Archive for September, 2010

Greetings one and all. This is the last blog post on this current series on the book of Hebrews. I have been rewriting papers I had written for a class assignment on Jesus’ High Priestly resume. This concluding piece is called The Christian Privilege from Hebrews 10:19-39. As always; comments, questions, further thoughts, etc are always welcome.

In verses nineteen through twenty two, we see we can confidently enter the Most Holy Place through this new living way because the old veil has been removed by Jesus’ death in the body. This Jesus is our Great High Priest over God’s house. Because of this we are able to draw near to God with faith that hearts have been sprinkled with Jesus’ blood sacrifice when we were washed in the waters of baptism. Verse twenty three tells us to hold on to Jesus, our hope we talk about. Jesus is faithful and won’t ever let us down. In verse twenty four we must continually encourage each other in good works. In verse twenty five, we must encourage everyone to faithfully attend our assembling together especially in the light of things that are coming in the near future.

In verses twenty six thorough twenty seven we see if we don’t encourage others in this, they may defect from the knowledge of the truth. Then there are no more sacrifices to be offered. The Levitical Sacrificial System is done away with. Those who would  defect are leaving the only sacrifice that was offered for all who would accept it and be faithful to it. All that is left for the enemies of God is the great fear that comes with facing judgment and punishment. In verse twenty eight we see those who defected form Moses’ law were killed after the testimony of two or three witnesses. From verse twenty nine, how much more severely will those who reject Jesus and His sacrifice of blood on our behalf. They have shamefully smashed the Son of God in the mud and spit upon His blood that made them clean and whole. Verse thirty focuses in on Old Testament terminology when he says God will avenge and repay and He will judge His people. Verse thirty one tells us it is very scary for the unrighteous to fall into the hands of the God who lives.

In verse thirty two, the persecution of the brethren and how they had stood strong in its midst. In verse thirty three, they were insulted and persecuted personally and those who weren’t stood along side those who were. Verse thirty four says they sympathized with their brethren who were imprisoned and accepted it when their property and possessions were torn away from them, because they knew they had eternal rewards waiting in heaven.

Verse thirty five pleads for us to not discard this confidence, for in due time it would be richly rewarded. Verse thirty six urges patience and steadfastness under all circumstances, because those who do God’s will are going to be rewarded with what was promised. Verses thirty seven through thirty eight reflect on Old Testament imagery on Habakkuk stating God will come and He won’t be late. His righteous children will live by faith, but whoever turns away will not be pleasing to Him. But verse thirty nine states we are not amongst those who would detract.

I hope and pray this makes since and is edifying to those who have read this. Comments, thoughts, questions, etc are always welcomed.

This post is the last of this series. Next week I’ll start a new series on the book of Acts, called The Missional Church.

Thank you all for reading my thoughts. God bless you all. Grace and Peace.


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Greetings one and all! In this new segment of When The High Priest Sat Down, we’re going to talk about The New Sacrifice Of Christ from Hebrews 10:1-18. As always thoughts, questions, and comments are welcomed.

Chapter ten verse one says the law is merely a shadow of the good that is destined to come in the future, but not of the reality it represents. It is unable to repeat the blood sacrifices and year in and year out and make perfect those who draw near to worship. Verse two states if the sacrifices could perfect the worshippers, they would not have ceased  to be offered. If so, they would have been perfectly cleansed and none of them would have felt guilty for the sins they had committed. Verse three through four state the sacrifices that were offered were animal sacrifices, and they would never be able to cleanse us of sins. Verses five through seven reflect on what the Psalmist wrote in prophecy about Jesus. He said God would not desire sacrifices but would prepare a body for His chosen Messiah. God would not be pleased with animal sacrifices. But the Messiah would come with the express purpose of doing and fulfilling God’s will. Further in verse eight he says God would not desire these sacrifices, although for a brief period of time, He did require them. But, in verse nine, One would come with the set purpose of fulfilling God’s will for redemption. In fulfilling His will, the first will be set aside and the second will be established. Inverse ten, Jesus is the one who makes men holy through the sacrifice of His own body once for all. Verse elven states the arduous task of the priest who must daily offer sacrifices for sins for himself and the people, but these sacrifices would never be able to take away sins. But, as verse twelve states, Jesus is the Great High Priest who offers one sacrifice for all time and thus sits down at God’s right hand of power, signifying His job is now complete (thus the name for this series)! Verses thirteen through fourteen state Jesus is waiting for His enemies to be made His footstool. In His one sacrifice Jesus has made perfect those who are being made holy. Verses fifteen through eighteen state David’s Psalm prophecies about the Holy Spirit’s testimony about these matters. The Lord promised to make a new covenant with Israel and Judah. And He will put it in their minds and hearts (salvation by education). Then He would remember their sins never more. Since these have been forgiven, there is no need for sacrifices for sins.

Like the others, this was taken from a class assignment I did for a class at Sunset. The whole collection is called Jesus’ High Priestly resume. There is one more piece in this collection. I’ll begin a new series upon the completion of this one.

As always any thoughts, comments, questions, etc are most welcome. God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

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Weekend High Lights.

Greetings everyone! I wanted to give a couple of high lights from the weekend.

I went to a singles ministry conference at Prestoncrest church of Christ in Dallas. It was called ALIVE in the Metroplex. It was about the word NEXT. God wants to be NEXT to us. He wants us to be prepared for what’s NEXT in our lives. Prepared to take the necessary NEXT steps to get to God’s goals for our lives.

One of the biggest impacts the speaker told us was Jesus asking a man if he would follow Him no matter what. The man said he would. Then Jesus asked him if he would follow Him through a dark hallway and through a big dark door. The man said he would. And Jesus asked him if he would even if there was no floor on the other side of the door. The man said he would, because he believed Jesus would either catch him or teach him how to fly. What a powerful statement!

And yesterday at BRCC a great friend Paul Partlow spoke. A story he told was of a bunch of ducks waddling to their duck church. The duck preacher read from his duck Bible and told them God made them with wings so they could fly. So fly ducks! Fly! And all the ducks said “Amen!” and “Preach the word brother duck!”, but they all just waddled home.

May we all walk in faith, even if there’s no floor to stand on. May we trust that God will catch us or teach us how to fly. And may we fly!

Any comments or questions? Love you all :} God bless. Grace and Peace :}

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Greetings everyone! So sorry I haven’t written in so long.

As my regular readers know, I am in a blog series on the book of Hebrews. We’re calling this blog series When The High Priest Sat Down. I am re-writing class assignments I did on Jesus’ High Priestly resume. This installment is on the new tabernacle of Christ from Hebrews 9:1-28. Here is what I wrote.

Hebrews 9:1 talks about the first and old covenant and it’s earthly regulations in the sanctuary. Verse two talks about the way the sanctuary was set up under the old covenant with the lamp stand, table, and consecrated bread. Verses three and five talk about the Most Holy Place and how it was set up under the old covenant with the gold alter with incense, and covered ark of the covenant. The ark contained such things as a gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. Verse six talks about the priests and how they went about carrying out their priestly ministries. In verse seven we read only the high priest was able to enter the tabernacle and only once a year at that. He couldn’t enter without blood so he could offer for his own sins and for the sins of the people. Verse eight says the Holy Spirit did this to show the way leading to the Most Holy Place couldn’t be changed until the old tabernacle was done away with. Verse nine says this happened to show the old covenant sacrifices couldn’t forgive sins, they couldn’t clear the worshipper’s conscious. Verse ten says they were only done until a new and better covenant was inaugurated.

Verse eleven says Jesus Christ, being the greater High Priest came through the new and better tabernacle, the tabernacle that is not man made and of the new creation. Verse twelve says Jesus didn’t enter by the blood of any animal that was never able to forgive sins, but through His own blood, because it is able to give full redemption. In veres thirteen we read the blood of goats and bulls, and a heifer’s ashes are able to outwardly clean those who needed to be sanctified. Verse fourteen says the blood of Jesus is able to clean men’s souls and consciouses so we may serve the living God. The fifteenth verse states because of this Jesus is the mediator of the new covenant, so those who were called may receive the eternal redemption because He died, was buried, and resurrected setting free those who sinned under the old covenant. In verses sixteen through seventeen we see when one makes a will, it doesn’t take effect until the test-taker has passed on, and then it takes effect. Verse eighteen says because of this the first covenant didn’t forgive sins even with blood. Verse nineteen says when Moses had proclaimed all the words of the old covenant, he performed all the sacrifices and rituals it had perscribed. In all of this, verse twenty says, this is what God has commanded us to keep. In verse twenty-0ne we read Moses did all of these sacrifices. Verse twenty-two perscribes there is no forgiveness of sins with no blood for sacrifice. Verses twenty three states these old covenant sacrifices might clean the outer body, but the new covenant sacrifice cleans what is heavenly. Verse twenty four says Jesus didn’t enter a tabernacle that man made, He entered the throne room in heaven itself, appearing before God on our behalf. Verse twenty five says Jesus doesn’t appear before God to offer blood that isn’t His. Verse twenty six says if He were to have to do so, He would have to enter in again and again to do that. Instead He only enters once, and that to offer Himself once to take away the sins of all people. He will appear a second time, not to bear our sins again, but to bring salvation to His faithful ones.

Does any of this make since? As always further thoughts, comments, and questions are always welcome. Please let me hear from you.

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

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Greetings one and all! This series of blogs has been over the book of Hebrews. The theme has been about how Jesus fulfilled all the Old Testament sacrifices. I’ve been rewriting a class assignment our teacher had us do over Jesus’ resume as high priest. This post will be on the new covenant of Jesus’ priesthood.

In chapter eight verses one through two the writer states because of Jesus’ priesthood there is a new covenant. Jesus sat down at God’s right hand of power in heaven and He serves at the Lord’s (not man’s) holy tabernacle sanctuary.

Verse three says every high priest must have something to offer in sacrifice in the tabernacle sanctuary. He can never go to offer sacrifices empty-handed. Verse four states if Jesus were on earth He wouldn’t be able to be a priest, because of the tribe of Levi and they had to give already prescribed gifts of the law. Verse five says these men serve a tabernacle that is a shadow of the reality tabernacle in heaven. Because of this Moses was strictly told he was to build a tabernacle exactly how he was told by God on the holy mountain. In verse six we see Jesus’ ministry is superior to theirs and the new covenant is better then the old one, because they were built on better promises.

Verse seven states that if none of this were so, there would have been no reason for them to seek a better place or a better covenant. Verses eight through twelve are a string of Old Testament quotations. Verse eight states the Lord promised to make a better covenant with the houses of Israel and Judah. Verse nine says this new covenant will not be like the former one, because His people rejected it and Him, and He turned them away. Verse ten is probably alluding to Jeremiah 31:31-34 when he states God’s new covenant to put His words and laws in the people’s minds and on their hearts (salvation through education). Verse eleven states none of them would have to be taught about God because He had already put His words and laws on and in everyone’s hearts and minds already. Verse twelve says God promised to forgive everyone had the Lord’s words and laws in their minds and hearts and would remember their sins no longer. Verse thirteen states when the Lord promised to inaugurate a new covenant, it made the first covenant old and thus obsolete. And what is obsolete will eventually be done away with.

In chapter nine verse sixteen we see when someone makes a will, it does not take effect until the death of the one who wrote it takes place. Verse seventeen says as long as the will writer is living, his will does not take effect. But only after the death of the test-taker. Verse eighteen says, it is because of this new covenant did not take effect until the test-taker (Jesus) shed His blood and died.

I hope all of this made since here. Of course, comments and questions are always welcome. Thank you all for reading about my thoughts here. God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

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