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Week 49 Day 3
Like Paul, the writer of Hebrews
wants to strengthen the believers
to strengthen their believing
What do we need when it is hard to believe
we need someone to understand
and accept us where we are
But the gospel is about transformation
we can not stay where we are
it is not good for us
the alternatives to faith are not desirable
can even be destructive
What we need is someone who will call us forth
like Jesus called Lazarus out of the tomb
someone who will remind us again and again
about the beauty of the gospel
God's loving kindness
the fellowship of his Holy Spirit
the fellowship of other believers
about forgiveness and reconciliation
As we believe so will we live
therefore say with the Palmist
"I believe that I will see
the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living."
And underline each significant word as you say it
starting with the first word, "I".
Follow Christ in this life or face God's rejection in the next.
1The law, with these same sacrifices, which they offer
continually year by year, can never make those who approach
perfect. 2For then would they not have ceased to be offered?
The worshipers, once purified, would have had no more
consciousness of sins. 3But in those sacrifices there is a
reminder of sins every year. 4 It is not possible that the
blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
5When He came into the world, He said: "Sacrifice and
offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared
for Me. 7Then I said, 'Behold, I have come to do Your will,
O God.'" He takes away the first that He may establish the
second. 10By that we will have been sanctified through the
offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11Every priest stands ministering daily and offering
repeatedly the same sacrifices. 12But this Man, after He had
offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right
hand of God.
19Having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of
Jesus, 20by a new and living way which He consecrated for
us, 22let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience
and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast
the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who
promised is faithful. 24Consider one another in order to stir
up love and good works, 25not forsaking the assembling of
ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting
one another, as you see the Day approaching.
26 If we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge
of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27but
a fearful expectation of judgment. 28Anyone who has
rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of
two or three witnesses. 29Of how much worse punishment,
do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled
the Son of God underfoot, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
32Recall the former days after you were illuminated, you
endured a great struggle with sufferings. 34You had
compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the
plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and
an enduring possession in heaven. 35Therefore do not cast
away your confidence. 39We are not of those who draw back. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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