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Epistle to the Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation.So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters. For he said to God,“I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.I will praise you among your assembled people.”He also said, “I will put my trust in him,” that is, “I and the children God has given me.” Hebrews 2:10-13

We saw earlier that the author quoted this verse :”What is a human being that you think about him? What is the son of man that you take care of him?

He calls us brothers and friends of the Almighty. Through Jesus we are made holy and are made children of God through the power of his death and resurrection. We are now ingrafted branches(John 15) and live through Him(For more details see: Here).

He is a perfect leader. We can blame leaders down here for failing to lead a company or team. Leaders are not perfect, they have flaws. But not so with Christ, we’ll never be able to blame Him for not being a good leader. He is the Good Shepherd and He does everything for His sheep. If we do not bear fruits (John 15) we cannot blame Him for that.

We are not perfect but we are literally called to become perfect and be like Christ. Though we are imperfect, often offend Him, are ashamed of His Gospel(Rom 1:16), sin and disobey Him, He is still faithful. His Majesty in heaven is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters before all the great angels in heaven. But what about us? Are we ashamed of Him before our friends? Does your friends know that you’re a Christian?

Jesus does not shepherd goats but sheep. That’s why He said:

So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.” Mat 7:23

Through our actions we can deny that we are a follower of Christ.

But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The LORD knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the LORD must turn away from evil.” 2 Tim 2:19

No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. ” 1 John 3:9

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.” Titus 1:16

Those who are in Christ cannot continue to live in sin. They are running towards perfection. They are crucified with Christ and it’s Christ who lives in them.

This is a trustworthy saying:If we die with him,we will also live with him.If we endure hardship, we will reign with him.If we deny him,he will deny us.If we are unfaithful,he remains faithful,for he cannot deny who he is.” 2 Tim 2:11-13

If we deny Jesus, He’ll deny us. Peter denied Him 3 times but could be restored because Jesus was not yet crucified. After His death it is different.

I tell you the truth, everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, the Son of Man will also acknowledge in the presence of God’s angels. But anyone who denies me here on earth will be denied before God’s angels.” Luke 12:8

Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters. I’ll be so proud to say that I’m the father of an adopted daughter who honors me. I’ll not hesitate to call her “my dear beloved daughter”. But I’ll never be proud to say that I have an adopted daughter who is a harlot and who disowns my family name. I’ll be ashamed to call her “my beloved daughter” and because of her persistence I will expel her from my house!

We can deny Christ by the sinful life we live, by worshiping another God or by being ashamed to say that He is our God.

I know a Prince who looks for beggars, prisoners, harlots, drunkards, criminals and sinners where they are(Luke 14). He did everything to give them a new life. He gave them new clothes, delivered them from their vices and paid all their debts. He paid whatever it cost to get them out of jail.

The world knows how bad all these people are, these people are despised by the society but this Prince was with them. He ate with them and went to their ghettos. The governors of this Prince and His generals(e.g. angels) wonder how He can do such things. Will not His Righteous Father be ashamed? Is not the King’s Son disowning His Father’s name and reputation?

He does even more than that: He brings all these criminals in His castle, He makes them sit together with His Father for dinner. He calls them friends, brothers and sisters. He is not ashamed. He even gives them ministries, leadership responsibilities, titles and crowns. Only Him can be in the presence of His Father, but He requested that all of them can be in the presence of His Father(John 17). His Father loves them the same way the Son loves them. He no longer calls them sinners but sons and daughters.

Now what will happen if this cherished son or daughter starts to rebel, to live in adultery and insult the King? The Prince will warn him/her and try to convince this person to stop. If this person continues sinning, will he still be called son and daughter? A friend of the King? No this ungrateful person will be kicked out. Through his deeds, this person will break a sincere relationship and will never be admitted again. He will be called “Enemy of the Kingdom”. A disgrace.

That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
” Romans 8:8-17

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Posted February 12, 2012 by Cedric in Theology

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