Hebrews

The Sevenfold Glories of the Lord

“From everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.” (Psalm 90:2)

Introduction (Hebrews 1:1-6)

The introduction to the book of Hebrews is different from the other books of the New Testament. We are immediately brought into the presence of the Mighty God with the use of the venerable, awesome, and majestic name - “God.” This sudden introduction to “Almighty God,” or “Jehovah God” alerts us to the fact that something very important is to follow. God revealed Himself and spoke to Israel through the prophets. To each one was committed some new characteristic of God, but this was still an incomplete picture of who God was. The full revelation of God came by His Son, Jesus Christ.

Christ, Our Great High Priest

Christ in Hebrews

Hebrews 10:21

Considering we have a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near! Thank God for the perfect, enduring, intercessory work of our Great High Priest. As the merciful and faithful High Priest, He is the One who forgives, restores and keeps us. See Hebrews 2:17, Isaiah 40:11, and Psalm 23. Melchizedek brought bread and wine to strengthen Abraham. [Quote 2 Tim. 4:16-17, “At my first trial no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: […] Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me and strengthened me.”] 

 

The Altar of Incense (Exodus 30:10)

Life's Greatest Certainty: Death

Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:1-19

Illustrations

Time

When as a child I laughed and wept—Time crept.

When as a youth I dreamt and talked—Time walked.

When I became a full-grown man—Time ran.

When older still I daily grew—Time flew.

Soon shall I find in traveling on—Time gone.

And face eternity begun,—Time done.

 

Time was—is past: thou canst not it recall:

Time is—thou hast: employ the portions small.

The High Priest

Exodus 28, Hebrews 7:24-25, Hebrews 8:1-2, 1 John 2:1-2

The Idea of a Priest

In the beginning, man acted as his own priest. An example of this can be seen through the story of Cain and Abel. Later in human history we find the father, head of the household, offering sacrifices to God. An example of this can be seen through Abraham. Still later, we find a man chosen of God to act as the high priest for the nation (Aaron). Finally, God chose Christ as priest for the whole world. Jesus said, “No man cometh unto the Father but by Me.”

The Inner Veil

Exodus 26:31-35, Matthew 27:50-51, Hebrews 10:20-21

In our study this morning we will look at the unrent veil and its place in the tabernacle. Furthermore, we will look at its physical characteristics (including the material, colors, and cherubim) and the pillars. Then secondly we will look at the rent veil and its symbolic meaning (it is a type of Christ’s death). We will also see its real significance: Man has access to the throne of God and God gives an invitation to come. The subject before us should stir our hearts, for the inner veil has special significance and is of utmost importance.

 

The Unrent Veil

We will consider this as it appeared in the tabernacle. This veil is a type of our Lord’s human body. Hebrews 10:20-21 says, “Through the veil, that is to say His flesh.” The unrent veil represents our Lord before crucifixion. We also see this veil as a barrier to the priests, who ministered in the Holy Place.

The high priest could only enter the Holy of Holies, behind the veil into God’s presence one day a year. Not a foot fall was heard for another full year. The one thing that prevented this was the unrent veil. This was true until Christ came in the flesh and finished His work. Before Christ’s death mankind was unable to approach a thrice-holy God, except through the high priest. Hebrews 9:7-8 says:

“But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing.”  

Hebrews 10

The doctrinal section of the epistle closes with two remarkable statements:

(1) “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” (Heb. 10:17) How utterly wonderful and glorious are these words. The infinitely holy God who knows all about our sins and iniquities declares to His saints, “I will remember your sins and iniquities no more.” Believers have been forgiven and pardoned; their sin and debt to God has been cancelled.

(2) Now says the writer, where remission of these is, “There is no more offering for sin.” The only offering for sin that will ever be made has been made on the cross.

Hebrews 9:26,

“Once in the consummation of the ages hath He been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”

Hebrews 9:28,

“Once offered to bear the sins of many.”

Hebrews 10:10,

“The offering of the body of Jesus once for all.”

Hebrews 10:12,

“One sacrifice for sins forever.”

Hebrews 10:14,

“By one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.”

The writer would conclude this doctrinal section and have us enter our practical obligations with the words, “No longer any offering for sins,” ringing in our hearts and minds.

Heb. 10:19 “The Holiest”

“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest.” 

Studies in the Epistle to the Hebrews

The Superiority Of Christ

Christ Superior To The Prophets Chapter 1:1-3

The opening verses contain a sevenfold unveiling of the person of Christ and form a summary of the doctrinal section of the epistle.

1. THE DIVINE SPOKESMAN verses 1 & 2a

The God of the Bible is not a silent God; He has spoken and has revealed Himself to His people. Verse one declares that God exists, and that He has expressed Himself in different ways at different times.

    a. The Occasions In times past These last days

    b. The Method Partially Totally

    c. The Persons Unto the fathers Unto Us

    d. The Agents By the Prophets In His Son

2. THE UNIVERSAL HEIR verse 2b.

Christ - the end of all history

“The Heir” suggests the dignity of the person, and dominion of possessions.

3. THE CREATOR OF THE WORLDS verse 2c.

Christ - the beginning of all history

Only God can create. The one who shall rule over all things is the same one by whom all things came into existence.

4. THE REVEALER OF GOD verse 3a.

Christ - before all history

The two opening statements in verse three describe Him in relation to God. Since God’s being is invisible, Christ became the manifestation of God. The essential deity of the Lord Jesus Christ is impressed upon us. We can know the Father because we know the Son. All that God is up there, Christ was down here.

5. THE UPHOLDER OF THE UNIVERSE verse 3b

Christ - throughout all history

Faith's Demands

Genesis 12:1-9
Hebrews 11:8-10

 

God finds the sinner.

Notice where God found him (Abraham).

In Ur of the Chaldees—far from the promised land.

“Ur” means flame—“Chaldee” means destruction.

God found Abraham in the place of a flame and in the land of destruction.

This is where God finds every sinner.

In Adam we are alienated from God, we come under His judgment, and live on an earth destined to destruction.

Ephesians 2:12—“That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.”

New Testament (Acts-Revelation)

Lesson 221: The Ascension Of Christ
Acts 1:1-11
Golden Text: Acts 1:11

I. The Great Commission. Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15, 10.

1. The Person Who gave it. He had the right by virtue of His Person and His work.

2. The power for it—“Himself;” v. 18. Note the “power” as seen in (1) His birth; Luke 1:35. (2) Ministry; Luke 4:32. (3) Miracles; Luke 4:36. (4) Forgiveness; Matthew 9:6. (5) Death; John 10:18. (6) Resurrection. Romans 1:4; Colossians 2:13-15. (7) Ascension; Ephesians 1:20. (8) Coming; Matthew 24:30.

3. The plan of it. (1) The command “go ye.” (2) The scope, “world.” (3) The theme, “the Gospel.” (4) The persons, “every creature.”

4. The persons to whom given—His disciples. (1) Chosen. Mark 3:14; John 15:16. (2) Saved; Matthew 16:16. (3) Taught. (4) Commissioned. (5) Equipped.

5. The privilege of it. Ambassadors, co-workers, witnesses, trustees, servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.

6. The price of it. “Go” means leave. Cp. Luke 14:26.

7. The promise with it. “I am with you.” Cp Hebrews 13:5.

II. The Promise. Acts 1:4, 5.

1. Promised in O. T. Isaiah 32:15; Jeremiah 31:33; Ezek 11:19; Joel 228.

2. Promised in N. T. John 15:26—16:14.

III. The Questioning Disciples. Vs. 6-8.

1. The question; v. 6. (1) An earthly kingdom expected; Isaiah 2:2-4. (2) The King being rejected, the kingdom is in obeyance. Luke 19:14; Acts 3:14. (3) He will yet be King over the Earth; Psalm 2.

Hebrews

The important nature of the epistle to the Hebrews demands that we should examine it with peculiar care. It has its own very distinct place. It is not the presentation of christian position in itself, viewed as the fruit of sovereign grace, and of the work and the resurrection of Christ, or as the result of the union of Christians with Christ, the members of the body with the Head—a union which gives them the enjoyment of every privilege in Him. It is an epistle in which one who has appreh...
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