The Book of Hebrews – God’s Promise

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“For example, there was God’s promise to Abraham. Since there was no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in his own name, saying: “I will certainly bless you, and I will multiply your descendants beyond number.” Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised.” Hebrews 6:13-15 I am really not a very patient person. I have learned more patience during this pandemic. I don’t like drive-thru at fast food places, but I have had to use them if I wanted to eat there. Many times, the last couple of months I have sat at a drive thru and told myself, have patience. Patience is a virtue. The ability to wait for something without frustration is a useful skill and a good aspect of one’s personality. I know this and I need more patience and I am working on it. Abraham had patience. He waited years on God’s promise. The amazing thing about all of this is that Isaac was really just the down payment of the promise.  Even the great number of people descending from Abraham was merely one of the blessings that came along with the promise. The real implication of this promise was that through the line of Abraham and Isaac the Messiah would come. “What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would make the Gentiles right in his sight because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.” So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.” (Galatians 3:8-9) God promised this to Abraham with an oath. In court, when giving testimony, the witness is sworn in with the Bible, the promise is that […]

The Book of Hebrews – Hope and Assurance

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“Dear friends, even though we are talking this way, we really don’t believe it applies to you. We are confident that you are meant for better things, things that come with salvation. For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.  Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.” Hebrews 6:9-12 The scriptures leading up to this scripture were not very up lifting. This scripture gives us hope and assurance. Being confident of better things the writer also pauses to remind us that God is not unjust in noticing the labor of love shown the world through them for His name sake. Which is amazing considering that we are Christ’s ambassadors on this earth. Perseverance is a necessary characteristic for believers. Judging by the world around us it would be easy to become discouraged by the events continually surrounding us if we did not know the hope we have in Jesus and cling to it until the very end. Salvation is accompanied by lots of fringe benefits. In fact, salvation is the entrance point for all the good things that God has in store for us. The moment we were born again every promise that was made belonged to us as heirs of this kingdom. Although the warning at the end of Hebrews 5 and beginning of chapter 6 is a strong warning, the […]

The Book of Hebrews – Bearing Fruit

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“When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing. But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it.” Hebrews 6:7-8 The two fields represent two kind of persons: one a fruitful person; the other a fruitless person. When we are walking with God, we will produce fruit. “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22-23) The fruitless person has come so far that his heart is hardened and cannot see that he is doomed. If you allow yourself to drift into sin, there is a point of no return. We must pursuit holiness and grow in grace.  This is the great folly of those who profess to be Christians but live a carnal life thinking that they will clean things up in their old age. We are not promised the next moment. God’s Word is full of warnings about falling back into the world. “Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the last hour has come. These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us. When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.” (1 John 2:18-19) “So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away.  Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord […]

The book of Hebrews – Falling Away

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“For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come—  and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.” Hebrews 6:4-6 God gave us a free will. We have a choice to follow Jesus or not. The day that I chose to follow Jesus, the Spirit of God filled my life and I never wanted to go back to my old life. I have not always been in the will of God in my life, but God has always been in my life. I believe the scripture in Romans, “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) When I felt the love of God in my life, it was where else could I go and feel that love.  If the only way into the kingdom of God is by choice, then it also makes sense that the only way out of the kingdom is by choice. Remember you cannot lose your salvation, no one can take it from you, God will never […]

The Book of Hebrews – Lets Move Forward

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“So, let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely, we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God. You don’t need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And so, God willing, we will move forward to further understanding.” Hebrews 6:1-3 When I was saved and started walking with God I could not get enough of God and things about God. I wanted to know God and grow in my walk with Him. I have been walking with God for nearly forty years and I still want more of God. I still want to move forward with God. We need to build our foundation before we can move forward with God. If our foundation is not solid, we will fall. Our foundation must be well constructed. We must know and understand certain things first in order to receive the deeper things of God later. The foundation always comes first. The cornerstone of this entire belief system is built on Jesus. Then as we get to know Him and read His Word certain principles are laid, solidifying the base we are building. What is being formed will support the many deep and wonderful truths of God in the future. This list of elementary truths should be the foundation of our lives. These doctrines are important to know so well we could teach them to others. Understanding these things concerning repentance, faith, baptisms, laying on of hands, the resurrection and eternal judgment are the base things of God, they are beginning truths. But having these as our foundation of faith assures that the […]

The Book of Hebrews – Dull of Hearing

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“There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.” Hebrews 5:11-14 This is a word for the modern church today. We have congregations of people who neither know the truth of the Word or the power of God. They remain in infancy, hovering around the door of salvation without desire to walk into the fullness of God to which they have been called. Placing no importance on God’s Word in their own lives. They starve on half-truths and “feel good” sermons. They cannot accept the deep things of God because they haven’t strived to understand even the foundation. The church today wants members more than disciples. To be a disciple takes work and study. God will always help us in understanding His Word, but we must be open to the Holy Spirit. This scripture is saying that how can you know the deep things of God when you don’t even have the foundation of what you need to know. Jesus tells us that we must build our foundation on rock. “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.” (Matthew 7:24)  The wonderful truth being explained of Jesus’ […]

The Book of Hebrews – Jesus Suffered

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“While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him. And God designated him to be a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:7-10 Even though Jesus was totally without sin, this did not make Him exempt from the frailty of human experience. Jesus was beset with the heartache and grief associated with human existence. We see this in Jesus’ prayers. His prayers told us that He depended on God. Through Jesus’ suffering we see that He learned to obey God, not that He was ever disobedient. We see Jesus praying as He went through the suffering that He experienced as human. The cross meant terrible agony of heart and body for Jesus, but He was obedient to His purpose for God. It was necessary for Him to go through the suffering so that He would be qualified to be our high priest. “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8) What do we see Jesus doing when He was going through suffering? He was praying. He […]

The Book of Hebrews – God’s Perfect Plan

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“And no one can become a high priest simply because he wants such an honor. He must be called by God for this work, just as Aaron was. That is why Christ did not honor himself by assuming he could become High Priest. No, he was chosen by God, who said to him, “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.” And in another passage God said to him, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:4-6 The Book of Hebrews uses many scriptures and references from the Old Testament. If we don’t understand what God was doing in the Old Testament, we can never understand what is happening in the New Testament. God’s plan in the Old Testament with the high priest was to show us that we needed someone to be our mediator between Us and God. As humans, we are not able to go before the throne of God. This was God’s plan when He appointed Aaron the first high priest. The high priest was to be our mediator. The problem was that Aaron’s line of priests could not last forever. The problem of death would end each high priest and the office that he held. The other problem was that he was human and he was a sinner just like the people that he was taking before God’s throne. He had to be Forgiven for his sins also. Just like God always does He had the perfect plan worked out. From the very start of the priest ministry, God knew He was going to send us the perfect high priest. He was going to send us a high priest that would never die and one that never had sinned. This priest was in the order of Melchizedek that would be […]

The Book of Hebrews – Typical High Priest

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“Every high priest is a man chosen to represent other people in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers sacrifices for their sins. And he is able to deal gently with ignorant and wayward people because he himself is subject to the same weaknesses.  That is why he must offer sacrifices for his own sins as well as theirs.” Hebrews 5:1-3 The sacrificial system was a type and shadow of what was to come. It represented a picture of the true sacrifice that would be made by the Messiah. It was used to remind those making the sacrifices of their sin. They experienced this symbolism year after year looking forward with anticipation to the Christ. When making a sin offering the worshipper had to provide a perfect, spotless lamb. Laying their hands on it to symbolically transfer their sin and guilt, the animal was then sacrificed as a covering for sin. The sacrificing of animals was never able to remove sin as evidenced by the conscience of the worshipper and the repetitive act of bringing sacrifices. This sacrificing was done by the typical high priest. This scripture identifies one of the defining marks of Judaism. Israel could trace a succession of high priests back to Aaron. Aaron, brother of Moses, was the first high priest and representative of the people, chosen from among men. Who chose him? Did the people through some kind of democratic process choose him? No. Only God appointed high priests. Israel saw the appointment of the high priest as a demonstration of God’s sovereignty. God used angels and other agents to declare Christ’ divine appointment, God alone ultimately appointed Jesus Christ the High Priest. The purpose of God appointing high priests was so that the high priest could act for the […]

The Book of Hebrews – Hold Firm

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“So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So, let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:14-16 Hold firm! This is what the Book of Hebrews is all about. It is about us hold on to our faith in Jesus Christ. This book was written to Jews that were wanting to return to the temple and the old ways of the law. We need to hold firm because our high priest is in heaven. He is sitting next to God on the throne and He is making intersession for us with God. He can make these intersessions for us because He knows what we need to hold firm. He knows all of our weakness, because He has walked in our shoes yet He stood firm and did not sin.  If we hold firm until the end, our confession of faith, remembering that Jesus is our High Priest then we will have confidence and boldness to approach God on the basis of this faith. This is truly an amazing truth understanding the role that Jesus plays as our Savior and High Priest and letting this truth rewrite how we approach and relate to God. We can come before the throne of God every day as well as the last day with confidence because Jesus Christ is mediating before the Father. If Christ were not our great high priest, we could not stand before God. We would […]