From Pastor Perry

Hebrews 6:13–20 (ESV)

The Certainty of God’s Promise

13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” 15 And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. 16 For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

 

God’s promise and oath to Abraham is certain. As heirs of Abraham, those who trust in Christ Jesus share in the blessing of life promised to Abraham. They experience unending stability and security through the Son’s gracious access to the Father. If we doubt God’s Word, we act as if God is a liar and miss the blessings that flow from a trusting relationship with Him. As we trust God’s promises, we see that God tells the truth, and we share in the blessings of eternal life.

 

I pray: Lord God, in Christ You speak true mercy and forgiveness. Therefore, I will trust Your Word and receive what You graciously give. Amen.[1]



[1] Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 2112.

Hebrews 6:9–12 (ESV)

Warning Against Apostasy (Part 3)

Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. 10 For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. 11 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

 

 

The main idea to take from today’s reading is to be “imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”  Imitate the ways of the Lord, not evil.  The Lutheran Study Bible states: “Christians grow in maturity by building on the basic teachings of the faith and connecting God’s promises with the new way of life that He gives. Those who reject God’s promises should fear the just judgment of God. If we fail to be fruitful in love, mercy, and generosity, we become like thorns and thistles, fit only for His fire. However, we can be confident that God, who has given us the gift of salvation, will grow the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

 

 

I pray: Come, Holy Spirit. Renew my trust in Jesus, and grow Your fruit in my life. Amen.[1]



[1] Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 2112.

Hebrews 6:1–8 (ESV)

Warning Against Apostasy

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.

 

Yesterday was tough words about not studying God’s Word an remain as infants instead of maturity in God’s Word.  Today’s reading is a continuation.  Verse 1-2: states “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.”  We are witnessing churches today that are abandoning the elementary doctrine of Christ and are selling out to the world.  If one does not read or study God’s Word, then one doesn’t have the maturity to discern what is Godly and what is worldly.  Verse 4 talks about committing the “unforgivable sin” of denying the Holy Spirit.  When you have committed this sin, there is no coming back.  It is impossible to come back, because the Holy Spirit is responsible for changing hearts and conversion.

 

I pray: O Lord, help me to stay true to you and your Word.  Help me to never deny the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Hebrews 5:11–14 (ESV)

Warning Against Apostasy

11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

 

Many Christians have been going to church all their lives, but they are infants in their faith.  They go to church, but they do not go to Bible study, nor do they read or study the Bible.  They are like a grown adult still sucking on a baby bottle or eating pureed baby food.  They are still Christians, but they have never matured in their faith and knowledge.  They should have graduated up to hamburgers or even steaks (solid food).   Unfortunately, they often choose not to go to Bible study and avoid it.  That is… avoiding the Word of God.  These words seem harsh but re-read today’s reading.  “11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”  I give thanks for those who do not despise the Word of God and are excited to read and digest God’s Word.  I pray that today’s passage will open the eyes of those who believe but turn from studying God’s Word. 

I pray: O Lord, I have not always found studying your Word as exciting.  Help me to grow from this passage and to be inspired by the Holy Spirit to want to study.  Return the joy of your Word and my Salvation.  Amen.

Hebrews 5:7–10 (ESV)

Jesus the Great High Priest

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10 being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.

 

Jesus Christ, our true High Priest, shares our humanity and knows the weaknesses that we experience. Being one with the Father, He is the source of God’s full forgiveness. If we approach God confident in our own goodness, we will be condemned according to the strictness of the Law. But Christ Jesus is gentle and understanding. He forgives us, gives us confidence before the Father, and helps us in all our needs.

 

I pray: Lord Jesus, our true High Priest, help us, in our weakness, to call to our Father for all that we need. Amen.[1]



[1] Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 2111.

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