Hebrews 10:3 Religion VS Faith

Hebrews 10:3 (KJV)
But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

The book of Hebrews is all about better things. In this case that better thing is about the memory of sin.

Religion, of necessity, keeps dredging up that old sin. It can never allow a man to be free of his sin or else it loses its grip upon that man. The old sin is dug up again and again, beating the man down and whipping him into submission.

New Testament faith in Christ, on the other hand, is all about freedom. God promises him, “their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” Their sins are forgiven and forgotten. And in that is freedom.

  • The thrust of religion is submission of the old man.
  • The thrust of faith is the elevation of the new man.

Being free the new man is able to grow, to thrive and to benefit from constant access to the throne of grace.

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Romans 11:15 Israel Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Romans 11:15 (KJV)
For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

I was recently asked to explain where the nation of Israel is in God’s plan today, and to describe what is that nation of Israel. This is my understanding of God’s Word on the subject:

God made promises to the nation of Israel that are unconditional and will be fulfilled in the Millennial Kingdom.
However passages such as 1 Corinthians 10 and Hebrews 2 point out that not all who are born Jews are of Israel. Individual Jews who had not bought into God’s plan for Israel were not included in God’s promise for Israel.

God has set aside Israel in this era to focus on Christ’s church
The word our text uses is cast away. While I am convinced Christians should support Israel, it is not because that’s where God’s heart is today. Individual Jews can enter into God’s plan and heart in this hour just as anyone else can, by calling on Christ for salvation and uniting with a New Testament Baptist Church. Having done so their Jewish heritage becomes as insignificant as is my American Indian heritage; it is interesting but it has no spiritual meaning. My heritage, as is true of every Christian, is in Christ alone.

God will once again point His focus on Israel as a nation during the Tribulation.
This is also known in the Bible as Daniel’s seventieth week. By the end of those seven years the nation of Israel will have turned to Christ and will be prepared to receive God’s promise to Abraham, Jacob and David. This does not mean, however, that everyone born to a Jewish family in the Tribulation will be partaker of the promise but only those who have identified with the direction Israel is moving toward Christ. Individual Jews in rebellion will be dealt with just as any of those Gentiles who are in rebellion to Christ.

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Hebrews 9:24 For Us

Hebrews 9:24 (KJV)
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

Not long ago I had a conversation with a Jewish man. (I am not sure he would call it a conversation as he, in the most uncivil terms, accused me of being an uncivil anti-Semitic.) He insisted that Jesus never abandoned the Jewish covenant and that neither did His disciples. He was sure that every time the New Testament speaks of the church, God meant to say synagogue.

This passage is very clear; Jesus has assumed the position of High Priest, but not in the Old Testament sense, He is High Priest in heaven. He has entered into a new and more excellent covenant.

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Hebrews 8:1 That Sums It Up

Hebrews 8:1 (KJV)
Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;

The word “sum” tells me that those things that follow summarize those things that proceeded. To sum the summation:

Our High Priest is in heaven
Vs 1-5

Our High Priest gives us a better covenant
Vs 5-13

Our High Priest will not remember our sins and iniquities
Vs 12

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Job 31:35 We Have What Job Longed For

Job 31:35 (KJV)
Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.

A friend recently pointed this verse out to me and offered some very helpful insights.

Job is here expressing his case. As far as he knew, he had committed none of the heinous sins his friends were just sure he must have done (though they could not name one or prove it if they had). Previous to this verse Job is at a loss. He lists possible sins and declares himself innocent of them all.

Then here he makes his request. Job prays for a thing that believers have enjoyed possessing for the last nineteen hundred years; a completed and perfect book revealing God’s plan for men. Job’s own life event is both contained in that book and answered by the book.

The Bible, God’s answer to the struggle of fallen man, has gone through four thousand years of writing, two thousand years of abuse and refinement and four hundred years of attempted corruption but God has kept His Word perfect, pure and profitable.

All that remains is that we learn it.

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Job 29:2-3 Job- A Type of Christ

Job 29:2-3 (KJV)
Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;
When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;

No one person in the Bible is a perfect type of Jesus Christ. We do, however, find types of Christ in a great many Old Testament characters such as Joseph, David, Solomon and, in this piece of his account, Job.

He speaks of the glory of former days
Job 29:2-3

Christ first setting is heavenly glory. He laid that down to identify with and become man but He always looked to the day of His restored glory.

He did the work of deliverance
Job 29:12-14

Through His own righteousness and personal sacrifice many are delivered from sin and sing for joy.

Job is a judge of the wicked and brings vengeance for the bereft.
Job 29:17

The believer need never seek vengeance as he is assured God will make all things right.

He prophesied his death
Job 29:18-20

It was the death burial and resurrection of Christ that purchased our liberty.

Upon His Words hang the very souls of men
Job 29:21-22

The Word of God is the most important thing a man possesses in this life.

It is for His Word we assemble and wait
Job 29:23-24

This is church. We gather to hear His very Word.

He gives us direction leadership weapons and comfort
Job 29:25

All of it from His Word

The type continues into Job chapter 30. I leave to the interested reader to develop this likenesses.

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Hebrews 6:11 Full Assurance of Hope

Hebrews 6:11 (KJV)
And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

There is hope, there is the full assurance of hope and then there is possessing that full assurance unto the end.

The hope of the Christian is eternal life
It is not as the world gives, a vain and empty hope but one based on the promise of God. It is unconditional and once made is certain and sure.

The full assurance of hope is however, conditional.
Though I have a thing doesn’t necessarily mean I am confident in my possession. Confidence of eternal life is developed through obedience to the things of God as given in God’s Word. The more we know God’s Word and have proved it through obedience to it, the more assured we become in its promises.

The full assurance to the end comes only through faithfulness
While eternal life is unconditional and therefore secure, the full assurance of that eternal life can be had and lost. The desire of the Apostle was that these (and we may add, we) would possess the full assurance until that last day we dwell in this mortal life. His desire therefore was for our faithfulness. He desired that not a few but that every one of us diligently continue our ministry unto the end so that we would possess the full assurance of our hope unto the end.

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Job 27:6 His Heart Never Condemned Him

Job 27:6 (KJV)
My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

Job found himself in a situation where reproach was all around him.

  • It felt as if God had reproached him allowing him to suffer as he did
  • It is certain that Satan had reproached him as is recorded in this book
  • His wife had reproached him, we know not what became of her
  • His friends had reproached him and continued to do so

But Job said that there was one thing he had determined would not reproach him; his own heart. He knew that none of this had come upon him due to any unrighteousness found in him. Job was no more perfect than anyone else but he had a living relationship with God. That relationship provided his righteousness. He would not allow his circumstances or the accusations of his friends to break down that trusting relationship and thus allow his own heart to accuse and reproach him.

1 John 3:19-22
And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

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Hebrews 5:1-3 The Priestly Role of the Believer

Hebrews 5:1-3 (KJV)
For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

These are the qualifications of the Aaronic priesthood in contrast to the priesthood of Christ. If there is a corollary, and I believe there is, it is with the believer and not the preacher. Every believer is a priest today. Thus we might apply these qualities to our own role:

We ought to focus on things pertaining to God
The Christian ought to be such full time. Life for the believer ought to be entirely about things pertaining to God.

We ought to have compassion
The need of man is compassion from God shed through the hearts of the saints.

We ought to remember our own infirmities and not just those of others
No one has arrived to such a place of spiritual maturity that we can afford to forget our own need of growth mercy and forgiveness.

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Hebrews 4:14 Something To Really Fear

Hebrews 4:14 (KJV)
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

The phrase “let us” is found four times in this chapter (and a number of other times in the book of Hebrews):

  • Vs 1
  • Let us therefore fear
  • Vs 11
  • Let us labor therefore
  • Vs 14
  • Let us hold fast
  • Vs 16
  • Let us therefore come boldly

The first two of these (and I believe a case can be made the same is true of the other two) are nearly discounted in modern Christianity. My focus is on the first of the four.

Even though the Bible assures us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning both of knowledge and of wisdom, fearing God is far from preached in the average pulpit. Today’s preacher is much more likely to focus on God’s accessibility, His love, His forgiveness. Not many Christians even consider that they might want also to fear Him.

Years ago there was a man in the church I pastored at the time, who could not stand that I am afraid of bees. It’s a pretty irrational fear, I know, but I am afraid of them. I got attacked by a bunch of them when I was a little boy and it isn’t something I want to have happen again. At any rate, he quoted from the book of James how that there is no fear in love and that perfect love casteth out fear. He tried to convince me that I was disobeying the Bible by being afraid of bees and wanted to teach me to love bees so I would no longer be afraid of them. It is this sort of misinterpretation of the Bible that leaves people so very far from God.

The Bible repeatedly and through many different lenses urges us fear the Lord. In this case we are to fear that we have come short of the promise of God.

The example is Old Testament Israel. They all possessed the same opportunity for rest but they did not all receive it. In our day this would translate into that we all have the same opportunity for salvation and peace with God but not everybody who thinks they have it do.

We take faith much too flippantly these days. We are far too casual with the Gospel. We fail to see the throne of grace as a place to find grace and help; we have come to view it as a place to demand our rights.

And in so doing many of us have missed God altogether.

That’s something to really fear.

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