Tag: perfect obedience
Scripture reading for August 12th: Hebrews 5
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 5: 7-10 “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, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.”
Jesus came to earth as a man in human flesh. He was born of a virgin and had a human body like our bodies. He lived a sinless life in perfect obedience to the Father. He relied on the Holy Spirit and prayed regularly submitting Himself to the Father’s will and plan. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus sweat drops of blood and cried out to God with loud cries and tears. God heard His prayers and yet allowed Him to die as They had planned to bring many sons to glory. Even Jesus learned obedience through suffering. “Not My will, but Your will be done” was His cry of submission! Because of His perfect obedience, He was raised from the dead by the Spirit of Holiness and is now the source of eternal salvation to all who believe on Him. He can save us because, like Melchizedek, priest of God Most High and King of Salem, with no record of beginning or ending, He lives forever to intercede for us! He is King of Kings and our High Priest!
Hebrews 4:15 “For we do not have a high priest Who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One Who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for sending Your only Son to live on earth as a man and perfectly obey Your will, conquering sin and death and the grave! Thank You for an eternal salvation and an eternal Priest who as able to eternally save us! Use me to share this Good News!
Genesis 14:18-20 “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand!””
Scripture reading for August 19th: Galatians 3
“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?” (Galatians 3:1-2)
False teachers had come to Galatia and told the church members that to be real Christians, they needed to keep certain parts of the Jewish law–particularly circumcision. Paul used the rabbinic technique of asking questions. He asked them to identify who it was that was ‘bewitching’ them. He asked them if they had received the Holy Spirit through keeping the law or by faith. The answer was obvious!
“All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law. Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.” The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, “The man who does these things will live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” (Galatians 3:10-13)
Paul explained that the law brings a curse on all those seeking to keep it. It is the curse of sin and death that results from breaking God’s law for all have sinned! But Jesus Christ took the curse of death by taking our sins with Him to the cross! He was hung on that tree that we might believe on Him and be justified by faith! This is available to Jew and Gentile! Have you been redeemed from the curse of the law?