God Hath Spoken

This is the first in a study that I am beginning on the Epistle to the Hebrews.  Before going straight into the study, I want to bring you into my understanding of the place and the context of this epistle.  It has long been a controversial epistle in regards to authorship, audience, and intent.

It is no secret that the twelve apostles were all Jews, or better yet, men of Israel, Hebrews.  In their ministry before the cross, they were sent to preach to the Jews.  In Matthew 10:5 & 6, the Lord told them explicitly not to go to the Gentiles or to the Samaritans, but to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  The Lord Himself said explicitly in Matthew 15:24 that He was not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  In Romans 15:8, the apostle Paul reminds his readers that “Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God to confirm the promises made unto the fathers”, and any reader of the four Gospels would have to conclude that His ministry was indeed to Israel.  He did not come to take away that which God had promised, but to confirm it. Continue reading “God Hath Spoken”

Mary Did You Know?

One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Mary Did You Know” by Buddy Greene.  I was privileged to see my daughter’s school choir perform it this year, and as I think about it, the song is very fitting for a study in the first chapter of Hebrews.  We would ask Mary, did you know this:

Hebrews 1:1 – 4 — “God, Who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 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; 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; Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”

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And Let all the Angels of God Worship Him

Hebrews 1:4 – 8 — “Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

“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?

“And again, when He bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, He saith, And let all the angels of God worship Him. And of the angels He saith, Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire.  But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:  A sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom.”

The Unpardonable Sin

The Unpardonable Sin (Part 1)

This is from the website of Grace Bible Church of Fort Worth, Texas.  The original article can be found here — Part 1Part 2.  These appeared in their “Timely Messenger” publication in February and March of 2004.

By Gregg Bing

“Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matt. 12:31-32)

The “sin and blasphemy against the (Holy) Spirit” that Jesus speaks of here is what is commonly referred to as the “unpardonable sin.” Many people worry about committing such a sin, even today during this present age of grace. Can a person commit such a sin today? In order to answer this question, we need to determine just what this sin against the Holy Spirit is, and we need to look carefully at the context in which Jesus made this statement to see whether or not this passage of Scripture is even applicable to us today.

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Thy Throne, O God

Hebrews 1:8 – 9 — “But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.”

Think of all that is said to the Son that is not said to angels.  Remember how great the angels of God really are, and yet in there greatness, they are told to worship the Son. “And let all the angels of God worship Him“.

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The Son as Creator

Hebrews 1:10 – 12 — “And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Thine hands: They shall perish; but Thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail.

Now we will take another look at the identity of the Creator.  Who is it that created the Heaven and the earth?

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The Son at the Father’s Right Hand

Hebrews 1:13 – 14 — “But to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit on My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”

This “rhetorical” question about the angels actually has nothing to do with them. The Father made this statement to the Son!  We first read this statement in the 100th Psalm:

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A Greater Word

Hebrews 2:1 – 4  — “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. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 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; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will?”

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The World to Come

Hebrews 2:5 – 8 — “For unto the angels hath He not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.”

The world to come here, is the future that God has in store for this world.  There is “this present evil world” that the apostle Paul speaks of regarding this time (Galatians 1:4), and a “world to come”. Continue reading “The World to Come”