The only reason Judaism exists is due to the Jews’ rejection of Jesus Christ as their Messiah. Judaism was a religion inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:16). Its purpose was to prepare Israel for the coming of the Messiah and his new covenant (Gal. 3:23-26). However, the majority of Israel could not accept this common preacher from Nazareth as being their Savior. A minority of them followed Jesus due to the divinely inspired teaching of his apostles and prophets, including the writer of Hebrews. However, the Jews severely persecuted them. It is against this background of tribulation that the writer of the Hebrew epistle wrote by inspiration, showing us that one of the main purposes of the letter was to encourage Christians of a Jewish background to remain loyal to Christ in the face of hardship (Heb. 10:32-12:13). In order to do this, God inspired him to show his Jewish readers the superiority of Jesus Christ and his new covenant over the Judaism.… Read More Hebrews: The Answer to Judaism
God is certainly “the God of peace” (cf. Romans 15:33). One of the blessings of being a Christian is the privilege of taking everything to God in prayer and receiving “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:6-7). This peace comes because Christians have been reconciled to God through the death of Jesus (Romans 5:10). Praise the Spirit of God who “brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus” (cf. Romans 1:4)! Jesus is indeed the Christian’s “great shepherd” (cf. John 10:11; 1 Peter 5:4). It is through his blood, “the blood of the eternal covenant” of the New Testament, that salvation is offered to all (cf. Matthew 26:28; Titus 2:11-12). Anyone can receive that salvation when they believe in Christ, repent of their sins, and are baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of their sins (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:36-39; 22:16; Galatians 3:26-27). That is how one becomes a Christian.… Read More Hebrews: The God of Peace
Consider everything in this life which changes and the uncertainty and stress those changes bring. Families change. Governments change. Jobs change. The economy changes. Our health and the health of those whom we love changes. Sometimes even Christians change and lose their love for God (cf. Revelation 2:4-5). Yet Jesus the Christ – the Anointed of God, the Messiah, our Savior, Lord and King – never changes. That’s basically the theme of the whole book of Hebrews. … Read More Hebrews: Jesus Christ Never Changes
Quoting the Lord’s promise to always be with Joshua (Joshua 1:5), the Hebrew writer applies it to Christians also. This is why we can “confidently” join with Hebrews in quoting Psalm 118:6: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Friends, this is one of the greatest blessing Christianity offers us. God is our constant source of aid and comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-5). He will always be with us, and what a wonderful relief that is!
… Read More Hebrews: The Lord Is My Helper
Friends, whenever we worship God – whether it be together in a church assembly or individually in private – we must remember to Whom we are praying and singing, from Whom comes the scriptural message to which we listen, Whom we commemorate in communion. Who is he? Our God who “is a consuming fire.” He deserves our honor and our respect. Worshiping him is far more than simply sitting in a pew singing some songs. God expects honor and reverence, the same kind of honor we would give highly respected people in our lives (cf. Malachi 1:6-8). He expects our perceptions of him to be filled with awe.… Read More Hebrews: The Need for Reverence and Awe
Old Testament Israel met God at a mountain and quaked in fear, receiving a covenant that was designed not to redeem them but to ultimately lead them to their Redeemer, Jesus (cf. Galatians 3:24). How wonderful it is that New Testament Christians have met God under much better circumstances. What a wonderful privilege it is to be part of the church of Christ, the firstborn!… Read More Hebrews: Coming to Mount Zion
The first case on record of sibling rivalry between twins in the Bible is the account of Esau and his brother, Jacob.… Read More Hebrews: Do Not Be Like Esau
How does one strive to become more holy and pure? It starts with continual, prayerful study of God’s Word with an honest and good heart (Psalm 1:1-3; Luke 8:15). It continues with the decision to obey the gospel one reads of in the Scriptures through whole-hearted faith, repentance, and baptism (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 3:19; 2:38; 22:16). It continues on with continual study, instruction, and obedience to God’s Word (1 Peter 2:1-3).… Read More Hebrews: Work Hard For Peace, Holiness, and Grace
If any professed Christian finds that their faith brings them no hardship or trials of any kind, they are not the kind of Christian that God wants them to be.… Read More Hebrews: The Benefits of the Discipline of God
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