Summary: To show that JESUS prepared a better and lasting possession for us.
What can make you happy?
To be with JESUS.
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that JESUS prepared a better and lasting possession for us.
Hebrews 10:34 (Amplified Bible)
10:34 For you did sympathize and suffer along with those who were imprisoned, and you bore cheerfully the plundering of your belongings and the confiscation of your property, in the knowledge and consciousness that you yourselves had a better and lasting possession.
Thank You very much, LORD JESUS, I praise You because You had prepared a better and lasting possession for me.
We have a better and lasting possession
Subtitle: Study on the Book of Hebrews
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels - J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Sympathizing with Paul, the prisoner of CHRIST
"For you did sympathize and suffer along with those who were imprisoned,"
Acts 21:33 (Amplified Bible)
21:33 Then the commandant approached and arrested Paul and ordered that he be secured with two chains. He then inquired who he was and what he had done.
Acts 28:20 (Amplified Bible)
28:20 This is the reason therefore why I have begged to see you and to talk with you, since it is because of the Hope of Israel (the Messiah) that I am bound with this chain.
Ephesians 6:20 (Amplified Bible)
6:20 For which I am an ambassador in a coupling chain [in prison. Pray] that I may declare it boldly and courageously, as I ought to do.
We sympathize with Paul and other prisoners as all major churches I've seen have prison ministry as well. But we don't forget that the WORD of GOD cannot be imprisoned.
2 Timothy 2:9 (Amplified Bible)
2:9 For that [Gospel] I am suffering affliction and even wearing chains like a criminal. But the Word of God is not chained or imprisoned!
B. We bore cheerfully the plundering and confiscation of our property
"and you bore cheerfully the plundering of your belongings and the confiscation of your property,"
Joyfully, cheerfully or "chara" in Greek meaning:
1. calm delight
Matthew 5:11-12 (Amplified Bible)
5:11 Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of your outward conditions) are you when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely on My account.
5:12 Be glad and supremely joyful, for your reward in heaven is great (strong and intense), for in this same way people persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Acts 5:41 (Amplified Bible)