On Thursday, we dove into the book of Hebrews. Here are a few of the things you won’t want to miss:
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last 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…” Hebrews 1:1-3
God has promised everything to the Son as an inheritance. Christ died to make us a part of that inheritance. He did the unthinkable to cleanse us from sin and then sat at the right hand of the Father.
“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.” Hebrews 2:1
The writer of Hebrews urges us to listen intently, to consistently keep your focus and avoid drifting away. Drifting is unintentional; listening is intentional. God’s message is always truth, an anchor, but our focus is not always consistent.
Listening elevates itself above hearing—We apply and meditate on the truth we have heard. We continually highlight what we’ve heard in our lives, rather than hear, acknowledge, and move on.
God expects and looks for reciprocation. He is intentional about His love for us, and He expects us to be intentional about our response to His gifts.
In Hebrews 2:11, we are told that if Jesus has given us the gift of holiness, then we have the same Father as Jesus. But what does it even mean to be made holy? Can we say that we are holy like Jesus was holy? Do we speak with our Father with the same confidence that Jesus did?
To be made holy is to be made like we were originally intended to be, as we were in the garden. In the spiritual sense, we are holy, as His sacrifice has made us that way. Does our holiness come through in our actions? When we don’t act in holiness, we can let our shame kill our confidence to address the Father in prayer.