Journey through the New Testament: Hebrews

Hebrews 1-5

We see the greatness of Christ in both His heavenly glory –  ‘Let all God’s angels worship Him’ (1:6) – and His saving grace – ‘He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone’ (2:9). God invites each of us to receive a great blessing – the blessing of being His ‘children’ (2:13). We become God’s children through faith in Christ: ‘To all who received Him, who believed in His Name, He gave power to become children of God’ (John 1:12). ‘Today, when you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts’ (4:7). None of us ever reaches a stage where we no longer need to hear and heed God’s words of warning. This may not be the kind of thing we like to hear. It’s what we need to hear. We will only pray for ‘mercy’ and ‘grace’ when we see how sinful we really are. Then – and only then – will we come to Christ for ‘eternal salvation’ (4:15-16; 5:9).

Hebrews 6-9

‘Let us… go on to maturity’ (6:1). There can be no question of ‘continuing in sin’ – ‘God forbid! How can we who died to sin still live in it?’ (Romans 6:1-2). We are to become ‘mature people, whose minds are trained by practice to know the difference between good and evil’ (5:14). We are to move on to ‘the better things that belong to salvation’ (6:9). Jesus is our great Saviour: ‘He is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him’ (7:25). Let Jesus be your great Saviour. Come to Him and receive His great salvation. The old covenant is ‘outdated’ (8:13). The new covenant is ‘much more excellent’ (8:5-6).  We look at the old covenant and we say, ‘There must be more than this’. There is more – ‘much more’. Through ‘the blood of Christ’, ‘our hearts and lives’ have been ‘cleansed’. Now, we can begin ‘to serve the living God’ (9:14).

Hebrews 10-13

Are you ‘looking for a better country – a heavenly one’ (16)? Without Jesus, our lives are empty. The ‘longing for a better country’ can only be satisfied by Him. We learn from so many different people. We must always be looking beyond them ‘to Jesus’ (12:2). All God’s faithful people must step aside, leaving us to look up and see ‘Jesus only’ (Mark 9:2-8). We are to seek ‘the holiness without which no one will see the Lord’ (12:14). This is not the ‘holiness’ of the Pharisee: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men…’ (Luke 18:11-12). It is the holiness that grows in the hearts of those who have prayed, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner’ (15; Luke 18:13). ‘Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers’ (13:1). We must never underestimate the importance of a ‘friendly welcome’ (11:31).

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