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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “to whom be glory forever and ever Amen.”

SIH HALTAL ICONHebrews 13:21 KJV

(21)  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Unto Our Lord Jesus Christ deserves all the glory, forever and forever!   With this verse, we come to an end of our series.  I trust this series has brought honor and glory to our Lord Jesus! 

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “Working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight through Jesus Christ”

SIH HALTAL ICONHebrews 13:21 KJV

(21)  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Through Jesus and His work on our behalf, God works His pleasure in us.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “that great shepherd of the sheep”

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Hebrews 13:20 KJV

(20)  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

 

Jesus is the Ultimate Leader, Protector, and Sustainer of His People.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus”

SIH HALTAL ICONHebrews 13:20 KJV –  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

Jesus came forth from the grave by the power of God.  It was the God who brought peace to all mankind through Christ’s death and resurrection!

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.”

SIH HALTAL ICONHebrews 13:12 KJV – Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

 Jesus was cast out of the city, accused of being  a criminal, and put to death on the cross so that His people might be cleaned of their sin and separated for His service through His shed blood.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “The Lord is my helper”

SIH HALTAL ICONHebrews 13:8 KJV  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

 

Jesus, the eternal God, never changes!

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “The Lord is my helper”

SIH HALTAL ICONHebrews 13:6 KJV – So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

 

The Lord stands by our side, giving us aid and comfort, in all our distresses.

 

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

SIH HALTAL ICONHebrews 13:5 KJV  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

 

Christ has promised His people that he will, in no way, let loose, nor walk away from His people.

 

  

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: which is, and which was, and which is to come, …

SIH TOTT ICONRev 1:8 KJV – I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

 

 

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Eternal God… He has existed in eternity past, He exists today, and He will exist throughout eternity future…
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

This truth helps us to understand that our Redeemer lives. It was the cause of great joy and gladness in the heart of Job, a man who faced, perhaps, the greatest suffering of any sinful man on earth. ..

Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
For I know [that] my redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth: And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; [though] my reins be consumed within me.”  (Job 19:23-27)

As we begin our day, lets remember that our Lord existed from eternity past. He came to the earth, He died on the cross for us, His spirit went to be with His Heavenly Father, He arose the third day completing His redemptive work, and then ascended to prepare a place for His people to dwell eternally.   He completed the work that secured our salvation in times past. We can know this with certainty.

Next, lets place in our hearts and minds the truth that our Lord is alive today. He knows the burdens of our hearts, He will be with us, He will help us, He is actively controlling the events of our lives allowing what is for our good and His glory. May we be comforted in the midst of our trials as we think on these things.

Then let us also gain assurance and strength, knowing He will continue to live and work on our behalf, He will come back for us, He will grace us with glorified bodies and an eternal, sinless home with Him.

Folks, this is our Lord, Jesus Christ, the eternal God.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of  the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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The Radioactive Woman …. Or My, How Things Have Changed

SIH STSTA ICONAs I grow older, the degree in which our society has changed becomes more evident. Comparing my childhood times to today’s times is an eye opening experience.

To give you one example of this great change please watch this old-time commercial about the radioactive woman on youtube; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q1gksqqhLU&feature=related

Incredible isn’t it?  This commercial emphasizes one of the good changes that has taken place in our society over the years, a much better understanding of the medical effects of radiation upon man.  This increased medical knowledge, has brought about an increase of health, nutrition, medical advances which have allowed us to live longer, healthier lives.

In spite of all the beneficial changes that have taken place, there are many changes that seem to have only brought harm to our society.  Throughout the years, there has been an obvious decline in morals, a diminishing respect for Christians and their foundational beliefs, a breakdown of the family unit… the list goes on and on.

The same social advancement that has brought us a changed society, has also brought us a world that is unrecognizable in many ways.   Just think, in my day, vinyl records were commonly used to record music.  In my early teen years 8-track tapes were used; these were followed by cassette tapes, compact disks, and now ipods.  In fifty short years, there have been 5 different devices used to store music. Things have changed so much that many are now unrecognizable.  A vinyl record is totally different from an electronic ipod.   Anyone unfamiliar with both couldn’t believe they perform the same function.

Yes, I can sincerely say…. “My, How Things Have Changed.”  Many things may have changed but there is One that has not changed, nor will He ever change. The Word of God tells us about Him….

THE SCRIPTURE:

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

(Heb 13:8)

THE STUDY:

Paul, as He is writing to Jewish believers, emphasizes that their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, never changes. As Paul describes it, He is the “same”.  The term “same” in the Greek language is a term related to “breath”.  The idea is that Our Lord will always have breath, be alive, never decaying, never decomposing.  He will always be “the same” as He is now.  Quite unlike each of us, who someday will stop breathing, and begin a decaying process that will change our entire physical body.

Notice how Paul emphasizes the “sameness” of Christ in the past, present and future.  What a blessing it is to know that the same Christ we learn about in the Bible, is the same Christ that exists today, and is the same Christ that will exist in the future.  Again, the emphasis is on “no change” throughout eternity. This Hebrew passage is not the only passage that teaches us our Lord does not change. (Please read Psa 90:2, Psa 102:27, Isa 41:4, Isa 44:6, Mal 3:6, Jam 1:17, Heb 1:12 etc, the list goes on and on.)  All these verses, and others, not only teach us about His unchanging character, but also the importance of understanding and acknowledging this truth.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Think about what our life would be like if our Lord did change.  He could change His mind about His Word;  all of His promises to us would have to be questioned, we couldn’t know if He was still keeping  them.   What about His power?  Our once supreme controller; He now may have lost His control to Satan, demons, or even lost mankind.  Or maybe, the One who hears us as we call upon Him, may decide to “take a day or two off” and no longer “take our calls”.   What would our lives be like if the One who is ever with us, may desert us choosing to spend time with another?   Or worst of all, what if the One who loved us, may transfer His love to another, leaving us destitute, and hopeless, awaiting divine judgment?

But thanks be to our Lord, He NEVER varies nor does He perish . He can be relied upon as the same Lord and Savior throughout the ages; past, present and future.   He never changes.

For any who have not trusted in Christ as their Savior…  Think what it is like to have a never changing God who promises to be the ultimate Judge of all men’s lives.  To be prepared to stand before His ultimate Authority, we must receive His forgiveness for the times we have failed Him.  This forgiveness is granted to us freely, simply by placing our trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ.  (for more info please read Eph 2:4-10)

As believers, we need to always have thankful hearts because He does not change.  He can ALWAYS be relied upon, both for this life and for the eternal life to come.

May the Lord bless your study of His Word.

Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”