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Re: Letter to the Hebrews
« Reply #32 on: February 01, 2018, 02:55:40 PM »
Hi Dave
This is actually quite a thorny question, and even the experts disagree. Personally I think that Jesus could have sinned - otherwise why did the devil bother to tempt Him? If it wasn't actually possible for Him to sin, then His temptations were meaningless. But fortunately for us, He didn't sin!

We know that God cannot be tempted. "God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone." (James 1:13) The Son of God could only be vulnerable to temptation by becoming human. In the same way, God is immortal and cannot die - so the Son had to become human in order to be able to die.

Hi Deborah
Thank you for your reply I was thinking along the same lines my self nice to know I'm not alone.

Lets move on before we get side tracked as I have a habit of doing.

Heb 2:16  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

A little more on the seed of Abraham I feel it is an important theme I was thinking of this verse

   

Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.   


So we are all one in Christ and we are the seed of Abraham one body Christ the head and we the body are all one And hairs of the promise how wonderful is that   

Heb 2:17  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

here we have the son of God becomes the son of man an ordinary human being who could be tempted but was with out sin and in so doing became the perfect sacrifice to make reconciliation for the sins     

Heb 2:18  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.   


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Re: Letter to the Hebrews
« Reply #33 on: February 02, 2018, 08:29:17 PM »
Hi Deborah
Thank you for your reply I was thinking along the same lines my self nice to know I'm not alone.

Lets move on before we get side tracked as I have a habit of doing.

Heb 2:16  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

A little more on the seed of Abraham I feel it is an important theme I was thinking of this verse

   

Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.   


So we are all one in Christ and we are the seed of Abraham one body Christ the head and we the body are all one And hairs of the promise how wonderful is that   

Love and Peace
Dave
Wasn't Galatians 3:29 the verse that I referred to? It isn't just the Jews who are the children of Abraham, but all Christians.

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Heb 2:17  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

here we have the son of God becomes the son of man an ordinary human being who could be tempted but was with out sin and in so doing became the perfect sacrifice to make reconciliation for the sins     

Heb 2:18  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.    [/color]

v17 "He had to be made like His brothers in every way..."
Only as a man could Jesus offer Himself as a ransom in our place and atone for our sin.
Only as a man could He experience what it is to be human, and thus fully understand us.
Only as a man can He continue to represent us before God, as our High Priest.
So He is more than just our Saviour; He continues to sustain and help us in our pilgrimage, all the way to the end.

v18 Because Jesus resisted temptation to the end and never gave in, He felt the full force of it in a way that none of us have. But He did not allow anything to deflect Him from obedience to God's will. There is therefore nothing in our everyday struggles that He cannot sympathise with, help us through and rescue us from.
"God has saved us and called us to a holy life - not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace." (II Timothy 1:9)

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Re: Letter to the Hebrews
« Reply #34 on: February 03, 2018, 03:38:54 PM »
Hi Deborah
Thank you for another lovely post Its such a wonderful epistle I do love to read it.

On to the next section.
Heb 3:1  Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
Heb 3:2  Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
Heb 3:3  For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
Heb 3:4  For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
   


A wonderful opening verse yes let us consider our Lord Jesus Christ here we are asked to compare Christ to Moses and we see That Christ is greater than Moses he is the one through whom all thing were created.

Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:   

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Re: Letter to the Hebrews
« Reply #35 on: February 05, 2018, 01:54:59 PM »
Hi Deborah
Thank you for another lovely post Its such a wonderful epistle I do love to read it.

On to the next section.
Heb 3:1  Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
Heb 3:2  Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
Heb 3:3  For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
Heb 3:4  For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
   


A wonderful opening verse yes let us consider our Lord Jesus Christ here we are asked to compare Christ to Moses and we see That Christ is greater than Moses he is the one through whom all thing were created.

Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:   

Love and Peace
Dave

The Jews revered Moses greatly - and with good reason! But Jesus is superior to Moses in every way. He is "our apostle and high priest", the only One through whom we can know and reach God. We therefore need to keep focusing our attention on Him.

v1 Jesus is the Word of God - the first Apostle sent by God (John 20:21), to mediate God's call to us. And He is the Way to God - the Priest whose self-sacrifice is the basis of our reconciliation. Thus He is both God's ambassador to us and our representative before God. Under the old covenant, these functions were performed by Moses and Aaron respectively; but now they are combined in Jesus. He has established a people for God and is leading us through life to our heavenly destination, just as Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt and led them through the wilderness towards the Promised Land.
v2 Moses did everything that was required of him. He slipped up only once, near the end of the journey (Numbers 20:1-13) - but Jesus was obedient right to the very end.
v3,4 Jesus is superior to Moses, not only in what He has achieved but also in His very nature. Moses was an ordinary man, and therefore part of God?s ?house? himself. Moses served God, but Jesus IS God - not a part of the house, but its Owner and Builder!
"God has saved us and called us to a holy life - not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace." (II Timothy 1:9)

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Re: Letter to the Hebrews
« Reply #36 on: February 06, 2018, 02:22:01 PM »
Hi Deborah
Thank you for your reply a blessing to all who read it.

Heb 3:5  And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
Heb 3:6  But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
Heb 3:7  Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,
Heb 3:8  Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
   


Here we see Moses as a servant in Gods house He constructed the tabernacle he Gave the people Gods law that is they would keep the law they would live but alas they failed and returned to idolatry.

Then we see the superiority of Christ he is over his own house and we are that house if we remain faithful to the end and it is Christ who is the temple we in him and he in us.

Eph_1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Eph_5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Col_1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
Rev 21:22  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
   


and now a note of warning if you hear his voice harden not your hearts and be wary of the temptations of satan.


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Dave 

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Re: Letter to the Hebrews
« Reply #37 on: February 06, 2018, 04:18:48 PM »
v5 Moses was no ordinary prophet (Deuteronomy 34:10). He had a uniquely close relationship with God, and carried out his commission as God's steward with extraordinary diligence. And yet, great as he was, he belongs to the past era. He himself knew that there was a greater revelation to come (Deuteronomy 18:15).
v6 If such honour is appropriate for a mere servant of God, should we not submit all the more readily to the superior authority of God's Son?
The recipients of this letter may well have been excluded from the synagogue because of their faith in Jesus; but they were still members of the true household of God, the Church (which is also, as you mentioned, God's Temple). That is what we are, but we do not 'have it all' now; we are looking forward to a future reward. It lies at the end of a long and arduous pilgrimage, and we cannot rely on our own faith and endurance to persevere. Our confidence must be in Jesus; we will not fail if we depend on His strength and faithfulness.

Verses 7-11 are taken from Psalm 95 (verses 7-11) The writer of the letter ascribes them to the Holy Spirit, who is the ultimate author of Scripture.
The Bible is a living book, through which God speaks continually. The wilderness experience of Moses' generation was still relevant to their descendants centuries later, when this psalm was written; it was still relevant to the 1st-century Jewish Christians to whom this letter was written; and it is still relevant to us today.
It is a warning! Although the Israelites who were redeemed from Egypt witnessed tremendous manifestations of God's power, the stark reality is that (with two exceptions) they failed to receive the blessings promised to them. And it's tragically all too possible for Christians to abuse their relationship with God in similar ways, as Paul also points out (I Corinthians 10:7-10).


 
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Re: Letter to the Hebrews
« Reply #38 on: February 07, 2018, 02:17:43 PM »
Hi Deborah
Thanks again for a really good post you have a wonderful way with words.

Heb 3:9  When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
Heb 3:10  Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
Heb 3:11  So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
Heb 3:12  Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Heb 3:13  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
   


Its hard to believe that Israel who had seen all the wonders God had performed to get them out of Egypt could so soon return to there sinful ways.
maybe it was lack of faith to believe that God would provide even in the harshest of conditions I think this is a lesson for us we live in an evil world but we must have faith that God will save us from it.
Let us guard against an evil heart of unbelief and trust in God 100% to keep all his wonderful promises.

Love and Peace
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Re: Letter to the Hebrews
« Reply #39 on: February 11, 2018, 08:29:41 PM »
Hi Deborah
Thanks again for a really good post you have a wonderful way with words.

Heb 3:9  When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
Heb 3:10  Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
Heb 3:11  So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
Heb 3:12  Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Heb 3:13  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
   


Its hard to believe that Israel who had seen all the wonders God had performed to get them out of Egypt could so soon return to there sinful ways.
maybe it was lack of faith to believe that God would provide even in the harshest of conditions I think this is a lesson for us we live in an evil world but we must have faith that God will save us from it.
Let us guard against an evil heart of unbelief and trust in God 100% to keep all his wonderful promises.

Love and Peace
Dave

v9-11 (the remainder of Psalm 95) The Israelites had been wonderfully liberated from slavery; they had seen God perform many miracles; they had benefited from His protection and guidance. But they treated His grace with contempt, and refused to trust in His goodness and power. God was very patient with them; but the final rebellion at Kadesh, when they refused point-blank to take the land He was offering them, was part of a well-established pattern - a vicious cycle of ignorance, unbelief and disobedience.
These were not occasional waverers but arrogant rebels - so they were permanently excluded from the Promised Land.
And the lesson for us is: persistent, wilful sin cuts us off from God's blessings. We have been warned!

v12,13 (the application for the age of the new covenant) Just as the Israelites continually yearned after their old life in Egypt, so we can be drawn back into our pre-Christian ways of thinking and behaving. Nobody is immune from falling into this trap, so we must all watch ourselves.  It's the 'cavalier' Christians who most need to worry about their status, but it's also the responsibility of the whole church community to look out for one another ("encourage one another daily..."). This is one reason why all Christians need to be part of a local fellowship.
However, we must make sure that we are building others up, not undermining them! The faithlessness of ten spies was the catalyst for the rebellion and disinheritance of a whole nation...
"God has saved us and called us to a holy life - not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace." (II Timothy 1:9)