3. On The Book of Hebrews (NKJV & KJV)

January 7, 2019

God’s Supreme Revelation

 

Hebrews 1: 1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;”  (1st Pet. 1:18-29)

The Book of Hebrews can be difficult to understand, particularly if you are new to the faith and unfamiliar with the Hebraic culture of Biblical times. Although you may see many posts on this blog, the basic principle remains the same, i.e. How To Enjoy Studying Your Bible. Therefore, no matter what I write, my assignment is to encourage Believers and non-believers alike to know the truth that sets us free. We all must learn for ourselves how to pry open the revelation knowledge buried within the pages of God’s Holy Word. 

Let us look at Hebrews 1:1. What the author wishes to convey can be confusing for 21st-century readers. As is the title of the book, it addressed mostly Jewish Christians around A.D. 66-69, before the destruction of Herod’s temple. These Believers were having issues with where they should worship. It was difficult for many of them to accept the fact that the man Christ Jesus was the final sacrifice for sin. Even as verse one says; God “has in these last days spoken to us by His Son.” That means everything He said and accomplished by His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. Therefore, the temple priest and animal sacrifice must cease. According to the words of Christ in Matthew 24:1, “Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

This is finality, temple worship will cease shortly after His ascension whether they get with the program or not. Let us jump ahead to a verse that we take out of context more often than not. The reason being, it is used to guilt people into never missing a church service:

Hebrews 10: 24 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of SOME, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” That “SOME” the author speaks of were the Jewish Believers of his day. However, it can be applied to special circumstanses in this dispensation. They wanted to have their cake and eat it too. The passion of Christ sacrifice put an end to all temple worship. In Christ, the work was finished. John the Baptist said it best:

John 1:29 “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”

I remember vividly when I was a little boy learning subtraction. I will present this as if I were still in the first grade. 3 take away 2=1, and 1 take away 1=0. I’m not trying to be funny but simple, The Lamb of God minus the sin of the world leaves no work to be done. Notice sin is singular, not plural. The one sin that leads to eternal death is the sin of rejecting the offering set before us…The Sacrificial Blood of The Lamb of God (Christ Jesus). God’s Son is the Logos (The Word of God), and He is God the Father’s final word on the matter.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not making an excuse for people who say that they are Christians, but they never attend church. Or, those who  once attended church and just quit altogether. Which is to say, they have no fellowship with other Christians at all. I do realize there can be circumstances beyond our control, so if you fall into that category fret not. On the other hand, there are those who want to be a Christian and Buddhism , or practice Christianity and Hinduism simultaneously. If that is the case, you are not honoring the finality of the Work of Christ. Ultimately, you must make a choice or God will make it for you. Let’s take a look at Hebrews 10: 25 in context:

Hebrews 10: 25 “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. 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.”

The Greek word for “forsaking” is egkataleipō, which means to abandon or desert. It is a very strong word because this type of behavior is like going AWOL. In the military, if a soldier goes AWOL, he or she will be subject to Court Marshal or a Dishonorably Discharge. In this book, you will see the word “let us” often. In conclusion, “let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works”. Christians need Christians; we need that fellowship:

1st John 1: 3 “that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have FELLOWSHIP with us; and truly our FELLOWSHIP is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ”. To abandon or desert, or even to have divided loyalty is the same as forsaking the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. To be continue…

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