As a result of what Jesus has done for us, we are at one with Him, and He calls us “family” (Brothers & Sisters) Hebrews 2. How wonderful is that? It is truly wonderful! Jesus, when talking with His disciples, and after telling them, “I am in the Father and the Father is in Me” (John 14:11), went on to tell them of the day when “you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I am in you” (John 14:20). The Fellowship that has always been enjoyed within the Trinity is now ours, as we are in Christ, at one with Him. And He is not ashamed to call us brothers.
Hebrews was written to Jews who had accepted Jesus as Messiah, and were having trouble relating to the New Covenant. This book helped them, and will help anyone today who may be confused, to understand that Christianity is the natural successor to Judaism. Hebrews quotes the Old Testament Psalm 45:6,7 to make it clear that when God the Father, speaking to Messiah Jesus said; “Your throne, O God is forever and ever.” He called Messiah Jesus “God”. If God the Father called Messiah Jesus “God”, then how can I call Him anything less? If God calls His Only Son, “God”, the case is closed. Messiah Jesus is God! – Listen To Him!
The Holy Spirit used the apostle Paul while he was in a Roman prison to intercede with Philemon on behalf of Onesimus. This is a beautiful example of intercession, and a great picture of how Christ Jesus intercedes before the Father on our behalf. Paul said, “Receive him as you would me” in other words; “I will stand in his place.” Then Paul said, “If he has wronged you or owes you anything, put that on my account” (Philemon). Satan accuses Christians before God day and night (Rev.12). But Christ took our sins upon Himself, paying the penalty on our behalf. He is at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. (Heb.7) “Jesus said: put their sins on My account”.
The Holy Spirit is in the process of transforming each one of His children from what we used to be into what God wants us to be – (Titus 3). I’m not yet complete, as far as my progress is concerned, but the process of renewal is underway, to conform me into the image of Jesus Christ. I’m not yet what I should be, but thank God, I’m not what I used to be. And I know that since God has begun a good work in me, He promised to finish it (Phil.1:6). God is in the process of making me a new creation”. Pastor Chuck 1927-2013 – He is complete
Christians should be living and looking for the return of our Lord, Jesus Christ just as He promised. We are to live and look for “The glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2). When we live our life believing that Jesus could come back at any time, it gives us a sense of urgency to share the Gospel with anyone who will listen, because time is short. This also gives us a right perspective on the material world, and ‘building bigger barns’ like the rich fool of Luke 12. Living & Looking for Christ also has a purifying effect on our lives, because we don’t want to be caught in sin when Christ returns. We know our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ could come at any moment, and that anticipation will make all the difference in the way we live day to day.