We are living in Faith testing times and Pastor Danny Thornton will be bringing a message how God made a way for us to receive the GodStrength we need for today and for the future. It takes a hearing ear and courage to put feet to our faith to live a vibrant Christian Life.
The Author of Hebrews continues illustrating that Jesus is superior to Angels, even though for a little while, He was made lower than Angels in order to be perfected as the founder of our salvation. And as a result, He is a faithful and merciful High Priest who can identify with our weaknesses.
The book of Hebrews has a lot of unknowns. Modern scholars are undecided on who wrote it, who it was written to, or even what caused the author to write it. However, what is known is the content is remarkable and of great benefit to believers today. In this first chapter, the author makes clear the supremacy of Christ.
What seems to be a strange dialog between Jesus and a large group who wanted to make Him king ends with most of them quitting the path to eternal life! The key to understanding this verbal exchange is realizing that certain ideas are metaphors and in fact point to the cross.
Here in America, Obedience is kind of a taboo word. We are taught to be our own man or woman and submitting to anyone is a sign of weakness. But today we look at obedience from a biblical perspective. Our obedience to God and our leaders is the difference between and effective, ordered local church and a chaotic one. Our obedience will lead to the saving of our own lives and the lives of others.
Most people identify themselves with what they do for a living. They are a cook or carpenter. But Christians are not so because of what the do. It is actually the opposite. We understand who we are and "do" accordingly. But to "do" accordingly, we have to know who we are.
In this letter to a friend John commends followers and those who labor for the truth. He tells us that Christian hospitality is a great way to live in a "manner worthy of God." Next is a warning to a proud person contrasted with a brother with good testimony, and he concludes by expressing a desire to speak face to face, ending with peace and greetings.