Tag: eternal salvation

Jesus, the “burnt offering”!

Scripture reading for February 21st:  Leviticus 12-14, Psalm 111, Hebrews 5

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 5:7-9  “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, . . .”

Although Jesus Christ was God’s Son, He came to earth as a man in human flesh.  As a man, He experienced pain, temptation, and human fears.  But Jesus never gave into sin.  Instead He called out to His Father and steadfastly obeyed in the face of the fires of great suffering and death because He took upon Himself all our sins.   Through this obedience, Jesus is now the only source of eternal salvation to all who believe on Him and obey His Word.

Faith Confession and Prayer:  I trust fully in Jesus Christ, my High Priest, who identified with me and bore my sins in His body on the cross, offering Himself as the sin offering and making atonement for me.  Lord, help me to walk in obedience and faith through my trials today, praying without ceasing for Your grace.

Leviticus 14:20  “And the priest shall offer the burnt offering and the grain offering on the altar.  Thus the priest shall make atonement for him, and he shall be clean.”

Psalm 111:1-2  “Praise the Lord!  I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.  Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.”  

 

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Reverent submission and obedience!

Scripture reading for October 18th:  Hebrews 5, Psalm 59, Proverbs 24

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 5:7-9  “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.”

Jesus was the Son of God, but came to earth in a human body, subject to all its weakness and limitations.  Jesus relied upon prayer and reverent submission to His Father in heaven and obeyed Him perfectly.  He learned obedience through suffering because of it.  Because of His willing and perfect obedience, He could become the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him!

Faith Confession:  I believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God and my Savior and freely choose to obey His Word.   He is the source of my salvation from the consequences of sin and my power to live a life free from sin by obeying Jesus.  I bow in reverence to Jesus Christ, my Savior!

Psalm 59:9-10 “O my Strength, I will watch for You, for You, O God, are my Fortress.  My God in His steadfast love will meet me; God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.” 

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Anchor of Hope!

Scripture reading for November 4th: Hebrews 6:1-20

The writer of Hebrews says some very difficult things to these Hebrew believers who are struggling with faith and some desiring to return to Judaism.  He encouraged them to move forward in their faith and understanding of Christ.  They needed to grow to maturity and not become stunted in their growth.

“It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him to public disgrace.” (Hebrews 6:4-6)  These words are very difficult to hear.  This is a very stern warning to those who had made a commitment to Christ and been saved and experienced the gift of the Holy Spirit.   Falling away from the truths of salvation is a very dangerous thing to do.  When someone who is enlightened and aware of truth chooses to turn away from that truth, darkness overtakes their souls and it becomes impossible for them to be brought back!  Their turning away is likened to crucifying Jesus again by our actions of rejection.   Doing this after making a commitment is dangerous and fatal to faith.

But hope for these Christians is sure.  They must hold tightly to the Gospel.  “We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make you hope sure.  We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” (Hebrews 6:11-12)   Drift is always away from God but faith and patience applied to every-day living will bring results.  Laziness is a spiritual sin to be avoided!

The hope of eternal life has been promised by God on an oath.  God is a truth-teller.  “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.  He has become a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek!” (Hebrews 6:19-20)  Jesus Christ is our anchor of hope and He will keep us as we trust Him.

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The Source of Eternal Salvation

Scripture reading for November 3rd: Hebrews 5:1-14

Nothing in this life lasts forever.  The law of entropy is at work.  Brand new automobiles soon wear out or break down.  Technology that is cutting edge today is obsolete tomorrow.  Our bodies that are young and vibrant are soon old and weak!  But God has given us something that will last forever:  eternal salvation!

“And He says of Him, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”  “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.  Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him and was designated by God to be High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 5:6-10)

In order to become the source of eternal salvation, Jesus Christ humbled Himself in complete obedience to the will of the Father and became a man.  God loved the world and man whom He had made in His image and likeness.  (john 3:16) He wanted all men to be saved so He designated His Son, Jesus Christ as a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

Melchizedek was a priest who met Abraham after he defeated the king of Sodom.  He was a king of Salem and a priest of the Most High God.  As a priest, He had no recorded genealogy.  There was no record of his birth or of his death.  This priest stands out in history because of this as a type of priest without beginning or ending.  His was an eternal priesthood.  Abraham honored Him by giving a tenth (tithe) of the spoils.  (Genesis 14:18-20)

Jesus Christ was designated by God to be a priest forever after this eternal order of Melchizedek.  He earned this right through total submission and obedience to His Father.  He offered up prayers and petitions with crying and tears while offering His body and then His life-blood for lost sinners.  He was raised up after three days to become our High Priest and the source of eternal salvation!  He ever lives to intercede for those He saved!  He is King of Kings and will rule in Salem (Jerusalem)!  He blesses the children of Abraham through faith!

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