We use superlatives for everything. Used to, things were “cool;” now they’re “awesome.” But when everything is awesome, nothing is.
So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. For our God is indeed a devouring fire.
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The famous people in the media show a lifestyle imitated by millions, but they depend on their fans to maintain their life. In a similar way, the patriarchs and biblical figures seem larger than life, but Christians should not think that, as much as they showed faith, they summed up the final work of God.
And these all were commended for their faith, yet they did not receive what was promised. For God had provided something better for us, so that they would be made perfect together with us.
Hebrews 11:39-40 NET Continue reading
A professor of homiletics once told his students how to structure a sermon: Tell them what you’re going to tell them, tell them what you have to tell them, then tell them what you just told them. The preacher should not lose sight of his main point of the sermon and should not let the hearers miss it either.
Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We have such a high priest, one who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven.
Hebrews 8:1 NET Continue reading
Have you ever gotten aggravated with some imperfection in a preacher, impatient with the errors of an elder?
I imagine that the Israelites at times got frustrated with the humanity of their priests. If they were so sinful, how would they represent the people in the temple before God, even offering sacrifice first for their own sins?
He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven.
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As a high-school basketball player, I was slow and warmed the bench. As much as the coach yelled in my ear, my speedometer wouldn’t allow a faster speed.
The intellectually slow person doesn’t advance beyond the more gifted. They say one’s IQ is fixed. Though the mind may do exercises to improve, it’s level of intelligence is set.
There’s not much one can do with physical and mental limitations, but spiritual slowness is a question of the will. Continue reading
Not everything is what it seems. Not all that glitters is gold. And not all gold glitters all the time. So was Jesus.
“You put all things under his control.” For when he put all things under his control, he left nothing outside of his control. At present we do not yet see all things under his control, but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by God’s grace he would experience death on behalf of everyone.
Hebrews 2:8-9 NET
In chapter 2, the author explains why Jesus became a human being. If he is superior to angels (chapter 1), why then did he become man? He answers what may have been a question of his readers. Continue reading
Value is established by making comparisons. We constantly evaluate currencies, properties, metals, and stocks by means of equivalencies and differences among them. In the world, these vary daily, some gaining in value, while others lose it.
The author of Hebrews makes a similar comparison in order to establish for his readers the permanent value of Jesus.
But when he again brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all the angels of God worship him!”
Hebrews 1:6 NET Continue reading