Monday, April 24, 2017

Hebrews 5

The High Priest of the Old Testament law is a man, partaker of human and sinful nature, and his calling is according to the order of Aaronic priesthood. But, the High Priest in the New Testament must be divine, Son of God, forever priest, and according to the order of Melchizedek (v6). This is a great contrast, and Christians are not only ministering to the earthly service, but heavenly service as well, similar to Jesus Christ, whose Audience is God. In New Testament time, no more daily animal sacrifices, no more ritual requirement of the ancient laws, but hearing God's words, study it for spiritual maturity, and total obedience to God (v8). Jesus has left us an example that we should learn to humble obedience to the will of God, even in time of afflictions. We need to grow in knowledge, and should not be satisfied only in milk (soft teaching) but also in solid food (strong teaching) of the word of God. Christian experience is a spiritual sense, taste of goodness, sweetness, and excellence of the truths of the gospel. God bless.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hebrews 4

Our privileges in Christ are better than what Moses and Joshua can offer. He gave us love, forgiveness, salvation, and rest for the soul. This rest is a rest of grace, comfort, and holiness where the people of God shall enjoy the relationship with God and the object of all their desires. We can obtain this rest if we believe and received Him as Lord and Savior of our lives. But those who do not believe, shall never enter into this spiritual rest, either of grace here or glory hereafter. God has always declared man's rest to be in Christ, not in their own efforts. God's love is the only real happiness of the soul, and only way of entering that rest. God bless.

Hebrews 3

Christ is considered Apostle because He was sent by the Father to rebuild God's house and set it in order. While Moses was faithful to His calling as servant of God, Jesus was a faithful Son of God. Moses took care of God's house, Jesus is the owner of that house. "Take heed" is the reminder for all who would like to get safe to heaven, because if we distrust God, we may stop following Him and may soon desert Him. The deceitfulness of sin hardens the heart of men, and it may become a habit or a lifestyle; so beware of sin. As believers, we have the privilege to be partakers of Christ's Spirit, nature, grace, righteousness and life. The joy of being a Christian is that we are only waiting for our complete redemption. As our obedience follows our faith, so as our dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit. God bless.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hebrews 2

The warning to the believers is not to neglect but listen carefully to the truth we have heard, so that we may not slip away from it (v1). The Lord's message in the New Testament time is more on spiritual and should be more to be afraid of. It is the will of God that we should have sure ground for our faith and strong foundation, and only Jesus can do that for us. His message is confirmed to us by His disciples, with signs and wonders, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, and many people became brand new persons when they believed. Jesus is the Author of our salvation and His perfect sacrifice is able to bring many sons and daughters for the glory of God. Jesus became a man, not angel, to save the fallen humanity. His blood as the atoning sacrifice to deliver His people from the bondage of Satan is the pardon for our sins through faith. Therefore, let us not neglect our study, meeting, fellowship, and all hardships for Christ, because in due time, we will be rewarded by the King. God bless.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hebrews 1

This epistle shows the superiority of Jesus of Nazareth, as the Son of God, and the benefits from his sufferings and death as the sacrifice for sin, so that Christianity is much more excellent and better covenant than that of Moses. In the time past, God spoke to the prophets in various times and through successive generations and in divers manner to reveal His plan, but this time, God became a man to speak and reveal His purpose in us (v1-2). As a man, Jesus was declared to be the Son of God, displaying the glory of God and the very character and nature of God. He sustains everything that He had created by His mighty power. Many Jews had a superstitious respect for angels, and they looked upon them as mediators between God and men because they were God's instruments in the giving of the law. But the book of Hebrews insist that these angels were only ministering spirits or servants, but Jesus is the God who created them. Therefore, angels are subject to Christ's power, and it is Christ who is the only Mediator of us all. Angels should not be worshipped because only Christ is worthy of our worship and adoration. God bless.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Philemon 1

Philemon was from Colosse, a wealthy man and a convert under the ministry of Paul. Onesimus was the slave of Philemon, but he ran away and went to Rome. While in Rome, he was converted to the Christian faith, and became fruitful and faithful brother proving the truth and sincerity in his life. He wished to be reconciled with his master Philemon, but afraid of the punishment for the offense he had done against him. So Paul wrote a letter asking Philemon that faith in Christ and love to Him should unite the believers more closely. In the past, Onesimus was once unprofitable to Philemon, but would became profitable. Such change of character become a blessing to all among whom they reside. Check our attitude, are we blessing or burden to our surrounding? This passage is an example of our condition before God our Father. We have robbed Him, we run away from Him, we owe Him debts, then Christ came in our lives to forgive our debts, reconcile us with the Father, and fill in the gap. Christ did it for us because He loves us so much. God bless.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Titus 3

We were once foolish like the nonbelievers, that's why Paul encourages us to remind them with humility and love about the gospel of our Lord. They are servants of sin and have many masters; the spirit of lusts, pride, covetousness, hateful, money, idols, and all forms of darkness. They don't know that they should have only one Master, Jesus Christ. He is the fountain from which the Holy Spirit flows, to teach, regenerate, and save the fallen men. By His mercies, Christ saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of mind, not according to our own works and efforts (v5). Our obedience to His words, and the good works in our lives are necessary because these are the fruits of our faith in Christ Jesus. Let us avoid unnecessary works of the flesh because they are unprofitable to our relationship both with God and with men. Christianity is not a fruitless religion, building up one with another, because there are so much expectations from our Father who is in heaven. God bless.