Tag Archives: New Testament

Walk in Love – 2 John 1:6

“…And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love….” – ESV / Commentary


True Worship – Romans 12:1

“…Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is true worship…” – ESV / Commentary


Galatians 5:16-17 – Live By The Spirit

“…If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another….” (verses 25-26)

“… But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do…..” – ESV / Commentary


2 Timothy 1:7-9 – Power, Love, and Self-Control

“…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control…” (verse 7)

“…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began…” – ESV / Commentary


1 Corinthians 10:13 – Escape Route

“…he will also provide the way of escape…” (verse 13)

“…No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it….” – ESV / Commentary


James 1:5-6 – Double Minded Waves

“…he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways…” (verse 8)

“…If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind….” – ESV / Commentary


Matthew 8:8,10 – Great Faith

“…But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed… When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith…” – ESV / Commentary


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


The Final Word – Hebrews 1:1-4

Study on Hebrews 1:1-4 (ESV)(NKJV)

The epistle to the Hebrews is an unknown author, it’s debated that Paul wrote it but also debated that one of Paul’s pupils wrote it. It begins with an earnest proclamation about the supremacy of the NT revelation by the Son over the OT revelation by the prophets.

The primary purpose of the Letter to the Hebrews is to exhort Christians to persevere in the face of persecution. The central thought of the entire Epistle is the doctrine of the Person of Christ and his role as mediator between God and humanity.” -Wikipedia (Hebrews)

V.1-2a

Those Days – Old Testament; Up until the coming of Jesus Christ God spoke, and revealed Himself, to prophets at many times and ways. The prophets were the human middle-men bearing a message from God to other men. This is how people of the Old Testament talked and had relationship with God. Such as Abraham who ‘walked by Faith and not by Sight‘ because he knew that there was no more to God’s promise, and calling, then there was visible to his physical eyesight.

These Days – New Testament; The coming of Jesus initiated the “Last Days”, meaning whoever lives in circa A.D. lives in the Last Days. Throughout the Old Testament there is mystery surrounding the coming of the Messiah and the propitiation who is going to save all. All the foreshadowing of this is revealed and now in the open since the coming of Christ. He is not just a barer of the message from God he IS the message from God. Christ is Word [john 1:1-4], He is the truth [john 14:6], He is the light [john 8:12], and whoever sees Him sees the Father, and whoever knows Him knows the Father [john 14:6-9].

Christ Jesus IS God’s final word, He is the final massage to the children of the earth everywhere. We are not  listening to another prophetic message, born by a human messenger, to be followed by until further revelation from future human messengers. Here God himself comes to us and speaks to us His final Word. If we reject God here in his self-revelation, if we do not receive His Word, then we have would’ve expressed our ultimate and final rejection of God.

V.2b-3

Who is the Son? “..whom he appointed the heir of all things…” [esv] The Son is the heir of ALL things, that includes man, animal of the land, beast of the sea, bird of the air, the sun, stars, sky, the universe, etc… ALL things he is the heir to the throne of. This small portion explains the authority that the Son has in God’s house. Following here are further examples of this superiority throughout scripture. {here} “… through whom also he created the world.” [esv] suggesting the the Son was there when the world was created and was also a partaker in creating it. “…He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature…” [esv] here we learn that the Son is the outer rendering of God’s glory and is precisely what God is. The Son is no more or no less than God, their character and their nature is exactly alike. Jesus didn’t just speak the message of God, but Jesus is the Word and the Message of God. The Son communicates himself, and makes himself known, so that when we see Him we see God, and when we know Him we know God. “…and he upholds the universe by the word of his power…” [esv] We read here that Christ not only is the message, the heir of all things, the creator of all things, but is also the upholder of all things. With out His word, His powerful wonderful word, breathing into us and all living things, our world would cease to exist. We see examples of this in the NT when Jesus heals the blind and the sick, casts daemons from bodies, and controls the seas and plans. “… After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” [esv] Note the word AFTER, because it’s so important that we recognize the sacrifice and significance of it. It was AFTER He made the purification for sins, he made it, he made the purification, it was prepared. God and the Son were not surprised by it, because His sacrifice was the plan all along. The verb “made” also indicates that it was a once-and-for-all action, meaning it will not be repeated and cannot be repeated, we cannot do anything more or anything less to supplement it. You can’t try and be saves, it was done once and it was done for ALL, it’s a free and perfect gift that is extended out to each and every one of us. All you have to do is take it. After all of this the Son was caught up and was seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. Meaning His work here on earth is done and accept Him and accept the Word as truth and as your life, and you will be saved…

Romans 5

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God…”[esv]


John 7:37-38 – Rivers of Living Water

…On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water….” [esv]


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