Hebrews 9 “The Shadow & The Reality” – Sept.6, 2015 – CD#1569

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THE EARTHLY PRIESTS ENTERED INTO THE TABERNACLE TO OFFER THE BLOOD OF THE SACRIFICE (Hebrews 9). That tabernacle was only a shadow or model of what was actually in heaven. And those animal sacrifices didn’t really work in taking away sins. It was only a shadow of the real thing. The reality was Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, entering into heaven itself, and offering His own blood once and for all!                                                                               There is no need for any further sacrifice. The blood of the goats and calves could only simulate the reality of Jesus’ sacrifice. Jesus was the reality.

Hebrews 8 “A New Relationship Of Love” August 30,2015 – CD#1568

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THE NEW COVENANT BRINGS US INTO A RELATIONSHIP OF LOVE. Now the law of God is written on hearts. It is no longer based on our ability to keep the regulations of the law. Now it is based on the cross and on the faithfulness of God. And the wonderful thing is, now God is working in our hearts. Christ is changing our desires from within. And now, instead of longing for the things of the world we are longing for the things of the Spirit!  The glorious result is a real, intimate, personal relationship with Jesus our God. “I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Hebrews 7 – “The Law Is Lacking” -August 23, 2015 – CD#1567

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JESUS IS A PRIEST OF A HIGHER ORDER THAN THE LEVITES, HE IS OF THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK. And that is the reason He can be our High Priest although He was not a Levite. (Hebrews 7)    The Levites represented the Law, and the Law is Lacking. There is nothing wrong with the law, but there is something wrong with people. And The law is unable to fix what is wrong. “The law makes nothing perfect.”

The law can reveal your sin, but it can’t take away your sin. It condemns you and shows you that you are guilty, but it can do nothing else. It still leaves you separated from God. But Jesus changed all that with The New Covenant.

 

Hebrews 6 “The Results of Immaturity” August 16, 2015 – CD#1566

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“FOR YEARS I preached evangelistic, topical messages, on repentance, faith in God, baptism, and the life & death nature of the gospel. I never led the congregation to maturity in Christ, and so they were immature, babes in Christ because I was only feeding them milk. (Hebrews 6)                                            I read in Ephesians 4:11-15 the work of a pastor is to ‘equip the saints for the work of the ministry’. This changed my understanding of ministry, and I set out to make our people the best equipped & best taught Christians around. I began to teach through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.      In Acts 20:27 Paul told the Ephesian elders ‘I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God’.                 I can now say the same: ‘I have declared the whole counsel of God to you.’ There is a place for evangelism, & we share the gospel with those who haven’t heard, & we thank God for those who are saved, but the primary purpose of the church is to bring Christians to maturity”.  Pastor Chuck Smith – edited by Pastor Gary

Hebrews 5 “Learning Obedience” – 7/9/15 – CD#1565

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SOMETIMES WE HAVE A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING the concept that Jesus “learned obedience” and was “perfected.” But there are certain things you can only learn by experience. (Hebrews 5)                                                                             When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Take this cup from Me,” He was expressing His own desire. But He didn’t stop there, because He was showing you and I how we should pray, as He went on to say, “Not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42). He learned obedience as He submitted His will to the will of the Father, and we will also learn obedience when we submit our will to His. And so, Jesus was “perfected” or “made completely ready” to be our Savior.

Hebrew 4 “Soulful or Spiritual” 8/2/15 CD# 1564

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THE SOUL AND SPIRIT are so entwined within us that it can be difficult for us to recognize whether or not the feelings we have come from a soulish or a spiritual experience. All of us have had soulful experiences, and spiritual experiences. So how can we tell the difference? That is where the Word of God comes in.     As we compare our experiences & our feelings to God’s Word, & as we study the Living Word of God it will help us divide between the soulful feelings, and the spiritual feelings. By comparing our experiences to the teaching of the Bible we have a true standard by which we can evaluate our experiences & feelings. The Bible is a living & powerful indicator of that which is Soulful & that which is Spiritual. (Hebrews 4)

Hebrews 3 “A Love Relationship” July 26, 2015 – CD#1563

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MOSES BROUGHT THE LAW, giving people a way to relate to God in a legal relationship. JESUS, AS THE SON OF GOD, brings us into a loving, family relationship with God. The Father wants a love relationship with His children, not a formal, legal one.  In a legal relationship, there is a tendency to look for loopholes in the law, to see what we can get away with. But in a love relationship, we only want to know how close we can get to the object of our love!   I believe God calls us to a love relationship, not a legal one. In a love relationship where we want to please our Father, we hang on to Him, and stay as close as we possibly can. I’d rather be part of His family than His employee.

 

Hebrews 2 “We Are One With Jesus” 7/19/15 CD#1562

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AS A RESULT OF WHAT JESUS DID FOR US ON THE CROSS, IN HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION, we are at one with Him, and He calls us “brothers & sisters.” (Hebrews 2)  How amazing and glorious that is.                                             When Jesus was talking with His disciples, after telling them, “I am in the Father and the Father in Me” (John.14:11), He went on to tell them of the day when “you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you” (John.14:20). The fellowship that has always been enjoyed within the Trinity is now ours, as we are in Him, at one with Him. And He isn’t ashamed to call us brothers & sisters. Amazing !

Hebrews Ch. 1 “God’s Ultimate Revelation” July 12, 2015 – CD#1562

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JESUS WAS THE “EXPRESS IMAGE” OF GOD WHEN HE WAS ON EARTH. He said: “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). The Greek word used here in Hebrews 1 for “express image” refers to an image made when a signet ring is applied to a wax seal. It’s an exact duplicate of the ring. Jesus is exactly God. It couldn’t be expressed in any stronger words.                                                             The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that Jesus is actually Michael the archangel. The Mormons teach that He is the brother of Lucifer, a fallen angel, making Jesus just another angel. Islam teaches that Jesus is one of many prophets. These are false teachings.  In John Chapter 1, the Bible teaches that Jesus is the Creator of all things, even the angels, and He is greatly superior to them.

Philemon “Paul The Intercessor” July 5, 2015 – CD#1561

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THE APOSTLE PAUL GIVE US A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO INTERCEDE FOR SOMEONE ! Onesimus had stolen from Philemon, and ran away to Rome where he evidently met Christ, and got saved. Paul encouraged Onesimus to go back and make restitution to Philemon. Paul wrote this letter to Philemon to encourage him to accept Onesimus as a brother in Christ, and to know that Paul was standing up for him.                                                            Satan is the accuser of the brethren, accusing us before God day & night (Rev.12:10).  But Jesus Christ took our sins upon Himself, and paid a penalty we could never pay. He is at the right hand of the Father interceding for you & I (Heb.7:25). “If he has wronged you or owes you anything, put it on My account”

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