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          Beloveds, we must clear up the lie that when the Lord told Joshua he would have good success through obeying the Law, that this was meant for Christians today. The Lord told this to Joshua that in obeying the Old Covenant of the Law God would give him success in conquering certain lands and taking these lands for the nation of Israel: Joshua 1: 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
          
          
          
          Also in keeping the Old Covenant of the Law, (which is all they had from God), he would not face the wrath of God and die as Aaron and Moses did for their disobedience to God in not keeping the Old Covenant of the Law: Num. 27: 12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. 13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered. 14 For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.
          
          Moses never preached that the Old Covenant of the Law would make anyone permanently righteous in the sight of God. Here is the truth, preached by our Saviour Jesus Christ: Jhn 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
          
           Luk 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.
          
          See Galatians 3, which explains God’s purposes for the Law; and how Jesus Christ has delivered us from it for all time. Feel free to study on your own the numerous verses that fully declare that Jesus Christ is the eternal Saviour and final sole source of eternal salvation for all time for all who believe in Him. See John 14:6.

          

          Anyone willfully claiming salvation based on keeping the Old Covenant of the Law and/ or combining it with the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, or anything else is not considered a Christian according to the Bible.

          
          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.

          
          Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the CURSE: for it is written, CURSED is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that NO MAN is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

          1Ti. 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
          7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

          1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

          John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

          
          

    Thu, Jun 30th - 12:29PM



    STUDIES IN HEBREWS 

    CHAPTER THREE  

    Brothers and sisters, we know it would take us all eternity to thank our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for all that He has done for us. What a blessing to be found in Him, who has made us His dear eternal family. Let us rejoice in the goodness and mercy of God who left us His seed Jesus Christ so that we have eternal forgiveness, blessed hope, peace, and reconciliation with Him. Holy people, let us give love, thanks and praise offering abundantly and continually to Jesus our Saviour, eternal High Priest, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Omnipotent Potentate, Lion of Judah, and Lamb of God, who died for our sins and now has forever risen to eternal life with all power and authority in heaven and on earth, who shall return for His people at the appointed time. Let us uphold one another in prayer early and often, brethren, and love one another even as our God loves us, as we continually walk in the light of His truth always.

     

    Brothers and sisters, God our Father keeps our focus on God His Son Jesus Christ. God is urgent, intensely testifying that we have a sole new High Priest whom He has set in the place highest above them all.  The question becomes do we agree with God, is Jesus Christ our sole High Priest above them all too? Raise your hand, brethren, if you can almost feel the pressure of God’s hands turning our faces continually towards His sole appointed High Priest Jesus Christ all the while declaring that we must absolutely believe and trust in His Son? I raised both of mine, and absolutely declare to God: Father God I agree with you and believe with all my heart and confess with my mouth to you that Jesus Christ is High Priest alone forever. What say you, brethren?

     

    Holy family, as we continue on in Hebrews chapter three, we come to the inescapable conclusion that God is laying it our cold to everyone, the eternal fact that disagreement with God, which is unbelief is not an option, has no alternatives, no plan Bs, and no excuses or exceptions in any way or manner whatsoever with God. 

     

    Heb 3:12

    Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

     

    TAKE HEED: to discover by use, to know by experience to perceive by the senses, to feel

    I. metaph. to see with the mind's eye

    A. to have (the power of) understanding

    B. to discern mentally, observe, perceive, discover, understand

    C. to turn the thoughts or direct the mind to a thing, to consider, contemplate, to look at, to weigh carefully, examine.


    EVIL HEARTwicked one of a bad nature or condition. One whose heart, which is the seat, foundation and receptable of what one truly believes in thought, intent, mind, soul, passions, desires, appetites, affection, purposes, and endeavors is rooted in choosing to impenitently, deliberately reject the truth of God, despite being well versed in it and understanding it.

     

    UNBELIEF:  obstinacy, obstinate opposition to the divine will.

     

    DEPARTING: to remove, i.e. (actively) instigate to revolt; usually (reflexively) to desist, desert, etc.: —depart, draw (fall) away, refrain, withdraw self.

     

    Holy people, God is telling it like it is, those who hear and understand the gospel yet choose to remain in unbelief is evidencing an evil heart. It is turning one’s back on God and an insult to Him. Unbelief is calling God a liar, and He is not going to stand for it in any way. This is not addressing people who are ignorant in some way, who will believe when they hear the truth, but addressing those who have heard it, understood it, and chose to impenitently reject it. 

     

    Heb 3:13

    But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

     

    I.EXHORT: to call to one's side, call for, summon

    II.to address, speak to, (call to, call upon), which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc.

    A. to admonish, exhort

    B. to beg, entreat, beseech.

    i. to strive to appease by entreaty.

    C.  console, to encourage and strengthen by consolation, to comfort, to receive consolation, be comforted

    D. to encourage, strengthen

    E. exhorting and comforting and encouraging

    F. to instruct, teach.

     

    Harden: to make hard, harden:

    A. to render obstinate, stubborn

    B. to be hardened

    C. to become obstinate or stubborn.

     

    DECEITFULNESS OF SIN: Mat 13:22; Mar 4:19; Eph 4:22; 2Th 2:10; 2Pe 2:13.

     

    Brothers and sisters, God commands anyone hardening their hearts to right now, without delay listen to Him, stop making God angry, repent of unbelief, and turn to God in faith and walk in obedience, tomorrow might be too late. Let us take every opportunity to continually encourage and exhort one another to be faithful, for God is worthy, and He is faithful to His people for all eternity. 

    Heb 3:14

    For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;  

    This verse is not describing a work, but the character of one who believes, trusts, and consistently obeys God, who are kept eternally by His power. Jde 1:24. 

     

    Heb 3:15

    While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

    Heb 3:16

    For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.

    We must note that there were some that remained faithful although most of the nation did not believe or trust in God.

     

    PROVOKE: Example of: Num 14:11 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them? 

    To provoke, exasperate, to rouse to indignation.

    It is clear, dearly beloveds, that despite seeing all the great works of God, the people sinned openly against God as though He was just a natural man deserving of no reverence at all and did not believe Him in the slightest. God has feelings and wisdom to know that after 40 years it was clear that they were never going to believe in Him; and that continuing to try to convince them to believe would be a waste of His time, it was never going to happen.

    Heb 3:17

    But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?

    GRIEVED: to be wroth or displeased with, to loathe, to spew out, to be disgusted with.

    God is driving hard repeatedly to make sure that all understand that there are inescapable consequences for refusing to believe in Him. Impenitent unbelief is evil, and it is sin. God punished the unbelieving Jews to die naturally in the wilderness over the course of 40 years, while still demonstrating His works and seeking to bring them to faith in Him. He would not allow their corruption of impenitent unbelief to come into the promised land to corrupt and tempt others to turn away from God.

     Heb 3:18

    And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?

    Heb 3:19

    So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

    So, holy people, we see that although the people were genetic Jews, that alone but without faith made them unacceptable to God and unworthy to enter into the promised land. The lesson is clear without faith it is impossible to please God whether one is Jew or gentile. We see that God takes an absolute uncompromising hard line, when one is made to hear and understand the gospel, one believes in Him, or one does not believe. God leaves no middle ground. one is all the way in or all the way out. Raise your hand, brethren if you can say without doubt and with all your heart, Lord I am absolutely all the way in believing in you forever. Holy people I raised both of my hands, and I pray that you did too.

    Love, serola                            

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    Thu, Jun 23rd - 6:42PM



    STUDIES IN HEBREWS

     

    CHAPTER THREE

     

     

    Saints, (G40 hagios), each passing day brings us nearer and nearer to the return of our Lord and Saviour God the Son Jesus Christ. Lord Jesus thank you for being the perfect example for us to follow. Indeed, let us strive to follow in the foot path that those nail scarred feet of our Lord have left us in His word. As we go into this third chapter of Hebrews, there is a sense of a pressure building. God the Father in this chapter continues to rack, stack, and throw down the idea that any created beings are superior to, more important or greater than God His Son Jesus Christ. God exalts His Son above them all.

     

     

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

    Heb 3:2

    Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.

    Heb 3:3

    For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.

    Heb 3:4

    For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

    Heb 3:5

    And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;

    Heb 3:6

    But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

     

    The glory and honor of sinful mankind lies extinguished in the dustbin of time where our first human father Adam threw it. However, praise God for Jesus the last Adam who has perfectly and faithfully accomplished inextinguishable glory and honor as man and God in  fulfilling His office as Apostle and High Priest in doing all things well in obedience to His Father. Because of Jesus both believing Jew and gentile are blessed to be partakers of Him: Eph 3:6.

     

     

    Holy brethren, we know that Moses was indeed a faithful servant. However, he brought forth the word of God to the people as a messenger not the originator or designer of it. Christ as the Son, the Author, and Finisher of Salvation, and Lamb of God through whom God created all things is therefore greater and Superior in all and every way to His servant Moses.

    The Jews were well entrenched in the law, however as believers they had been corrected and taught that there was no need to follow the law of Moses, and that they were forbidden to teach the gentiles that they had to follow the law to be saved. Unfortunately, we still have some today claiming to be believers who still believe they have to obey the law of Moses and have never come to accept that Jesus Christ is the New eternal High Priest of the New Covenant, not the law of Moses. As we go further into subsequent chapters we will find more on the fact that Jesus has absolutely no connection to the Aaronic or Levitical ministry under the Mosaic law.

     

     

    Heb 3:6

    But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

    (Psa 95:7–11 )

    Heb 3:7

    Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,

    Heb 3:8

    Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

    Heb 3:9

    When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

    Heb 3:10

    Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

    Heb 3:11

    So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

     

    Dearly beloveds, since we know God cannot lie, and is eternally truthful we steadfastly believe God His Son in His atoning work and are not distracted by doubt but confident in Him that He is faithful, and we are secure as the building in which He dwells. God gives us an example of the Nation of Israel, who heard the gospel and still rejected it. Golly, you would think that in forty years of seeing all the powerful works of God that they would become believers, but they did not. Did they think God wouldn’t notice their lack of faith? Wow, how insulting and irreverent to God. 


    This example teaches us that no one should ever think that continual doubt and skepticism of God is something that He is okay with. God is always just and righteous, and He feels great grief and anger when He is essentially called a liar, because that is implied by unbelief. We see too that people harden their own hearts by choice against the word of God. The correct spiritual response to the gospel is to accept it without delay, rather than greet the message with skepticism and doubt. No one who doubts God impenitently will ever enter into the God’s rest where His work is finished in Jesus Christ. God’s message is clear to all, He  did not compromise with anyone back then and He will never compromise with anyone now or ever.

     

    Love, serola             

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    Wed, Jun 22nd - 3:19AM



    STUDIES IN HEBREWS

    CHAPTER THREE

     

    Brothers and sisters, greetings in the wonderful name of our dear Lord and

    Saviour Jesus Christ. Let us spiritually replenish and refresh ourselves in fellowship with our God. We should not be surprised when we find ourselves thirsty and hungry for fellowship with the Lord, and the word, because it is not a once and done thing, but is much the same as our need for physical food necessary for the body. We need on going spiritual food, personal fellowship with God and personal Bible study. It goes without saying that we should also keep in mind the need for fellowship with one another.

     

    Remember our brothers and sisters, who perhaps due to poor health or other circumstances beyond their control may not be able to gather with other believers as they would like. They covet and appreciate our care and visits in person, skype, phone, and zoom.

     

    Hebrews is a magnificent presentation of God our Father Himself of God His Son Jesus Christ to us His holy family. God presents God His Son Jesus Christ with great meticulousness, in the general, specific, and the minutiae, so that we can know Jesus our Saviour thoroughly for ourselves and adore Him too.

    We learn that Jew and gentile are equal and of one body. God reminds us that long before the Law, God’s promise was made to Abraham, and His seed Jesus Christ while Abraham was still a gentile and not yet circumcised, so that the promises included both Jew and gentile from the beginning: Rom 4:11.

     

     

    Saints, (G40 hagios), Some stumble over Lord Jesus as the sole appointed High Priest of the New Covenant for all eternity. However, God boldly declares the eternal truth that God His Son Jesus Christ is in word and deed the sole true High Priest of the New Covenant, in whom is fulfilled all the Abrahamic promises. We must take note that God cannot and will not ever lie, He is truth, there is no lie in Him. He even gives us the Spirit of Truth the Holy Spirit so we cannot be led away from the truth. Therefore, God who cannot lie sets His great Son in our midst to admire Him, be moved in heart felt gratefulness and acknowledgment of His faithfulness, that He is the only High Priest we need, for there is none other approved, worthy, or received by God the Father.

     

     

    Verses  of helps regarding chapter three of Hebrews:  Act 2:36; 1Pe 2:5; 1Pe 4:17; Jde 1:5;  Jhn 3:18; Jhn 3:36; Mat 12:35; Co 12:3. Feel free to add others of your own.

     

    Holy people, before starting the study on this chapter, find laid out the whole of Hebrews chapter three. Let us open our hearts and minds, to partake of it abundantly and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to us in it as He wills.

     

    HEBREWS CHAPTER THREE

     

    Jesus Our High Priest

     

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

    Heb 3:2

    Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.

    Heb 3:3

    For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.

    Heb 3:4

    For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

    Heb 3:5

    And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;

    Heb 3:6

    But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

    (Psa 95:7–11 )

    Heb 3:7

    Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,

    Heb 3:8

    Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

    Heb 3:9

    When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

    Heb 3:10

    Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

    Heb 3:11

    So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

    Heb 3:12

    Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

    Heb 3:13

    But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

    Heb 3:14

    For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

    Heb 3:15

    While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

    Heb 3:16

    For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.

    Heb 3:17

    But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?

     Heb 3:18

    And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?

    Heb 3:19

    So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

     

    Love, serola                     

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    Sun, Jun 19th - 6:59AM



    STUDIES IN HEBREWS

    CHAPTER TWO

     

    Brothers and sisters, blessings, and peace to you by Christ Jesus our strength and everlasting joy.  We know that God does not command us to be ascetics, but grants us the freedom to have wholesome pleasures in a balanced life. Nevertheless, we have to remember that we live in a world whose fabric is in various stages of unraveling in almost every aspect of society, causing many to adjust to a new normal of a lessening of the value and quality of life and a lessening sense of security, not that we approve of any of it, nor are we to be passive in it, but must continue to do all the good that we can while we can. Let us be patient as we wait for the Lord’s return, and continue to teach and spread the word,  walk in truth, and fervent love for our God and one another, therein remaining stable in a destabilizing world: Mat 28:20.

     

    Holy people, as God continues to lead us into this study of God His Son Jesus Christ, we cannot help but be awe struck by Jesus’ personal warmth, humility, compassion, mercy towards His creations. Jesus stepped out of the purity of His kingdom, as a man not ceasing to be God, unto the once pure earth that has been turned by men into a toxic cesspool. Brothers and sisters, raise your hand, if you are thankful that Jesus as God and man, when He got a double look at humanity didn’t hold His nose at the stench of ungrateful sinners, and go back to heaven, but stayed the course to save us out of love. I raised both of my hands in thanks to Him for His faithfulness.

     

     

    14Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 17Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 18For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

     

    Holy people, we catch the understanding of Jesus as someone so much like us, yet without sin. We see His determinate will to save sick, sinful, degenerate, and ungrateful humanity from the final fall, by the sacrifice of Himself in tasting death for every man, defeating the devil and death itself and delivering man from the bondage of sin forever. Jesus didn’t come to save the angels, He came to fulfill the Abrahamic promises and took on the seed of Abraham:  Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. That is Jesus took on His office as the Messiah to carry out and fulfill the Messianic promises given to Abraham and Him to save all who believe in Him both Jew and gentile.

     

    We leave Hebrews, chapter two with the understanding of our Lord as a man never ceasing to be God, having readied Himself faithfully in every way like His brethren, yet without sin and as Saviour, Deliverer/Redeemer/ Conqueror, to serve as the Eternal High Priest of the people of God, worthy of our  absolute trust and devotion.

     

    Love, serola                      



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    Wed, Jun 15th - 1:24PM



    STUDIES IN HEBREWS

    CHAPTER TWO

     

    …But now we see not yet all things put under him.

     

     

    Saints (G40 hagios) it is truly error and laughable were it not so sad that there are some who proudly boast and preach that mankind is “the crown of creation”. There is no place in scripture that can justify this kind of interpretation. Mankind lost his crown when our first parents Adam and Eve sinned.

     

    If mankind is anything he is not the crown, but the clown and the thorn of creation, born with the inherited Adamic sin nature, fully acting, and living it out in the course of his life; doomed to eternal perdition but for the grace of God for all who believe, and not through mere human works and efforts.

     

    Therefore, dearly beloveds, we will never see all things subjected to mankind on its own merits alone, but thanks be to God we can look to Jesus. While it is true that redeemed mankind shall receive a crown, every last one of them will be laid at the feet of Jesus Christ, and every knee shall bow to Him in heaven and earth, and every tongue shall confess that He is Lord.

     

    God has lauded God His Son Jesus Christ before all from the beginning. God is leading us along , boldly, meticulously, having stacked God His Son Jesus against the angels, the prophets, showing Jesus is superior to them. God stacks Jesus up against mankind, and we will find Lord Jesus is superior to mankind too.

     

     

    9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

     

    There are some among us who stumble over the death of Jesus Christ for our sins, because they believe in error, that Jesus automatically had to die for us, with no choice in the matter, because this is what His Father God ordained and demanded of Him, which makes Jesus a hapless victim. We know that Jesus had a choice, He was not forced to go to the cross: Jhn 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

     

    Did Jesus have the right to refuse going to His death on the cross? On the night that men came to take Jesus to put Him to death, one of His apostles fought to save Him, to whom Jesus replied: Mat 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

     

    Believe it brethren, Jesus did not need men to rescue Him if He chose not to go to the cross, because His Father God would have saved Him from death. Jesus Christ went to the cross because He loved us and knew only by His death could He save us from our sins, and keep all of mankind from being destroyed in the wrath of God, because only a sinless man could save the people, and we know Jesus never sinned and there was no sin in Him.

     

     

    Jesus started His ministry at the bottom so to speak. Heb 2: 10For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

    13And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.

     

     

    Brothers and sisters, in the first chapter of Hebrews God lauded His Son Jesus Christ as fully God the Son, and Lord, second person of the trinity in the fullness of His glory and power. Here in this second chapter of Hebrews the Bible shows forth our Lord Jesus as Saviour, in His zeal for His house, His heart filled with compassion and love for His people.

     

    Brothers and sisters, Jesus Christ in choosing to suffer like His creations experientially, yet without sin, would be perfected made perfect in understanding how to help and aid His people in every way. We cannot help but see His strong assurances that he really accepts His people, for He has no shame in recognizing them as His people and declaring it publicly to God and the church.

     

    SANCTIFIED

    1.  to render or acknowledge, or to be venerable or hallow

    2. to separate from profane things and dedicate to God

    1. consecrate things to God

    2. dedicate people to God

    3. to purify

    1. to cleanse externally

    2. to purify by expiation: free from the guilt of sin

    3. to purify internally by renewing of the soul

    γιζω hagiázō, hag-ee-ad'-zo; from G40; to make holy, i.e. (ceremonially) purify or consecrate; (mentally) to venerate:—hallow, be holy, sanctify.

    This is not a process, but the effect of salvation enabled by the Holy Spirit, so that we can actually live the life of holiness that God desires for us.

    Love, serola  

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    Mon, Jun 13th - 6:57PM



    STUDIES IN HEBREWS

    CHAPTER 2

    Brothers and sisters, thanks be to our great Shepherd of the flock, Jesus Christ, for His loving kindness, compassion, and mercy to and for all who believe. Jesus is His word, and He is the anchor for our souls always, regardless of our situations, circumstances or conditions. Let us be gracious to one another, dearly beloveds, for this is always pleasing to Him, who desires us to love one another even as He our Lord and Saviour has loved us. He is our first love, who set His love upon us even before we knew Him. Let us walk in His everlasting truth for therein is the shield of safety and righteousness in God.

     

    Welp, holy people, we learned that God won’t give angels the rule over the world to come. Could it be God will give it to redeemed mankind? Some say so, because they believe that Jesus has gone home physically and left saved men in charge over the church so it will be that redeemed man will rule in the world to come. We know this is error since Lord Jesus is God Man the Son, He in spirit remains the head of the church and indwells His people with Father God and God the Holy Spirit, and His servants are all instructed to faithfully teach under His Authority and word.

     

    You know holy people, one would think that since Mankind has messed up so badly in this present earth, this now being mankind’s second and last chance, after the flood, to escape the wrath and final judgement of God to come, how logical is it for anyone to think that He would make them the head of the new world to come?  The following verses are often used to give credence to the false assumption that as men have the rule on this present earth, so shall it be in the kingdom of God to come:

     

     Hebrews 2:6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? 7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: 8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.

     

    The eternal truth is that what God gave to mankind is a limited not total rule as follows: Gen 9:2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.

    Unfortunately, holy brethren, everything delivered to mankind had then and now every reason to be filled with fear and dread of mankind, who has left no part of the earth and nature itself damaged, polluted, and defiled in all or in some way.  Yet, some peddle the notion, and hold onto the fantasy that God gave mankind dominion with the right to have free will to do whatever he or she pleases, even if it is contrary to the will of God, because God will not force men to obey Him.

     

    God in full knowledge of mankind’s predisposition towards evil due to a fallen nature, absolutely declares that He has set higher powers, Rom 13:1-3, in authority over men that no one need fear unless they do evil. That is their purpose to punish and control the evils arising among men and this includes women too.

     

    These higher powers, dearly beloveds, rule through various laws throughout the earth. These laws control virtually every aspect of the permitted and prohibited behaviors of mankind, from spitting on people to harming people. We understand this also teaches mankind what behaviors are acceptable vs prohibited, meaning what he can and cannot do. These laws are far reaching including civil, criminal and moral laws, that increase in number, and severity of punishment of the violation of them as mankind “progresses”.

     

    Again, holy people, we understand the limits God has set on the will of mankind that he or she can freely do. Therefore,  the will of mankind is constrained and restrained within the confines of these laws, and punished if he steps outside of them: Rom 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

     

    it is needless to say that people can and will do evil, and somehow manage to evade the punishment in these laws established upon this present earth, however, no one shall  escape punishment for their evils in the day of the judgement of God.

    God explicitly details the quality of the glory of mankind, and pops the balloon of the pride of mankind in His valuation of it:

    1 Pe 1: 24For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

    25But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

    So nope, God will not turn over to nor give mankind the rule over itself in the world to come. Nope its not going to happen.

    love, serola



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    Tue, Jun 7th - 1:03PM



    STUDIES IN HEBREWS

    CHAPTER TWO

     

    Brothers and sisters, there is a real need to more fully address divisions in the body because, some teach in error that some parts of the New Covenant is speaking to the Jews only and some parts to gentile believers only. Therefore, they claim in error that the gentile believers have to disregard those parts in which God is not speaking to them, but only to the Jewish believers. Then some go even further in error to claim only the writings of Paul the apostle applies to gentile believers, because he is assigned by God as the apostle to the gentiles.

     

     Are these things correct, holy people? Does the bible teach this? Is this what the book of Hebrews is teaching us? The answer to all three questions is no. Paul was not having any of this mess when he addressed the Corinthians in 1:13 Is Christ divided? We are expressly forbidden by God to divide the body of Christ in any manner whatsoever. What does the scriptures teach us?

    Mark those who cause divisions: Rom 16:17. All such teachings is in opposition to the gospel, avoid those who teach divisions.

     

    Teachers of division= deceivers greedy for gain: Rom 16:18 

     

    Let there be no divisions among you: 1Co 1:10. We are to be unified as one body in the gospel of Christ.

     

    Divisions= evidence of the carnal nature at work:  1Co 3:3

     

    Divisions= evidence of heresies: 1Co 11:18-19.

     

    Schisms= forbidden by God in the body of Christ:  1Co 12:25.

     

    Obviously, dearly beloveds, we know that God has set the governing of the church body by various offices, which are not divisions, but serve to build up defend and serve the body of Christ. Those in their office serve as servants not lords.

     

     It is evident in many books of the New Covenant that the apostles taught the gentiles the unity of all believers whether Jew or gentile. It is here in the book of Hebrews that the Jewish believers comprehend that both Jew and gentile believers are of one body not two. It is here also that the gentile believers can be confident, assured, comforted and grasp fully, absolutely, that the gentile believers are not stepchildren, but equally accepted and loved by God as one body with their Jewish brethren. As we go forward in the study, we must be settled in the truth that Christ is not divided at all. Brethren, let’s keep on message: all believers both Jew and gentile must come through Jesus Christ, all believers, both Jew and gentile must obey the word of God.

    Let there be NO schism in the body:

     

    Let us continue to go forward, brethren, as the holy family of God, made one in Christ Jesus.

     

     

    Heb 2:5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak

     

    Wow, here in verse 5 God keeps bringing us back and drilling into us that the angels are messengers, they will not be given the rule over the new world to come. Nope, the angels will not rule in the world to come. Nope its not going to happen.

    Love serola                  

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    Wed, Jun 1st - 3:18AM



    STUDIES IN HEBREWS

    CHAPTER TWO

     

    Brothers and sisters, let us continually pour out our love and thanks offerings to God, for He is worthy. Lord Jesus has left us His prophecy about the coming degeneration, and ultimate disintegration of this present evil world, with all of its systems, including social and the coming antichrist, whose spirit is already in the world. Jesus has also declared that although we are going to have trials and tribulations, in this world, that He is always with us and we have no need to be fearful of any of these things, for He will surely bring us safely through it all: Jde 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

    1Jo 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

    Lets keep in remembrance, as we enter this study, brethren, even the entirety of our relationship with God always as His holy family, because of faith in His Son our perpetual Saviour Jesus Christ. It is so awesome how our loving Father wants us to know our Elder Brother Jesus, who gave Himself to, and for us, by whom we have received adoption into His body. Let us draw near to Him as He calls us to Himself and is in us.

    Some, dearly beloveds, wrongly question if the book of Hebrews applies to the gentiles since it is addressed to the Hebrews. The Levitical priesthood and the laws pertaining to it, with its many ordinances are done away in Jesus Christ under His New Covenant and His High Priesthood. The apostles taught this to the whole body not just the Hebrew Christians.  Furthermore, all the prophets and later the apostles laid down the inerrant truth of the supremacy of Christ and His equality with God, seeing it is Father God Himself who commands that God His Son is also to receive equal worship, never angels nor any other god. We should be settled in the truth that God never refers to any angel as His son, they are spirit messengers and are never to be worshipped. The sons of God mentioned in Genesis 6, and in the book of Job are not angels, nor does God ever address them as such.

     

     

    The apostles, saints (G40 hagios), taught that Christians are not under law, and are not to keep the law or be circumcised: Act 15:24, see this whole chapter. There is no difference between the Jew or the gentile: Rom 10:12-13. The takeaway from Hebrews is that whether a Christian is a Jew or gentile, ALL are equally commanded to obey God’s commands, without exception, and ALL must come through faith in Christ. None of the apostles lived as Jews under the Law: Paul the apostle corrects and admonished the apostle Peter and certain others: Gal 2:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

     

     

     

    Heb 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

     

     

    The Jews, holy people, grew up being taught their history and the Law and knew it well. They also shared it with the gentile Christians, for through the faithful Jews we who are gentiles in Christ with them have all the commandments, covenants, and sacred writings, Of both the Old and the New Testament.

     

    We shouldn’t ever take the gospel lightly, half-heartedly, or be neglectful of fully embracing, studying, living, and sharing the Word of God, putting it into practice in obedience.

    When the people transgressed back then, under the law, there was no wishy washy, touchy feely, warm, and fuzzy thinking that they could escape punishment, for God’s righteous punishment of transgressions was inescapable, which could be brutal even deadly, yet always righteous due in the hands of God.

     

    The very first chapter of Hebrews informs this second chapter that Lord Jesus is not a second fiddle, after thought, or a minor player in God’s plan of salvation, or whose gospel is to be taken lightly, implemented halfheartedly, or to be seen as of no importance at all. Instead, we are commanded to obey Jesus Christ, by whom all men shall be judged, whose power and authority was witnessed  to men by God the Father and the Holy Spirit, as exceedingly greater than the angels, or prophets and apostles, and whose punishment is inescapable for and to the impenitent disobedient, which is fiery indignation, wrath of God in the final judgement in the lake of fire for the wicked, with the devil, his angels, false prophet, death and hell itself.

     

    Love, serola                        

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