Jesus Christ, The Eternal Son Of God

Jesus Christ—The Eternal Son Of God

Our Text: Book of Hebrews Chapter 1

I have always considered the Book of Hebrews my favorite book of the Bible BUT, I have grown to realize that every Book of the Bible should be my favorite.

There are no unimportant scriptures in the Word Of God!

We will find out that Jesus Christ is the main subject in this wonderful book. Jesus Christ may no longer be in a physical body on this Earth but He still abides in each and every believer!

Jesus Christ is now in Heaven with the Father and He has become Our High Priest and He intercedes for “all the ones He owns”.

He paid dearly with His blood to purchase each and every believer and now defends each one in Heaven as our advocate. An advocate is somewhat like a lawyer.

Jesus Christ:

1.) Lived on Earth as a man.
2.) He also died on this Earth as a man.
3.) But Jesus Christ arose with the Power of God and now lives in God’s Presence.
4.) And Now at this time,  Jesus Christ is our permanent High Priest to the Church.

The Bible says:

Heb 7:24  But this man, because he continueth ever, [hath an unchangeable priesthood].

Even when Jesus returns as the King of the Jews, He will still be High Priest to the Church, and Husband to the Bride of Christ.

When Jesus died, He ended the dispensation of The Law and ushered in a New Covenant that was written with His Own Blood!

This New Covenant is superior to the Old Covenant and more involved, so then it must replace the Old One.

This is the message we should learn from the Book of Hebrews!

We may not know who wrote the Book of Hebrews until we get to Heaven when God says we will know all things and have the mind of Jesus Christ.

But what we need to know is:

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

This great book was probably directed at early Jewish believers. In fact the Church began with early Jewish believers and there are still Jewish believers, BUT the key word is of course “Believer” and every believer should study the entire Bible.

The Jews had to understand, and some did, that the time of the Law had ended along with the time of all animal sacrifices.

Jesus was our sacrifice and Jesus paid it all at the cross!

To say that Jesus Christ is superior to all the Old Testament prophets would be especially meaningful to the Jewish believer and maybe not as much to the Gentile believer.

To the Gentile, Jesus is more the fulfillment of all Bible prophesy!

Jesus is our Savior and not so much the Prophet to the Church!

There are many who want to be prophets but we can have only one Savior and we already know Him!

At the time of the writings of Hebrews it is very probable that most everyone that had known Jesus personally had died. I do believe that the Apostle John was still alive and also the Apostle Paul who I believe had some part in, or maybe the writer of this book.

But, It is God who wrote all the Bible!

As we know, God is a God of timing and there can be no doubt that this book was written at a critical time in the life of the Jewish Believer.

The Temple was still standing but it would only be a few years before Titus came to destroy Israel and Jerusalem and cause the dispersion of Israel for the third and last time.

This book would encourage the Jewish believer to believe that Jesus was superior to all the Old Testament traditions and all the Old Testament prophets!

When we study this book we should be encouraged to know what we are trusting in.

It is the Word of God that we can trust and not the words of this world we live in!

The world of the Jew was a world of chaos at this time and if we open our eyes we can also see a world in chaos against God and His people at this time we live in.

AND, God warns us of rejecting the teachings of Jesus:

Heb 12:25  See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, [if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven]:
Heb 12:26  Whose voice then shook the earth: [but now he hath promised], saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

There should not be any doubt that this book and most all the New Testament focuses on the future from the time they were written.

We live in part of that future time spoken of in the Bible:

Heb 2:5  For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection [he world to come, whereof we speak].

We are living in the days just before the  soon coming Glory Days of Christ Jesus and we are actually some of that future spoken of in the Book of Hebrews.

Our Text:

Heb 1:1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Heb 1:2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Heb 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

When we study the Book of Hebrews we should have a better understanding of how much superior the Christian faith is above all other religions! The word “better” is seen many times in Hebrews. Our goal, to learn about Christ Jesus should include the Book of Hebrews.

BUT, The Book of Hebrews will also challenge us to see Jesus as He is now!

We also should keep in mind the main purpose God had in “Creation”.

1.) God wants every one of us to know Him on a personal level,  just as Adam did before his fall.
2.) But, God wants us to know that our joy on this Earth will happen only through a personal  relationship with Him.

The very first word in this great book is “God”. This means the Supreme, Divine Magistrate, The Godhead, The God that is the Holy Trinity!

This is the “Creator” of this universe that we live and Our God expects us to accept that fact, so He does not mention why or how He is God.

AND, There will be no excuse for not knowing this God:

Rom 1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20  [For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen], being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

There is only one way to please God:

Heb 11:6 [But without faith it is impossible to please him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

*****Sundry times would mean at various times through many men, as Abraham through Moses and all others. The Old Testament was written over a 1500 year period and from a period of about 4000 years before Jesus.

God did not give all His truth to Abraham but revealed it at certain times to many others until the time of Jesus.

*****Divers manners would mean in different ways, as God will use all His Creation especially humans to do His speaking, but He has also spoken out Himself through the Holy Spirit.

We should realize that we have a God who speaks to His People!

God has used many ways of communicating to those that wrote the Old Testament.

He used dreams, He spoke through the Laws of Moses, He spoke through the design and the building of the Tabernacle and the Temple. He spoke through the sacrifices, and He spoke through “Types” and He has spoken through His “Creation”!

He spoke through His Psalms and He spoke through as many as 45 writers of the Bible.

He has given us His Divine will by giving us His Inspired Word!

[All scripture is given by inspiration of God]

*****The words “in time past” are in references to the Old Testament, that we have with us today.

God has indeed spoken to us all and with these scriptures but we immediately see that we did not have the completed Word until God spoke to us all through His Son!

What other religion can say they have a God who speaks to His people?

Most false religions begin by certain leaders who say a god spoke to them and they were to teach all others.

Jehovah our God speaks to all His children!

*****We should also know that these words that were spoken by the The Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, are superior to all the prophets of the Old Testament.

God wanted all the Hebrew believers to be aware of this fact.!

Jesus Christ is superior for He was not only a man but He is “The Son Of God”!

Jesus was not just a man that was called of God!

We must also realize that if God spoke out of Heaven to anyone in our day, [He would only repeat what He has already written down for us]!

There will not ever be any new chapters of our Bible!
There will never be any NEW WORD OF GOD!
If there are any new revelations they will come from the Word He has already given to us!

We have a completed work and the complete Word of God [and it came by His Son]!

*****The Son, is the heir of all things of the Father!

*****The Son, is the Creator of all things!

*****The Son, is the completer of and, the fulfillment of the written Word of God!

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Joh 1:3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

And who is this Son?

Joh 1:14  [And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us], (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

And John the Baptist said, this is the One, This is the Son:

Joh 1:15  John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
Joh 1:16  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, [but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ].

*****The “express image”:

The Bible teaches us that Jesus was not just another sign nor was He just another revelation of God.

Jesus Christ is God’s final and ultimate revelation of Himself to all people.

The New Age movement then is a lie!
Eastern mysticism is then a lie!
Humanism is then a lie!
Islam is then a lie!
All Cults are lies!

Anything that is not of Christ Jesus is then a lie!

Jesus Christ is the brightness of God’ Glory!

Jesus Christ is not a reflection of God but Is The Shining Forth Of God’s Glory!

Jesus Christ is “ONE” WITH GOD!

Jesus Christ, The Son, is the full and perfect revelation of what is in Our Father in Heaven!

AND, We can know The Father because we know The Son!

*****The Son upholds all things.

In other words this creation of God that we live in is sustained and kept in it’s creative order by the power of the Son of God!

It is God that sits on the throne. It is through His Son that is in perfect control of the events that take place on this Earth!

Time will pass just as He says these Ages will come to pass!

If you study His Words you can know what “Age” you live in and how we should all be busy about the work He has given us to do!

*****It is this Son, the Lord Jesus Christ that “By Himself” cleansed us from all our sin!

This is the “image” God wants us to see:

Jesus Christ, The Son, is the “revelation” of God’s Love, God’s Grace, God’s Justice, God’s Holiness, and God’s Righteousness.

This is the “revelation” God gives us of cleansing us of our personal sin and He will one day cleanse His entire creation of sin and the curses.

This is the promise God makes and this is why we should base our salvation on the promises of God! He is the God, who has never failed and His Son who paid the price for our salvation with His blood.

*****Our Lord is now back at home doing exactly what He said He would be doing.

He is preparing us a mansion in His Fathers house, and He is interceding on our behalf, BUT He is also praying for our victory over this sinful world!

What a Savior we have!

*****Our Text:

Heb 1:4  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Heb 1:5  For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
Heb 1:6  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
Heb 1:7  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

Jesus Christ did not die to save any of the fallen angels! They will never be restored!

Jesus died to save mankind!

Jesus is superior to any angel and any prophet! We read a lot about angels in the Old Testament but we do not read of an angel ministry connected to the Church.

Do we all have guardian angels?

Are angels busy doing what God tells them to do?

A child of God is indwelled with the Holy Spirit of the Almighty God and not one angel has the power of the Holy Spirit!

Angels are Heavenly personalities, they have no place to dwell on this Earth.

They are made for the presence of God. Angels are glorious creatures, and they are wonderful and powerful and skillful and they know many great things, but they do not know the feeling of being indwelled by the Holy Spirit.

Angels are seen in battles!

Angels are seen in death!

When an angle comes on the scene, “victory is assured” BUT it is not because of the angel it is because of the Lord of those angels.

They will do whatever the will of God without question and without remorse!

But among all the angels there is none as great as God’s Son.

Every angel in Heaven could be sacrificed and not one lost person could have been saved!

Not one angel could pay the penalty of our sin!

Not one angel could become a man so they could die!

Not one angel could shed blood, they do not have blood! And without the “shedding of blood” there can be no remission of sin:

Heb 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Only Christ Jesus, The “ONLY” begotten Son, could pay the price for all our sin!

When was Jesus “begotten”? When He was brought back from the dead!

Jesus was not begotten in Bethlehem!

The begotten is the work of God:

Psa 2:6  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
Psa 2:7  I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, [Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee].
Psa 2:8  Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Psa 2:9  Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

God will do whatever He desires with His angels.

He may change them into winds, or flames of fire and He has done these things and still does these things!

And ,we should  know that God is good and everything He does is good!

*****Heb 1:13  [But to which of the angels said he at any time], Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Heb 1:14  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

To make more sense of this verse let’s look at what Jesus said as He responded to the questions of the High Priest before He was crucified:

Mar 14:61  But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
Mar 14:62  And Jesus said, [I am]: and [ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power], and coming in the clouds of heaven.

In Matthew we see:

Mat 22:41  While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
Mat 22:42  Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David.
Mat 22:43  He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,
Mat 22:44  The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Mat 22:45  If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?

Now back to our scripture in Hebrews, I personally believe it can be said that you will never find a place in the Old Testament where God said any of the angels were His sons!

The Psalms teach “the deity” of Christ and there is a more complete picture of Christ in the Psalms than in the Gospels.

Jesus said:

Luk_24:44  And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, [that all things must be fulfilled], which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and [in the psalms, concerning me].

The right hand of God, is the place of honor for only the [begotten Son of God]!

We have already stated Jesus is the [begotten Son of God] because He arose from the death of the cross!

No angel could ever reach this place of honor as the Son of God!

There is only one Son in the Holy Trinity and that Son is Jesus:

Pe 3:21  The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
1Pe 3:22  Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; [angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him].

There is no other Savior because there is no other Son of God!

Most false religions and most cults will honor Jesus, but only with there own man-made doctrine BUT, when they are confronted with the truth of Sin, and Righteousness, and Judgment, they will not accept that Jesus was God in the flesh!

It is a fact that no one in this world can be saved until they face there own decision of just “what are they going to do with Jesus”!

According to the Book of Hebrews, to reject Jesus Christ as He is revealed in the Bible, is to reject the “One True God”!

The angels are powerful creations of God!

They were created back in Genesis 1:1.
 
An angel cannot die!

The angels are ministering spirits that were created to do obey the will of God!

BUT,

Not one angel can intercede on the behalf of God’s children!
Not one angel can be a mediator for God’s children!
Not one angel can answer pray!
Not one angel can fill you with God’s Holy Spirit!
Not one angel can save you from the wrath of God!
And, Not one angel can forgive sin!

We have only one advocate, and that “ONE”, is the Christ of God, the Lord Jesus, The Son!

Jesus Christ is greater then the angels!
Jesus Christ is greater than the Laws of Moses! 
Jesus Christ is sitting on the throne of Power, YET, He still humbles Himself to intercede for every “Born Again” child of God!

What a precious Savior we have!

Christ Jesus is the Son, angels are His servants!

Christ Jesus will return as the King, angels are His subjects!

Christ Jesus is the Creator, angels are creatures of His creation!

Christ is now sitting on His throne in Heaven waiting until He will come to destroy His enemies with His angels.

He will wait until God stops calling on the Lost to be saved!

God says His Son will one day rule over all His creation SO, Jesus is much higher than any angel!

We must remember when Jesus returns as King, He will rule in Israel for 1000 years.

He will redeem His creation to Himself!
He will reverse the effects of the curse, and our environment will be restored as it was in the days of Adam and there will be harmony in this Earth again!

But we must also remember before this happens, the Church will be called out!

Satan will send a “false messiah” who says that he can bring peace to this Earth and there will be seven years of Satan’s lies before the truth of the Gospel is revealed with the return of Christ Jesus.

There is no evil that can stand before the Glory of God and His Son.

Rom 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

How can we not trust the truth of the Word of God?

Questions

Let’s Pray!

New Testament Survey (Book of Hebrews)

“NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY” (Hebrews)

INTRO:

The book of Hebrews is commonly believed to have been written by the Apostle Paul. This book begins in a way that is a bit different than his other books though it ends similarly. As we know all scripture is inspired of God. All scripture is profitable for Doctrine.

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

So the actual writer is not as important as the truth of God’s Word. It was extremely tough on a Jew to give up his beliefs in Judaism and convert to a Christian. A Jew would be immediately treated as a dead person, treated as they did not exist and could not find work. They would be thrown out of their worship centers. EXCOMMUNICATED, Expelled or separated from communion with a church, and a participation of its ordinances, rights and privileges.

The “THEME” of the Book of Hebrews is “BETTER THINGS”. Things are better with Jesus Christ! IT’S THE WISE CHOICE.

The Book of Hebrews was written to “ENCOURAGE THE JEWS” and all CHRISTIANS.

Act 15:9  And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Rom 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Rom 10:12  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

I.) JESUS IS “SUPERIOR” TO THE ANGELS!

Heb 1:4  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

     a.) The Contrast:

Heb 1:1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers [by the prophets],
Heb 1:2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us [by his Son], whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

We can see that no matter who God spoke through in the past, HE NOW SPEAKS TO US THROUGH HIS SON JESUS. Jesus is “Heir” to “ALL” things. It is Jesus who will set on the throne of David.

Luk 1:32  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
Luk 1:33  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

It is Jesus who will rule the government!

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Isa 9:8  The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

     b.) THE WARNING:

Heb 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.

The word [therefore] refers back to the previous scripture,

(because God speaks through His Son)

Heb 2:2  [For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward];

If the word of God spoken by His angels was steadfast and sure, “THEN THEREFORE” WE HAD BETTER PAY ATTENTION TO THE WORDS SPOKEN OF JESUS CHRIST HIS SON!

Heb 2:3  [How shall we escape], if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

FOR HOW COULD WE ESCAPE! BY “NEGLECTING” SO GREAT A SALVATION.

God does not waste scripture. There is no wasted Word of God. Jesus Christ is just THE MORE IMPORTANT. [Therefore] we need to give more earnest heed to Jesus.

Isa 45:17  But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
Isa 45:18  For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
Isa 45:19  I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.

     c.) THE HUMILTY OF JESUS:

Heb 2:16  [For verily he took not on him the nature of angels]; (but he took on him the seed of Abraham).
Heb 2:17  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

God could just as easily have come as an angel but GOD CHOSE to come to us in the same flesh that we carry every day.

Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

II.) JESUS IS “SUPERIOR” TO MOSES!

Heb 3:3  For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
Heb 3:4  For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

To the Jew, Moses was the greatest man that ever lived. A “prophet” in fact in the Book of Psalms he is said to be chief of prophets.

     a.) Jesus Christ is the “True” servant.

Heb 3:5  And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, [as a servant], for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
Heb 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.

Moses was a servant, and a great man but, JESUS CHRIST “AS THE SON” OF GOD WAS A “TRUE” SERVANT.

Php 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Joh 8:35  And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

HE WILL ABIDE FOREVER IN HIS HOUSE. (whose house are we)

     b.) THE WARNING:

Heb 3:7  Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, [To day if ye will hear his voice],
Heb 3:8  [Harden not your hearts], as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

The Holy Ghost says [the very day] you hear the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ, THEN THAT DAY “TODAY” IS THE DAY OF SALVATION. If you wait then it could be to late!

III.) JESUS IS “SUPERIOR” TO THE HIGH PRIESTS!

Heb 4:14  Seeing then that [we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens], Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
Heb 4:15  For [we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities]; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Heb 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.

     a.) Jesus is greater than Aaron:

Heb 5:1  For [every high priest taken from among men] is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
Heb 5:2  Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that [he himself also is compassed with infirmity].
Heb 5:3  And [by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins].
Heb 5:4  [And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron].
Heb 5:5  [So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee].

As the “sin free” Son of God, Christ had no infirmities. Jesus Christ had and “HAS” no sin to repent of. Christ was also called of God as the scripture shows. The High Priest could only go in the Holy of Holies once a year. The  High Priest had a special dress code to meet. He also had to present the blood of an innocent animal before he entered in, “BUT” all High Priests tied a rope to their leg just in case they had failed in some way, for God would strike them dead and the rope was used to pull them back out. They had bells on the seams of their garments so they could be heard when they were moving. If no bells were heard then those outside the Holy of Holies would pull the rope to get them out.

     b.) The Appeal:
 
Heb 6:12  That ye be not slothful, [but followers of them who through faith] and patience inherit the promises.
Heb 6:13  For when God made promise to Abraham, [because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself],

YOU CANNOT GET ANY HIGHER THAN JEHOVAH GOD.

Psa 50:14  Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
Psa 50:15  And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

IV.) JESUS IS “SUPERIOR” TO MELCHISEDEK!

Heb 7:22  By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

     a.) The greatness of Melchizedek:

Heb 7:1  For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, [priest of the most high God], who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
Heb 7:2  [To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all]; first being by interpretation [King of righteousness], and after that also [King of Salem], which is, [King of peace];
Heb 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].

Gen 14:18  And [Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God].
Gen 14:19  And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
Gen 14:20  And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

The Jewish people had a special reverence for Melchizedek. Melchizedek set up a great feast, somewhat similar to the Lord’s Supper and fed the returning army of Abraham. Was this the reincarnate Son of God of the Old Testament. Many believe it is and it very well could be.

“But” IT IS JESUS THAT IS MADE SURITY BY A BETTER TESTAMENT.

     b.) There is a New Priesthood:

Heb 7:11  If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) [what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec], and not be called after the order of Aaron?
Heb 7:12  [For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law].

We now have the priesthood of the believer made possible by GOD’S NEW LAW OF “GRACE”.

Heb 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.

    c.) It is a PERMANENT PRIESTHOOD:

Heb 7:24  But this man, [because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood].
Heb 7:25  Wherefore [he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him], [seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them].

     d.) It is a PERFECT PRIESTHOOD!

Heb 7:26  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
Heb 7:27  Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: [for this he did once, when he offered up himself].

     e.) Because it is a PERFECT COVENANT!

Heb 8:1  Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: [We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens];
Heb 8:2  [A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched], and not man.
Heb 8:3  [For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer].
Heb 8:4  [For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest], (seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
Heb 8:5  Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount).
Heb 8:6  [But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises].
Heb 8:7  For if that first covenant had been faultless, [then should no place have been sought for the second].

GRACE, GRACE, GOD’S GRACE.

V.) JESUS IS THE “SUPERIOR” SACRIFICE!

     a.) The “Limits” of the old sacrifice:

Heb 9:9  Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
Heb 9:10  Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

This sacrifice was good only for a year and was continuous one year at a time.

     b.) The “perfection” of the “new sacrifice”:

Heb 9:11  But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
Heb 9:12  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, [but by his own blood] he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

Zec 3:9  For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and [I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day].

One day the day of the Cross.

1Pe 1:18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

     c.) THE GREAT SACRIFICE:

Heb 9:13  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
Heb 9:14  [How much more shall the blood of Christ], [who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God]?
Heb 9:15  And for this cause [he is the mediator of the new testament], that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, [they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance].

   
VI.) The Hall of Fame of “FAITH”:

Chapter 11:1-40 Please read.

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

     a.) The “definition” of FAITH:

Heb 11:1 [Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen].
Heb 11:2  For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Heb 11:3  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

     b.) The Examples:

Heb 11:4  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain,

Heb 11:5  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death

Heb 11:7  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house;

Heb 11:8  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

Heb 11:11  Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed,

Heb 11:17  By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac:

And many more:

Heb 11:32  And what shall I more say? [for the time would fail me] to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
Heb 11:33  [Who through faith subdued kingdoms], [wrought righteousness], [obtained promises], [stopped the mouths of lions],
Heb 11:34  [Quenched the violence of fire], [escaped the edge of the sword], [out of weakness were made strong], [waxed valiant in fight], [turned to flight the armies of the aliens].

IF WE HAD THE FAITH OF THE LOWLY MUSTARD SEED MAYBE WE COULD ACCOMPLISH MORE FOR GOD!

JESUS SAID:

Luk 17:6  And the Lord said, [If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed], ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

Mat 17:20  And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, [If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed], ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

IF WE JUST HAD JUST A LITTLE FAITH THE CHURCH COULD NOT BE STOPPED.

     c.) WE MUST SERVE THE BEST WE CAN!

Heb 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],
Heb 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.

wherefore: (for this reason)

We know that clouds are in the sky. Is God telling us that these who had so much faith in the book of Hebrews are watching and witnessing to see if we have such faith OR ANY FAITH.

Then we need to lay aside anything that keeps us from serving God through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Beset means: To surround; to inclose; to hem in; to besiege; as, we are beset with enemies; a city is beset with troops. Hence, To press on all sides, so as to perplex; to entangle, so as to render escape difficult or impossible.
 
“AND GET IN THE RACE”!

VII.) THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH:

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Heb 10:23  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Heb 10:24  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Heb 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

1Th 1:3  Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
1Th 1:4  Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

     a.) The Preacher/Teacher RESPONSIBILTIY:

[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],

1Co 9:24  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

Rom 13:13  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
Rom 13:14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

2Co 7:1  Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

2Ti 2:4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

IF I DO NOT PROTECT MY TESTIMONY THEN HOW CAN I EXPECT OTHERS TO BELIEVE WHAT I SAY ABOUT GOD’S WORD.

     b.) THE HEARERS RESPONSIBILTIY:

Heb 4:2  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: [but the word preached did not profit them, (not being mixed with faith) in them that heard it].

IF GOD’S WORD IS NOT MIXED WITH FAITH THEN IT WILL BE OF NO PROFIT TO THOSE THAT HEAR.

Luk 11:28  But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

Joh 13:17  If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

Ecc 12:13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: [for this is the whole duty of man].

Amen