Consider Jesus Our One Great High Priest

Introduction to the Book of Hebrews

Message recorded 7 May 2011

John Dugas – Grace Bible Church Tulsa

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If you would turn in your Bibles to Hebrews chapter 1 this morning we will have a preview of the book of Hebrews and get started long will look at some of the text but won’t really get to jump in an exposition of it will be reserved for next Wednesday are willing how is your spiritual life thing but that for some love you know that which have to hear from me and probably others that you all are they – you know my family smiles as him the get that for me and they say oh goodness okay what’s good about it they smile again is another that always follows up with that that was more than just the good old short answer is I know most the time it’s probably not as good as like just is going to do with quickly don’t mean howitzers virtualize with which these words would describe it better vibrant respect, if somebody asked you to give an account of what you do to improve your soul daily would you be embarrassed what you doing about persistent send Panhandle the fears that can come upon you when you’re persecutory fear of being persecuted or rejected for your fate they wanted is somebody were coming across your path and and you think it you will idea of posterior head I wonder if I should talk to them about Christ and all of a sudden these fears well up within us and we we convince ourselves to do statewide which of these words best describes your worship bland or joyful is Jesus your highest treasure your greatest treasure is your view of Jesus that last last idea really drives the rest of that it our view of Jesus is what drives our our powers are worship it.  It’s what can give us confidence or not it helps us in.  Affect how we deal with sin it affects our daily life with the Lord, the recipients of this letter to the humorous while there are some differences really when you look at them as people they’re different than the and we need the same lofty view of Jesus that they needed than the writer knew they needed unlike before we take a closer look at them was to look at the text for us and it was just coming get a jump into the book of Hebrews in the arena probably the first chapter we give this little bit of a feel for what we will encounter in and just an idea of how truly wonderful the material in this book Jesus the writer begins this way God after he spoke long ago to the fathers in the profits in many portions and in many ways in these last days he has spoken to us in his son whom he appointed heir of all things through whom also he made the world and he is the radiance of his glory and the exact representation of his nature and he upholds all things by the word of his power when he made purification of sins he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high having become as much better then the Angels as he has inherited more excellent name than they for to which of the Angels did he ever say thou art my son today I have begotten the and again I will be a father to him and he shall be assigned to me in when he again brings the firstborn into the world he says and let all the Angels of God worship him and of the Angels he says embraces Angels winds and his ministers a flame of fire light of the sun he says the guy from the old God is forever and ever and the righteous scepter is the scepter of his kingdom thou hast loved righteousness and hated lawlessness therefore God and God hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy companions and thou, Lord in the beginning gets laid the foundation of the earth and the heavens and the works of thy hands they will perish but that will remain a stem they all will become old is a garment and as a mental thou will rule the mob as a garment they will also be changed by the how are the same and years will not come to an end but which of the Angels has he ever said sit at my right hand until I make thine enemies of footstool for thy feet are they not all ministering spirits sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation for this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard as we drift away from it for the were spoken through Angels proved unalterable every transgression and disobedience received just recompense how shall we escape if we neglect so great a selfish one Jayalalitha about his readers they appear to be a subset of a local assembly and there seemed to be some the leaders among them were also a subset if you will of leaders in this larger assembly we don’t know much about the assembly but that this is a group within it this group was tempted to follow the example of others who had not only forsaken the assembly but it also for second fate and these readers are faced with that same danger they to are tempted to leave and will cause such a catastrophe for people who have known the Lord for quite a while now to be tempted to actually will meet Dave you large carnivores about the first lady were Jewish this letter is steeped in the Old Testament equal so much from the Old Testament and he seems to do just so I do it in such a way that he expects his readers to be pretty comfortable with the fact that they use using the Old Testament is referring to the political system the priestly service and all that and that they he seems to assume that there are well-versed in this in his warning beginning of chapter 6 first couple verses he’s talking about Jewish basics that they had that they seem to Conneaut got been reverting back to a sentiment of we move on from that you move on to maturity in and chapter 9 is going to talk about some Old Testament dietary restrictions weaseling to do is when these would to make comparisons to show that Jesus and Jesus way is superior to everything that they know is superior to all of these these various aspects of the Jewish system is a a lot of time on political system the priestly system if you will sacrifices and all basically show that that Jesus is greater than the everything within their system

 

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