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Mark 8:36-37

My take on these 2 verses;
Mark 8:36-37
“… For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?”

Observations;
In this life we are taught ‘survival of the fittest’, ‘me first’, ‘nice guys finish last’, and other expression that are beaten into our minds which later develop into our way of thinking and the way we make decions and the way we react in situations. This way of thinking is called selfishness…. it is a disease and there is a cure for it if we choose to accept the treatment. With this treatment we will have to change some things like our diet; what we hear, what we see, what we read, who we hang out with, what influences us, etc. It will be a hard battle, and there will be temptations on the way, but we need to make the dietary change and get the proper nutrition and live a healthier life. While we live this disease filled life, pre-cure, we think “oh if I only had that job, that promotion, that relationship, that house, that family, that raise, that pool, that car, that lifestyle, that scholarship, that degree….”, you get the picture, that we would somehow be fulfilled in life, have that ultimate accomplishment that makes us feel like we are on top “finally”, and we can “finally” be content, happy, at peace, and filled with a never ending joy. Yet to the contrary we are empty because we know deep down that everything we have and have obtained was out of selfishness. Everything was all for the big M-E, it didn’t benefit anyone else in fact you had to hurt and possibly destroy someone else’s life, well being, self esteem, career, marriage, etc… to get where you are. So the question proposed is why would you trade your soul, causing your soul to slowly pass away (dying with every selfish decision, word, action, etc…), just so you can have temporal items which eventually come and go, that lose their value, that constantly need replacement, and that only reflect your selfisness and shallow emptiness. Trading your soul for for these things; what does it profit you? how does it give you fulfillment? does it make you feel like your life is worth living? does it bring you purpose? do youand have joy, happiness, and love? how does it benefit you? When all you have left is NO soul and items, with no Heavenly or eternal value, that will very soon vanish – what do you truly gain that matters? This ‘chasing’ after the world and the temporal never stops by man (you) alone. When you die what will people say about you? Will anyone who ‘actually’ cared about you be in attendance at your funeral? Did you even have true relationships?  Probably not. Those people were a lot like you, and only befriended you because of your money, power, status, and ‘things’ – this way they could use you and have/share what you had with the least amount of work and effort…. So when you do see Christ on that last day, what will you have to show Him? Is what you have here be of any value in Heaven? It’s like saying ‘I know I did nothing for the service of others or further your kingdom, but here Christ have the keys to my deluxe coupe mercades benz/ferrari eco hybrid that goes from 0 to 120 in 3.4 seconds in return for the gift of Heaven and eteranal life!” I don’t think so. After thinking on this for a bit, because eventually you will on your own terms, do you think that you could buy favor back, buy your life back, or more importantly your soul? When you sell or trade your soul – which is eternal – to have things that are temporal and pass away – how could you ‘buy’ your soul back? You soldand it to the ‘world’, you gave the ‘world’ something eternal – it wont accept something temporal over something eternal. Thete is nothe ‘return policy’. You could give money to a homeless person, or you could donate to a charity, you could build a house for a 3rd world village, or you could do anything nice, kind, and charitable to make your life have purpose, to help you sleep at night, to buy back and resurrect your soul that you had lost, but it WON’T work. Man alone cannot resurrect a life Christ, and God, alone can – and only Christ,  and God, alone! Find God, rest in His grace, live in His son’s sacrifice and receive salvation, then be empowered by the Holy Spirit to go forth and fully turn your back on your sins, confess them aloud to God and ask for forgiveness from your brothers/sisters (those you hurt) and never do it again by taping into Gods power through prayer. Your disease is this world, your fleshy desires, and passions but your cure is Christ’s salvation and the Good News.

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The Highest of the Highest – Hebrews 4:14-16 (part 2 of 2)

Ancient Bath House in Laodicea, Turkey

In chapters five to ten the writer makes two important contrasts of his time (1) the high priests of Israel and Jesus Christ the great high priest, and (2) the ritual animal sacrifices of the old covenant and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. For the rest of this study we will look first at what the writer says about the high priests of Israel, then at what he says about Melchizedek, then at the priesthood of Jesus Christ. In the next study we will look at the sacrifices of the old covenant and the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Lets compare and contrast now the High Priests of Israel to Jesus the Great High Priest…

About the high priests of Israel the writer states in chapter 5 verse 1 ‘For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.‘ and in verse 2 ‘He can deal gently… since he himself is beset (subject) with weakness‘, in verse 3 ‘he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people.’, in verse 4 ‘but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.’, in chapter 7 verse 11 ‘Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise‘ – basically they could not mediate ‘perfection‘ established on the basis of the law, in verse 20 ‘For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath‘, in verse 23 ‘The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office’ – basically saying because they died they had to be replaced, many times, in verse 27 ‘to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people‘, in verse 28 ‘For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests‘ – basically they were weak men, in chapter 8 verse 2 ‘a minister in the holy places, in the true tent (tabernacle) that the Lord set up, not man‘ – Jesus served in a tent made by God whereas the High Priests of Israel served in a tent made by man, in verse 5 ‘They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things.‘ – the High Priests of Israel serve a copy and shadow of what is prepared in heaven, in verses 6-12 the High Priests of Israel served under a faulty and inferior covenant, and in verse 13 ‘In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away‘ – meaning they serve under a now serve under an ‘obsolete’ covenant (remember this is a letter to the Hebrews who are being tempted to go back to this traditional and ritualistic way under the old law).

Lets move onto Melchizedek – First read the Old Testament record of the meeting between Abraham and Melchizedek in Genesis 14:18-20. Though the writer contrasts Jesus to the high priests of Israel, he also points out to the Hebrews a similarity between Jesus and Melchizedek. Now lets draw our attention to five facts about Melchizedek; in chapter 7 verses 1-2 ‘king of Salem, priest of the Most High God‘ and ‘by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace‘, in verse 3 ‘He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life… he continues a priest forever‘, in verse 4-10 ‘See how great this man wasIt is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior… One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham‘ – basically they he is stating that Melchizedek was greater than Abraham, and therefore greater than Levi, the priestly tribe, in verse 13 ‘For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe‘, and in verse 16 ‘who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life‘ – meaning his role as priest was all based on his conformation to regulations about ancestry

Let’s finish with the Greatest High Priest of them all, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in chapter 4 verse 14a ‘Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens‘ – not just the man-made curtain into the man-made sanctuary, 14b ‘Jesus, the Son of God‘, verse 15 ‘For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.‘, in chapter 5 verses 5-6 ‘was appointed by him who said to him,“You are my Son, today I have begotten you…‘, in verses 7-9 ‘with loud cries and tears… he learned obedience through what he suffered’ – by experiencing the suffering, agony and temptations of man he is qualified as a perfect representative, in verse 9 ‘being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation, to all who obey him”, in verse 10 ‘being designated by God a high priest, after the order of Melchizedek‘, in chapter 6 verse 20 ‘where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.‘, in chapter 7 verse 11 ‘rather than one named after the order of Aaron?‘ – is not named after the order of Aaron, in verse 14 ‘For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests‘ – a tribe where priests did not come, in verse 16 his priesthood is based on the power of an indestructible life, in verse 17 ‘who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life‘ – in the order of Melchizedek, in verse 18 ‘For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness‘ – his priesthood sets the former law aside, in verse 19 ‘(for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God‘, in verses 20-21 ‘but this one was made a priest with an oath‘ – his priesthood was affirmed and established by God, in verse 22 because of this oath ‘This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant‘, in verse 24 ‘but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever‘, in verse 25 ‘he is able to save to those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them‘, in verse 26 ‘indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens’ – not needing to offer sacrifices day after day, in verse 27 ‘since he did this once for all when he offered up himself‘ – he sacrificed himself for our sins once for all when he offered himself up, in verse 28 ‘but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever‘, in chapter 8 verse 1 ‘the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven‘, in verse 2 ‘a minister in the holy places, in the true tent (tabernacle) that the Lord set up, not man‘ – Christ serves in the ‘true tabernacle‘ set up by God, and in verse 6 ‘But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises‘ – he is mediator of a superior covenant, that was and is founded on better promises.

That’s it for Comparing the High Priests, from the Least to the Greatest of them all. Next study we will be comparing old testament sacrifices to the once and for all sacrifice of Christ Jesus.

Thank you and God Bless


Hillsong United – Aftermath

“The skies lay low where You are
On the earth You rest Your feet
Yet the hands that cradle the stars
Are the hands that bled for me…
In a moment of glorious surrender
You were broken for all the world to see
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath…
Freedom found in Your scars
In Your grace my life redeemed
For You chose to take the sinner’s crown
As You placed Your crown on me…”

Love the description sung of coming to Christ when we initially accept Him in our hearts… Being lifted from the ashes, from the dust, being born again into something greater and saved from the ashes of death… Then later it’s described as being lifted out of the wreckage, the debris, the mess and chaos of our lives to something that contains greater peace, rest, and joy…
“..And in that moment You opened up the heavens; To the broken the beggar and the thief..” Just can’t get enough of this image of how desperate and broken our lives and spirits are and the need for our Savior Christ. Then the final statement of “…Knowing I’m found; In the LIGHT of the aftermath…” how amazing!
Tune in for the next study of A Beautiful Exchange as we continue studying the Sacrifices of Christ and their meaning!

Thank You and God Bless!


2 Corinthians 4:7 – Treasures in Clay

Treasures in Jars of Clay

v.11 – “…For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh….” – ESV / Commentary

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us…” – ESV


Casting Crowns – East To West


Christ the Soverign Son- Hebrews 1:4-14

Angel, or aggelos, means messenger.  In this section it is seen that the Son is higher, and greater than, the Angels. Well if God has angels to be the Messengers why send Jesus Christ to be both the message and the messenger? It is answered in this section (v.4-14) where the writer speaks of the sovereignty of the Son in terms of his divine son-ship, the adoration and servitude with which the angels relate to him, eternal nature of his kingdom, righteousness with which he rules, his creative power, endurance, and overall victory….

“Continuing with the thought in verse three that Christ is the brightness of his glory, being made higher than the angels. The angels worship him, and we are not to worship the angels. There seems to be a certain fascination with angels these days. There are movements aimed at them and Mary as well. We have T.V. shows about them. I think some would rather worship the ground Jesus walked on instead of Jesus.” – Del Blanchard

V.4-5

He is superior because he is the Son of the Living God – Jesus was the Son before ever he came to earth…”but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” The name, The Son, alone makes it his inheritance; it is his by right, and by the divine establishment from God the Father. This makes him superior which the writer argues from this Old Testament psalm. All of Psalm 2 is a prophetic reference to the coming of Christ as seen in verses  2, 3, and 6-12. When the Son was baptized verse 7a of Psalm 2 is recited. When Satan was attempting to temp the Son be saying “if you are the Son of God the…..” is seen in verses 8-9 of Psalm 2, by the testimony of God, the temptation of the devil, and the world wide authority of the Son. The writer then quotes 1 Chronicles 17:12-14, asking if God has ever said this to any of the angels, ” … I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.” It is evident that Christ is above not just the angels, but over all things, both physical and spiritual.

V6-7

Son is superior because angels worship him – In verse 6a he is referenced as God’s ‘firstborn’, as prophesied in Psalm 89:27 “And I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth…“. When God ‘brings his firstborn into the world’ the angels shall worship him as foreseen in Deuteronomy 32:34a “Rejoice with him O Heavens; bow down to him all gods…” So it’s not just the nations and the people who worship Christ, but also the angels and all that is in the heavens. Rather than being objects and recipients of worship, the angels are called God’s ‘servants’. Also they are called ‘winds’ and ‘flames of fire’,  things which are no more than transient tools in the hands of their divine and holy master.

v.8-9

Son is sovereign as Divine King of the Eternal Kingdom – Here the Son is addressed as God, has a throne and scepter therefore making him King, that the throne he is given lasts forever and ever, he is above his companions, and is reminded that he has been anointed by his God who is God the Father.

v.10-12

The Son is superior because he is the Lord and Co-Creator – The Son is again addressed but this time as ‘Lord‘ and creation is ascribed to him and then he is contrasted to the things of his creation. As seen in Psalm 102. These verses display the truth that the Son is eternal and goes forever but his creation will become old and worn out then perish. Though his creation changes through the seasons, and through time, he will not change he will always be the same; the sames love, grace, justice, righteousness, forgiveness, and all the characteristics of him will never ever change and they will always endure.

V.13-14

He is sovereign because he is seated at the right hand of God – This position is held because of who he is and not by his divine right to rule over creation as seen in verse 6. God has said to the son “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet” also prophesied here. We are also told he is exalted to the right hand of God elsewhere in Bible scripture by what he has done and accomplished for the world. By his sin-bearing death and resurrection he confirmed his power and authority, and demonstrated that there is nothing that can stand against him. Having defeated sin and death, Satan and hell, Jesus rose up victorious and now sits at the right hand of God in the kingdom of Heaven not solely by the virtue of who he is, but also by virtue of what he has done for ALL.


A Beautiful Exchange…. A Study on Christ’s Sacrafice

Nail, Cross, and CrownFor the month of May our study is kicking off on Christ’s sacrifice that He made out of the great love that He had for us all.

Jesus Christ was sent down from Heaven, to be born a man, to live the perfect and sinless life, to become a living sacrifice, to take on ALL the worlds sin, and to die on the cross, so that WE ALL may have a relationship with the Father, have life after death, and to live richly in the Kingdom of Heaven forevermore.

So join in as we dive into the book of Hebrews to study the sacrifice of Christ and what that sacrifice means today.

God Bless!


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