holiness Pursued for Life


Matthew 28:1-10 The Resurrection

Matthew 28:16-20 – The Great Commission includes Obedience after faith in the gospel.



  • There is a difference between getting a uniform for a team and getting playing time for that team.
  • Anyone can buy a guitar or a trumpet but learning to play it is an entirely different thing.
  • You can put a hot tub on your deck but can you keep it clean and running properly?
  • It is possible to set up an aquarium with fish in it but is it possible for you to still be able to see the fish in that water in six months?
  • Falling in Love is easy, staying in love with your spouse is the challenge.
  • Getting married can be done in one day, but staying married takes a lifetime.
  • Having kids and raising kids is two different things.
  • Believing in Jesus just takes a moment, but living for him is where we need to improve.


It took God one night to remove the Hebrews from Egypt but more than 40 years to get Egypt out of the Hebrews.


Hebrews 10:14

  • “made perfect” is in the perfect tense and means a settled state, a continuous condition
  • are being made holy” is in the present tense and means something done over and over continuously.


It is not impressive for someone to believe in Jesus for salvation but it is something to see a person who has believed in Jesus living like Christ and living out the truth of the Word of God.


Exodus Account:



Hebrew’s Action


Ex. 12:31-36

God Set the Hebrew Slaves Free in One Night



After Being Set Free-

Red Sea

Ex. 14:10-13

Hebrews fear and complain they will die at Red Sea

No Water

Ex. 15:22-25

Hebrews complain to Moses


Ex. 16:2-4

grumble & wish they had died in Egypt where they had plenty of food

Water from Rock

Ex. 17:1-5

Quarreled with Moses; You brought us out of Egypt to die



At Mount Sinai-

Golden Calf

Ex. 32:1-2

Hebrews abandoned the Lord and worship a golden calf

Nadab & Abihu

Lev. 10:1-7

Aaron’s two sons change the incense formula which is like changing doctrine and die by fire



After Leaving Sinai & Moving Towards Promise Land


Num. 11:1-3

People complain about hardships; consumed by fire


Num. 11:4-6

People complain about manna; get deadly sick on quail


Num 13:26-31

Ten spies convince Israel not to go into Promise Land; they will spend a total of 40 years aimlessly wandering until they are all dead.



During the Forty Years in Wilderness-

Korah Rebellion

Num. 16:1

Korah convinces Levites to rebel against Moses Authority; 250 consumed, others swallowed in earth

Water from Rock #2

Num. 20:1

The kids are now adults and even though they have never seen Egypt, they act like parents and want to go back.


First Corinthians 10:1-10 – These things happened as examples for us.  Israel baptized into God’s plan, ate spiritual food (manna) and drank spiritual drink (water from rock) but did not please God.  They were scattered like debris from a hurricane.  They lived a pointless, meaningless life and died randomly without any purpose even though they were set free from Egypt, had entered God’s plan and received the Lord’s food and drink.  Instead of embracing God’s Law and ways they:

  1. indulged in worldly religion and sinful lifestyle
  2. engaged in sexual immorality and did not control their passions and lusts
  3. tested the Lord by twisting his word and creating their own doctrines which resulted in snakes biting and killing them.  The snakes represent doctrines of demons, like Satan in the garden, that twist the word of God to the destruction of those who hear it
  4. grumbled and were destroyed by the same angel of death that struck Egypt


Romans 6:4 – “Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the father, we too may live a new life.”


Our challenge is not only to believe in Jesus but to live in the present in our new life.