In Case You Missed It – Hebrews

Hebrews

I just finished reading through the Epistle or Letter to the Hebrews again, only this time I was using the Classic Amplified Bible translation. It was a timely selection of Scripture to be reading because of all the turmoil that we are seeing taking place in the world today and in particular with regard to many of the words and actions of President Trump. No, I’m not going to turn this into a political post, I’m just indicating that I’m having a difficult time.

It’s not hard to take the words contained in the Letter to the Hebrews and apply them to our own situation right now. The writer of Hebrews was probably addressing this letter to Jewish Christians in Palestine or in Rome so the focus of Hebrews is on the absolute supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus Christ as the Revealer and Mediator of God’s grace.

Keep your eyes and hearts on Jesus” could be the summary statement. And even though I’m not Jewish, the writer literally takes us through the Old Testament and showcases the Prophets, the Law and the Tabernacle or dwelling place of God on earth, which all point to Jesus and the spiritual realities, so this is a lifting message, a timely message, for the times that we are currently going through.

There are so many verses within Hebrews that grab our hearts, I’d have to quote the better part of Hebrews if I was to select the verses that I wanted to bring to your attention, but for brevity’s sake, I will limit the selected verses to but a few.

Hebrews 1:2-3  AMPC

[But] in the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order].

He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,

Hebrews 9:15 AMPC

[Christ, the Messiah] is therefore the Negotiator and Mediator of an [entirely] new agreement (testament, covenant), so that those who are called and offered it may receive the fulfillment of the promised everlasting inheritance—since a death has taken place which rescues and delivers and redeems them from the transgressions committed under the [old] first agreement.

Hebrews 9:24 AMPC

For Christ (the Messiah) has not entered into a sanctuary made with [human] hands, only a copy and pattern and type of the true one, but [He has entered] into heaven itself, now to appear in the [very] presence of God on our behalf.

Hebrews 9:28 AMPC

Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, and patiently] waiting for and expecting Him.

Hebrews 10:16-22 AMPC

16 This is the agreement (testament, covenant) that I will set up and conclude with them after those days, says the Lord: I will imprint My laws upon their hearts, and I will inscribe them on their minds (on their inmost thoughts and understanding),

17 He then goes on to say, And their sins and their lawbreaking I will remember no more.

18 Now where there is absolute remission (forgiveness and cancellation of the penalty) of these [sins and lawbreaking], there is no longer any offering made to atone for sin.

19 Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the [Holy of] Holies [by the power and virtue] in the blood of Jesus,

20 By this fresh (new) and living way which He initiated and dedicated and opened for us through the separating curtain (veil of the Holy of Holies), that is, through His flesh,

21 And since we have [such] a great and wonderful and noble Priest [Who rules] over the house of God,

22 Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water.

No it isn’t easy living in these times and it probably isn’t going to get any easier. But we do have God’s Word, and we can enter into His presence and we can trust Him, rely on Him and have faith in Him.

One more verse from outside of Hebrews:

Romans 8:38-39 NIV

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 comments

  1. The Amplified really butchers the Hebrews. I have read Hebrews somewhere between 100-200 times. I think I lost count. And all those scriptures I basically know them off by heart and when starting off to read them I replaced their butchery with the actual words that best reflect the translation.
    Amplified can actually skew what the text was trying to say by adding a persons view point. And other times It might break you out of a mould that was wrong. So for that, its good, but for generally reading, its terrible.

    Which reminded me of this verse:
    11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

    12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

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    • Hi Scott. I use a variety of translations and most times when I quote Scripture I use the NASB. I used an electronic copy of the Classic Amplified for a change. I did purchase a hard copy of the Amplified Study Bible which is different from the Classic Amplified Bible and I am enjoying it. Thanks for your appreciated concern and comments. Blessings.

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  2. As for Trump, Avoid the CBC and Left Media sites. They are not Christian. There is a actual wish for Trumps death. (there are quotes.) Some of the Sickest demented things are being said. It doesn’t come from a good place. While I get that there is a race to the finish line, the things said are unacceptable.
    That man has layers of protection around him, and everyone is tested every day. He is and is considered an American asset likely around a trillion or so dollars of value. to the country. That is the office of the President not the man himself, but that said, the Man is made in the Image of God. The nit picking and questioning of every motive even questioning him in his own home about taking off a mask makes us all Hypocrites.

    I for one actually looked at the science and returned to work long ago. I did not take any Marxist money from our Gov’t and have worn masks long before our Gov’t mandated it. Its perfectly normal not to wear a mask most of the time unless you are sick and are within 6 ft of people. But every day I am in peoples homes without a Mask, with them within inches of me. Its normal and its fine. Its Godly. It is better to get covid than lose your freedom and become a socialist country where the gov’t controls your actions.

    5 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
    2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
    3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
    4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

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    • Sometimes you make my head ache Scott but I am trying very hard to accommodate your perspective, which differs from mine in some aspects. I do pray for President Trump, I do not wish for his death. I do wear a mask IAW our Nova Scotia laws and I have not applied for any Covid 19 government handouts. Blessings.

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      • Well you would be a democrat if you started leaning toward no free speech and that everything has to be done the way the Gov’t dictates. The freedom of person is really what the left and right generally fight over. Its why Liberals want a communist lite national Surb. its a move closer to a minimum payment to every person. Then the Gov’t employs you and if you do not comply they cut your wage. You have another job but then the tax is so high on goods and companies that it pays for that “living wage” for all people. So, work is not attached to this wage. but they can cut you off. Its a loss of freedom. The issues around masks, getting needles forced on you all of it is more than just trying to be kind to others, but to the very freedom from communism. And you can blame people like George Soros. Obama, Trudeau and others, who literally are using Gov’t money to indoctrinate kids. There is this whole movement going on. Its a Marxist thing about race theory suggesting that you are racist simply because you are white. That all our systems, our police Oppress the races and this is being taught in schools. Its whats behind BLM. Blacks are not behind BLM. Soros is. Burnie and Camala are. Its been brewing in Canada. Its why Jordan Peterson was up in arms about gender pronouns and all that. Its why Cuomo is threatening churches in the news today. And strangely he was the one sending sick seniors back into nursing homes causing massive death in New York. Trump is just the guy getting hit by this. In Canada we have conservatives bending to it. Even in England, since 2017 they have realized why the brexit wasn’t going right. It was Soros. He gave 14 Billion to his own charity of sorts to meddle in world politics. There is so much more going on. Its why Pipe Lines don’t get built and why death threats are made against Trump etc.

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      • Scott, this is the LAST post of yours that gets propagated on this blog where you are advocating not only going down these rabbit holes but also that I and other Christians should be doing the same thing. How much time and effort have you used towards this endeavour? How long did it take you to come to the understanding that you now hold and how much time and effort will you expend on continuing this activity in the future? And who is it that put all of this understanding that you now have, together for you? And what is the objective behind all of this manipulation that is supposedly being done? Does this understanding you now have build your faith and trust in Jesus or does it rely on your own ability of continuing to be kept abreast of the ever expanding influence of those who would control this world? AND THE ROOT OF IT ALL IS FEAR, fear that you are being unknowingly controlled and manipulated by sinister spiritual forces that are at work. AND THE CRUX OF IT ALL IS THAT YOU ARE. Considering how many times you say you have read through the Bible, you must have skipped over the parts where we are told not to lean into our own understanding but to trust in God (Proverbs 3:5-6) and He will make our paths straight, or not to buy into any of the constantly changing conspiracy theories that are continually being propagated by those who would have us place our faith and trust in their ability to alert you and warn you about what is unfolding, according to THEIR ability to understand. Conspiracy theories are not new and neither is their source. Maybe you overlooked this guidance that God gave us through Isaiah. “Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, He is the one you are to fear, He is the one you are to dread (Isaiah 8:12-13). When we become known more for the conspiracies we are promoting than for the Gospel we proclaim, we have let some other identity define us. And I for one, after much prayer and much consideration, have decided not to do that because God’s word clearly tells me not to and that fear and dread are NOT to be the motivation factors that I am to adhere to. So you go right ahead and do whatever you feel you need to do, but please clearly understand that I do NOT wish to join you and I will NOT abandon the one understanding that I have learned is above all other understanding. THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, HE makes me to lie down in green pastures, HE leads me beside quiet waters, HE restores my soul (Psalm 23). Because of your faith in Jesus, you are my brother in the Lord and I do love you in the Lord. But please note that I will NOT be abandoning my trust and faith in Jesus as being my today Shepherd, in order to accommodate your decision to continue to go down these rabbit holes. That is your choice but it is not mine. Jesus told us of what was to come. He gave us a heads up. His words: John 16:33 “I have told you these things, SO THAT IN ME YOU MAY HAVE PEACE. In this world you will have trouble. BUT TAKE HEART! I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.” There is a message there if you look for it Scott. Have I made myself clear to you? – Bruce

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