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HEBREWS CHAPTER 10

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1 For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near.

 

Heb 10,1-18

(141d) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> It bears witness to Jesus >> Prophesy about Jesus’ ministry >> Jesus as the savior – When he says the law, he’s not talking about the Ten Commandments, but the Law of Moses, which includes the Ten Commandments along with the sundry laws and the laws of temple worship, essentially all behavior pertaining the Israel contained in the first five books of the Old Testament, called the Pentateuch. It is through the Law of Moses that we learn about temple worship, the knowledge that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai after Israel's exile from Egypt. The writer of Hebrews is saying these offerings and sacrifices of temple worship were never meant to take away sin, but were merely used as a reminder of sin year by year, otherwise they would “have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sin.” That word “once” appears many times throughout this chapter and is highly significant.

Heb 10,1-13

(60d) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Jesus humbles Himself in obedience to the point of death / Church dies to self, is resurrected and defeats her enemies – “By this will” he says in verse 10, referring to verse 7, “Behold, I have come… to do thy will,” refers to the obedience of Christ. This is not just about the obedience of the cross, but also the obedience Jesus demonstrated throughout His sinless life in perfect submission to the Father. Through our faith in His offering that He made once for all, Jesus’ crucified body has made us perfect and acceptable to the Father. In this way Christ has set us apart as the children of God, as we in turn perfect righteousness in the members of our earthly bodies, as Paul taught in Romans chapter six, which communicates our gratitude, completes His work in our lives and keeps us from abusing His grace. You cannot have grace without sanctification any more than you can have salvation without obedience, for salvation pertains both to this life and the life to come. God receives our obedience through the obedience of Christ, for without seeking the righteousness of God we would not be able to rise above a level of our self-righteousness.

Heb 10,1-7

(43g) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Perfect (mature) >> Flawless -- This verse goes with verse 14. God has taken away the old covenant sacrifices and offerings and replaced them with obedience. Following this context, “to do thy will” primarily refers to the obedience of Christ living a sinless life in the flesh in order to become the perfect Lamb of God, who would be slaughtered for the sins of all mankind. The secondary context refers to our own obedience as Christians. As His born-again children, God calls us to obedience even as He has called His Son to obedience, even though we will continue to commit sin. Jesus’ obedience was that of perfection, whereas our obedience is defined in terms of freedom from the bondage and the slavery and the addiction of sin (Romans chapters 6 &7). From our understanding that total freedom from sin is unattainable in this life, we know that Paul and the writer of Hebrews were working around our fallibilities, also knowing that this is not what God sent His Son to abolish. Rather He sent Jesus to render eternal life available to us and to deliver us from the practice of sin, giving us an alternative to our addictions, which is the power of the Holy Spirit. We can try as hard as we can to stop sinning; that might help, but we will regrettably continue to commit sin throughout our lives. What God wants from us is to overcome our addictions, whether that be drugs and alcohol, or anger and bitterness. God wants us to seek Him for the freedom to serve Him in a state of self-control. He doesn’t want sin mastering our lives and dictating how we live.

Heb 10,1-5

(174a) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Man’s religion >> Good traditions (Exception to bad religion) >> Good customs -- These verses go with verse 11

Heb 10,1-4

(173g) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Unholy sacrifice >> Offering sacrifice without God’s approval >> Sacrifice against the will of God -- These verses go with verses 26-29. 

Heb 10,1-3

(154j) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> Conscience >> Having a good conscience >> God is my conscience -- These verses go with verse 22. 

Heb 10-1

(234b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seeking the glory of His favor -- This verse goes with verses 21,22

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2-6 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins? 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, "SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME; 6 IN WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND sacrifices FOR SIN YOU HAVE TAKEN NO PLEASURE.

 

Heb 10-2

(103e) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> God’s cleansing power >> cleansing of baptism -- This verse goes with verse 22

(108j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of Jesus Christ >> Revelation of His righteousness -- This verse goes with verses 10-13

(172j) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Scripture that contradicts the Catholic faith >> Jesus never to die again >> Because His death was sufficient

Heb 10-3

(238i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Teachers "remind" their students >> Prevention against forgetting – Jesus commanded us to celebrate communion whenever we come together, but He also said that we are to do it in remembrance of Him, indicating that communion has no spiritual function at all, just like temple worship was a reminder to the Israelites of what was to come. Jesus said, “I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom” (Mat 26-29). This is the great hope that communion represents; we are to take communion in remembrance of His death, but we are also to take it in hope of the resurrection from the dead, in hope of standing in our Father’s kingdom with Christ in assembly for the first time with all His people, celebrating the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Heb 10,4-18

(30h) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> God favors you by His grace >> He favors you through His son – The writer of Hebrews is contrasting the Law against the Spirit, as Paul spoke in Galatians. At the time of Moses, the Law was very meaningful to the Israelites, but as time passed it had grown old and was “ready to disappear” (Heb 8-13). The Old Testament taught that if people would not abide by the law, they should be stoned to death; that is how important the Law was at the time, just as important to them as the Spirit is to us. God has since established a new covenant in its place, and commanded us to walk according to God’s grace instead of the Law. Paul in Galatians underscored that we should walk in the Spirit to please Him, promising that it would change our behavior, while the writer of Hebrews is specifying the inherent difference in the word of God between the old covenant and the new, saying that those who sought to please God in the old covenant worshipped Him in “whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin” through the blood of bulls of goats (v10); yet he said that none of those things ever took away sin. In other words, the Israelites for centuries practiced the laws of temple worship without ever affecting their salvation, though they practiced the Law as it was written. In other words, temple worship was not against the will of God, yet neither did it please Him; it only proved that if the people lived in the days of the new covenant they would have obeyed Christ, and by that they were saved.

Heb 10,4-13

(37d) Judgment >> Judgment of God on His Son >> Jesus’ humanity >> He was a man

Heb 10,4-10

(247g) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> God is interested in the cross The old covenant law was static, not dynamic like the new covenant Spirit. The fulfillment of prophecy is a dynamic work of God that demonstrates His power and presence; and since the new covenant was inaugurated through the fulfillment of prophecy, it makes the new covenant inherently dynamic, for as the new covenant had its beginning through Christ, so it continues in His children. Our relationship with God is dynamic in the sense that the Holy Spirit can speak to us and give us specific direction that the Old Testament could not do. We read the Old Testament to discover what was the will of God in days of old, but we read the New Testament to discover His will today, and we obey the Holy Spirit as a means of accomplishing the works that He prepared for us before the foundation of the world. Contained in the Old Testament was the Law that demanded obedience, whereas contained in the New Testament is the promise of the Spirit, who leads us into His will.

Heb 10-4

(64g) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Limits of God >> God cannot forgive through the blood of bulls and goats – The writings of the Old Testament consisted of commandments that the Israelites were required to follow, not to please God but to avoid His judgment. In other words, it was impossible to please Him through the old covenant; those sacrifice only symbolized what was to come. We know that when Jesus came and fulfilled the old covenant prophecies and gave His life’s blood for the sins of the world, He was the very substance of old covenant worship. What we find, then, is the difference between the Law required by Israel, versus a man who fulfilled prophecy, the written word versus the fulfilled word of God.

Heb 10,5-9

(136e) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Jesus’ fleshly body >> The flesh of Jesus’ sacrifice – When it says, “But a body thou hast prepared for Me,” refers to the body of Jesus Christ, though He was never created. There was never a time when the Son of God did not exist; He had no beginning and He will have no end; He is eternal as God is eternal, yet He was born of the Virgin Mary. Eternity is an impossible concept for us to grasp, especially past eternity, because we had a beginning. For this reason we will never understand God’s past, but we will follow Him in His eternal future. Starting at the present and going back in time is as much eternity as future eternity. This means that God lived an eternity before He made man, so what was God doing all that time? No one knows. There are probably creatures in heaven that have lived nearly forever that will help explain what God has been doing, but there was a time before God created anything, when He was alone, not even space existed. That period of time was also an eternity. Even a sliver of eternity is eternity in itself. This makes God a very mysterious person indeed. Eternity past would seem like hell to us, but God was okay with it. Even hell is okay with God, but without God heaven itself would be a hollowed out shell of a paradise. When it says that a body was prepared for Him, and because Jesus Christ cannot exist in two places at the same time, unlike the Holy Spirit who is always everywhere, when God deposited His seed in the Virgin Mary, the Son of God suddenly ceased to reside in heaven and was placed inside her womb. The person of Jesus Christ was born, the very same person who existed without beginning, only now having some of the physical attributes of His mother, and grew to become a man who would die for the sins of the world.

Heb 10,5-7

(219i) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestination >> Predestined according to the word of God

Heb 10-5

(8l) Responsibility >> Responsible to defend God’s cause >> Preparing the sacrifice

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7-9 "THEN I SAID, 'BEHOLD, I HAVE COME (IN THE SCROLL OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.' " 8 After saying above, "SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS AND WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND sacrifices FOR SIN YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, NOR HAVE YOU TAKEN PLEASURE in them" (which are offered according to the Law ), 9 then He said, "BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL." He takes away the first in order to establish the second. 

 

Heb 10,7-10

(87c) Thy kingdom come >> Obey all the will of God >> Jesus obeys all of the Father’s will – The ministry of the Holy Spirit is not in reference to sin, but is a ministry of righteousness that leads us into the divine acts of God that He has prepared for us from all eternity. Being a good host to the Holy Spirit is what forgives us through the cross, and doing the good works that He has prepared for us leads us into communion with Him. Heb 9-28 says, “Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.” This is speaking about the second coming of Christ; once He subjects His enemies to his will, He will come again, and His foot will touch the Mount of Olives, and it will mark the beginning of Millennium, the beginning of His kingdom that will have no end. It will be physically manifested in His creation, and it will come through the obedience of His beloved children.

Heb 10-7

(14a) Servant >> Servants of God’s word – Before we can obey the word of God we must first know what it says. The true meaning of "Servant of the word" is someone who obeys it. That is a conceivable definition of Jesus; He obeyed the word of God without fail.

Heb 10-8,9

(58g) Paradox >> Opposites >> Old covenant versus the new covenant -- These verses go with verses 28&29. The ultimate difference between the new covenant and the old covenant is that instead of God using us to kill His enemies, as He did with Israel against the inhabitants of Canaan, he uses us to save them through the gospel. The hope is that the gospel would change their lives and thus rid the land of sin instead of ridding the sinner. Therefore, if people are getting saved but their lives are not changing, then the gospel isn't working, indicating that God will soon go back to the old way.  

(139i) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Tear down the old to rebuild the new – If the Jewish sacrifices could never take away sins (Heb 10-11), then why did God order them? He may have forgiven Israel through their Old covenant temple worship, but only by means of looking forward to the sacrifice that Jesus would make of His own flesh. He ordered Israel to conduct temple worship perpetually throughout the generations as a reminder of what was to come, and when Jesus finally came, He was sacrificed and the Jewish people never put the two together. Temple worship was so ingrained in the people, it became part of their lives; the entire process was taught to the children, and they were raised with the knowledge of these things. It was a type of worship that no other nation had. There were pagan altars and rituals, but they sacrificed based on human prerogative. God held Israel to the exact method of temple services that were handed them through Moses, and they were required to perform them exactly as it was written to distinguish them from the nations. Had they changed the customs by their own authority, temple worship would have no longer been based on obedience and would have been unacceptable, for God does not bless willful rebellion but obedience. Jesus obtained His place at the right-hand of the power of God through obedience, and it would behoove us also to obey the Holy Spirit that we may be children of our Father who is in heaven.

(190f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Circumcision >> Undressing >> Dismantling the outer tabernacle -- These verses go with verse 35

(205h) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> New covenant >> The old one is obsolete

(216j) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> God Is Independent Of His Creation >> You cannot control God’s desire for you >> man is not in control of his own destiny

(248k) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Values >> The Highest Values >> Some things take precedence over others

Heb 10-9

(98c) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Rooted deeply >> The lord establishes us

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10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

 

Heb 10,10-18

(172i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Scripture that contradicts the Catholic faith >> Jesus never to die again >> Because He conquered death – Jesus made one sacrifice for all time, so what are the Catholics thinking, claiming that the bread and the wine are magically transformed into the body and blood of Christ to be re-sacrificed over and over at communion (Eucharist)? Haven’t they read the book of Hebrews? It says in verse 14, “one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.” Ever since this one sacrifice has been made, which has cleansed the people from their sins, there is no longer any need for another offering. This completely invalidates the concept of transubstantiation according to verse 18, “Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.” Based on these two verses (14&18), the Catholics should stop teaching that the wine and the bread literally turn into the body and blood of Christ at the blessing of the priest, because it stipulates a continuous offering. The Catholics are not greater than the Holy Scriptures, are they? The fact that they call themselves priests has an Old Testament ring to it, demonstrating a will to an old covenant style worship. It is as though they don’t understand the new covenant or even acknowledge it, yet they call themselves the one true church! The function of a priest is to intercede for the people, but all these things have been accomplished through Christ; He is our mediator and no other man (1Tim 2-5), abolishing the need for another priest. The very existence of the Catholic Priesthood is saying that the blood of Christ is insufficient, which is the ultimate insult to the Spirit of grace. The only priest we need is seated at the right hand of the Father; He is our Great High Priest, who personally intercedes for us though the Holy Spirit. Since Christ offered Himself, He has sat down at the right-hand of the throne of God and is waiting for His enemies to be made a footstool for His feet, which among others includes the Catholics Priesthood. Hebrews chapter ten is virtually dedicated to the Catholic heresy of transubstantiation, knowing that depraved pagans would attempt to hijack the gospel, inventing their own doctrines to pervert the truth of God’s grace. God has a special place in hell prepared for those who perpetuate these lies, who deter people from believing in the one true sacrifice of Jesus body on the cross to end all sacrifices and offerings for sin.

Heb 10,10-14

80l The Priesthood (Key verse)

Heb 10,10-13

(108j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of Jesus Christ >> Revelation of His righteousness -- These verses go with verses 19-23

(136g) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Jesus’ spiritual body

Heb 10,10-12

(209j) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus paid the price for us >> Jesus is the lamb of God >> The Great High Priest offered up Himself

Heb 10-10

(189i) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Martyr >> Jesus was a martyr

(191g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Set apart >> God sanctifies us by His doing -- This verse goes with verse 14

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11-18 Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; 12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, 13 waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET. 14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. 15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying, 16 "THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM," He then says, 17 "AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE." 18 Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.

 

Heb 10-11

(174a) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Man’s religion >> Good traditions (Exception to bad religion) >> Good customs -- This verse goes with verses 1-5

Heb 10,12-14

(214g) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> Dispensation of God’s revelations >> Dispensation of the last days of time

Heb 10-12,13

(38d) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death (Satan) >> Resurrection brings about judgment

(48m) Judgment >> Jesus’ enemies are destroyed >> Enemies of His grace – One sacrifice has been made for all time, though the Catholics believe that the holy Eucharist literally becomes the body and blood of Christ in their form of communion, and in that sense they repeatedly offer the body and blood of Christ, which the Bible says can never take away sin (v11). For this reason the very next verses says that Jesus is sitting at the right-hand of His Father until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. Notice that there is no involvement on Jesus part in subduing His enemies, but that it happens automatically, that God made the creation to disarm and coral His enemies by their own unrighteousness. The Catholic priests have repeatedly sacrificed the flesh and blood of Christ in their own minds, being itself a type of blasphemy, and for that reason their religious establishment has exposed itself to being conceived by a reprobate mind. Note what it says in verse 18, “Where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.” If the Catholics feel they must continually offer the body and blood of Christ in communion, it suggests they lack faith in His one-time offering on the cross to cleanse them from their sin.

(56e) Paradox >> Opposites >> Humble yourself as a defensive strategy

(67b) Authority >> Jesus at the right hand of the father >> He is above all other authorities

Heb 10-12

(41c) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Jesus presented Himself to God without sin for us – Jesus was completely innocent of all evil. Any sacrifice that is offered invokes one of two responses, either acceptance or rejection. Since the Father ordered the sacrifice of His Son, it had guaranteed acceptance, but it was offered to Him just the same. Based on the Father’s critique of Jesus’ life in the flesh, He looked for any sin that He might have committed and found nothing, so the Father accepted His Son into His presence again, proving that Jesus was without sin. His life from beginning to end was flawless, that is what made Jesus’ sacrifice acceptable to the Father.

Heb 10-14

(43g) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Perfect (mature) >> Flawless -- This verse goes with verse 1

(191g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Set apart >> God sanctifies us by His doing -- This verse goes with verse 10

Heb 10,15-17

(109h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit the teacher >> Spirit teaches us about the word of God >> Spirit teaches us about Jesus – This Old Testament verse refers to the prophecy of the new covenant indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which in turn refers to the heavenly ministry of Christ as the Great High Priest, whose title is the Word of God intercedes for us, delegating the Holy Spirit to those who are faithful in Christ and believe in God for the salvation of their souls. The Holy Spirit brings with Him this seal: “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Those who have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them, their sins have been forgiven. 

Heb 10-15,16

(155g) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> Holy Spirit bears witness of the believer – The Holy Spirit writes God’s laws on our hearts, as though inscribing them in stone, “and our lawless deeds He will remember no more,” not that our hearts are stony but that His writing is permanent. The Holy Spirit has become our conscience. Man with or without God has a conscience, but those who believe in Jesus have a conscience that has been as it were supercharged by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. He writes the laws of God on our hearts so we know specifically what is right and wrong, not just in relation to the Law but overall, even what we are thinking. The law could never govern our thoughts, but the new covenant does (Mat 5-27,28). The world has a conscience based on their perceptions of right and wrong, which varies from person to person, but the disciple of Jesus has a conscience that is managed by God Himself. The committed Christian refuses to touch his conscience and refuses to steer it but will allow the Holy Spirit to manage His conscience for him. The committed Christian refuses to manipulate His conscience in any way or to evict the Holy Spirit from the job that God has given Him to do in our hearts. So it is through the ministry of the Holy Spirit that God the Father has given to Christ to stand in His place and dwell in His people through the working power of the cross to forgive our sins and lead us into the will of God.

Heb 10-18

(120g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Forgiveness >> Forgiveness is an act of mercy >> We have forgiveness through the blood of Christ

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19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 

 

Heb 10,19-26

(229j) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking >> Partaking of Jesus >> Partaking of Jesus’ gift – According to His word, Jesus is not celebrating in heaven, not while His church is suffering in the flesh. Jesus is in heaven, seated at the right-hand of the Father interceding for the saints as our Great High Priest, making request to the Father for grace, mercy and blessing on our behalf. He said, “I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God” (Lk 22-16), referring to Passover, which represents the age of grace where God passes over our sins in order that we may be forgiven as though we had never sinned. Jesus would never eat Passover again so long as His people are suffering in the flesh, and their suffering will not end until the last day, the last day of their tribulation, the last day of the age of grace, referring of course to the First Resurrection, when He gathers His people together, finally after 2000 years. This is when Jesus celebrates with His people in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, while the earth undergoes the bowls of God’s fierce wrath against the ungodliness of man. God Raptures His people at this time because the world is making martyrs of them in a campaign to rid Christianity from the earth spearheaded by the antichrist, and because the bowls of God’s wrath are so severe there was no other way for God to protect His people from His own fury. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb will commence and God the Father will marry the Church to His Son Jesus Christ, and there will be communion, and they will celebrate with bread and wine along with a great feast.

Heb 10,19-25

(96e) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Positive attitude toward God >> Good attitude toward Jesus

(97d) Thy kingdom come >> Attention >> Facing in the direction of the Lord >> Focusing your attention on God

(100e) Thy kingdom come >> Diligence >> Diligence in the sight of God

(101g) Thy kingdom come >> Zeal >> Zeal comes from a grateful heart

Heb 10,19-23

(108j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of Jesus Christ >> Revelation of His righteousness -- These verses go with verse 2. We have the revelation of Jesus Christ dwelling in us, and the word of God that lives in us is new every day, not stale words and not inkblots on a page, but the living and active word of God, “sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4-12). We have access into the Most Holy Place because we belong to Him; we are His children, not just because we said the Sinner's Prayer, but because we have been born-again and have dedicated our hearts forever in service to Him. For the rest of eternity we no longer live for ourselves but for His purpose and glory. We are His property now, and for this reason He has given us authority and a right to enter the Most Holy Place into His presence, where He reveals Himself to us. He tells His children to enter with confidence, but to the rest of humanity His command is to be born-again or be lost forever. No man can steal his way into heaven; there is no map he can use to find the Holy of Holies, for it is a spiritual place that opens to him only through the obedience of faith.

(194a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God >> Run the race that is set before us

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Heb 10,19-22

(37g) Judgment >> Redemption of man >> His blood is the gift of His grace

(71l) Authority >> Ordained by God >> We are ordained through obedience – This world is full of masochists who would mistreat their bodies for religious purposes, believing that it will bring them favor with a deity. There are some cultures that advocate whipping their bodies bloody; the one who draws the most blood wins favor with the people, and by implication they find favor with some god of theirs, but the God of heaven is not impressed with their self-imposed public flogging; instead, He is impressed with obeying the Holy Spirit, obtaining the hearing ear and doing what He says. In Old Testament times, the nations sacrificed to other gods long before God instituted temple worship through Moses, yet Israel’s form of worship was the only one that God accepted, simply because He prescribed it, commanding Israel the exact manner of their worship. The more they lived by His commandments, the more God was pleased with them, so finding favor with God is based on obedience rather than on our personal inclinations. God is pleased with the sacrifice of our sinful nature, because it is according to His commandment. The pagans, after whipping themselves to ribbons, would later indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires, thus negating their sacrifice.

(132c) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> Spirit of God in the spirit of man >> Spirit gives access to the Father through Christ – In ancient times there were Jews and gentiles. Gentiles were not allowed behind the curtain made of porpoise skin, called the outer court, much less access into the temple. Moreover, not just any Jew was welcome in the temple’s holy place, much less the Most Holy Place, but only the tribe of Levi, whom God set apart from the rest of Israel to become ministers of the temple. Furthermore, not just any Levi could enter the holy place, but only the priests, and not just any priest had access to the Most Holy Place, but only the high priest, and he only once a year at Passover, when they made the annual sacrifice for sin. Now that Jesus has been sacrificed, everybody who believes in Him for the forgiveness of sin has access into the Most Holy Place, both Jew and gentile. This is what Jesus has done for us: He “broke down the barrier of the dividing wall” (Eph 2-14) that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. Since Jesus shed his blood, His influence is great on those who visit Him through the word of God and prayer and offer sacrifice of praise through the ministry of dying to self. We have access into the Most Holy Place because of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, for without His indwelling presence, we have no more access to heaven than the gentile had access to the Jewish temple’s Most Holy Place.

(133g) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> The body of Christ is holy >> We have made ourselves holy through Christ – The priests before they performed the sacrifice washed their bodies with pure water, representing the Holy Spirit (Eph 5-26), and then they put on the priestly garb. There are preliminary activities before the ceremony for us too: we read the Bible to our body parts, commanding them to obey the Lord, like lathering with soap, and then rinsing off the impurities with the water of the Holy Spirit. We subject our bodies to the ministry of dying to self, which becomes our spiritual sacrifice. Jesus said in Mat 16-24, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice, which cleanses all other sacrifices, for without His sacrifice ours would be unacceptable. We are to enter with confidence into the Most Holy Place through the blood of Jesus to present our offering, indicating that we too have become priests. It is not through the blood of bulls and goats that we enter the temple, but by a new and living way that Jesus inaugurated through His own blood. We follow Him into a temple not made with hands with cross held high in hand, into heaven itself, which is what the Holy of Holies represented, only on a more spiritual plane, and one day we will enter heaven in the most literal way possible.

(140a) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> The doorway

(205f) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> New covenant >> The new covenant in His blood – In the advent of dying to self we make the sacrifice of our sinful passions and desires that we take with us into the temple as our offering to Him. We take it into the Most Holy Place and sprinkle the articles of worship with it. When Jesus performed the first and ultimate sacrifice of Himself and sprinkled the articles of worship, we were the ones being sprinkled, suggesting that we represent the Ark of the Covenant that contained the stone tablets of the law. Heb 8-10 says, “I will put my laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” When we enter this Most Holy Place, we see Jesus who has gone before us sprinkling His blood on us in a new and living way as we sprinkle the sacrifice of our sinful nature on Him. We exit the temple a new and living person, and so it should be at church. We should not leave church the same person but changed in some way, little by little, week by week, year by year. When we are renewed, we become someone new and fresh, having been washed with the Holy Spirit and our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience by the blood of Jesus. Our pastor must have personal experience with this Most Holy Place, otherwise how can he lead us there?

Heb 10-19,20

(38e) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death (Satan) >> Resurrection anointing

(57b) Paradox >> Opposites >> Jesus destroyed death to give us life

(254e) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is the life of the Spirit >> We live because He is life >> Life is in the blood

Heb 10-19

(122b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Confidence in God >> Through prayer -- This verse goes with verse 22

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20-23 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;

 

Heb 10-20,21

(83g) Thy kingdom come >> Jesus intercedes for us >> He is our Great High Priest 

Heb 10-21,22

(78f) Thy kingdom come >> Sincerity >> Embracing your first love >> Single devotion – We are to draw near to God with a sincere heart, and in our sincerity we will have full assurance of faith, after our hearts have been sprinkled clean from an evil conscience through the blood of Christ and our bodies washed with pure water through baptism. We are bodily submerged under water so we cannot breathe. The symbolism of the ceremony suggests that we remain submerged until death, but we do emerge from the water, as though alive from the dead, symbolic of the First Resurrection, but baptism has a symbolism designed for this life. When we emerge from the water, we are clothed with an anointing from God. In baptism the water has no effect on us internally but affects our extremities in that every part of our body is wet. The anointing is designed for the body; it is to help us avoid sinning and keep our bodies free from the bondage of sin. All these things happen through sincerity of heart. These things cannot happen to people whose hearts are not with God. They can get baptized well enough, but when they emerge from the water, the only change that has occurs is they got wet. They will dry and be the same as when they entered the pool, but for the anointed Christian who believes in Jesus, the symbolism of baptism applies. After the ceremony, they change into dry clothes, but they are not the same, not to say that he is anointed on the spot, though it has happened; for most, though, it begins after they have come to a revelation of Jesus Christ by faith. Normally God endows us with an anointing over a period of many years, which increases over time. No matter when this anointing takes hold, its beginning is in relation to the condition of our hearts, and sincerity is a requirement for anything God does in us. He knows when we are sincere and when we’re not. We can fool ourselves, telling our conscience that we are sincere and that we are free from sin even while in bondage to it, but we cannot fool God. Manipulating our conscience is a serious spiritual problem, a one-way ticket to destruction, but we cannot manipulate God, for He is greater than our conscience and knows all things (1Jn 3-20). The person who knows these things and cares about them and wants a genuine relationship with God will come to the realization that all their efforts to manipulate God is really just self-manipulation and a course in futility. So we might as well be honest with Him and totally upfront. He is the one person we can always tell the truth, and He will not condemn us, because He already knows.

(234b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seeking the glory of His favor -- These verses go with verse 1

Heb 10-22

(74b) Thy kingdom come >> The heart >> God wants a relationship with your heart

(103e) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> God’s cleansing power >> cleansing of baptism -- This verse goes with verse 2. These verses flip over the coin to let us see the other side of God’s grace, and it is scary to say the least. It is well enough for the blood of Jesus to cleans our conscience from sin, but don’t forget we must also wash our bodies with pure water, for one will undo the other if we don’t have both. If we try to wash our bodies without having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience, we can only hope to attain a form of godliness without possessing the very essence of our salvation, and by the same token if we don’t wash our bodies from the practice of sin after our hearts have been sprinkled clean by the blood of Jesus, the corruption of sin will insult the spirit of grace that has saved us from so great a peril of death.

(103g) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Spirit like water >> Anointing cleanses you from the practice of sin – All these things have been accomplished by a single offering that Jesus made with His own body 2000 years ago. Since then, no offering (hence no other priest) is needed. Prior to Christ coming in the flesh the old covenant high priest once a year, after making the sacrifice of a bull consecrated the altar, took the blood into the temple and cleansed the articles of the tabernacle, dipping his finger into the blood and blotting it onto the lampstand and table of showbread on his way to the golden altar of incense, consecrating it on his way through the second veil, where he was permitted only once a year during this ceremony, and sprinkled the blood on the Ark of the Covenant. Then He emerged to the people and sprinkled blood on them saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded you.” “Our hearts [too] have been sprinkled clean from an evil conscience” through the blood of Christ, and “our bodies [have been] washed with pure water.” We have gone from blood to water. Water represents the Holy Spirit in many instances of Scripture (Jn 4,7-15; Jn 7,37-39; 1Jn 5,6-8; Rev 21-6; Rev 22-1,17). Jesus more often than anyone made the connection between His blood sacrifice and the qualities of water. The analogy is making the point that the cleansing blood of Jesus has directly resulted in his priestly ministry of sending the Holy Spirit. These two aspects of Jesus’ ministry cannot be separated or understood apart from each other, anymore than the offering of the old covenant high priest could be separated from his ministry of interceding for the people. Note that the Holy Spirit washes our bodies as with pure water, meaning that after he sprinkles our hearts clean of an evil conscience, He washes our bodies from the practice of sin. That is, in the same way that you cannot have a priestly intercession without an offering, so you cannot have a clear conscience without freedom from addiction to sin. What good would it do if God cleansed our conscience from sin only that we should continue in our bondage? God is not content with merely freeing our conscience from guilt; He also wants to free our bodies from sin. This is not to say that we will be without sin, for as long as we are in the body, we will continue to commit sin. God is not concerned about that; what concerns Him is our addictions. He doesn’t want sin determining how we live, but wants us free to serve Him.

(111d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Water and the word – The blood of Christ and the water of the Spirit are like the Spirit and the word, Jesus being the word of God. You must have both the Spirit and the word to produce the power of God, for one without the other is nothing. The word without the Spirit is dead religion, while the Spirit without the word lacks direction and causes you to go shipwrecked in regard to your faith.

(122b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Confidence in God >> Through prayer -- This verse goes with verse 19

(124l) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love is the action of God’s faith

(134a) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Your body >> Mediator between the natural and the spiritual realms >> Manifesting the Kingdom of God through obedience

(154j) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> Conscience >> Having a good conscience >> God is my conscience -- This verse goes with verses 1-3

(191a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Baptism >> Immersed in His Spirit

Heb 10-23

(97j) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Rooted deeply >> Standing firm in the faith >> Immovable

(102m) Thy kingdom come >> Faithfulness (Loyalty) >> Loyalty is unswerving

(121i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope Based On Faithfulness >> Hope based on perseverance

(150ca) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Confessing Jesus to be saved >> Confessing Jesus as the Son of God -- This verse goes with verse 33

(205b) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> According to promise >> Promise of His rest -- This verse goes with verses 35&36

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24&25 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

 

Heb 10-24,25

(76k) Thy kingdom come >> Desires of your heart >> Desiring to be among the people of God – The writer of Hebrews is saying, ‘Go to church!’ that if we weren’t previously going to go now, because the day of the Lord is closer than ever. It is very important that we assemble together as the last days come upon us. Why does God want us assembling all the more as the day approaches? We will need each other for the sake of unity. To be isolationist Christians in the last days won’t work, for we will only be able to meet our needs as a church and not as individuals, first to meet our spiritual needs, and then to meet our physical needs. God will expect us to be together when He comes, though scattered throughout the world, He will come for us as a unit. It says that He will collect His people from one end of the sky to the other (Mat 24-31), not located in one place but in places grouped throughout the world. They will be called Camps of the Saints, and they will be located outside big cities in wilderness areas. Christianity will be insufficient for the loner Christian in the last days. He will need to join a church, which as the day approaches will need to join with the people of God, or the loner Christian will inevitably join the with antichrist’s one-world economy.

(131i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Interdependence >> Encouraging one another – The only way Christianity will work in the last days is as a unit; that is the only way it has ever worked. Unity will be required in the last days. All our squabbling must exit stage left. Without unity we can be together and still be isolated; we can stand right next to another person and still feel alienated. God wants us united in body, mind and Spirit, where we are communing with one another, as Jesus said in Jn 14-20, “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” We are not just physically together, but spiritually enmeshed with each other in Christ. We are sharing ourselves, this being the very definition of unity, not just in physical proximity, and not just sharing our possessions and our ideas, but sharing our spirits as part of each other. Christ is in us and we are in Him, who dwell in the Father. We are in each other as we are in God. As a result there is only one Spirit; He is the Father who dwells in all, and all dwell in Him. This will be the requirement of surviving the last days: not just knowing these things but experiencing them. We must find our place with the body of Christ and assimilate into our fellow saints. The Holy Spirit is the mortar between the bricks, united as one, each member standing victoriously. We are all one in Christ; if one suffers, we all suffer with him, and if one rejoices, we all rejoice with him (1Cor 12,12-27).

(139f) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Encouragement >> Encouraging one another – If there were one verse that encouraged the saints to be competitive with one another this would be it, only it encourages us to challenge one another to love and good deeds. There is no competitive spirit in heaven, so God doesn’t teach competition in His church, except for possibly this one case, where He challenges us to compete with one another who can love the most and do good to others. If we are going to have a rivalry, then let it be about love and that which is good and holy and righteous.

Heb 10-24

(62f) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Being clever >> Lure in your prey

(124m) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love is the action of faith >> Love is the motive of faith

(128a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Goodness >> Doing good for the sake of your brother – This is perhaps the only verse in the Bible that talks about being competitive, suggesting that there is no competitiveness in heaven. If a competitive spirit remains in us after God has been working in us to root out these things, then let’s use it to challenge one another to love and good deeds. Try to be the person who can be the kindest and most thoughtful about the needs of others, and after we have won the game, then go sit in the last place and not boast in the flesh. Of course, if we are the only ones doing this, it won’t accomplish anything, but if everyone is doing it at the same time, everyone will enjoy each others’ company, and the Church will grow, spiritually and numerically in the grace and power of God.

(234k) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Be a blessing >> Be a blessing and love your brother

Heb 10-25

(161g) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Wander >> Wandering from the fold of the sheep

(236l) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> The Rapture >> The day of the Lord

 

26&27 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES.

 

Heb 10,26-39

(51c) Judgment >> Judging the Church along with the world >> Warning of wrath >> God warns the Church – This chapter contains the stiffest warning in the Bible about falling away from the faith, and this particular passage is stuck right in the middle of it, suggesting its context, that if we backslide, we risk falling away altogether. Complacency is a more palatable word for backsliding, but there is no palatable word for falling away from the faith. In fact, some Christians say it is not even possible (once saved, always saved), yet this is the chapter that is most succinct about it, saying that the best precaution against falling away from the faith is to never backslide in the first place. The implication of backsliding is that we can always go back to our faith, but falling away has a connotation of permanence, that once we have fallen, we cannot return to our faith. Once we cross that line and tell God we don’t want Him speaking to our conscience anymore, He will leave. There is a big difference between this and the normal backsliding that we all have done; the writer of Hebrews is saying we don’t want to walk down this road, not to set one step on it.

(204a) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Practicing sin >> Dying in sin

(209e) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Righteous saved with difficulty >> Righteous saved with hardship >> Righteous saved with endurance

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Heb 10,26-31

(2n) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Get out of His way >> Do not abuse His grace – We know the Bible was written to Christians, because unbelievers generally don’t read the Bible. Therefore, the Bible is not warning non-Christians but us in the matter. If we quit believing in Jesus, it is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. At the judgment He would not be impressed that we once believed in Him, because He is worthy of more than abandonment. Those who once believed and then have fallen away from their faith, when it comes time for judgment, they won’t be able to rely on a time when they once believed; instead it will count against them by the fact that we knew better. God is worthy of a lifetime of faith and service. We should not approach Him as though trying on a pair a shoes, and if they don't fit removing them. It is a greater insult to God having once believed in Him and fallen away, than to have never believed in Him at all. God says that man’s sin is his own. He is not responsible for what man has done. God created man in His own image with a will, and he has done what he wanted with it, and that is not God’s fault. There are those who will misuse their will and come to all the wrong conclusions about God, and there are others who use their will to serve Him. Those who serve Him, God intends to keep for himself, and the rest have made their decision.

(20m) Sin >> Disobedience >> Demonstrating unbelief in the validity of God’s word

(21i) Sin >> Premeditated sin >> Intending to abuse the grace of God – This passage speaks of a man who would continue sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth; the word receive means more than merely hearing or believing God’s word, but actually receiving the Spirit of His word in salvation. Premeditation is implied in this passage; a person doesn’t just fall away from the faith coincidentally or by accident, but develops an exit strategy, deciding at some point that Christianity is not for him. What does he want to do instead? He wants to go back to the world and sin; he misses his old lifestyle, but there is something else he misses even more than his old ways, something more insidious than his pet sins; that is, he wants to take back his will of self-determination. He misses being master of his personal universe and god of his own life. This denotes a massive ego to the point of narcissism. He refuses to relinquish this power to anybody, especially not to God.

(27d) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Knowledge can bring a curse if you don’t walk in it

(38b) Judgment >> Blood of Jesus >> God judged man through the blood of His son

(45i) Judgment >> Of believer’s sin >> God will judge us for trampling on His son

(47f) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of torment

(49d) Judgment >> Those who are unfruitful in His kingdom are destroyed

(64f) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Limits of God >> God cannot directly violate the will of man -- These verses go with verses 37-39

(70h) Authority >> Sin of familiarity >> Familiar with the truth (enemy of discernment) >> Familiar with Jesus in the Spirit -- These verses go with verses 37-39

(96l) Thy kingdom come >> Having a negative attitude about sin >> Having an attitude of unbelief -- These verses go with verses 37-39. What we do by continuing in sin as though we were never saved is described in verses 26-31. If we hear about the grace of God and respond to the gospel to attain the hope of eternal life, but continue in sin without any changes in our lifestyle, those who treat the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ as a license to sin without taking godliness into account are questionably saved. If he has received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, but continues in sin without remorse, he does not treat the blood sacrifice of Jesus as Holy, but has “trampled the Son of God under foot, has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and has insulted the Spirit of grace.” They think that since God has forgiven us they are free to sin, instead of adopting God’s intended attitude that we now have opportunity to become free of sin.

(97i) Thy kingdom come >> Attention >> Giving attention to the wrong things -- These verses go with verses 37-39

(157i) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Having a reprobate mind -- These verses go with verses 37-39. Some people come to Christianity not knowing what God wants from them and do an about-face and walk right out the same door they entered. A person who walks away from God like this has a stubborn heart and ends up portraying many characteristics of a psychopath, not the least being without conscience, at least not for God. The end result of a person who would forsake the Lord in this manner is a reprobate mind, which is the closest thing to a psychopath, not to be confused with the sociopath, the difference between them being impulsive verses premeditated. The person who once had the Holy Spirit dwelling in him and walked with God for a season and then turned His back on Him encapsulates the very meaning of trampling underfoot the Son of God and regarding as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified. When it says he was sanctified suggests he was a Christian, sanctified meaning set apart from the world. The writer of Hebrews is not talking about an unbeliever, but somebody who once believed and is now an unbeliever, who is unable to be re-saved. Even as Christians, we commit our most atrocious sins, still this is nothing compared to walking away from God, having once believed and then deciding that a life of faith is not for us. Someone like this has no conscience for God or no sense of fear of Him. Even unbelievers fear God, but a person who would do this is so far beyond hope it is unimaginable. The person had better hope he doesn’t want to return to God one day, because he has burned all his bridges; there is no way back. Once he has committed the unpardonable sin, he cannot repent of it, and there is no forgiveness, since there is no alternate sacrifice for rejecting the one and only cross of Christ.

(161b) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Wander >> Wandering from the character of God >> Wandering from the faith -- These verses go with verses 37-39

(181e) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Lawlessness >> Lawlessness is no excuse for sin >> Lawlessness does not cancel the power of sin -- These verses go with verses 37-39 

(185d) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Mystery of lawlessness >> Denying Christ in spite of His proven identity -- These verses go with verses 37-39

(185l) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> Blasphemy >> Unwilling to obey the revelation from heaven >> Unwilling to walk in God’s freedom -- These verses go with verses 37-39. A licentious attitude is unfortunately rampant in the Church today, but what they don’t know is that the consequences outlined in these verses are upon them, unless they repent of their unbelief. The problem is, before Christ they were in bondage to sin, but now that they have abused the grace of God they are in bondage to unbelief, which is a far worse problem, for how are they now to believe? This is the concept of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit; it is unforgivable because it is un-repentable. The annual sacrifice of the high priest could not take away sin that was committed in full knowledge; not even the blood of Christ can do that. It is showing contempt for (or resisting) the Holy Spirit. There are various levels of knowledge and each level carries its own consequence. If we choose not to believe what the Holy Spirit has revealed to us, it is a form of blasphemy, because we know what He is saying is true. It’s a spiritual knowledge that God has revealed to us. This is why people shy away from the Holy Spirit – they know that sinning in a fuller knowledge brings more severe consequences, so they would rather remain ignorant and just carry on with their religion. However, the choice of remaining ignorant carries its own consequences if it involves resisting the Holy Spirit; it is just as evil as sinning in full knowledge.

(190g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Circumcision >> Undressing >> Naked before God

(196a) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Lord, Lord >> Pretending to be a disciple -- These verses go with verses 37-39

(197c) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Rebelling against where God wants you to go >> Refuse to walk in freedom -- These verses go with verses 37-39

(199e) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Throwing God away >> Renouncing your faith -- These verses go with verses 37-39

(201b) Denying Christ >> Whoever is not with Jesus is against him >> You are against Christ when your unbelief materializes >> Our disobedience is against Christ -- These verses go with verses 37-39

(202i) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running from walking in faith >> Running from God through disobedience -- These verses go with verses 37-39

(203b) Denying Christ >> Dishonor God >> Dishonor God by your unbelief -- These verses go with verses 37-39

(206k) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Eternal security? >> Perish in your sin >> – If you have spent any time in Christian circles, you have heard the teachings of eternal security, “once saved always saved,” but the Bible simply doesn’t teach this. People misinterpret the Scriptures in the handful of verses they use to defend themselves. Following are the most common verses used to defend their eternal security doctrine: John 10,27-29; Jn 6-37; Jn 10-28; 2Cor 1-22; Rom 11-29; Rom 8,38-39; Eph 2-8. There is a common thread running through all these verses; they discount the believer himself. For example, in Jn 10-29 Jesus says, “No one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand,” but that doesn’t mean the believer can’t leave on his own volition. Yes, if you want to believe to the end, the Bible supports that no one has the power to make you stop believing in God, except you! If you want to leave the faith, you have the freedom to do so; God has not made us prisoners of our own faith. A person can make up his mind to believe in God and a person can make up his mind to quit believing in God, just like a person can walk out the same door he entered. The eternal security doctrine affords them the opportunity to backslide without fear of straying too far. They want to be assured their salvation, because they know they are wayward of heart. Hence, if people stray without plans, how much more will they intentionally stray, and even more when they create a doctrine that allows them to do it? A person who has totally committed himself to the Lord has no fear of losing His salvation. People who love God with all their hearts know that there is nothing that could keep them from God, and they have no concern of falling away from their faith.

(217g) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> God gives up on you >> When God gives up on you, you are already in hell -- These verses go with verses 37-39. Put the male and female pieces of Velcro together and then pull them apart, and the sound it makes is what it feels like to grieve the Holy Spirit. It is rare that someone would grieve God to the point that He gives up on the person, but the Bible teaches that eventually He will. Maybe they once believed, but since their interest in God and faith has dried up, they have returned to the world, their faith having been reduced to merely recognizing a set of doctrines they once believed. Remember the Ten Virgins (Mat 25,1-13). The Lord is happy to light our flame the first time, but if the flame ever dies in our heart, there is nowhere in Scripture that says He is willing to relight it.

(223f) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Miss God >> Missing the point >> Miss the meaning of the truth

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Heb 10,26-29

(94p) Thy kingdom come >> Perspective >> False perspective in the Church

(111a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit sets you apart by the word >> Set apart through repentance – If we don’t find freedom and overcome sin in our lives, we will undo the grace of God’s forgiveness that we have enjoyed in the blood of Christ and go shipwrecked in regard to our faith. If all we have is the word of God, but we never combine the Holy Spirit to the truth in our hearts, we will never overcome, and without overcoming our addictions to sin, all that remains is “a certain terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire.” This is strong language, implying that the Christian has an obligation to stop sinning in the presence of a holy God, for He has given us all the tools we need to overcome. We have the potential to develop a very powerful anointing if we desire; all we have to do is listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and do what He says, nurturing Him in our hearts with the word of God. He will lead us into the perfect will of God, and the first thing on His list for us is overcome sin.

(173g) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Unholy sacrifice >> Offering sacrifice without God’s approval >> Sacrifice against the will of God -- These verses go with verses 1-4. Jesus said in Jn 13-10, “He who has bathed [been baptized] needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean.” Water baptism represents the blood of Jesus cleansing us from an entire lifetime of sin from the past, so that we are spotless and clean, not a single sin remains, but we cannot get re-baptized; we could but the Bible doesn’t teaches it; there would be no meaning in it; the meaning is in the one-time event. After our baptism repentance takes over, working with the grace of God, and this is the cleansing power that remains with us for the rest of our lives. We get baptized only once to figuratively wash away our past sins, suggesting that we don’t accumulate sins again to be re-baptized, for in so doing there is no ceremony and "no sacrifice for sin but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries." Taking the full context of this chapter into account these words of warning fall right into place, being virtually dedicated to addressing the false doctrine of transubstantiation, the belief that the bread and the wine of communion mysteriously transform into the body and blood of Christ at the blessing of the priest. The writer of Hebrews was prophesying that imposters of Christianity would gravitate to such heresy. “If we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth,” that is, if we continue in our Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation after the Bible has exposed it as heresy, “there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,” the grace of God consisting of the body and blood of Christ that we have desecrated has been revoked. People are naturally superstitious, wanting to contain the truth of God in various forms of human behaviors otherwise known as the incantations of witchcraft, which is the essence of pagan worship. This is a very stern warning; the book of Hebrews is not easy on the flesh, on the Catholics or on anyone who wants to invent false doctrine, if they want to believe in transubstantiation, they will have to believe it alone without God, for He gave them the book of Hebrews to steer them away from such ideas. 

Heb 10-26,27

(121e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope >> Expectation >> Hope is the expectation to receive >> What the wicked fears (expects) will come upon him

Heb 10-26

(81i) Thy kingdom come >> Pray without ceasing >> Sinning because of a lack of prayer

(109f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of God >> Revelation of God's word is true knowledge

(201i) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Man’s will over God >> Man is unwilling to repent – Man can take away a person’s power of self-determination by throwing him in a maximum-security prison and telling him what to do and when he does it, and the prisoner does not consider it a greater imposition than God's desire to redefine the man. A jailer could place his prisoner in a straightjacket and throw him in isolation to rot, yet the prisoner still retains his right of identity, but God demands far more than any jailer. God doesn’t want to tell him what to do at every moment; instead, He wants the prisoner’s authority to turn him into whomever He wishes; He wants to recreate his identity, which is far more intimate and ultimately leads to what he does with his life in service to God. The person who fits the description of this passage and treats God with contempt refuses to relinquish to God his power of self-determination.

(222b) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Do not give what is holy to dogs >> God does not entrust his treasures to dogs >> God retrieves his treasures when sheep revert to dogs -- This verse goes with verse 29

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28-31 Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY." And again, "THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE." 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

 

Heb 10,28-31

(218d) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest >> We choose our actions, not their consequences >> God controls the consequences of our actions

(218g) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest >> Reaping the harvest of obedience >> The harvest from the word of God

Heb 10-28,29

(58g) Paradox >> Opposites >> Old covenant versus the new covenant -- These verses go with verses 28&29. The gospel doesn’t make sense to most people; they don't understand what God is doing. What makes matters worse, there is a stark contrast between the Old and the New Testaments. In the Old, God commanded Israel to repossess the land of Canaan and to destroy its inhabitants without mercy. Then the new covenant came along and God took the sword from our hand and put a Bible in its place and commanded us to preach the gospel without defense, only that the Lord should rescue us from the lion’s mouth (2Tim 4-17). It is no wonder so few people understand the gospel with that contrast in mind. It is like we are dealing with two different gods, the god of the Old Testament and the god of the New, yet He is one and the same God. He hasn’t changed His mind; he’s only changed His tactics, and He does things for reasons we don’t easily understand. He said not to worry about our enemies, that He will protect us and honor us if we will obey Him, and in the process many people will come to realize that He is a good person and will want to be part of whatever He is doing. What He is doing is raising up a Church in the midst of a hostile world and in the presence of the devil, who is helpless to do anything, because our God is very powerful, and He is equally wise. God is unique and does not change, but requires us to change that we might understand Him. We are littered with sin, which makes it difficult to understand Him, because He is completely without sin, and it is the sin factor that separates us, being the reason we don’t understand Him. Most of our faith in God is based on trust, because we really don’t understand Him. We trust that whatever He has commanded us to do is the best thing we could do, and if we did anything else, we would suffer for it, but if we do His will and obey His word, we will benefit from it.

(154h) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Witness that the world is rebellious against God >> Witness against unbelief

(173c) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Scripture that contradicts the Catholic faith >> Catholic doctrine versus the Bible – In the third century Constantine held up a cross as they went into battle under the inspiration of a vision he had recently seen of it; he won the battle and made “Christianity” the official religion of Rome. Prior to that paganism reigned over the minds of the Roman people, so when they instituted Christianity, they integrated their pagan philosophies and practices into it, and many Catholic superstitions persist to this day. Later, during the dark ages when Catholicism was fully vested in the world, the Bible virtually didn’t exist, until Martin Luther, who one day was rummaging in the basement library of a Catholic synagogue dusted off a copy of the Bible that had been hidden in an obscure corner, and this is when he began reading it and discovering just how far the “Church” had drifted from the truth. In the darkest days of church history, nobody understood the significance of the cross until the age of enlightenment brought it back to the fore.

Heb 10-29

(168c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> Do not conform to the world’s rejection of God

(222b) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Do not give what is holy to dogs >> God does not entrust his treasures to dogs >> God retrieves his treasures when sheep revert to dogs -- This verse goes with verse 26

Heb 10-30

(209b) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Counterfeit relationship through religion >> Knowing about God, but not knowing God


32&33 But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings, 33 partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated.

 

Heb 10,32-39

(2f) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Keep your commitments in your walk with God

(231k) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Count the cost >> Don’t look back >> Don’t look back to bondage

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Heb 10,32-36

(6d) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Jesus’ yoke of death – It is not easy, but the more you lose interest in the things of this world, the happier you are as a Christian. People have suffered ill treatment, embarrassment of every sort, and lost their property (including their homes), and their response was simply a greater joy, being counted worthy to suffer for the cause of Christ. What is their ability to accept such abuse without cracking? They have died to self. What does that mean? In simplest terms, it means that they replaced their dignity and their material things with a God’s vision of reward, both in heaven and on earth. What is His reward? Mostly, it is just the opportunity to please Him and to live for Him in Spirit and in truth. If you think you have experienced it, give your house away, and if you can’t, then maybe His grace comes with persecution. That’s a hint to a greater truth.

(32g) Gift of God >> Father will honor you if you die to self >> Your faithfulness – This is going back to the early church in the ways they lived and the persecutions they suffered; they endured them joyfully through faith. They were obviously closer to the days that Jesus walked the earth than we are, yet we are closer to His second coming than they were, so we have just as good a motive to obey the Lord as they did. We have the written word of God just about as pure as they had it. They didn’t have any advantage over us, for we have even more opportunities than they had to serve the Lord and obey Him, each of us having our own personal Bibles, yet it seems the early church was far more obedient than we are in these last days. Although 2000 years have passed, we still have the word of God and we can read it for ourselves. This is the very knowledge they had. Perhaps the only advantage they had that we don’t have is the novelty of Christianity. It was new in those days, and for that reason it had vitality. They were excited about their faith in Jesus back then, yet the Holy Spirit can make it just as fresh and vibrant for us if we follow Him into the will of God. It was something they realized was absolutely true, and we can come to that same realization through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, who is the persuader of truth. They lived the way they believed and they made a big splash in the world. Many of them lived in communal settings and had everything in common. It was even known among some that they would offer themselves as slaves, just so they could have material blessings to offer those in need. This was tremendous faith that they showed one another. Many were martyred and persecuted for their faith; others suffered long prison terms merely for believing in Jesus.

(96a) Thy kingdom come >> Positive attitude about suffering >> Suffering under the hand of men

(97g) Thy kingdom come >> Attention >> Facing the direction of God’s will >> Focusing your attention on finishing the course – The writer if Hebrews was reminding his readers of a day when they were persecuted, imploring them to go back to their faith. Earlier in this chapter he presents a very dire warning to the believer that those who backslide are at risk of falling away altogether and losing their salvation, being excluded from heaven and disallowed to retrace their steps. Formerly, they were publicly mocked and ridiculed for their faith through tribulations of various kinds, including physical abuse, enduring both direct and indirect persecution and supporting those who were so treated.

(99i) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance >> Enduring circumstances >> Humiliation

(156e) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> You will know them by their endurance

(188d) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Suffering >> Growing pains >> Growing inwardly

(192h) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Gain God’s kingdom to lose the domain of darkness >> Gain integrity to lose the world’s respect

(206a) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to living in the spirit >> Conditions to partaking in the spirit

(229ia) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking of Jesus’ suffering >> Suffering as a Christian

(233j) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seek His glory without wavering >> Seek His glory through perseverance

(236g) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Invest your treasures into the kingdom >> Invest your flesh – God has expectations of His people; He has forgiven us for a reason; He has saved us for a purpose; He has a mission for us on this earth, not only to be witnesses of God’s grace and testimonials of His power, but also to be tools in His hand to save mankind from the consequences of their depraved fleshly nature.

(239b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Teachers "remind" their students >> Recalling the circumstances

(243f) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecuting the Church of God – The writer of Hebrews is speaking to his immediate audience, those who read his original manuscript, and reminded them that when they first believed, they were heatedly persecuted, but since then their lives became normalized. The persecution subsided, and now they were facing perhaps an even deadlier foe, one that posed an even greater threat, complacency. While they were being persecuted, they didn’t worry about their faith, since persecution itself proved their faith by their endurance. Persecution in many respects is the engine that propels Christianity into the world and into the hearts and lives of people. It’s when persecution ends that we should become concerned. Our lives might become easier, but our faith becomes harder, and for those who truly believe in God it is a tossup as to what we really want. Do we want our lives to be easier or do we want our faith to be easier, for these two are inversely proportional to each other? It is actually difficult to believe in God when we are not being persecuted for the simple reason that the world is opposed to everything that is important to God. Therefore, when we are not being persecuted, it doesn’t seem that God is real, but when we are persecuted, suddenly His truth burns in our hearts like a beacon.

Heb 10,32-34

(143c) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The public >> The disciples ministered publicly

Heb 10-32

(117k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Light illumines your spirit

Heb 10-33

(150ca) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Confessing Jesus to be saved >> Confessing Jesus as the Son of God -- This verse goes with verse 23

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34-36 For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one. 35 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.

 

Heb 10,34-36

(120j) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Contentment >> Content with your standard of living >> Content with the means God gives you

(227e) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> God rewards endurance >> Keeping our rewards through endurance – The writer of Hebrews was saying, 'Don’t forget those days but go back to the faith you once had.' It would be a travesty to suffer persecution just to later fall away from the faith and loose the reward. Our heavenly reward is based on the level of faith we showed God on the day of our death, so if we once believed in Him more than we did at the end, God will still reward us for a life of faith, but based on the standard of our faith at the end. This does not mean we will lose our salvation, though it could come to that if we completely fell away from the faith. God will not reward us for once believing in Him greater than we do now, because we have since held such faith in contempt, saying now that it is below us to endure suffering for His name. In other words, we are unwilling to stoop beyond a certain point. Meanwhile, Jesus stooped lower than any man, and His starting point was at the height of heaven. When we make these decisions by our own authority, we are not letting God make decisions for us, and His decisions are the ones He intends to reward us for accepting, not for the decisions we have made. God wants us free; He doesn’t want us robots, but at the same time He can’t use us if we are rebellious, so what He wants is obedient, free people. Whatever He calls us to do is what we must do, and if we refuse to do it, we consider ourselves better than God.

(248i) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Values >> Valuing God >> Do not value things that will devalue God

Heb 10-34

(25i) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Thief >> Someone stealing from you – In Mat 6-20 Jesus said, “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.” People in the first century sought the treasures of heaven above the treasures of this life and held the world’s values in contempt. If the sinner had a notion to know God, they would have realized that the disciples of Jesus were investing in another world that was to come and storing-up for another life in the future. All the faithfulness and obedience they showed God in this life would be reflected in the life to come in the rewards they would receive that will far exceed any trivial advantages of living for this temporal world. We need to adopt this value system that Christians had in the first century; if we did, no one could hurt us. They could take everything from us and it wouldn’t matter. There are times when life steals from us; adversity comes and take everything, and sometimes those circumstances involve people pilfering our lives. Christians have been made to live under unjust laws that prohibited them from owning land and property. When we endure ill-treatment for the name of Christ, we feel we are doing something honorable, but there is just as much honor in enduring our circumstances. God is watching us, and He knows our mind and thoughts and wants to bless us with every spiritual blessing through our response to life. Whether we are persecuted or suffer adversity, God will reward us either way.

(74e) Thy kingdom come >> Heart is man’s central value system >> Where man interprets worth -- Inherent within contentment is a spiritual wisdom that long beforehand settles the issue of what is true riches. It is persuaded by revelation that this life is fleeting too fast to bother with it, and that the invisible realm of the spirit all around is eternal. The believer who cultivates contentment is therefore after a true reward. 

(79d) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind >> Monitor your thoughts

(116l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Rest in Jesus (Sabbath) >> Rest in His yoke by dying to self >> Relax as God kills you

(125c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Joy is the result of investing in the kingdom >> Investing in a life of adversity – When the Christians first believed, they had great joy, love and commitment toward Christ, but since then, persecution became noxious to them, and they grew tired of constantly being humiliated, and they wanted a reprieve, and so they sought it apart from the will of God. By their own authority they backed off their standard of faith toward God. The writer of Hebrews is saying that they were better off being persecuted and accepting the consequences for living a devout faith in a world that hates God, reminding them that there is a reward awaiting them, and we need to fix our hope on it. We need to remember that eternal life is our objective; the more faithful we are in this life, the better our experience in eternity. However, if we do the will of God and then recant, we will lose the reward. This is not something taught in the Church today; we scarcely hear about rewards, much less losing them. If we backslide, to whatever level we fall, that will be the new standard God uses to reward us for faithfulness. The Church does not pursue rewards, saying that seeking rewards seems selfish, though personally they lead a very selfish life. It sounds like somebody is making up excuses for not pursuing rewards, so they attempt to delete the teaching of rewards from a theological standpoint. This has nothing to do with pursuing the truth. If we are going to manipulate the truth instead of pursue it, we will never arrive at it. We need to let God’s word speak for itself and stop denying what it says that we might receive a full reward.

(249a) Wealth (Key verse)

(249ga) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> The infinite and eternal wealth of God >> God’s perception of wealth >> Our blessed hope of eternal life

Heb 10-35,36

(87g) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience is logical to your spirit >> It makes sense to your spirit to obey God

(98i) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> (Faith à Suffering [Integrity] à Glory [Reward])

(122f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Confidence in yourself as you die to sin >> Confident in what you are doing

(205b) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> According to promise >> Promise of His rest -- These verses go with verse 23. People continuously talk about the promises of God; it seems to be the big thing, ‘God promised me this and God promised me that…’ but it says here, “You have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what was promised.” We don’t just sit around and wait for God to give us stuff, and meanwhile we can live anyway we want. Rather, receiving the promises of God is based on endurance. They are like the love of a spouse; we must engender and nurture that love in order to hope to see any love in returned. Our spouse is supposed to love us even if we don’t always practice love, but it makes the relationship go that much smoother when we show love first. In the same way, we can’t live anyway we want and expect to receive the promises of God. If we want to be partakers of the promises of God, we must be participants of His grace and live according to the will of God. This will attract His promises to our domicile.

(247k) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> The will of God >> We play our part in the will of God >> Doing the will of God

Heb 10-35

(190f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Circumcision >> Undressing >> Dismantling the outer tabernacle -- This verse goes with verses 8&9

Heb 10-36

(121b) Hope (Key verse)

(121j) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope Based On Faithfulness >> Hope based on endurance

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37-39 FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE, HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY. 38 BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM. 39 But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.

 

Heb 10,37-39

(47d) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of destruction – How much more explicit do the Scriptures need to be before people will finally realize that it is possible to lose their salvation? There are dozens of passages just as convincing as this one, yet none of them can move some people from their eternal security beliefs. The only reason they believe in eternal security is because they want to believe it, not because it is in the Bible. Rather, it teaches that to turn from Him is to turn to the destruction of their souls. Then there is the belief that when a person is thrown into hell, he is burned up and ceases to exist, but they don’t understand that the resurrection of the righteous and the wicked are the same kind of resurrection, and we know that the First Resurrection is described as receiving an indestructible body (1Cor 3-15), so He will also give to those who are condemned to hell an indestructible body and then throw them into the lake of fire.

(55k) Paradox >> Gain the world to lose your soul >> he who saves his life shall lose it -- These verses go with verses 26-31. God deeply loves His children; He died for them; He has big plans for them in the future, and He’s really looking forward to seeing us all in heaven and becoming one big family, and He wants as many to be there as possible, but those who recant their faith and want to leave, He can’t make them stay. They are making a big mistake by leaving the faith; they are sacrificing their eternal future, and they are accepting the terms of eternal damnation in a hellish environment, just so they can do what they want for the last few fleeting years of their useless lives. Happiness is promised to no one, so how do they know their decision to leave the faith will benefit them in any way? The fact is, those who fall away from the faith are some of the most miserable people on earth, because they know they have sacrificed everything just to live the way they want. They don’t want to take orders from God or follow His way, but prefer to follow their own ways, which are the ways of the world. They prefer a secular point of view for whatever that’s worth, and they know that they are living a lie, but they don’t care. They would rather serve their flesh than to serve God.

(64f) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Limits of God >> God cannot directly violate the will of man -- These verses go with verses 26-31

(70h) Authority >> Sin of familiarity >> Familiar with the truth (enemy of discernment) >> Familiar with Jesus in the Spirit -- These verses go with verses 26-31

(96l) Thy kingdom come >> Having a negative attitude about sin >> Having an attitude of unbelief -- These verses go with verses 26-31. When it says, “My righteous one shall live by faith,” He was saying that he should believe as long as he lives. If we become a Christian when we were fifteen and lived to be eighty-five, God expects us to believe in Him the whole time. It sounds like a marriage relationship and in fact that is exactly correct. The covenant we make with God is as much a marriage relationship as marriage to our spouse; it is exactly the same thing; we’re in it for life. We see a lot of divorces these days, and they’re happening at a time of deep-seeded apostasy in the Church, a time when people in the world don’t believe in God, and we can hardly get anyone saved.

(97i) Thy kingdom come >> Attention >> Giving attention to the wrong things -- These verses go with verses 26-31

(157i) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Having a reprobate mind -- These verses go with verses 26-31

(161b) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Wander >> Wandering from the character of God >> Wandering from the faith -- These verses go with verses 26-31

(181e) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Lawlessness >> Lawlessness is no excuse for sin >> Lawlessness does not cancel the power of sin -- These verses go with verses 26-31

(185d) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Mystery of lawlessness >> Denying Christ in spite of His proven identity -- These verses go with verses 26-31

(185l) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> Blasphemy >> Unwilling to obey the revelation from heaven >> Unwilling to walk in God’s freedom -- These verses go with verses 26-31

(196a) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Lord, Lord >> Pretending to be a disciple -- These verses go with verses 26-31

(197c) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Rebelling against where God wants you to go >> Refuse to walk in freedom -- These verses go with verses 26-31

(199e) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Throwing God away >> Renouncing your faith -- These verses go with verses 26-31

(201b) Denying Christ >> Whoever is not with Jesus is against him >> You are against Christ when your unbelief materializes >> Our disobedience is against Christ -- These verses go with verses 26-31

(202i) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running from walking in faith >> Running from God through disobedience -- These verses go with verses 26-31

(203b) Denying Christ >> Dishonor God >> Dishonor God by your unbelief -- These verses go with verses 26-31

(204d) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Practicing sin >> The apostasy – The Church has been waiting for the return of Christ for 2000 years and He still hasn’t come. For us it seems that God will never return or that He is delaying beyond reason, but from God’s perspective He has only been gone a couple days (2Pet 3-8). Some people have given up the faith because they gave up waiting for Him, meaning that their faith was on a timer and the time expired. In other words, when they believed in Jesus, one of two things had to happen before they would ever see the Kingdom of Heaven: either they died young or else the Lord soon returned, and if neither of those happened and years passed, they didn’t have enough faith to believe in God for the long run. Maybe they had enough faith to believe in God for a couple years, but after their faith ran dry, they returned to the world where faith was not needed, which was their intension all along. God gives us a long life to see if we really believe in Him. He doesn’t want his kingdom littered with people who are only willing to believe in Him for a little while and then return to the world, for the world belongs to Satan, His nemesis. If we prefer to serve the devil over God, then He doesn’t want us in His heaven, and we prove that we don’t even belong there. His attitude toward short-timers is that if they want to leave, then leave. He has no pleasure in those who can’t believe in Him for long. Ezekiel 18-23 says, Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked," declares the Lord GOD, "rather than that he should turn from his ways and live? He takes no pleasure in His children who renege on Him and go back to the world, the flesh and the devil, back to their secularism and carnality.

(207c) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Eternal security? >> God will accept into His heaven you if you overcome >> Overcome temptation to give up the faith – God doesn’t care how many times we fall down; He only cares that we get back up, dust ourselves off and continue on our way with Him, but if we give up on God, we offend Him. How do those who believe in eternal security get around verse 39 when it uses the word “destruction”? Eternal security people think they can live any way they want and they will never lose their salvation. They say, ‘we would never intentionally abuse the grace of God because we’re Christians,” but their doctrines teach others that there is no harm in falling away from God; they will remain saved and will still go to heaven, but the Bible doesn’t teach that. The Bible teaches that if you live like the world, you will be condemned with the world. The Church belongs to God, but the world is going to hell. God wants us to preserve our faith, so our faith can preserve our souls.

(217g) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> God gives up on you >> When God gives up on you, you are already in hell -- These verses go with verses 26-31

(243a) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Reacting to persecution >> Falling away through persecution

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(94d) Thy kingdom come >> Perspective on this life >> Perspective on time

(214h) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God’s time is soon >> Relatively soon

Heb 10-38,39

(85l) Thy kingdom come >> Belief >> Treating the knowledge of God as fact >> Believing the Son by obeying the Father >> Obeying the law by faith in the cross >> Obedience represents our faith

Heb 10-39

(70k) Authority >> Believer’s authority >> We are the salt of the earth (Preservative)

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