Archive for the ‘Hebrews’ Category

December 30th, 2015

Remember the Cloud of Witnesses

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)

Building upon his list of some of the most faithful people in all of Scripture, the author of Hebrews now challenges us to remain as strong and vigilant as those before us in the face of adversity or temptation. Whatever situation comes your way, know that someone has walked through something similar and has proven faithful. Are you trying to lead a people out of bondage from a powerful empire? Well, look to Moses, who in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds allowed the Lord to work miraculously through him. Have you been called to sacrifice your one and only promised son by the Lord? Look to Abraham, who trusted even when he did not understand, allowing the Lord to deliver his son at the right time. Have you been attacked by a lion lately? Well, look to Samson, whose God-infused power allowed him to tear apart his attacker.

While almost certainly none of us have been in as precarious positions as these, knowing that men just like us stood firm in the face of extraordinary circumstances should give us hope that we can stand when we face obstacles ourselves. Many have gone before us and finished well. Many are proving faithful in our midst presently. There is no reason that you cannot set aside your weights and run this race with endurance. Do not be overcome by thinking that you are the only one. Remember the examples we have and set out to emulate them as you serve our worthy God.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Faith, Hebrews, Witness.
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December 29th, 2015

The Importance of Christ’s Deity

“But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.” Hebrews 9:11-12 (ESV)

The sacrificial system was always a temporary fix, both in practicality and in God’s overarching redemptive design. The sacrifices offered were never able to speak to the fullness of sin’s offense, nor compensate adequately in holiness. Yet, the coming of Christ revealed the purpose of the sacrificial system: to establish a process by which Christ could ultimately justify God’s offer of salvation and permanently atone for sin. His deity is essential to this provision. If Christ is not infinite, as God alone is, then His sacrifice cannot even remotely account for the entirety of our sin. Secondly, if Christ is not eternal, then that accounting cannot span the expanse of time from the beginning of creation until His return. Christ, then, must be both man and God for Him to be able to secure an “eternal redemption.”

For centuries, there have been those who try to minimize the importance of Christ’s deity, suggesting that He was simply a good man or a skilled teacher. Make no mistake, though, without the deity of Christ, there is no salvation. If we fail to affirm the fullness of the God-man, then we rob our faith of its power. Defend the teaching of Christ’s deity and be thankful that He became sin Who knew no sin so that we could become the righteousness of God.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Hebrews, Incarnation, Jesus.
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December 28th, 2015

Jesus is Greater than Moses!

“For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses– as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself.” Hebrews 3:3 (ESV)

The whole Bible is about Jesus.  From Genesis to Revelation, Scripture is concerned with revealing the glory of Christ, initially in revealing our great need for Him, followed subsequently by His unique role in God’s plan of salvation and the anticipation of His triumphant return. Even the great leaders of our faith are meant to point out how Christ was uniquely better than our best. Moses is a great example. Moses did great things for the Lord in leading the people of God out of the bondage of slavery, but even as great as he was, he was still flawed. He was a man who lacked faith in the Lord at times, grew impatient and angry with the people God asked him to lead, and acted impulsively, ultimately leading to his inability to enter the promised land.

The author of Hebrews uses these truths to amplify the glory of Christ for a Jewish audience. Yes, Moses was a great leader. Yes, he was a father of our faith, but he was and is not Jesus. Jesus is greater than Moses, for while Moses was a prophet of God, Jesus is the Word of God incarnate. Jesus is greater than Moses, because although Moses led a specific people out of physical bondage, Christ provides freedom for all people from the bondage of sin and death. Jesus is greater than Moses in that Jesus is the only way to the promised land and will certainly be there when we enter. Jesus is greater and is alone worthy of our worship, praise, and devotion.

As followers of Christ, we must be wary to not fall in love with a leader more than who that leader should be leading us toward. Our devotion must first always be to Jesus, for no leader regardless of his worth on this earth comes close to the glory that is Christ’s!

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, December 28th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Hebrews, Jesus, Moses.
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December 30th, 2012

Remember the Cloud of Witnesses

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)

Building upon his list of some of the most faithful people in all of Scripture, the author of Hebrews now challenges us to remain as strong and vigilant as those before us in the face of adversity or temptation. Whatever situation comes your way, know that someone has walked through something similar and has proven faithful. Are you trying to lead a people out of bondage from a powerful empire? Well, look to Moses, who in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds allowed the Lord to work miraculously through him. Have you been called to sacrifice your one and only promised son by the Lord? Look to Abraham, who trusted even when he did not understand, allowing the Lord to deliver his son at the right time. Have you been attacked by a lion lately? Well, look to Samson, whose God-infused power allowed him to tear apart his attacker.

While almost certainly none of us have been in as precarious positions as these, knowing that men just like us stood firm in the face of extraordinary circumstances should give us hope that we can stand when we face obstacles ourselves. Many have gone before us and finished well. Many are proving faithful in our midst presently. There is no reason that you cannot set aside your weights and run this race with endurance. Do not be overcome by thinking that you are the only one. Remember the examples we have and set out to emulate them as you serve our worthy God.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 357:  Hebrews 11-13)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, December 30th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Faith, Hebrews, Witness.
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December 29th, 2012

The Importance of Christ’s Deity

“But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.” Hebrews 9:11-12 (ESV)

The sacrificial system was always a temporary fix, both in practicality and in God’s overarching redemptive design. The sacrifices offered were never able to speak to the fullness of sin’s offense, nor compensate adequately in holiness. Yet, the coming of Christ revealed the purpose of the sacrificial system: to establish a process by which Christ could ultimately justify God’s offer of salvation and permanently atone for sin. His deity is essential to this provision. If Christ is not infinite, as God alone is, then His sacrifice cannot even remotely account for the entirety of our sin. Secondly, if Christ is not eternal, then that accounting cannot span the expanse of time from the beginning of creation until His return. Christ, then, must be both man and God for Him to be able to secure an “eternal redemption.”

For centuries, there have been those who try to minimize the importance of Christ’s deity, suggesting that He was simply a good man or a skilled teacher. Make no mistake, though, without the deity of Christ, there is no salvation. If we fail to affirm the fullness of the God-man, then we rob our faith of its power. Defend the teaching of Christ’s deity and be thankful that He became sin Who knew no sin so that we could become the righteousness of God.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 356:  Hebrews 7-10)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, December 29th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Hebrews, Incarnation, Jesus.
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December 28th, 2012

Jesus is Greater than Moses!

“For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses– as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself.” Hebrews 3:3 (ESV)

The whole Bible is about Jesus.  From Genesis to Revelation, Scripture is concerned with revealing the glory of Christ, initially in revealing our great need for Him, followed subsequently by His unique role in God’s plan of salvation and the anticipation of His triumphant return. Even the great leaders of our faith are meant to point out how Christ was uniquely better than our best. Moses is a great example. Moses did great things for the Lord in leading the people of God out of the bondage of slavery, but even as great as he was, he was still flawed. He was a man who lacked faith in the Lord at times, grew impatient and angry with the people God asked him to lead, and acted impulsively, ultimately leading to his inability to enter the promised land.

The author of Hebrews uses these truths to amplify the glory of Christ for a Jewish audience. Yes, Moses was a great leader. Yes, he was a father of our faith, but he was and is not Jesus. Jesus is greater than Moses, for while Moses was a prophet of God, Jesus is the Word of God incarnate. Jesus is greater than Moses, because although Moses led a specific people out of physical bondage, Christ provides freedom for all people from the bondage of sin and death. Jesus is greater than Moses in that Jesus is the only way to the promised land and will certainly be there when we enter. Jesus is greater and is alone worthy of our worship, praise, and devotion.

As followers of Christ, we must be wary to not fall in love with a leader more than who that leader should be leading us toward. Our devotion must first always be to Jesus, for no leader regardless of his worth on this earth comes close to the glory that is Christ’s!

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 355: Hebrews 1-6)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, December 28th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Hebrews, Jesus, Moses.
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