12-16-18 God Has Spoken

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Hebrews 1
1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days He has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds all things by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name He has inherited is more excellent than theirs. 5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are My Son, today I have begotten You”? Or again, “I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son”? 6 And again, when He brings the firstborn into the world, He says, “Let all God’s angels worship Him.” 7 Of the angels He says, “He makes His angels winds/spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire.” 8 But of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your companions.” 10 And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of Your hands; 11 they will perish, but You remain; they will all wear out like a garment, 12 like a robe You will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will have no end.” 13 And to which of the angels has He ever said, “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet”? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
Hebrews 2
5 For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking.

Jesus is: heir of all things… through Him the world was made. He is the radiance of the glory of God, and the exact imprint of His nature. He upholds all things by the word of His power… He says, “Let all God’s angels worship Him” … of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever… You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of Your hands; they will perish, but You remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe You will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will have no end.”

Hebrews 2
9 … we see Him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. 10 For it was fitting that He, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one source. That is why He is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying, “I will proclaim Your Name to My brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise.” 13 And again, “I will put My trust in Him.” And again, “Behold, I and the children God has given Me.” 14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that He helps/takes hold, but He helps/takes hold of the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore He had to be made like His brothers in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because He Himself has suffered when tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 5:7-9
7 In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up both prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence. 8 Although He was a son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. 9 And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.

Hebrews 7:23-27
23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but He holds His priesthood permanently, because He continues forever. 25 Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. 26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since He did this once for all when He offered up Himself.

Hebrews 2:1-4
1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, 4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.

Hebrews 3:1
1 Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession.

Hebrews 4:14-16
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

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

John 1:14, 18
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father,
full of grace and truth.
No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

 

Questions

  1. Do you ever felt like the New Covenant is less ‘demanding’ than the Old? What do you think Hebrews 2:1-4 say about that? And why?
  2. Have you ever noticed a tendency in your own life to “drift away” or to “neglect” your salvation? Why/How do you think that happens?
  3. Have you considered Hebrews 4:14-16 in light of struggling against “weaknesses” or being “tempted”?
  4. When you “consider Jesus” in light of who Hebrews 1 and 2 says He is and what He has done, what are your thoughts and feelings about Him and what He has done for us?
  5. Why do you think that God needs to “warn” His people?

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