In Hebrews 8 The Holy Spirit quotes from Jeremiah 31:31-34 to describe the new covenant that God has made with His Bride. God’s Law will be written on our minds and hearts. It is no longer based on our ability to keep the law, but upon what Jesus accomplished on the cross and God’s faithfulness. The wonderful thing for Christians is that now, God is working in our hearts. Christ is changing our desires from within. Rather than longing for the things of the world we are longing for the things of the Spirit; Righteousness, Peace and Joy. – The glorious result is a genuine, intimate, personal relationship with the Living God. “I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
Jesus was tempted just as I am. You have heard that many times: have you grasped it? He was tempted by the very same sins that we are. It may be a dark place you are going through, but Jesus went through it before. It is a hard fight you are waging, but Jesus stood face to face with the same enemy. Be of good courage, Christ has borne the load before us, and the blood-stained footsteps of the King of glory may be seen along the road which we travel today. But sweeter than that – Jesus was tempted, but He never sinned. Now since Jesus endured temptations, yet never sinned, so in His power His Church may also cease from sin. Some new believers think that they cannot be tempted without sinning, but there is no sin in being tempted, but there is sin in yielding to temptation. But remember that the Lord Jesus triumphed, and just as He overcame, so shall His Church, because Jesus is the Head. Perhaps we are tempted just now, in order to drive us nearer to Him. Blessed is any wind that blows us into the port of our Savior’s arms. C.H. Spurgeon
For Calvinists & others who believe you can never lose your salvation, Hebrews 6 introduces the problem of one who is saved but then falls away. Many try to bend the Word to imply that the person was never a Christian in the first place; but it is a stretch to say that someone who has “been enlightened…been a partaker of the Holy Spirit, and tasted the good Word of God and the powers of the age to come” is not a Christian. Hebrews 6 is also a problem for Arminians who believe people can get saved & lost as many times as they want; because it says that it is impossible for them to get saved again. Remember that Hebrews was written to Christians who were leaving Christ to go back to Judaism & the law. It says that if they go back to Judaism, there would be no hope of salvation for them. This could also be to people who leave the faith & turn against God, & lead others astray. It may be possible to sink so far in not only rejecting Jesus, but in destroying the faith of others that you get to a point of no return. But Hebrews 6 is not teaching that if you fall into sin you can never repent. That is contrary to all of the Bible & would leave us all lost. Pastor Chuck Smith
When God created the world, He rested on the 7th day. He didn’t rest because He was tired. He rested because He was through. His work was finished, so He stopped. In the same way that God stopped after finishing the work of creation, we can also enter into the rest of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. It is finished! You are forgiven of your sins. I don’t have to work to achieve my own salvation. I am saved by grace. I don’t have to ‘forgive myself’. If I could actually forgive myself I wouldn’t need Jesus Christ. As far as my salvation is concerned, He is resting and so am I.
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.
Titus had to confront deluded people who believed that nothing is pure. They denied the new Christians in Crete basic & Godly pleasures that were not sin. (Titus 1) Timothy had to deal with the same kind of people. Paul wrote Timothy about those “forbidding Christians to marry, and commanding them to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe, and know the truth” (1 Tim 4:3). Paul knew that if a Christian walked in the purity of Christ, all these things were pure to him. But to legalists (defiled & unbelieving), nothing is pure. The problem was with their defiled minds, not with the things. When Paul says “all things are pure” he does not mean pornography, illicit drugs, etc. are pure. Paul means those things which are permitted by Scripture, but forbidden by the defiled minds of legalists. “To the pure all things are pure, and they will be kept in purity. To the impure, and defiled every one of them may be seen as an act of impurity.” Morgan