Hebrews 7:23-25

23 Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. 24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.  Hebrews 7:23-25

Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father.  He lives forever more.  The priest under the Old Covenant had to replace when their time as priest came to an end.  Under the Old Covenant the priest the mediator between God and man.  But under the New Covenant Jesus is the mediator between us and our Father in Heaven.  The precious blood of Jesus enables us to draw near to the throne of grace with confidence and without fear.

It is by the grace and mercy of God that we are saved.  It is by God’s grace and His power that we are held close to the Lord.  We are not saved by our works and our right standing with God is not based upon our performance.  It is based upon our faith in Christ Jesus.  As we grow with Him we are transformed into His character and His nature.

May we fix our eyes on Jesus each day.  May we seek Him with our whole heart and remove from our lives anything that would hinder our walk with Him.  He is coming soon and He returns for a bride who is prepared and ready.  He returns for a bride that seeks Him with her whole heart.

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Hebrews 10:26-39

26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”[e] says the Lord.[f] And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”[g] 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: 33 partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; 34 for you had compassion on me[h] in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.[i] 35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

37 “For yet a little while,
And He[j] who is coming will come and will not tarry.
38 Now the[k] just shall live by faith;
But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.”[l]

39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.  Hebrews 10:26-39

There is a true danger that exist for those who willfully sin after they have come to the knowledge of the truth.  It is very different to make a mistake and willfully sin.  A person who is struggling with temptation will lose a battle here and there as they are growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ.  But to willfully sin means we have rejected the Lord and begin to pursue sin and this world with everything that is within us.  If this is the case, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins because we have knowingly rejected Jesus Christ after having our eyes open to the truth.

The writer of Hebrews brings up the point that those who reject the law of Moses without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses faces death.  The law of Moses represents the Old Covenant and the point the writer of Hebrews is making is that if that is the result of rejecting the law of Moses, how much more is it true if we reject the precious blood of Jesus.  If after coming to know the truth we treat the blood of Jesus as a common thing and trample it underfoot, we have forfeited the grace and mercy of God.  What the writers of Hebrews is pointing too and bringing up is a very flippant attitude about God’s grace and the sacrifice of Jesus.  We should be pursuing God and His kingdom with all our heart and this will protect us from willfully chasing after sin and the desires of the flesh.

Vengeance belongs to the Lord alone and it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God without mercy.  His mercy and grace are available to all who will humble themselves and receive what Jesus has done by making Him Lord and Savior.  But when we reject the sacrifice of Jesus after our eyes have been open to the truth then how mercy and grace no longer remain.  The writer of Hebrews through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is stating the true danger in having a flippant attitude toward sin.  Sin is deceptive and if we view it as something innocent it will capture our hearts.

The writer of Hebrews tells his readers to remember the former days when they experienced trial and tribulation.  For it is when we suffer for the Lord that we grow in our relationship with Him and our hearts are fully committed to Him.  When things become comfortable it is very easy to get off track.  It requires us to diligently seek Him daily, setting aside anything that would hinder our relationship with Him.  He is to be our only desire and our only aim.

There is great reward that awaits those who endure until the end.  The Christian life requires endurance and it requires patience.  In this world we will face tribulation, but we have nothing to fear because our Lord and Savior has overcome the world.  But we are called to press on and keep our focus upon Jesus Christ.

The Lord has no pleasure in those who would abandon the faith and turn their hearts from Him.  We are called to be of those who patiently wait upon the Lord.  For He is coming soon and has a certain day and hour in which He shall return.  God is a God of order and everything He does is by perfect design.  This includes when He shall return for His bride to take her home.  But we must endure until the end and keep our focus upon Jesus Christ alone.

It is the just who live by faith and those who abandon faith in Jesus Christ only have perdition that stands before them.  But those who endure until the end are saved and will spend eternity in God’s kingdom.  Sometimes we simplify salvation to the point where many simply believe it is a one time event.  But time and time again the Lord speaks in His word of endurance, being patient, and enduring until the end.  There were those who abandoned Jesus who began walking with Him and there were those who abandoned the apostle Paul and turned from the faith.  Let us understand the seriousness of sin and let us seek the Lord with our whole hearts.  For it is His grace and His power that hold us close to Him, but it is our responsibility to seek Him with our whole hearts.

So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many

so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

Hebrews 9:28 NKJV

The first time Jesus came He came as a humble servant who came to give His life for all humanity.  He laid His life down willingly and took the punishment that we deserve.  There is nothing that we can do to earn God’s love, grace, and mercy.  We are simply called to draw near with confidence to the throne of grace because our sins have been forgiven and they no longer remain.

He is faithful and just to forgive our sins when we ask for forgiveness.  Often times the enemy will try to paralyze us by reminding us of our past and someone how make us believe that our sin remains.  But in Christ our sins are forgiven.  In Christ we are set free not because we feel like we are free, but because the truth of God’s word says so.

There shall come a day when the Lord shall return for His bride.  He shall return a second time unto the earth to establish His kingdom upon the earth.  Until that day we are called to be busy with the work of God’s kingdom.  We are called to fix our hearts and our minds upon Jesus.  As we fix our eyes upon Jesus and draw near to the Lord we are transformed by the power and might of the Holy Spirit.  This journey with Christ is simply about being transformed into His image.

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.     Hebrews 11:1

Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.  We live by faith and not by sight.  What this truly means is that we live as if it has already happened and God has already moved before He actually has.  It is basing our trust in His promises and His word.  Letting go of feelings and emotions and keeping our eyes fixed upon Jesus alone.  The enemy will try to overwhelm us with doubt and discouragement.  Theses are the fiery arrows of the enemy.  Every thought concerning discouragement and doubt is simply a lie from the mouth of Satan.  God will fulfill His every promise and no matter how long we are called to wait we must hold fast to the faith that we have.

Waiting can be very difficult on the promises of God but there is a deep work that God does in the waiting.  In the waiting our hearts and lives are transformed.  Everything in our flesh wants things to happen right away, but there is a deep purpose in the waiting.  God has called us to wait and has promised to move in His due time.  No matter how much discouragement, doubt, and unbelief you may be experiencing understand that you are not alone.  It simply takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain.  Hold fast my friends and continue to press into the Lord and in the place of prayer.  God will move in due time.

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Hebrews 11:6 KJV

It is impossible to please God without faith.  We don’t earn God’s grace or forgiveness.  We don’t earn God’s mercy or His love.  Everything we receive from the Lord is by faith alone.  He is love and He loves to lavish His love upon us.  There is so much the Lord desires to do in our lives and often times we miss out because we are chasing after things that have no eternal value.

But when we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness the Lord will bring forth every plan and purpose He has for our lives.  We should never compare our lives to anyone else’s and the mistake we make often times is comparing what God is doing in our lives and what He is doing in the lives of others.

Our lives and our calling is unique from anyone else’s.  We must simply keep our hearts and eyes fixed upon Jesus.  He will lead and guide us one step at a time.  It simply comes down to abiding and fellowshipping with the Lord.  We have a living relationship with Him and the more we draw near, the more we grow and are transformed.

We must pay the most careful attention

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a 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 by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.  Hebrews 2:1-4.

There is no such thing as casual Christianity.  Daily we are in a spiritual war in which we are tempted on a daily basis by the desire of the sinful nature.  But we can have authority over the temptations we face by relying fully upon the strength of the Lord and not our own.  It is important for us to be in God’s word daily, reading His word and meditating upon His word.  When we read God’s word our minds are transformed and therefore our lives are transformed.

The message of the gospel and the truth of Jesus Christ was demonstrated through signs, wonders, and miracles.  The first century church saw a demonstration of God’s power as the authority of those speaking God’s word was demonstrated through signs, wonders, and miracles.

Signs, wonders, and miracles are a demonstration of authority and were not just for the first century church.  Many times in America we see a lack of the power of the Holy Spirit because people have either rejected the power of the Holy Spirit or we simply as a people are not walking in obedience.  There is much the Lord desires to do in our midst but it is going to require us as a people to walk in true repentance and walk in obedience.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit and the fullness of the Holy Spirit is available today for every believer.  The Holy Spirit distributes the gifts of the Spirit according to the will of the Father.  But again we must be open to receive what the Lord has for us.  We cannot allow the traditions of man and the wisdom of man to keep us from all that God has for us.  Too many times in America we allow pride and fear to keep us from having all that the Lord has for us.

When we simply take time to meditate upon the sacrifice of Jesus and the gravity of that sacrifice it puts life in the right perspective.  We are simply called to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.  The bottom line is that if we desire to see the power of God demonstrated in our midst it requires obedience on our part to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

“You are my Son; today I have become your Father”

For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son;
    today I have become your Father”[a]?

Or again,

“I will be his Father,
    and he will be my Son”[b]?

And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”[c]

In speaking of the angels he says,

“He makes his angels spirits,
    and his servants flames of fire.”[d]

But about the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
    a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
    therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
    by anointing you with the oil of joy.”[e]

10 He also says,

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.
11 They will perish, but you remain;
    they will all wear out like a garment.
12 You will roll them up like a robe;
    like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
    and your years will never end.”[f]

13 To which of the angels did God ever say,

“Sit at my right hand
    until I make your enemies
    a footstool for your feet”[g]?

14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?  Hebrews 1:5-14.

The writers of Hebrews makes it clear that there is a distinction between the angels of Heaven and the Son of God.  Jesus is the one who deserves our worship.  There have been those who have gotten caught up in the worship of angels.  The worship of angels is intriguing to some because they are supernatural beings.  But the truth is that they are created just like us.

We do not become angels when we die.  There are some who believe this but it is not true.  When we die we will have brand new bodies even though our spirits are already reborn while we are on the earth.  But Jesus is the only one who deserves our worship.  He sits at the right hand of the Father and Jesus will return to establish His millennial reign upon the earth.  Jesus reign upon the earth will be a physical reign and we who are part of the body of Christ will rule and reign with Him at that time.

It is important for us as believers in Jesus Christ to keep our hearts and minds focused upon Jesus.  He has already overcome the world, and it is Him alone who leads us to victory.  As we draw near to the Lord each day we grow in deeper intimacy with Him.  Yes we will face trials and tribulations, but we have nothing to fear because no matter what we face the Lord grace is sufficient and His strength made perfect in our weakness.  The bottom line is Jesus deserves all our praise and He alone is the one who we focus our hearts upon.

There is an important functions that angels play in the life of any believer.  They come along side and provide aide.  Even though we may not be able to see them they are ever present around us.  When we pray the angels of Heaven are strengthen and empowered to carry out the Father’s will upon the earth.  There is a continual war that is taking place between the angels of Heaven and Satan and his demonic horde.  But the thing to always remember is that only a third of the angels followed after Satan when he rebelled against God.  The bottom line is we have nothing to fear.  We simply need to keep our hearts and minds focused upon Jesus Christ and every time we go before the Lord in prayer the purposes and plans of Heaven are accomplished.

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being,sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.  Hebrews 1:1-4.

The book of Hebrews is an incredible book.  We are not clear on who the actual author is but the audience the writer is writing to is Jews to prove to them that Jesus indeed is the Son of God and that everything that was written of in the past points to Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the Son of God and is the radiance of God’s glory.  He is the center of everything.  Jesus said that if He be lifted up He would draw all men unto Himself.

Under the Old Covenant the Lord would speak through the Old Testament prophets.  Throughout Israel’s history there were always faithful men who were faithful to the message God had give them.  Most times the false prophets out numbered the true prophets of God, but this was the way that the Lord often spoke to the nation as a whole.

Under the New covenant the Lord has spoken through His Son Jesus.  Jesus is the embodiment of who the Father is.  Jesus revealed who the Father was because until Jesus came the nation of Israel only knew God from a distance.  But when Jesus came not only did the nation of Israel get a revelation of who God truly is, the world as a whole got a revelation of who God is.

Jesus sits at the right hand of God in a position of authority.  All authority on earth and in heaven has been given unto Jesus.  We who are in Jesus Christ through faith have the same authority that Jesus has and we must use that authority in the place of prayer.  The very sad truth with much of the body of Christ today is that many are simply ignorant of who they are in Christ.  They instead are distracted with the pursuit of the world.  The Lord is calling His people to set aside every idol and everything that hinders to pursue the Lord with all our hearts.

If there is any question as to who is superior the writer of Hebrews makes it very clear that Jesus is superior to the angels.  Jesus is the center of all things and He is to be the center of all things.  We need to set aside our desire to glorify our own names and our own ministries and the center of all things need to be Jesus Christ.  If we will simply preach and teach the purity of God’s word without compromise and without the traditions of man we will see God’s sons and daughters walk in complete freedom and authority.  The reason many still live in bondage is because they are taught things that are not based solely on the purity of God’s word, but it is God’s word that has been compromised.  It is only the truth of God’s word that sets us free.