Hebrews 8:2 No Proof of Universal Church

Hebrews 8:2 (KJV)
A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

Gill says that the distinction here must not be between earth and heaven because:

  • It would explain one with a more obscure one
  • It would be unnecessary because obviously the Lord pitches the one in heaven

He says the distinction is between the Old Testament ministry of Moses and the New Testament one of Christ. The true tabernacle would be the local church. This would then not be a proof passage for the universal or, as some call it, the true church. There is no such thing ever taught in the Bible. The passage is consistent with what we find throughout Hebrews, a contrast between the old covenant delivered through Moses and the new and better one delivered through Jesus.

 

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Hebrews 7:22 Security of Salvation

Hebrews 7:22 (KJV)
By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

We would not likely use the word surety today. We would use the word, security. It is an amount of money or an item put up to guarantee our performance of a thing. When a person makes an offer on a house for instance, he puts up earnest money to prove his sincerity.

The proof of God’s sincerity in saving those who call upon Him is Jesus. The gospel is the earnest, the security of our eternal life.

We are saved certainly because we are secured by the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.

 

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Hebrews 5:1 From Men, For Men, To God

Hebrews 5:1 (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:

The passage compares and contrasts the high priestly ministries of the Levitical priesthood and that of Christ. There are differences:

  • Christ is eternal High Priest
  • Christ need not offer for his own sins and
  • Christ offered Himself as sacrifice

But there are similarities too. Among them:

  • He did not call Himself to be High Priest
  • He suffered in this role and
  • He was from men, for men pertaining to those things having to do with God

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Hebrews 4:2 Believe It

Hebrews 4:2 (KJV)
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

God has determined that it is by the foolishness of preaching that souls be saved. He has placed the power of God unto salvation in the Gospel. He has promised that His Word never returns void and that it will accomplish His purpose. But there is a moment when preaching is without profit. God says it is without profit if it is not mixed with faith.

We have to believe the Word of God to benefit and profit from it. This is true of salvation. It is also true of our walk with God. Unless we believe the Word we will not obey the Word. If we don’t obey the Word we will not see the fruit of the Word produced in us.

There were thousands of Jews, walking through the wilderness with Moses, who did not believe. They were there because they didn’t know where else to be. They went through everything all the believers did, but it profited them nothing.

Believe.

Hear God’s Word and believe it.

 

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Hebrews 3:1 If You Do This…

Hebrews 3:1
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

My first observation is that this chapter is a consideration of Christ, and not of the brethren. Making the Bible about us and not about God does so much damage.

My second observation is that this chapter is written to holy brethren who are partakers of the heavenly calling. The chapter then describes those brethren in a series of “if’s.”

  • If we hold fast
  • If ye will hear His voice
  • If we hold the beginning of our confidence…

It is not that, “if we do these things” we earn our right to be holy brethren but that, “if we do these things” it proves in fact that we are partakers of the “heavenly calling.”

 

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Hebrews 2:11 All Of One

Hebrews 2:11 (KJV)
For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

The context reaches back to the suffering of Christ. We are told that God has put all things under His feet, but that is not yet our experience (or Christ’s) and that this experience of suffering and of waiting on our promise unite us with Christ.

  • Christ-the One who suffered for our salvation
  • Christians-those who serve Christ in salvation

we are “all of One.”

The One is God the Father

  • He ordained Christ’s gospel
  • He saves those who receive that Gospel
  • He orchestrates eternal ends

The Sanctifier (Christ) and the sanctified (Christians) are one in the purpose of God.

 

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Hebrews 1:9 Principles Of Gladness

Hebrews 1:9 (KJV)
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

This passage is, of course, speaking of Jesus Christ.

  • He loved righteousness
  • He hated iniquity and
  • He has been anointed with the oil of gladness

 

I would suggest that this gladness refers to His ultimate success. His reward and the thing that brings Christ joy, is:

  • The salvation of souls
  • The defeat of Satan and
  • The finality of eternity

 

I think there is a hint at what brings gladness to the people of God:

  • To love righteousness and
  • To hate iniquity

Will, in the end, lead to our own gladness.

The principles should be taken personally or, more likely, corporately in our church. We have no good authority to force righteousness upon the lost or unduly condemn their iniquity. They need Jesus and not reformation. No, these principles should be applied personally. When we pursue righteousness and eschew wickedness,

  • In ourselves
  • In our families and
  • In our churches

We may, I am confident, expect to be anointed with gladness as God grants us victories.

 

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Titus 3:1-6 Why Be Gracious

Titus 3:1-6 (KJV)
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

The Apostle gives two clear reasons why Christians ought to be gracious to all men, treating them gently and saying nothing evil about them:

First, because we were just like them
Truth is, we probably still are. It is shameful how little Christians these days are different than unbelievers. We are likely to:

  • Speak like them
  • Behave like them
  • Enjoy the same things as them and
  • Respond to life no differently than them

We have no reason to treat them poorly. We are of the same stock.

Second, because it was the kindness of God that saved and changed us
It was not our own works of righteousness. It was nothing we did to deserve God’s grace. It was:

  • His grace
  • His kindness
  • His work of righteousness and
  • His sacrifice

that saved us.

We ought to be open about what we believe to be Scriptural but we do not need to be mean spirited toward those who don’t see things as we do.

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1 Timothy 4:13 Things We Would All Do Well To Do

1 Timothy 4:13 (KJV)
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

The one speaking of coming is Paul. The one he writes to is the pastor, Timothy. The application I have must be taken with those things in mind. Nevertheless there is an exhortation that is far reaching.

I am reminded that we await the promised coming of Jesus Christ
We do not know how long we will wait. We only know that we have this promise and that we must occupy until He comes.

I also remember that, though Timothy is a pastor, he is also a believer
The preacher has a role to fill but he does so within the framework of his own faith. He, like those in his church, is first a believer.

Until Jesus comes we would all do well to give attendance to reading, exhortation and doctrine.

 

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1 Timothy 6:13 Blessing What You Have

1 Timothy 6:13 (KJV)
I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

I love this phrase, “quickeneth all things.”

Quicken means to make alive. The assumption then is that He gives life to all who have life. I think we might expand upon that to say He gives all things their purpose. He energizes, empowers and enables us to use all that He gives us well.

It might have to do with God blessing or sanctifying:

  • A building
  • A pulpit

 

  • For the craftsman, his tools
  • For a driver, his vehicle
  • For an author, his book
  • For a hymnist, his music

We often dedicate things and ask God to use them for His glory. In the battle for souls God may “quicken” whatever is in our hand to bring others to a saving knowledge of Christ.

 

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