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 5:14

But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. – Hebrews 5:14

Here is a call to Christian maturity specifically in the knowledge of Christ and His redemptive work. The author of Hebrews chastened his audience because of their failure to advance in there understand. He chides them by insinuating that the are still infants in there understanding of truth. He reminds them that they should be teaching the deep truth of scripture but they are still sucking milk from a bottle.

His chastening is still relevant today. There are many who fill the pews week in and week out who should be in the meat of the word of God but they can barely handle the milk of the word. There are believers who should be teaching others truth but the are unskilled to do so.

This passages expects a constant progression in ones understanding of the doctrines of Christ. There is an expected intentional study and maturing in our understanding of biblical truth. Failure to do so is a failure in obedience. The remedy is to consistently and intentionally be a student of the word and sharpen your understanding by applying truth to daily life.

Let us be faithful to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Hebrews 4:16

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16

This verse is in the context of one who has heard the penetrating word of God. This one has tasted the truth of the Gospel. God has done a transforming work in bring them from darkness to light.

Now in light of this truth they have realized that they have a great high priest, namely Jesus Christ, who is seated at the right hand of the Father because He has finished the Work of redemption once for all. It is in light of this truth that this one is called to “hold fast” to his confession of faith in Christ. It is in this light that this on us has the potential and opportunity to draw near with confidence to the very place men were once forbidden to go for fear of death; The Throne of God. Now this redeemed one, because of Christ can without fear come to the “throne of grace” that he might “receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Today let the redeemed rejoice in light of this unprecedented access to the throne of God by virtue of our relationship with Christ. Have you gone to the throne today?

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Hebrews 3:15

As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” – Hebrews 3:15

Here in lies the problem for all who find themselves excluded for God’s final rest. There are two important concepts in our text today, namely, hearing and hardening.

Hearing is in relation to the voice of God as He makes Himself known through revelation to humanity. God has promised in Christ that if He, that is Christ, be lifted up, by virtue of His death on the cross, that He would Draw all men to Himself (See John 12:32). In doing so God makes it His purpose to make Himself known to all men. God has throughout history made Himself know. The question is have you heard Him. If so, how did you respond.

This where the second concept in our text, hardening. Once men hear the truth they each have a choice. They can hear and head or they can hear and harden. Men can head the word of life and surrender to the Lordship of Christ Through repentance and faith or they can reject the word of life and harden there hearts to the true condemning themselves to eternal punishment separated from God.

What about you today? God has spoken, have you heard Him or have you hardened your heart? Today you choose either eternal life or eternal death.

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