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“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 HCSB).

November 16, 2021

RELYING ON THE NEVER CHANGING CHRIST IN AN EVER CHANGING WORLD The author of Hebrews warned believers not to be “led astray” by strange and various teachings that might come along. They were to remember the teachings and conduct of those who first shared the gospel with them and discipled them in the Word. In

“Make sure that you do not reject the One who speaks” (Hebrews 12:25 HCSB).

November 15, 2021

DO YOU OBEY THE ONE WHO SPEAKS? Have you ever refused to listen to the Spirit of Christ? Has He knocked at your heart’s door and been refused entrance? Consider those in the Old Testament who refused to obey God when He spoke. What became of them? And now, Jesus, the One who mediates the

“Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1b-2a HCSB).

November 14, 2021

KEEPING YOUR FOCUS ON JESUS Running the race of faith, it is Jesus who sets the pace for us. So we must keep our eyes on Him, sprinting and leaping when He does. And turning aside to rest when He does too. For Jesus is both the Founder and the Finisher of our faith. He

“By faith Rahab the prostitute received the spies in peace and didn’t perish with those who disobeyed” (Hebrews 11:31 HCSB).

November 13, 2021

FAITH IN GOD CHANGES OUR IDENTITY AND OUR FUTURE Rahab lived in the ancient city of Jericho. She was a business woman who ran a house that offered meals, lodging and other entertainments. Both here in Hebrews 11 and in Joshua 2:1 and Joshua 6:22-25, Rahab was called a harlot. However, that identity did not

“Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 HCSB).

November 12, 2021

WHAT IS FAITH? Hebrews begins its eleventh chapter with the biblical definition of faith. Chapter eleven might be called the faith hall of fame. For following its definition, examples of biblical faith are listed. Yet before we think about this definition, we must clarify the kind of faith of which we speak. This is not

“Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. ” (Hebrews 10:23 HCSB).

November 11, 2021

HOLDING ON WITH UNWAVERING HOPE Christian hope is confident hope. For Christian hope is based on the promises of God. Since this hope is anchored to God’s promises we can be assured that our hope will not be disappointed. For God is faithful. So rather than hanging on to the temporal things we can see,

“The Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him” (Hebrews 9:28 HCSB).

November 9, 2021

CHRIST WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME The Messiah, Jesus Christ, has already accomplished our redemption by the offering of Himself for our sins. Yet, He will appear a second time, not because there is anything unfinished for our salvation, but that He might bring to us its final fulfillment, namely our resurrection bodies fit for

“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people” (Hebrews 8:10 HCSB).

November 7, 2021

THE NEW COVENANT THROUGH JESUS Quoting Jeremiah 31:31-34, the book of Hebrews explained why the new covenant superceded the old. The old covenant, which was the law mediated through Moses, was written on stone tablets. But the new covenant, which is by the grace of God through Jesus, is written on human hearts. The purpose

“He doesn’t need to offer sacrifices every day, as high priests do—first for their own sins, then for those of the people. He did this once for all when He offered Himself” (Hebrews 7:27 HCSB).

November 6, 2021

THE SUPREME SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST’S SACRIFICE Hebrews contrasts the daily offerings of Levitical priests with the “once for all” offering of Christ Jesus. The reason for daily sacrifices by the sons of Aaron are several. First, they themselves are sinful and must offer daily sacrifices “first for their own sins.” Second, “since they are prevented

“Who did not become a priest based on a legal command concerning physical descent but based on the power of an indestructible life. For it has been testified: You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 7:17 HCSB).

November 5, 2021

JESUS, OUR ETERNAL HIGH PRIEST Quoting Psalm 110:4 (“You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek”), the book of Hebrews declares Jesus to be the fulfillment of this messianic prophecy. Jesus is our eternal high priest. Melchizedek is a Christological type, foreshadowing Jesus the Messiah.   Melchizedek, whose name means “King of Righteousness,”