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Book of Hebrews
JESUS, Our High Priest
He paid the price, of sin’s penalty,
All for the likes, of vile sinners like me.
A price so steep, I could never pay,
He died for me, ‘twas no other way!
Once for all, was Jesus’ sacrifice,
Approved by God, perfect and precise.
He will never, His Offering repeat,
Because the first One, was complete!
Just the Blood of Jesus, can atone,
His One Sacrifice on the cross, alone.
Just His precious Blood, can save your soul,
Friend, may I ask, is Heaven your goal?
Jesus, the Truth, the Life and the Way,
Jesus, the best part, of any day!
Let’s stay on the narrow road, with Him,
Looking to Him, makes the world seem dim.
Let’s draw near Him, with an upright heart,
Believing in faith, is how we start.
Let’s hold fast our faith, without wav’ring,
For great blessings from God, it does bring!
Let’s think about, feelings of others,
Speaking of Jesus, to our brothers.
Provoking unto good works, and love,
That they too might, praise the Lord above.
Let’s offer, the Sacrifice of Praise,
The fruit of our lips, to Him let us raise!
Let us be grateful, for what God has done,
He gave us His only begotten Son!
Perdition awaits, those who draw back,
We must beware, of Satan’s attack.
The beauty of Jesus, we must see,
And into His loving Arms, we must flee!
By: His servant, Connie Kramer June 14, 2014 #1355
The Book of Hebrews
A time or two in past years, the Lord has given me poems, to go along with the subject I was writing in our Bible Study booklets for inmates. This poem came from Him, because of the Book of Hebrews. This awesome Book has truly touched my heart. This Book is JESUS!
This Book is about JESUS! Consider some privileges of God’s TRUE children, because of Jesus:
- Forgiveness (Col.1:12-14)
- Rest for your soul (Mat.11:28-30)
- Spiritual knowledge (Pro.1:7; 9:10)
- Eternal life (Jn.6:51; 10:9)
- Holy Spirit (Jn.14:16-17; 1 Cor.3:16; 12:13; Rom.8:9)
- Fellowship (Rev.3:20; Jn.17:3)
- Peace (Phil.4:7; Col.3:15)
- Needs supplied (Phil.4:19)
- Power (Col.1:11-12)
- Love (Eph.3:19; 1 Thes.3:12)
- Joy (Ps.16:11; Jn.15:11)
- Contentment (1 Tim.6:6,8; Heb.13:5)
- Comfort (Mat.5:4; Jn.14:1; Rom.8:28; 1 Thes.4:13; 2 Thes.2:16)
- Patience, gentleness, goodness, faith (Gal.5:22)
- Meekness, self-control (Gal.2:23)
These are just the tip of the iceberg! God has multiple blessings in store for His children.
There are 6 PERILS we are warned about in the Book of Hebrews:
- Peril of drifting (Heb.2:1-4);
- Peril of doubting Heb.3:7-Heb.4:2);
- Peril of dull hearing (Heb.5:11-14);
- Peril of departing (Heb.6:1-20);
- Peril of despising (Heb.10:26-39);
- Peril of denying (Heb.12:15-29).
There are 18 Safeguards for Christians in thwe Book of Hebrews:
- Hearing . . . Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. (KJV)
- Heeding . . . Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. (KJV)
- Exhorting . . . Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (KJV)
- Fearing . . . Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. (KJV)
- Laboring . . . Hebrews 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. (KJV)
- Coming . . . Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (KJV) Hebrews 10:19-20 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; (KJV)
- Leaving . . . Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, (KJV)
- Showing . . . Hebrews 6:11-12 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (KJV)
- Drawing . . . Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (KJV)
- Holding . . . Hebrews 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. (KJV) Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) (KJV)
- Laying . . . Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, (KJV)
- Looking . . . Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (KJV) Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; (KJV)
- Considering . . . Hebrews 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (KJV)
- Lifting . . . Hebrews 12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; (KJV)
- Making . . . Hebrews 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. (KJV)
- Following . . . Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: (KJV)
- Going . . . Hebrews 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. (KJV)
- Obeying . . . Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. (KJV)
The tendency today is to minimize God's righteous judgment on sin. It seems to be widely thought that, because our dispensation today is one of love and mercy, that there is less need to dread the results of sin. But the inspired writer of Hebrews argues in an opposing sense. Because this age is one of love and tender mercy, therefore sins against its King are more deadly, and the penalties worse. In the old days NO transgression and NO disobedience, escaped its just payment of reward . . . and my friend, God has NOT changed! So, dear one, the Word spoken by the Son is even more steadfast and sure! If you insist on continued sin, God’s wrath shall come down on you! BEWARE!!! "He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses; of how much sorer punishment shall he be thought worthy who hath trodden under foot the Son of God!" (Heb.10:28-29).
The danger to which we are most exposed is that "Lest haply we drift away". BEWARE!!! The drift of the religious world, and the drift of old habits and associations; was the case of these Hebrew Christians. They were strongly headed back toward Judaism, going back to the religious system from which they had come out. The drift of one's own evil nature, which always lures us away from God, to that which is worldly and sensuous. The drift of the pressure of temptation is always near! BEWARE!!!
The Anchorage of the Soul
"Be followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises." (Heb.6:12).
The Promises of God! That is a key phrase here. Inherit the promises (verse 12); God made promise (verse 13); he obtained the promise (verse 15); the heirs of promise (verse 17). It seems that the repetition of this phrase does NOT waken the interest or stir the heart of those who read it.
Today we are so familiar with it, that I do not think the vast majority of Christians consider the divine Promises especially precious. People must have a dark night of sorrow, before they can ever appreciate that the stars of promise still sparkle as gems in the sky of Scripture. Only those who are SPIRITUALLY rich and increased in the grace of God, can realize what the Promises of God really mean.
So many think that if they have a good income, it guarantees their every need. It matters not that God has promised to provide all needful things (Phil.4:19), for those who seek His Kingdom first (Mat.6:33). These people think that if they are surrounded by troops of faithful friends, their lines of defense are entrenched in the strong fortress of position and rank, there is nothing to worry about. They have little or no interest in the assurance that God will be the shield and buckler (Ps.91:4). BUT when riches dwindle, friends fail, health declines, and difficulty, persecution and trial threaten, then the soul remembers the Promises of God, and hurriedly looks them up and studies them, and they wake up to find those marvelous stores of treasure under pages which were before blank to them.
It would be best for so many if God would strip them of all those things in which they place such confidence. Only then might hey be compelled, perhaps for the first time in their lives, to seek Him. It was in exactly such a condition that the Hebrews here addressed were found. Their goods had been spoiled; they had endured a great fight of affliction; they had been made a gazing stock both by reproaches and afflictions; everything on which they were accustomed to rely on, had been removed from them. Now, the Holy Ghost, directs their minds to the exceeding great and precious promises (2 Pet.1:4), in which God pledged Himself to supply all their need.
We who by faith are the spiritual seed of Abraham (Gal.3:26-29) are blessed with him. Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (KJV)
All the promises of God are Yea and Amen (2 Cor.1:20). God is not a man that he should lie, nor the son of man that he should repent (Num.23:19). God knows well His resources before He pledged Himself; and once He has done so, it is impossible that He would fail. My dear friend, let us all grab His divine Promises; cling to them as a shipwrecked sailor to the floating pole; risk everything on them, because their fulfillment is guaranteed by covenant and oath, and by the Blood, agony and death of the One and only Saviour of mankind, JESUS!
God’s TRUE children are heirs of promise (Heb.6:17)! God's power is eternal, His counsel is immutable. Heaven and earth may pass away, but His Word shall never pass away (Lk.21:33). Because of this, we have a strong consolation (Heb.6:18). Even if we were to lose all else, our heritage in the Word and Oath of Almighty God shall be unimpaired. God's Promises assure us and make a strong and secure anchor for our soul. Thank You Jesus!
1 Thes. 3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. (KJV)
2 Thes. 2:17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. (KJV)
James 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. (KJV)
Melchizedek, whose name means “king of righteousness,” was a king of Salem (Jerusalem) and priest of the Most High God (Gen.14:18-20; Ps.110:4; Heb.5:6-11; 6:20-7:28). Melchizedek’s sudden appearance and disappearance in the book of Genesis is extremely mysterious. Melchizedek and Abraham first met after Abraham’s victory over Chedorlaomer and his three allies. Melchizedek presented bread and wine to Abraham and his weary men, demonstrating friendship. He bestowed a blessing on Abraham in the name of El Elyon (“God Most High”) and praised God for giving Abraham a victory in battle.
Abraham presented Melchizedek with a tithe (a tenth) of all the items he had gathered. By doing this, Abraham indicated that he recognized Melchizedek as a priest, who ranked spiritually higher than he.
In Psalm 110, a Messianic Psalm written by David, Melchizedek is presented as a type of Christ. This theme is repeated in the book of Hebrews, where both Melchizedek and Christ are considered kings of righteousness and peace. By quoting Melchizedek and his unique priesthood as a type, the writer of Hebrews shows that Christ’s priesthood is far superior to the old Levitical order and the priesthood of Aaron (Heb.7:1-10).
There are some who think that Melchizedek was actually a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus Christ, or a Theophany. I think that this certainly is a possibility, because Abraham had received such a visit before. See Genesis 17, where Abraham saw and spoke with the Lord Jesus, in the form of a man.
Hebrews 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (KJV) . . . The term order would normally indicate a succession of priests holding the office. But, NONE are ever mentioned, in the long time period from Melchizedek to Christ, an irregularity that can be solved by assuming that Melchizedek and Christ are really the same person. Thus the “order” is eternally vested in Him and Him alone.
Hebrews 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. (KJV) . . . This says that Melchizedek was without father or mother, without any recorded genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever. But, does the writer of Hebrews mean this actually or symbolically?
IF the description in this Hebrews Passage is literal, then it is really hard to see how it could be properly applied to ANYONE except the Lord Jesus Christ. NO mere earthly king “remains a priest forever,” and no mere human is “without father or mother.” But if Genesis 14 describes a theophany, then God the Son came to give Abraham His blessing (Gen.14:17-19), appearing as the King of Righteousness (Rev.19:11,16), the King of Peace (Isa.9:6), and the Mediator between God and Man (1 Tim.2:5).
IF the description of Melchizedek is symbolic, then the details of having no genealogy, no beginning or ending, and a ceaseless ministry are simply statements which emphasize the mysterious nature of the person who met Abraham. In this case, the silence in the Genesis account concerning these details is purposeful and better serves to link Melchizedek with Christ.
Are Melchizedek and Jesus the same person? A case can be made either way. At the very least, Melchizedek is a type of Christ, prefiguring the Lord’s ministry. But it is also possible that Abraham, after his weary battle, met and gave honor to the Lord Jesus Himself.
Faith is one of the countless gifts with which God has blessed us, and it is so often overlooked. Jesus said a lot about faith, because faith is something that we practice every day. Faith means to believe God and trust God completely.
There are three types of faith:
#1. Logical faith, with which we are born. This faith believes something is true without proof or commitment. A person can believe Jesus was a real Person, and that He did perform miracles . . . but they do not accept the Fact that He was God in Man.
#2. Faith in God, believes in God’s existence and His abilities. This kind of faith holds a confident belief that God will fulfill what He has promised.
#3. Saving Faith—Believing in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, a living person, for the forgiveness of sin and trusting Him because He provides eternal life with God. It is NOT enough to simply believe in the actions of Jesus Christ or the abilities of God. True saving faith is more than that; it is a personal relationship with the Saviour. Saving faith is the key that determines our eternal destiny.
So many people are deceived. They think because they go to church, are baptized, and tithe regularly, they are saved. They DO know Jesus intellectually, but they do NOT have a personal relationship with Him.
There is a faith in Christ which IS saving, and there is a faith in Christ which IS NOT saving. You may say, "But I know that mine is saving faith. I have seen myself as a lost sinner, realize I can do nothing to gain acceptance with God, and have put my trust in the finished work of His Son." My friend, the heart is terribly deceitful (Jer. 17:9) and Satan misleads many (Rev. 12:9). So much is at stake that it benefits each of us to make sure. Only a fool is ready to give himself the "benefit of the doubt" in an matter as important as this.
You may say, "But I know that my faith in Christ is a real and saving one, because it rests upon the sure Word of God." Dear ones, others who were just as sure as you, are now in Hell! Let me ask you a question. Have you tested your faith by Scripture? Have you taken the time and trouble to determine IF your faith is accompanied by those proofs which go hand in hand with a saving faith? A saving faith is a supernatural thing, and therefore it brings forth supernatural fruit. Is this true for you? Does this puzzle you?
Consider the following:
A saving faith in Jesus Christ means that we believe God, accept Jesus as the Son of God, the ONLY sacrifice that could atone (pay) for our sins. When we have this kind of faith, we earnestly desire to repent and to surrender every aspect of our lives to Him. He will then transform us and conform us to His image (Rom.8:29). As we then walk with God, He will bless each of us all the more with perfect assurance regarding our salvation and our relationship with Him. We MUST have a personal relationship with Jesus! Without that, there is NO saving faith!
There are millions who are already a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. But intellectually, being a believer in Jesus is NO proof someone has been born again and is on his way to Heaven. The New Testament tells us: John 2:23-24 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. 24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, (KJV) As He spake these words many believed on Him (John 8:30), yet in verse 59, a little later they sought to stone Him! Among the chief rulers also many believed (not simply 'about', but) on Him. BUT . . . see what immediately follows: but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God (John 12:42-43). Dear one, this is proof that they were utter strangers to a saving work of God in their souls . . . yet they were "believers" in the Lord Jesus!
In Acts 15:9 we read, purifying their hearts by faith . . . also see (Mat.5:8; 1 Pet.1:22). WHAT is a purified heart? It is one that has been purged of all idols and impurities and turned to a pure object (1 Thess.1:9). A purified heart hates all that is sinful, and loves all that is holy. A pure heart is one that has been cleansed from the love of all that is evil.
Another characteristic of saving faith is that it "worketh by love" (Gal. 5:6). Faith is a mighty standard of operation by which the Christian lives unto God. He walks the narrow path of obedience (Mat.7:14), by which he submits to God and resists the devil (Jam.4:7) and denies the flesh (Gal.5:16-17). And this is done, not because of fear, but because of love!
"Whosoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith" (1 John 5:4). God has opened the eyes of His children (Jn.1:12-13; 3:3-8) to see how hollow and worthless the best that this poor world has to offer is! He has weaned their hearts from the world by satisfying them with spiritual and heavenly things.
Saving faith saves you from hating God's commands and a dislike of His holiness! Saving faith saves you from pride, covetousness and murmuring! Christ Jesus did not die to obtain the pardon of our sins and His taking us to Heaven, while our hearts still remain clinging to the things of earth. No way my friend! He lived and died so that His Spirit might quicken His people into newness of life, making them "new creatures" (2 Cor.5:17), and causing them to be pilgrims in this world (1 Pet.2:11; Heb.11:13), as those who are not of it, but as those whose hearts have already departed from it. Saving faith truly is a marvelous thing. And it certainly is supernatural!
But what about, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31)? The apostles did not tell the jailor to "rest on the finished work of Christ"; instead, they set before him a Person. They did not say "Believe on the Saviour", BUT "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ" a PERSON! Saving faith includes the renouncing of our own sinful, "lordship", the throwing down of the weapons of our warfare against Him, and the submitting to His yoke and rule. Saving faith consists of the complete surrender of my whole being and life to the lordship of Christ! "They first gave their own selves to the Lord" (2 Cor. 8:5). Have you done this?
It should be quite clear that not all faith is saving faith! WHY? James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (KJV) . . . Even the Satan and all his demons BELIEVE there is a God! Are they saved? NO way! The value of saving faith CANNOT be over emphasized. John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (KJV) It is impossible to please God without faith (Heb.11:6). We must believe that God exists, and we must believe He is a Rewarder of them who diligently seek Him. The importance of faith or belief is seen in the fact that the saved were called "believers" (I Tim. 4: 12). The need of biblical faith is also observed in the accomplishments of faith. The scriptures teach that the saved are justified, purified and sanctified by faith (Rom. 3: 28; Acts 15: 9; 26: 18). Paul stated that men become children of God by faith. Hear him: "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Gal.3:26-27). And so dear one, our time and energy is well justified by carefully examining the faith that saves.
An examination of all pertinent verses relative to teaching about faith and the recorded examples in Acts of people having saving faith sweetly teach and exhibit faith as being necessarily and always consists of acceptance, confidence, knowledge and obedience.
Having saving faith is the key because it determines our eternal destiny. Many people are deceived. They think because they go to church, are baptized, and tithe regularly, they are saved. They know Jesus intellectually, but they do NOT have a personal relationship with Him.
#1. A person who has saving faith, BOTH knows the truth of Scripture and practices it (Rom. 1:32).
#2. Even demons and the devil have intellectual faith. We must BOTH believe and bear fruit (James 2:18-20).
#3. Jesus is addressed as “Lord” 185 times in the Gospels. This is VERY important because it shows that the disciples recognized and accepted His Lordship. This Truth is the foundation of our faith, the bedrock upon which everything else is built. Jesus MUST be Lord in your heart and life. And you must have a personal relationship with Him, to have saving faith!
#4. Those who believe must also SINCERELY express repentance for sin if they truly acknowledge Jesus as our Saviour and Lord (Luke 24:45-48; Acts 2:36-38). Faith and repentance go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other!
See the contrast between the priesthood of Aaron and the priesthood of Melchizedek:
Law vs. Power . . . (law restrains -- power enables)
Commandment (external) vs. Life (internal)
Carnal (flesh) vs. Endless (eternal life)
Changing vs. Unchanging
Weakness and unprofitableness vs. Nigh to God
Nothing perfect vs. Better hope
Something else to consider: Christ is far better than Aaron
1. Makes perfect (Heb.7:11,19; 10:14)
2. Of a higher order (Heb.6:20; 7:1-21)
3. A priest after a higher law (Heb.7:16)
4. An eternal priest (Heb.7:16-17,21))
5. A priest of an all powerful and more profitable covenant (Heb.7:18)
6. A priest of a better hope (Heb.7:19)
7. A priest of a better way to approach God (Heb.7:19; 10:19-23)
8. A priest by God's oath (Heb.7:21; Ps.110:4)
9. A priest with a better covenant based on better promises (Heb.7:22; 8:6)
10. Unchangeable (Heb.7:23-25,28; 10:12-14)
11. Able to save (Heb.7:25; 10:1-18).
12. An eternal intercessor (Heb.7:25)
13. Holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners (Heb.7:25-27)
14. Exalted to heaven (Heb.7:26; 1:3; 8:1; 12:1-2)
15. No daily sacrifices (Heb.7:27; 10:10-14)
16. An all-sufficient sacrifice (Heb.7:27; 10:10-14)
17. A once for all sacrifice (Heb.10:10
18. No weakness (Heb.7:28; Mat.8:17)
19. Consecrated forever (Heb.7:28)
20. Minister of the true and the heavenly temple (Heb.8:1-2; 9:11)
21. A more excellent ministry (Heb.8:6)
22. Mediator of a better covenant based upon better promises (Heb.8:6)
Fifteen Fabulous Blessings
ONLY From the Precious Blood of Jesus
#1. Atonement for the soul (Lev.17:11; Rom.3:24; 5:11; Col.1:20)
#2. Remission of sins (Mat.26:28; Rom.3:24-25; Heb.9:22; Eph.1:7)
#3. Life and peace (Rom. Ch.5; Col.1:20)
#4. Redemption (Rom3:24-25; Eph.1:7; Heb.9:12-15; 1 Pet.1:18-19; Rev.5:9)
#5. Justification (Rom.5:1,9; Gal.3:6:14; Acts 13:38-39)
#6. Made nigh (Eph.2:13; Heb.10:19)
#7. Conscience purged (Heb.1:3; 9:9,14; 10:2,22)
#8. Cleansing from sin (Jn.1:29; 1 Jn.1:7; Rev.1:5; 7:14)
#9. Sanctification (Heb.10:10-14; 13:20)
#10. New covenant (Mat.26:28; Mk. 14:24; Lk.19-20; 1 Cor.11:25; Heb.10:29; 12:24; 13:20)
#11. Born again spiritually, into God’s family (Jn.1:12-13; 3:3-8; 1 Pet.1:18-23)
#12. Overcoming power (1 Jn.5:4-5; Rev.2:7,17,26; 3:5,12,21; 21:7)
#13. Christian membership (Acts 20:28)
#14. Salvation (Ps.51; 2 Cor.6:2; Tit.2:11; 1 Pet.1:5,9)
#15. An Inheritance in Heaven (Jn.14.2-3; 1 Pet.1:3-5; 1 Cor.15:52-54; Heb.9:15)
THE 613 LAWS of the OLD TESTAMENT
Called the Mitzvot
613 laws down to 6 laws in Isa.33:15 . . . Isaiah 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; (KJV)
613 laws down to 3 laws in Mic.6:8 . . . Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (KJV)
613 laws down to 2 laws in Isa 56:1 . . . Isaiah 56:1 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. (KJV)
613 laws down to 1 law in Hab.2:4 . . . Hab. 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. (KJV)
The one I like best follows:
613 laws down to 2 laws in Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV)
God truly does work in very mysterious ways. Here is another poem He gave me for this Book.
Without Jesus, O’ where would I be?
In the dark depths, of Hell’s agony.
God’s Plan was to save, sinners from Hell,
And give access to Heav’n, where He dwells,
God sent, His only begotten Son,
The Old Covenant, was ended, done.
The Gospel of Christ Jesus, took its place,
Bloody sacrifice was replaced, by God’s grace.
Without Jesus, we’re God’s enemy,
Future things to come, we cannot see.
With faith in Christ Jesus, all things change,
The Holy Ghost, our life does rearrange.
When Christ Jesus, is our Advocate,
With God the Father, we highly rate.
Faith allows us, a great distance see,
Things that to most, are a mystery.
We can see, Jesus come in the clouds,
And we can see ourselves, in that crowd.
We too see, things we don’t want to see,
Millions, headed for Hell’s agony.
The Kingdom of Christ, we see out there,
We too see obedience, everywhere.
With a rod of iron, Jesus shall reign,
The perfect will of God, He’ll maintain.
We too can see, the Heav’nly city,
And we get a glimpse, of its glory.
We can also see, the mansions there,
Prepared by the Saviour, in loving care!
Our inheritance in Heav’n, we can see,
Our future home, for eternity.
No more to roam, as pilgrims on Earth,
We see a place, of much better worth!
By: His servant, Connie Kramer June 16, 2014 #1356
The Book of Hebrews; 1 Jn.2:1; 5:10-12; 1 Thes.4:13-18; 1 Cor.15:51-53; Psalm 2;
Mat.6:10; Lk.11:2; Rev.21-22; 1 Pet.1:3-5
TRUE Children of God
Some of the scariest verses in the Bible are Jesus’ words in: Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (KJV)
Only God knows what is in human hearts, so we have to be very cautious when we decide if someone is a TRUE or false child of God. Sometimes we don’t even know our own hearts, so how can we possibly know someone else’s heart?
- FALSE children of God follow Satan and his evil ways because they have not been born of God (Jn.1:12-13; 3:3-8).
- TRUE children of God love Jesus and obey Him because they have been born of God, and are adopted into the family of God (Rom.8:15-17,23; 2 Cor.6:18; Gal.4:5-7; Eph.1:5).
FALSE CHILDREN OF GOD
***** False children of God think that they are following God, but they are actually following Satan and his evil ways. What makes this really scary is that these Jews who were actually children of the devil (1 Jn.3:10) were very religious people, and they PROFESSED to believe in Jesus. These Jews professed to believe in the God of Abraham and outwardly they were zealous for their religion. But Jesus plainly tells them above that they were deceived. They were in Satan’s corner. There are millions of FALSE children of God today, both Jew and Gentile!
They PROFESS to be Christians, but they do NOT have Christ in their heart and life.
***** False children of God depend on their religion (denominations) to put them in good standing with God. These Jews were counting on their Jewish heritage and religion to put them in right standing with God. The apostle Paul did the same thing when he was a Pharisee
***** False children of God are deceived into thinking that they really are children of God, but all the while their actions, their lifestyle, their speech, really show them to be children of the devil. John 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. (KJV)
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (KJV)
***** False children of God make every effort to eliminate Christ and His Word from their lives because they do NOT want to hear the Truth about their sin. These Jews were seeking to kill Jesus because His Word had no place in them (Jn.8:37). John 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. (KJV) . . . It is the same today! People do NOT want any part of Jesus or His Gospel. The TRUTH threatens them because it exposes their sinful hearts. Do not think that it is just the wacky liberals that do this today, because there are some professing
evangelicals who may be eliminating Christ and His Word from their lives because they do not want to hear the truth about their sin. One way to do this is simply neglecting the Word of God. People do NOT read it, and they do NOT obey what they do know. Another way people eliminate or dilute Christ’s Word so that they can do what they want, rather than what God wants, is listening to FALSE teachers and FALSE preachers who corrupt the Truth of the Word of God. They teach damnable heresies (2 Pet.2:1), that are in direct opposition to God’s Holy Word! BEWARE!!! Yes! God is love (1 Jn.4:16) absolutely! BUT God is ALSO a God of wrath (Mat.25:41,46; Jn.3:36; Eph.5:6; Col.3:6).
***** False children of God attack or look down on those who convict them of sin. People want to divert the issue of sin away from their need to confront their own sin by accusing and pointing to others and their supposed faults. False children of God do not let God’s Word challenge their sins (Jn.3:19-21). TRUE believers allow the light of God’s Word to expose their sins so that they can repent of them, turn from them and grow in holiness.
***** False children of God are not able to understand or obey Jesus’ Word because they are not born of God (Jn.1:12-13; 3:3-8). The Bible is clear that because of sin, unbelievers cannot do anything that pleases God (Rom.8:8). They are unable to understand the Gospel or any other spiritual truth (1 Cor.2:14; 2 Cor.4:3-4). BUT God holds them responsible for their unbelief (Acts 2:23).
TRUE CHILDREN OF GOD
True children of God love Jesus and obey His Word because they have been born of God.
***** TRUE children of God give God’s Word the top place in their lives. This is the exact opposite of false believers (Jn.8:37). TRUE children of God wholeheartedly agree with the psalmist: Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (KJV)
***** TRUE children of God obey God’s Word. He that is of God heareth God's words (Jn.8:47). My friend, to hear God’s Word does NOT mean just to let the words go in one ear and out the other! The Pharisees did that. To hear God’s Word is to OBEY it! God is well pleased with obedience! Do YOU obey God?
***** TRUE children of God love Jesus. The Lord Jesus repeatedly asked Peter when He restored him, after his denials (Jn.21:15-17), “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?” the apostle Paul also shows the importance of this. 1 Cor. 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. (KJV) . . . This means cursed! LOVE is a heartfelt commitment, a pledge, to seek the highest good of the one loved. Love for Christ is a promise to seek His glory through any and all that I do. It involves my deep down feelings, in that I am very happy when I see my Lord honored and glorified. But the bottom line of biblical love is NOT feelings, it is the obligation to seek the highest good of Jesus! Have you made that commitment? Do you love Jesus enough to forsake your sin?
***** TRUE children of God love Jesus and obey His Word because they have been born of God. John 8:47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. (KJV) . . . At the heart of WHY false children of God are not able to understand or obey Jesus’ Word is that they are not of God. They are not born again into the family of God. But the flip side of the above Passage, “He that is of God heareth God's words” means being “born of God” through the new birth (Rom.12:2; 2 Cor.4:16; Eph.2:15; 4:23-24; Col.3:10; Tit.3:5). The reason that TRUE children of God now love Jesus and obey His Word is that we have a new nature. The Spirit of God dwells in us (Jn.14:16-17; Rom.8:9), and opens up to us the treasures of God’s Word (1 Cor.2:9-10) to us. In reality, it is the new birth that sets us apart and separates the TRUE children of God from the false ones.
What words do you want to hear one day?
I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Mat.7:23) OR . . .
Well done, thou good and faithful servant. (Mat.25:21)
Judgment day is coming. You CANNOT hide from it! You shall stand before Judge Jesus one day! You will hear a version of one of the two phrases above. Which will it be?
2 Cor. 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (KJV) . . . Make sure that you are a TRUE child of God!
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