Contributed on Mar 30, 2003
God has spoken to us repeatedly and in various ways, but supremely in His Son. How do we respond?
God has spoken! Can you imagine how you would feel if you got a letter from the Queen? (I mean a real one, not just some standard letter sent by her officials.) How would you treat it? Would you throw it idly aside? Would you risk it getting lost or stained with tea? I don’t think so! You would ...read more
Contributed on Nov 9, 2003
Does it matter if we believe in evolution?
Creator Through whom also He made the worlds 1:2 Why believe in creation? Does it matter anyway? I believe that it is vital for Christians to believe in Creation. Why? What does it matter if we believe that man evolved over millions of years rather than being created suddenly? Many Christians ...read more
Contributed on Dec 14, 2003
In Christ we see the wonder of God’s glory and the perfect human depiction of His person
His glorious Son Reading Is 9:6-7; Mt.17:1-9 Heb 1:3a the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person We can but lightly touch on the majestic titles which a loving and adoring heart here heaps around the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. The theme might well engage a seraph’s ...read more
Contributed on Jan 12, 2004
Jesus purged our sins and then sat down at the right hand of God
Saviour Reading Is 52:13-53:12 Heb 1:3 He by Himself purged our sins Why has this wonderful and glorious Being, in whom all things are summed up, and who is before all things, the Father’s delight and the Father’s glory; why has this infinite light, this infinite power, this infinite majesty ...read more
Contributed on Feb 8, 2004
Christ is vastly superior to the angels.
So much better than the angels! Heb 1:4 Introduction In the first 3 verses the pre-eminence of the Lord Jesus Christ is graphically displayed. Like the disciples at the mount of transfiguration, in our studies of we have we have climbed the hill and, I hope, gained a glimpse of His glory. Reflect ...read more
Contributed on Mar 14, 2004
What does the Bible mean by salvation and why is it so great?
Hebrews 2:3 So great salvation! Salvation What do we mean when we use the word salvation? We use it frequently, but what does it really mean? In normal English we might say Barney saved Fred when his yacht overturned. We mean that Barney rescued Fred from drowning. The way that it is used in the ...read more
Contributed on May 9, 2004
Neglecting God’s gift of salvation is utter folly to the unsaved, but also to Christians.
The danger of Neglect Heb 2:3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? Last time we saw how great the salvation that the Bible talks about is. This time we consider a warning of the danger of neglecting so great a salvation. It is not talking about active opposition like resisting ...read more
Contributed on May 9, 2004
The Father has appointed Jesus heir of all things - what does this mean?
His Son and heir 1v2 Reading Ps 2 God 2 has … spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds I HAVE nothing to do today but to preach Jesus Christ. This was the old subject of the first Christian ministers: “Daily in the temple, and in ...read more
Contributed on Jun 19, 2004
Why does God care about men and women when you think how insignificant we are in this vast universe?
Hebrews 2:5-8 The Exalted Position of Man Cp. Ps.8 The insignificance of mankind I want you to picture, in your mind’s eye, David, still a lad caring for his sheep. One night he lies peacefully on the hillside gazing into the cloudless sky. There are no lions or bears to threaten his flock, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 11, 2004
1. Are we focussing on Jesus - the Jesus of the Bible? 2. Why did Jesus come to earth? a) to die b) to destroy the devil
Jesus crowned with Glory and Honour! We see Jesus - do we? Verse 9 begins: But we see Jesus. This leads us to the first and most important question for us today. Do we really see Jesus? Is He central in our view or do loads of other things distract us? There are so many calls on our time and ...read more
Contributed on Aug 1, 2004
The Hebrew Christians were holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling and were instructed to consider Christ Jesus.
Reading 2 Pet 1:5-10; 3:1-10 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus. It is very easy to skip over such introductory words, but here we have two descriptions of the Hebrew Christians. I wonder how we ...read more
Contributed on Sep 12, 2004
Why Jesus is infinately better than Moses, great as he was.
Better than Moses Heb 3:2-6 It is a bit difficult for us to understand why so much space is devoted to Moses, but no one else was more revered in Judaism, and this was written to Hebrew Christians. Why was that? Consider what we know of Moses: • His life was remarkable from beginning to end. The ...read more
Contributed on Oct 10, 2004
The danger of having a hard and unbelieving heart
Hard Hearts and Unbelief Ps 95: 7 For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: 8 “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, As in the day of trial in the wilderness, 9 When your fathers tested Me; They tried Me, though ...read more
Contributed on Nov 14, 2004
Why we don’t rest and how we can
Hebrews 3&4: Rest - Reading Psalm 55 Last time we looked at Chapter 3 and the danger of procrastination, unbelief and hard heats, today we’re looking at rest. It is no accident that this warning precedes what we are to look at next in chapter 4. If we don’t heed the warning we shall miss out on ...read more
Contributed on Dec 12, 2004
Shall we go forward, following Jesus Christ, trusting Him for salvation or shall we turn back to our old way of life?
Working at resting! The Jewish believers to whom Hebrews was written were facing important decisions. Did they go forward, following Jesus Christ; trusting Him for their salvation? Or did they go back to their old way of life with its thousands of years of history and traditions? Hebrews has ...read more
Contributed on Jan 9, 2005
Are we wandering aimlessly in the wilderness rather than entering into the Promised Land of service and fulfillment?
Reading: Psalm 139 Text: 4:9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. … 11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. Last time we looked at Hebrews 3 and 4 and the story of the Jews at Kadesh Barnea and applied ...read more
Contributed on Feb 13, 2005
In what way is Jesus our great high priest
Jesus Christ, Our Great High-priest Ex 29:1-21; 38-46 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high-priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession After his digression, warning the Hebrews not to harden their hearts through unbelief like their ...read more
Contributed on Mar 13, 2005
Jesus is our sympathetic High-priest, fully understanding our weaknesses.
Our sympathetic High-priest – 4:15 Reading Matthew 4:1-11; Heb 4:14-5:10 Jesus wept. –John 11:35 Text 15 For we do not have a High-priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. We touched on this before when we looked at Chapter ...read more
Contributed on Apr 10, 2005
We are encouraged to come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy, and grace to help in our time of need.
To boldly come! – reading Psalm 55, Luke 18:9-14 Introduction I like Star Trek. The original TV series always started with “To boldly go where no man has gone before.” Of course after all the repeats they ended up going to the same place hundreds of times! This morning I want us to think about ...read more
Contributed on May 7, 2005
Jesus was called by His Father to be our High Priest, but He is also one of us.
Heb 5 Introduction There have already been three references in Hebrews to Christ as our high-priest in the preceding chapters: - 2:17 in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High-priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 10, 2005
Are we progressing in the faith or are we, like many of those Hebrew Christians: • dull of hearing • still need to be taught elementary truth • babies wanting milk, not solid food?
In the earlier chapters we have studied some wonderful passages about the Saviour’s divinity and humanity and His wonderful fitness to be our merciful and faithful High-priest. Now we are going to move on to some rather difficult or unpalatable passages. It is tempting to skip these, but they are ...read more
Contributed on Jul 10, 2005
In the garden of Gethsemane we stand on holy ground. We can never fully understand what happened there, it is beyond our human experience, but this passage gives us an insight.
Reading Mt 26:36-46) Vehement cries 7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear This verse refers to Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane and ...read more
Contributed on Sep 18, 2005
What are the elementaty, foundational truths, referred to in Hebrews 6v2? (Baptisms and laying on of hands)
Chapter 6 vv 1-3 – Elementary my dear! (Part 1) 1 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of ...read more
Contributed on Oct 9, 2005
Repentance from dead works and faith toward God. Resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.
Repentance from dead works and faith toward God Reading Ps 32; Mt 15:1-9 Introduction Last time we saw that a passage can look straightforward when we read it superficially; obscure when you look at it more closely and then straight forward again when you read it in its context, bearing in ...read more
Contributed on Nov 13, 2005
Can true Christians sin so as to loose all hope of restoration?
Introduction Hebrews 6:4-6 has given rise to much controversy and the opinion of commentators and of the Christian world is fiercely divided about its meaning. Some hold that the passage is not intended to describe true Christians, but only those who have come close to salvation and then fell ...read more
Contributed on Dec 11, 2005
7 explanations of this passage. Why I rule them out, but with important truths that we can learn along the way.
The other options As I said last time I came across 7 explanations of this passage. Having given some reasons for my choice, I want to look at the other options today. In part this is to explain why I rule them out, but there is also an important element of truth in most of them and I want us to ...read more
Contributed on Jan 8, 2006
What evidences of genuine salvation should we expect to see in the lives of true Christians?
Things that accompany salvation 6:9 9 beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation The writer of this book saw evidences of genuine salvation in the lives of those to whom he wrote. I wonder what evidence we might look for? We would probably ...read more
Contributed on Feb 11, 2006
Can we have a sure and steadfast hope in a mad word?
Hebrews 6 teaches us about the characteristics that Christians should display: • Love to the Brethren – your work and labour of love v10 • Diligence and perseverance vv 11-12 We have looked at these previously and the end of the chapter goes on to talk about hope. This should be a key ...read more
Contributed on Apr 8, 2006
The author of Hebrews takes Melchizedek, a shadowy figure, and shows that he was a prototype of the Lord Jesus Christ - the true king of Righteousness
Introduction If I asked you to name the most important people in the Old Testament I doubt that Melchizedek would be on your list, much less at the top. He appeared once, in Genesis 14 and he was referred once more, in Psalm 110. You could hardly call this “top billing,” but the Holy Spirit ...read more
Contributed on Jul 8, 2006
Melchizedek was firstly the king of righteousness, but he was also King of Salem which means King of Peace. In the same way Jesus is firstly king of righteousness and, secondly, king of peace.
King of peace – Heb 6:17-7:10 King of Salem v1; then “king of peace,” for Salem means peace. v2 Melchizedek was, as we saw last time, firstly the king of righteousness, but he was also King of Salem which means King of Peace. In the same way Jesus is firstly king of righteousness and, secondly, ...read more