Friday, October 25, 2013

Hebrews 10 - Summarized in a few verses

v. 1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming - not the things themselves.

v.11 Sacrifices can never take away sins.

v. 12 This priest (Jesus Christ) offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, then sat down at the right hand of God.

v. 24 We are to encourage one another, spurring each other toward love and good deeds.

v. 36 We need to persevere so that we can when we have done His will we can receive what He has promised.

v. 39  We are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hebrews 9 - Blood

At the beginning, more talk of Jesus as our High Priest, and then it gets bloody.  We are reminded of the Old Testament sacrifices involving the blood of goats and bulls, so that God's people could be outwardly clean.  Contrast that with verse 14: "How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death SO THAT we may serve the living God! (emphasis added)

It's a recurring theme, but for some reason it's so easy to lose sight of the fact that our standing before God the Father does not depend on our performance, but that the sacrifice of Jesus earned our righteousness, and in the light of that righteousness that He earned we are now free to serve God.  We are empowered serve because of what Jesus did, not because we are trying to earn what He already earned for us.  Man that is easy to forget.  Why is that?

He has died as a ransom to set us free from sins (v. 15).  He was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many, bringing forgiveness and salvation to those who are waiting for him (v. 28).  Thank you Jesus.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Hebrews 8 - New High Priest, New Covenant

So Jesus became our perfect High Priest, establishing forever a new covenant between God and man.  What are the characteristics of this new covenant?  We see in verses 10-12:

"I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.  I will be their God and they will be my people.  No longer will a man teach his neighbor, as a man his brother, saying, "Know the Lord," because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.  For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."

Father, forgive my wickedness and remember my sins no more.  Let me know you.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Hebrews 7 - Once For All

Melchizedek is certainly a mysterious character from the Old Testament, and reading Hebrews 5-7 really helps understand not only who he is, but also how Jesus has removed our need for a revolving door of high priests.  Jesus has become a permanent, eternal intercessor on our behalf.  He has become "the guarantee of a better covenant" (v. 22).  He has a "permanent priesthood" (v. 24).  And He sacrificed Himself once for all (v. 27), ensuring that we who come to God through Him are saved completely (v. 25).