Today’s reading: Gen 42:29–43:34, Heb 5:11–7:28, Eccles 10:10–20
Today’s theme: A better hope
One of the great themes of the book of Hebrews is that Jesus is better and what He offers is better. He is better than the angels and the old priesthood and He offers a better hope, and guarantees a better covenant, with better promises than its predecessor. With Jesus, everything is better – let’s rejoice in that truth today.
But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:14 (ESV)
In the author’s warning against apostasy, we see a rebuke against unwarranted immaturity in understanding the truth of God’s word. We must apply ourselves to studying, thinking about and understanding God’s word for our own growth, and so that we can effectively share with others.
There is only one Gospel
For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. Hebrews 6:4–6 (ESV)
The warning against apostasy is a serious one, those who are around the things of God and know the truth of the Gospel but consciously reject the truth, leave themselves in a position that means they cannot be restored (or saved in the first place), because there is only one way and they have rejected that way…there is no Gospel version 2, there is only 1.
Believers vs Church Attendees
Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. Hebrews 6:9 (ESV)
This distinguishes the true believers (who have salvation) from the group of church goers and false converts, mentioned above.
so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. Hebrews 6:18 (ESV)
We have assurance and security in our salvation because of who God is.
A better hope
(for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. Hebrews 7:19 (ESV)
We have a far better and sure hope in Jesus as our eternal High Priest, unlike the temporary priesthood of men.
A guarantee from Jesus
This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant. Hebrews 7:22 (ESV)
Our eternal security is very secure because the one giving the guarantee is Jesus himself. He is the guarantor of a better covenant than the old covenant.
Christ’s unique priesthood
For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. Hebrews 7:26 (ESV)
Five distinctive attributes of Christ’s priesthood: He is; 1). holy, 2). innocent, 3).unstained, 4). separated from sinners, and 5). exalted above the heavens.
Most of the above post is a copy of the original notes from the same date in 2014
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