I was debating on the title for this study between “New Covenant Living” and “Practical Christianity.” There is a lot in Hebrews 13 about how we are to conduct ourselves as Christians. It’s kind of a “now that I am saved, what do I do now?” instruction manual. Of course, it is not the only one. The New Testament is full of letters on how we are to live as a child of God. There have been a couple good studies on Hebrews that I went through that taught me a lot on this book, one by J.D. Graeer and one by Pete Briscoe. You can probably find both on YouTube or just google them. Anyways, some of this comes from notes I have from watching their studies. I hope this will strengthen you, encourage you and help you to grow in your walk with the Lord. May God bless you always! Continue reading “New Covenant Living”
The story of Ruth is a love story. It is a love story of a man and a woman. It is a love story of a mother and daughter-in-law, of friendship. It is a love story of God and His people, God and us. Ruth goes beyond a love story. It describes the character of people. It describes customs of ancient Israel. It describes compassion. It shows that no matter who we are, we are loved by God and can be used by God to bless others. We also see some parallels of how Jesus redeems us. Though we were sinners, enemies of God, aliens, God provided a way to redeem us. Jesus is our Redeemer. Continue reading “Ruth 4: The Redemption”
Easter time…I call it Resurrection Sunday. It is not about bunnies and eggs. That is derived from pagan rituals. I am not sure why some churches include these things during this time of year, like egg hunts. Maybe I’m a scrooge, but I want to remember this day as a day of celebration of the sacrifice that Jesus made dying on the cross, taking the sins of the world with Him and putting them to death, being raised on the third day, and lives today to intercede for us. He is our Light and our Salvation. By trusting in Him, we have eternal life. Continue reading “Resurrection Sunday…He has Risen!”
Today I would like to take another detour, though Jesus is a promise of God. With Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday coming up, I wanted to share a little of who Jesus is, why He did what He did, and that God had prophesied these things hundreds of years earlier. This is just one of many in the scriptures, but there is a lot in this scripture from Isaiah of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ, Son of God, God Incarnate, our Lord, our Savior. I broke this scripture from Isaiah up with New testament scriptures that pertain to the prophesy and its fulfillment. Continue reading “Jesus fulfills Old Testament Prophecy”
I am going through a great study in Hebrews right now and I realize there are so many words of encouragement to believers that we can have confidence and hope. God always keeps His promises. Jesus is our Savior, but He is much more. Jesus, the Son of God, perfect in every way because He IS God, gave His life for us. With His blood sacrifice, we now have access to the Father. He is the Priest-King, who is our Intercessor and Redeemer, who offered Himself as a sacrifice, the prefect blood offering once for all. It is the perfect sacrifice because He is perfect, no flaw, no sin, and He lives forever, giving eternal salvation to those who believe.
The book of Hebrews is written to the Jews of the early Christian church. Many were true believers and some were seeking. But the Jews from outside the church (and perhaps some from within) were trying to turn them from faith in Jesus Christ or draw them back to the Law. The writer explains how the Law had been fulfilled by Christ and that there is a new, much better covenant that God had given all of us through His Son. This covenant was promised through Abraham and all things throughout the Old Testament point to Jesus Christ. The Law showed us our sin and the need for blood sacrifice, and the New covenant shows us God’s mercy and grace, that through Jesus, our sins are forgiven once and for all. We are saved by faith in Him and our salvation is based on what Christ did for us, not on ourselves. Thanks God for that, because all of us fall short! I encourage you to read through the entire book of Hebrews to fully understand the reason for the law, the blood, the sacrifice and how Jesus fulfilled all of it and became our High Priest to be our sin offering. It also reminds us of His promise of eternal salvation and to encourage us to not lose hope, but to have boldness and confidence, trusting in Jesus Christ our Lord, living for Him, serving Him and others. Continue reading “Encouragement from Hebrews”