03-17-19 Hebrews: Jesus Raises the Bar

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1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. Hebrews 1:1-4

Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8

By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8

God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect. Hebrews 11:40

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. Hebrews 3:1

2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2-3

For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. 2 Corinthians 4:5

34 “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 35 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37 For what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. John 13:34

But I urge you, brethren, bear with this word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly. Hebrews 13:22

61 Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:61-62

16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Hebrews:

1:2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son…

3:7 Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE…

3:15 while it is said, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME.”

4:7 He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, “TODAY IF
YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.”

4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of
soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

5:6 just as He says also in another passage, “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.”

9:8 The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle
is still standing,

10:15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying,

12:25 See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned
them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven.

 

Discussion Questions

  1. How do you think that “lesser things” can usurp or diminish the place Jesus is supposed to have in your life?
  2. What are the things that tempt you to become discouraged with your relationship with Christ and want to give up, or look for an easier, more comfortable life?
  3. How do you handle the constant barrage of false values and goals that are the result of living in this world?
  4. Do you believe that God speaks to you in your life today? How does He do that? Do you see the Bible as God speaking to you? How can you practice hearing God’s voice when you read and study the Scriptures?

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