Hebrews 7:17

“For it is witnessed of Him, ‘You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.'” (Hebrews 7:17)

Here the focus becomes about the more excellent priesthood of Christ. Christ as our Great High Priest did what no earthly priest could do. He completed the work of redemption. He once and for all satisfied the justice and wrath of God in regard to sin.

The book of Hebrews exhibits a very high Christology. Christ is a better high priest because His priesthood is an eternal priesthood. His priesthood is better because He offered the perfect sacrifice, Himself. His priesthood is better because He completed the work and sat down at the right hand of the Father.

Because of the eternal nature of His priesthood we have a better hope in that “He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intersession for them” (vs 25). We have in Christ the perfect, sinless, eternal, Son of God, whose perfect priestly work has secured eternal life once and for all, that is to say one time for all time and one time for all people who, through repentance and faith, would “draw near to God through Him.”

Have you come to God through Christ the Great High Priest? If not, today is the day of salvation don’t wait.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

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Hebrews 6:19-20

” We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:19-20)

In this paragraph we have the faithfulness of God and the immutability of God highlighted. God made a promise to Abraham to bless him and multiply him. This same promise included a promise that through Abraham all the world would be blessed. This promise was that this blessing would come in the form of an heir, a son. God was faithful to Abraham and gave him Isaac. However, this was merely a foreshadowing of the greater fulfillment of this promise which would ultimately  be fulfilled in the messiah.

Here in this paragraph we see that God has been faithful to His promise and has blessed Abraham and the world through the birth of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Christ became the substitutionary sacrifice for us through His death on the cross. He then took His own blood and acting as the Great High Priest, He entered in the to Holy of Holies, the throne room of God and offered His blood a propitiation for the sins of humanity on the mercy seat. In doing this He appeased the wrath of God against Sin and made it possible for those who would, through repentance and faith, come to Him to be made right with the Father.

This is the sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, that God was faithful to His word. Christ came and was faithful in His work of redemption. Now to all those who repent and believe there is the assurance that God will give them final and complete eternal rest in Him because He is immutable, that is to say unchanging, and He is faithful to His promises. Have you tethered your eternal soul to the anchor that is Christ?

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Hebrews 6:4-6

“For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.” (Hebrews 6:4-6)

Couched in what seems a discouraging notion is a word of encouragement. First we must note clearly that if it were possible for one to fall away, that is to say “loose their salvation,” then it would be “impossible” for such a one to be “restored … again to repentance.” So, for those who do believe that one can lose their salvation they must also have to be consistent with this text and know that those who do can never again be restored.

However, we must weigh this against the totality of scripture and in light of other explicit truth. For instance in John 10:25-30 Jesus reminds us that those who are His sheep have been given to Him by the Father and they are securely in His hand or the Father’s hand. Thus His sheep are secure in His hand. Moreover, in Romans 8:31-39 we learn that their is nothing living or inanimate that has the power to separate the redeemed from the saving love that God has firmly secured them within. The redeemed can rest assured because they are eternally secure in Christ.

If that is not enough, in Ephesians 1:11-14 we are reminded that believers have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of God as His earnest guarantee that He will complete the work of redemption He has started in us. In this light we must understand that if the Holy Spirit is our earnest commitment for redemption from the Father that God is saying to His redeemed that if I don’t hold up My end of the baring then you get to Keep the Holy Spirit who is my guarantee to you. Therefore, in order for a believer to loose His salvation God would have to cease to be God.

Salvation is a once and for all deal. Those who are redeemed are forever redeemed. If it were possible to loose your salvation rest assured you would loose it and it would be impossible to get it back. But, thanks be to God that we are forever secure in the work of Christ. Let us rejoice in the regenerative work He has wrought in our lives and let us live worthy of the grace that we have received.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Hebrews 3:6

“but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are His house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.” (Hebrews 3.6)

Here the theme shifts and Christ is seen as better than Moses. Moses was a faithful servant of God in regard to the house hold of faith. However, Moses was and is subservient to the ruler of the house, namely Jesus Christ the only begotten of the Father.

What is striking is that those who have faith in Christ are said to be the house of God. We who are believers are the house of God. This house consists of the children of faith whether Jew or Gentile. The children of faith are the offspring of Abraham and make up the house of God which has been put under the subjection of the Son Jesus Christ.

Christ is the head of the house and we should be obedient to Him. This is a call to persistent faithfulness to Christ. Moreover, this is an evidence that we are in fact members of the household of faith, if we patiently endure and persist until the end. Those who are His children will persevere until the end. Let us rejoice that the house is under the guidance and care of the Son. Let us rejoice that God has graciously provided us access to the household of faith through the Son. Let us rejoice that we are named among His children and let us remain faithful to the Head of the house Jesus Christ.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Hebrews 2:17

“Therefore He had to be made like His brothers in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17)

Here the author of Hebrews begins to reveal the ultimate reason Jesus is better. He is not just a better revelation, He is a better high priest. In this text the author of Hebrews begins to show us that Jesus is the fulfillment of everything that God was showing us in the shadow of the sacrificial system.

In identifying Jesus as our High Priest the author of Hebrews is showing us that Christ came to complete, or fulfill, the role that the earthly High Priest could only demonstrate to us year by year. The earthly High Priest covered the sin with the sacrifice of animals for a time. Jesus, however, came as the Great High Priest who made “propitiation for the sins of the people” once for all time. That is to say that Christ once and for all satisfied God’s wrath against sin and sinners.

Christ once for all appeased the God’s anger against sin and in the same act made atonement of guilt available to those who would come to Him in repentance and faith. Moreover, this He did with His own blood and not the blood of bulls or goats. He offered Himself as the propitiatory sacrifice and sat down at the right hand of the Father haven completed this work of expiation once and for all. Never again will another sacrifice be made for sin. Christ completed the requirements for atonement. It is finished. The question is have you come to the Great High Priest Jesus Christ through repentance and faith?

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Hebrews 2:3

“How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard.” (Hebrews 2:3)

The simple answer is that those who “neglect such a great salvation” will not escape the judgment to come. Therefore, it is paramount that we continue to share the truth that others may come to the faith in Christ and be able to stand in that great day of God’s wrath. We must not be ashamed of the gospel. It is through the gospel that men come from death to life.

The gospel is not a fabricated fable that was derived in the mind of one individual. The author of Hebrews reminds us that God has revealed His redemptive plan from the beginning of time. In these last days He has revealed it through His Son Jesus Christ. Christ made it clearly know to His disciples who spread it throughout the known world. God verified the truth of it in the signs and wonders which accompanied Christ and His disciples. The Gospel message was attested by eye witnesses.

Let us continue to share the truth of the gospel of Christ, because it is the power of God unto salvation for all mankind.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Hebrews 1:4

“Having become as much superior to angels as the name He has inherited is more excellent than theirs.” (Hebrews 1:4)

We come to the heart of the theme of this letter. Jesus is better. He we see Jesus is more “superior to angels” because of who He is, i.e., His name. The following versus unfold for us the superiority of Christ in relation to angels by helping us see the attributes associated with His nature.

We see Christ described as the eternal Son of God who created and sustains the cosmos. We see Him as the eternal King Who’s kingdom never ends. We see Him as the glorified Lord Who has accomplished His work and is seated at the right hand of the Father. The author of Hebrews has a very high Christology. He makes no bones about the fact that Christ is eternal while angels are created beings. He reminds us of the immutability of Christ who never changes. These are qualities normally ascribed to God. So, in describing Christ with these qualities the author of Hebrews is reminding us that Christ is in fact God come in the flesh.

Let us rejoice today in the fact that the God of this universe came in the flesh and dwelt among us for the sole purpose of offering Himself us a the propitiator sacrifice needed to appease His own wrath against sin and provide a means for redemption to all who would believe. In doing so He revealed to us in an emphatic way who He was and how we can be reconciled with Him in Christ. Take heart in this truth if in fact you have seen the light of the truth and share the light with those still groping in darkness.

Grace to all,

Ronnie