Jun 2011

7775 - Freedom

Join us as we look at another facet of the marvelous work of Jesus Christ as he died on the cross.

Listen to Hebrews 2: verses 15 and 16:

and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels He helps, but Abraham’s descendants.

The consequence of the sin of man brought fear of death to be a cloud, which hovers over humanity; so many questions surrounding death.

Mankind was created to have fellowship with God. This capacity was built into the fabric of man. Both God and people were to enjoy the relationship with each other.

After the devil deceived Eve and she ate the forbidden fruit from the only tree in the Garden from which they could not eat, and Adam willfully followed her actions; a great change came into the inner being of both. The purity and simplicity of innocence was destroyed in their beings; and for the first time in the Bible we find fear within the people God had created.

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7774 - Devil Overcome

Our study in the book of Hebrews has brought us to Hebrews 2:14. Here’s what it says:

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death — that is the devil...

Let’s review what the Bible tells us about the devil, this one whom the Bible declares holds the power of death. The devil is referred to by many various names in Scripture. He is called Satan, the dragon, prince of the power of the air, the accuser of the brethren, the evil one, the prince of this world and other titles and names.

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7773 - Brothers

We’re told God’s Word is sweeter than honey and drippings from the honeycomb. Together let’s taste a portion of His Word today.

In Luke 15, as the Lord Jesus was teaching, he came to the climax of the parable about the lost son. This son which was dead in relationship to his father had returned. In humility he had repented of his sin and failure. But even as he spoke the father was pouring out acts of love upon him. There was reconciliation. A celebration followed this joyful reunion.

Then Jesus continues with the parable by telling about the eldest son who had remained on the home place which now belonged to him.

Let me read Luke 15:25-32 and then we’ll talk more:
"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. `Your brother has come,' he replied, `and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'

"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, `Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!'

"`My son,' the father said, `you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'"

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7772 - Author of Salvation

Join us as we hide God’s Word in our heart that we might not sin against the Lord.

Today let’s explore the title “author of salvation” which is ascribed to Jesus in Hebrews 2:10. Listen:

In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of salvation perfect through suffering.

In this greater passage Jesus is exalted as being the atoning sacrifice for sin, the Son of God who willingly became human flesh in order to accomplish the very task of salvation.

Think for a moment: Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is the figure in whom all the Old Testament saints had faith, while all those since the cross have faith in Jesus for salvation. So the statement “without Jesus there would be no means of salvation.” is very true.

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7771 - Now Crowned

In our study in the book of Hebrews we have been brought to see how the author emphasizes the superiority of the New Covenant of faith in Jesus Christ to the covenant of Law, and how it has superseded that old covenant. Much is said about the superiority of its Founder, Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

We want to talk about how Jesus is now crowned with glory and honor after his sacrificial service here on earth as a human being.
Listen to Hebrews 2:9:
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

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7770 - Rulership Forfieted


7769 - Man's Intended Rule


7768 - Great Salvation

In Hebrews, chapter 2 the writer calls attention to the great salvation which was consummated on the cross by Jesus Christ.

Listen to Hebrews 2 verses 3 and 4:

How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

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7767 - Pay Attention

We enter chapter 2 of the book of Hebrews in our study together today. This begins the first of five warning given to us by God through this book of the Bible, so lets “Pay attention”.
Listen to Hebrews 2: verses 1-3a:
We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?

In this passage is a reference to the occasion of God’s passing of the Law to Nation Israel on Mt. Sinai. This is one of the principal events in the book of Exodus.
The spiritual status of the societies of the world was very wicked. Idolatry and witchcraft, and perversion were accepted daily activities in the many cultures.
God said to Moses before He gave the Law to Israel: “...tell the people of Israel: you yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession... You will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. (Ex. 19:3-6).”
God’s desire was that Israel be a missionary nation to the world as His chosen people.
With awesome display of God’s power and holiness, the law was passed to the Hebrew people.

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7766 - Ministering Spirits

As we come to the end of Hebrews, chapter 1, we receive some revealing information pertaining to the relationship of angels and those who are chosen to be God’s children.

Let me read Hebrews 1: verses 13-14:
To which of the angels did God ever say, "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet" ? Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

These verses are additions to the Lord’s revelation that Jesus Christ is superior to angels in His authority over the affairs of mankind.

Can’t you just hear Father God saying to those who will read this book, “Did God ever say to any angel, here, sit down beside me, and let me make your enemies a footstool for your feet?” Of course, the answer is “No way.” In fact, where do you find that any angel sat down in God’s presence? I haven’t found a single such incident. Angels are ministering spirits, so they are busy in their task of service.

These words from Father God are an affirmation of His Son Jesus. He is the only One in eternity who has been invited to share the holy, eternal throne of God.

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