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CHRIST THE CENTRE OF THE BIBLE. Hebrews.

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Marilyn C

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HEBREWS - Christ, our Great High Priest.

The book was written, first of all, to Jewish believers, probably in Jerusalem, who were wavering in their faith. Because of the taunts and jeers of their persecutors, the Jewish believers were beginning to think they had lost everything, altar, priests, sacrifices, by accepting Christ.

The writer proves that they had lost the shadow to be given the substance, Christ. They were undervaluing their privileges in Christ, and were engaging in self-pity and discouragement. They were in danger of even giving up their faith.

`...of whom (Christ) we have much to say, and things hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.` (Heb. 5: 11 & 12)

 

These believers had started well but had not made progress. The writer is trying to lead them from the elementary knowledge to a mature grasp. He shows the superiority of Christ and wanted to keep them from drifting back to their Jewish rites and ceremonies.

The massive grandeur of Christ is featured more completely in the Hebrew epistle than any other book that had gone before. The writer describes a personality that precedes time, controls the governing forces of all history, one whose exploits continue on into eternity.

`God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.` (Heb. 1: 1 - 3)

 

Christ is displayed in the dignity of His dominion surpassing hierarchies of angelic hosts and of those ranked highest among the nobility of the earth.

Christ completely exceeds all the ceremonial and mediatorial offices of bygone centuries and has authoritative credentials far beyond those of any earthly, prophet, priest or king. Christ is the great high priest of the believer.

`Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a high priest who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the majesty in the heavens. ` (Heb. 8: 1)

`...because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore he is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them.` (Heb. 7: 24 & 25)

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hello Mariliyn 

Ah yes those rites and ceremonies and not just the jews gosh faith is so hard when things are going south

 

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9 hours ago, existential mabel said:

hello Mariliyn 

Ah yes those rites and ceremonies and not just the jews gosh faith is so hard when things are going south

 

Hi mabel,

Or we could say much simpler with out all that and what man would try and heap on us.

Marilyn.

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Hi sisters

Hubby and I continue to be gobsmacked that so many people are determined to believe all sorts of lies from the enemy when it is so much easier to believe in the Bible.  We sat under the teaching of a little old man today (89) who told us to keep reading our Bibles, and not to compromise, and not to believe what the world may say, etc.  He was a lovely little old preacher and when he had sat down, his wife got up and preached some more!  It was wonderful to hear fundamental truths preached again in a different, tiny church that we snuck off to today.  It confirmed that there is another assembly nearby (among others) where the truth of God is still being preached by wonderful Christians.  Happy Mothers' Day to you both!

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hello Sister yes the bible is the only sure thing it is something that was impressed on me back in 2014 i had got tired of the evangelical very long sermons etc

i dont have anywhere to go just have my bible its been like this for 4 years now. i go to a bi weekly house grouip but ....

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Hi Mabel

You know that Marilyn mentors people where she lives and people here as well through the PM system.  I am sure she has helped you and will continue to do so, and I believe you can take her mentoring, some (other) of what you read and interact with here on Worthy that lines up with the Word of God, and your bi-weekly meetings to add up to a fairly good church experience in your life.  I think the most important thing right now is to listen to the preaching of the Word through the right teachers and maintain a daily time with God and in His Word and He will lead you through.  We also watch preachers like Michael Youssef and David Jeremiah and Charles Stanley on TV. 

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