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20 August, 2019

Full of Grace and Truth

Jesus Teaching
(John 1:18) – “No man has seen God at any time; the only-born Son who is in the bosom of the Father, he interpreted.”
The Prologue to John’s gospel introduces key themes:  life, light, witness, truth, grace (1:1-18).  Jesus is the light of the world, source of grace and truth, and the true Tabernacle, the only-born Son of God and the only one who has seen the Father.  It ends by concluding that Jesus, therefore, is the only one who interprets the unseen God (1:18).

13 August, 2019

Mosaic Legislation Made Obsolete in the Son

Tabernacle in the Wilderness
          The book of Hebrews is structured around a series of comparisons that demonstrate the superiority of the revelation given in Jesus over that provided in the legislation given by Moses at Mount Sinai. The purpose is not to denigrate Moses or the Law, but to stress the vast superiority of the new Word spoken by God in His Son.
          The word spoken in God’s Son is complete and “better than” the partial revelation given through the “prophets” (Hebrews 1:1-2). The Son, “having achieved purification of sins,” sat down at God’s right hand and was “appointed heir of all things” (Psalm 110:1). This means the old word spoken “in the prophets” did not achieve “purification of sins.”

A Priest Forever

Jesus our Mediator
(Psalm 110:4) – “You are a priest everlastingly, according to the rank of Melchizedek.”
          The book of Hebrews is employs a series of comparisons t0 demonstrate the superiority of the revelation given by God in His Son Jesus Christ. The “Word spoken in a Son” is superior to past “words” given in the prophets, through angels, and by Moses at Sinai.
          The purpose of the comparisons is not to denigrate Moses or the Torah but, rather, to stress the vast superiority of the Word spoken in the Son. God’s past revelations were valid but partial, temporary, and promissory.

Abraham, Heir of the World

Abraham and his seed
          Paul introduces Abraham as the great exemplar of faith, the model for all men who would live by faith (Romans 4:11-17). God declared Abraham “right” and reckoned his faith as “righteousness” while he was still uncircumcised and, thus, apart from the “works of the Law” or Torah. Consequently, Abraham is the father of all men who are “from faith,” whether circumcised or not.
          Circumcision did not justify Abraham and, instead, was “a sign,” the “seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while yet uncircumcised.”

Jesus, the Key that Unlocks Scripture

Jesus unlocks mysteries
         A mantra of some prophecy teachers is that Israel is the interpretive key to prophecy, especially with regard to the book of Revelation. This is a regressive view in light of what the New Testament has to say about Jesus.
         Scripture is clear - Jesus is the one in whom all God's promises find their fulfillment; he is the substance that casts the shadows recorded in the Hebrew Bible.
         John’s prologue presents Jesus as the “logos,” God’s great and final revelation. The prologue contrasts Christ with the previous revelation given by Moses. The word that became flesh in Jesus Christ “tabernacled among us.” He is the true tabernacle in whom God’s presence dwells, not a stone structure in Jerusalem.

31 July, 2019

The New Covenant Replaces the Old

Multnomah Falls, Oregon
According to the book of Hebrews, the word spoken by God in His Son is complete and it surpasses all the incomplete “words” that preceded it in the Hebrew prophets (Hebrews 1:1-2). 
The Son went beyond all his predecessors and succeeded where they failed by “having achieved purification of sins.” He, therefore, has been elevated to “sit down” at God’s right hand where he was appointed “heir of all things” and now conducts his messianic reign and intercedes for his people (Psalm 110:1).