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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “ …Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith….”

SIH HALTAL ICONHebrews 12:2 KJV

(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.

 

 

 

Jesus is the One who begins and brings to completion our faith… after all, saving faith is a gift that He gives to us (Ephesians 2:8) through the exercise of His mighty power… 

 

Ephesians 1:19 KJV

(19)  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “Looking Unto Jesus….”

SIH HALTAL ICONHebrews 12:2 KJV –  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.

Our eyes are to be looking to Jesus at all times, the good, the bad, the happy and the sad!

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “…Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt.”

SIH HALTAL ICONHebrews 11:26 KJV

(26)  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

 

 

Moses knew that the ridicule he received in his service to Christ is of far greater value than all the wealth this world has to offer.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “…He that shall come will come, and will not tarry.”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 10:37 KJV – For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

Christ is coming again and nothing will delay Him!

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “The Lord shall judge His People”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 10:30 KJV – For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

The People of God will someday stand before their Lord and receive rewards for their acts of faithfulness to Him.

What about their failures and sins that they have committed?  They have been washed away by the blood of the Lamb!

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “Vengeance belongeth unto me”

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Heb 10:30 KJV – For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

 

Our Lord is the only One who can execute perfectly just vengeance on those who oppose Him and His people.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “The Son of God”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 10:29 KJV – Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

What a horrible punishment awaits sinful mankind  who live “religious” lives, yet despise Christ and His work, and oppose the conviction brought upon them by the Holy Spirit of God.

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “He is faithful that promised”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 10:23 KJV – Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Christ is faithful to all of His promises.  He can rest assured He will fulfill everyone of them.

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “And having an high priest over the house of God”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 10:21 KJV  And having an high priest over the house of God;

 

Christ stands in the presents of God representing, mediating, and interceding for His people.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh”

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Heb 10:20 KJV  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

Through Christ, we find a new way to enter God’s presence… through the death and resurrection of His physical body.

 

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “Having… boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 10:19 KJV  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

Through the shed blood of Christ, we can enter into the very presence of God.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “by one offering we are perfected forever”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 10:14 KJV” For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

Christ work on the cross paid the price for ALL of our sins, past, present and future.  We are  ETERNALLY forgiven and set apart for His use!

 

 

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Beware The Winepress Of The Wrath Of God…

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 10:13 KJV  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

Christ as Sovereign King of Kings and Lord of Lords will, someday, trample down all His enemies.

 

 

Rev 19:11-16 KJV   And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.    His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.   And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.   And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.   And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 10:12 KJV   But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 

Christ, at the completion of His redemptive work, was given the honored position as Lord over all being seated at the Father’s right hand.

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 10:10 KJV – By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

We are eternally set apart from sin, to the service of the Lord, through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 10:7 KJV – Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

 The Lord Jesus came to the earth to perfectly fulfill the will of His Father in heaven.  The Bible tells us all about His coming and His faithfulness to His Father.

 

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “a body hast thou prepared me”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 10:5 KJV – Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

 

God the Father brought Christ into the world with a physical body which allowed Christ to be the ultimate sacrifice for sins at the crucifixion.

 

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A Place that has to be Believed to be Seen

SIH STSTA ICONHow many times have we heard the saying…. “seeing is believing”?  In other words, experience leads to belief.  It is only when we experience something that we can then place our faith in it. This is a generally accepted attitude that has existed throughout the generations, to say otherwise is just being foolish.  Or is it?

In their song  “Walk On” the group U2 sings the following lyrics… “Walk on, walk on;   What you got, they can’t steal it;   No they can’t even feel it;   Walk on, walk on;   Stay safe tonight… You’re packing a suitcase for a place none of us has been;   A place that has to be believed to be seen”  (http://www.macphisto.net/u2lyrics/Walk_On.html)  In the context, they point out that heaven must be believed in BEFORE it can be experienced.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wfjPmDlCB0

The need to have belief before someone can enter into heaven aligns itself with Bible teachings … “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” … “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.” (Heb 11:1, 13-14) The need for faith to precede experience is not a principle limited to our experience of heaven, the Word of God makes it clear that faith is an absolute necessity in many areas of our Christian life…

THE SCRIPTURE:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Gal 5:22-25)

THE STUDY:

Faith is a basic Biblical principle, going far beyond the subject of heaven.  It applies to many different aspects of Christian living… when it comes to spiritual living, belief must precede experience.   Faith is necessary for the forgiveness of sin, for the receipt of the promises of God, as well as the experience of God’s glory after our death. (Roms 5:1, Roms 4:13, Roms 5:2)   Truly the life of a Christian is a life centered on faith, which then leads to experience.

One of the most amazing things about faith is that it is not a natural part of man, it is given to us as a gift from God. (Eph 2:8-9).  This emphasizes our need for Him in all areas of our life.   At our initial salvation experience, we could not trust in Him apart from His intervention in our lives. (John 6:44)  During our Christian life on earth, we are helpless to trust His promises and receive His blessings apart from His gift of faith. (Matt 13:58)  And finally, we would all be without hope for our future without His faith being granted to us. (1 Pet 1:18-21).  Yes, the Word is so true when it says that “If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. (Joh 9:33)

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

In Gals 5:22-25, “faith” is described as a “fruit of the Spirit”.  In other words, like all the other fruits of the Spirit, our life should be a living testament of the faith that has been so graciously given to us.   As we live our life on earth, the choices we make exhibits our faith to others. Pastor Charles Stanley of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta Ga.; says that we should “obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.”  This is a very simple way of stating the role of faith in the life of a Christian.  By choosing to obey the Lord, we are choosing to exercise faith in Him and His promises, instead of relying on our own abilities and devices.  This is the testimony we should be living in the sight of others…ALWAYS putting the Lord first and then, by faith, trusting Him to take care of the consequences of our actions.

For those who have never received the Lord’s faith into your life…. Your most important responsibility is to look to Him for salvation, realizing apart from Christ, you can do nothing for your own salvation.  He must intervene in your life and save you from your sins.  By totally trusting on Christ for your salvation, you are fulfilling your responsibility and can be assured that He has given you spiritual life and a wonderful eternity awaiting you…

“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Eph 2:5-10)

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 9:28 – So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation

 

Christ will come to His people and grant them deliverance from the very presence of sin at His second coming.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “was once offered to bear the sins of many”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 9:28So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation

 

Christ was offered by His Father and willingly offered Himself, carrying the sins of multitudes of His people upon Himself.

 

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