Bible In One Year-Day 5 (January 5, 2014)
So far we have covered the book of Hebrews, from which we could see answers to Jesus as God, the promise of the Father, His blood and as the High priest (Heb5:5-6, 9-10). We read how He became the better covenant (7:22, 8:6-13). Chapter 10 is deep. The law placed some ordinances of sacrifices on ground to bring about perfection. If those things really worked, there wouldn’t have been any need for yearly sacrifices. Instead of bringing about total purging and removal of sin, it became reminder of sins on yearly basis (Heb10:1-3). By this, God takes not desire or pleasure in sacrifices or offerings for sin but in absolute yielding to His will. God prepared Jesus for the purpose of the sacrifice;
Hebrews 10:5 “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:”
Jesus came to carry out the perfect will of God, 10:8-10. This sanctifies us once and for all. Whoever is in Christ is justified (Matt12:48-50). By grace are we saved. The book of Hebrew is all about Jesus. Many wonder why we had to start this project of bible in one year from the book of Hebrews. The Bible is into two (though one); Old and New Testaments (or covenants). The book of Hebrews gave a summary of both testaments, explained the begining of the old testament or covenant, its termination and the begining of the new. When you read this book with indebt understanding, you will understand the book of Genesis very well. The purpose of this project is to lead us through the understanding of the law, to the knowledge what grace is. For a law to be repealed, another law must be promulgated (Heb7:18-19). The first law, Gen2:15-17, has a reward for its violation which is death (Rom3:23/6:23). The act of violation is SIN. Since this was said by God, it will be unfaithful on His path to say it is no more death. Unfortunately, the fall of man put us under this law of death. Here we needed a Mediator to redeem us. Since all are sinners by inheritance, there was no man qualified to be a mediator. No wonder it was written in the book of Hebrews that the priests are men of weaknesses (7:27-28) who needed to make sacrifices for their own sins first. The animal blood stands for sacrifice sake; it does not take away the sin. The qualifications for the correct Mediator are as stated in Heb7:26;
Hebrews 7:26 “For such a high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;”
Jesus Christ is the only one that fits in. Remember that it was God who prepared that body for Him to fulfill God’s will, Heb10:5. His death (a righteous one) repealed that law and His resurrection established a better covenant of eternal life. Mind you, the law is still there, He has only come to fulfill the demands of the law for us to be set free (Matt5:17, John8:36, Rom8:1-2). As a matter of fact, the law is good; 1 Timothy 1:8 “But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;” It is the sinful nature in us that makes what is good to become unrighteous. The Holy spiirt is there to help us in this wise. If we, therefore, walk in the spirit, we are no longer under the law. His residence in us changes the law within us and brings God’s holiness in us; hence, we act, think and feel according to the will of God. That is to say, we are no longer condemned because a new law of the Spirit of life (in the soul) has set us free from the law of sin and death;
Romans 8:1-4 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
This is the state of a born again Christian; having the utmost desire to do the WILL of God and not to satisfy the desires of the flesh.
In this book, you could see the identity of Jesus Christ, His redemption, Faith and love. All these are having their shadows in the Old Testament, Heb13:8. Beloved, the cross of the gospel for us to bear is in Hebrews13 (read with understanding); go outside of the camp, i.e. Christian fold, and bear the reproach of Christ (v13) and always remember to do good as it is one of the basics of Christian sacrifices, especially to those in dear need (v16). Let’s move to the next book to read; Genesis 1-3, which tells about the first Adam. Keep the fire burning and alive.