Sunday Night Mini Bible Study

Mini study on the book of Hebrews. Written in 1895. Scripture references added. Unless otherwise indicated, the verses are all from the book of Hebrews. Looking them up is invaluable in order to begin to gain an understanding of this tremendous book. Every person who names the name of Christ should have a solid grasp of the book of Hebrews and the wonderful truths revealed within...for "we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God..." (4:14)
A Little Outline of the Epistle to the Hebrews

The blessings of Jewish saints were earthly. The saints addressed in this epistle were once Jews, now Christians. The saints are regarded as the wilderness "companions" of Christ. He is bringing many sons to glory (2:10). But what had He when as a man He trod the earth? He said, "Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head." (Luke 9:58)

All who have accepted His path as theirs are able to count on His sympathy as High Priest (3:1; 4:14; 7:26; 8:1). "He ever liveth to make intercession for them." (7:25)
Priesthood is only for our infirmities, not for our sins. The believer should not sin. "My little children, these things write I unto you that ye sin not." (1 John 2:1) But a saint cannot avoid the infirmities incident to a heavenly man walking the earth (12:1). To know how Christ carries you on, you must accept as your own His path as a Man (1 Peter 2:21), and to enjoy it you must be walking in it.
The Lord's intercession as Priest goes on for all the saints alike, because of their infirmities. We only know the value of it in our souls as we seek His path. He sought nothing on earth. "I receive not honour from man." (John 5:41)
The Hebrew Christians had declined from the truth of Christianity (5:12). They had once given up the attraction of earthly things, now they were again seeking them. "Ye took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing that in heaven ye have a better and an enduring substance." (10:34) He says, "Call to remembrance the former days." (10:32)
The present blessing of saints is not earthly but heavenly (3:1). The substance is there. It is an enduring substance (10:34), while all here is a shadow, as the former dispensation also was. (10;1)
As Aaron entered into the holiest once a year (9:7), so Christ has gone in for us, regarding our infirmities while in the wilderness (9:12). The result is the consciousness (for all who take Christ's path on earth) of His sympathy and His support (4:15; 2:18), and not of weak hands and "feeble knees." (12:12) And as Melchizedek met the victorious man of faith with bread and wine (7:1; cf. Gen. 14:18), so Christ meets us by a supply of what is heavenly (7:19). This last is conditional (2:3; 5:9-10; 10:26-29), and depends on whether in faith as a saint I have overcome the world (Sodom) in its friendly character (11:15). (It made a great man of Lot. [Gen. 19:1])
What we get then in Hebrew 11 is the exploits of faith. If faith thus wrought in saints of the past, leading them to give up the present for the future (11:25-26), if it thus wrought in a people whose blessings were earthly, what should it effect in us whose blessings are heavenly, and therefore all of another order? They got God and the future instead of the present. Therefore "God was not ashamed to be called their God, for He hath prepared for them a city." (11:16) The saints are solemnly warned. Esau once sought present blessing and lost the future. (12:15-17.) We get Christ's present portion (as man) as we give up the present. "As He is so are we in this world." (1 John 4:17) The soul is led into it.
The effect is seen in these Hebrews, who sought to return to what they had once given up, as it will also be seen in us. They had returned to "infancy," "and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat" (5:13). They were not going on to perfection; that is, to the knowledge of those things connected with Christ in glory. (6:1-12.) The effect in them was, their hands were "hanging down," and they had "feeble knees." The effect on others (saints as they) was, that "the lame was turned out of the way." (12:13)
The Lord took the place of suffering here. "He was in all points tempted like as we are, apart from sin" (4:15). As having trodden that path, he takes His place with those who are now treading it to lead them and to sing: "In the midst of the church will I sing praise unto Thee" (2:12; cf. Ps. 22:22). It is the opposite of hands "hanging down" and of "feeble knees." But if you refuse the sufferings of a godly man here you cannot join in the singing. He sings in His own individual joy, and you join Him if you are of His path. He is out of it, and his companions are in faith out of it with Him (13:13).
The Lord trod the earth as a perfect Son (5:8), and also as a perfect servant. (Phil. 2:7-8) Both places in measure are ours. The Father deals with us as with children (12:6-8). As a servant the Lord's language was, "Lo, I come to do Thy will, O God," (Heb. 10:7; cf Ps. 40:7-8) and the epistle closes with the exhortation to us, NOT to seek our own will, but "make you perfect in every work to do His will." (Chap. 13: 21.)
We are going through the wilderness in this epistle supported in all our infirmities, but as Christ was here so we are here to do God's will in the scene, having from above daily heavenly sustainment as we refuse this world. The Lord guide us in this great favour which He has shown us for His name sake. H. C. Anstey 1895
1 Peter 2:11 'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul'


s/p said...

Thanks :^)

AB said...

Pondering thatstudy
Been studying Romans 3.

We do tend to be sinful folk...and our faith and salvation enables us through Christ to move on to that higher call and path through Him. That said, we have this soft under belly and its a clear target for all Satan can toss our way (back to Eph 6). For the converted Jew...it was a return to the familiar and comfortable and the tossing aside God's gift of salvation through Christ. Satan cetainly wanted to derail the early church. Each of us has our unique soft spot Satan can use.

A story:
We are living close to a mission where indiginous pastors are preaching the gospel to the indiginous on Sunday as well as bible studies in the country during the week. I understnd a pastor has recently left the church. He was respected among the indiginous flock. He was also conducting bible study. New believers were becoming baptised.

I have learned recently that this pastor was putting on a movie for his study group...then would leave to have an affair with another woman. He then returned to close the study and return home to his wife. He left the mission claiming some other reason(understandably). The flock of sheep now see their ex-pastor in a different light...and possibly now are questioning the power of their faith. How powerful is this Jesus? (they might ask) I have no doubt this is occuring.

How can we put this all together to minister to the young sheep coming to belief who learn of this?

How can we explain salvation through faith in Christ...then a return again back to a sinful state?

How do we explain David's position eternally when he transgressed with Bathsheba?

I guess I would tell the indiginous sheep what is written in Ephesians 6....the importance of armour and the use of it. Satan wants to derail Christ and all that come to faith.

I guess I would encourage NOT judging...and to take the lesson to heart for themselves as also being volnerable to the whiles of Satan. To dig in ...carry on...

Pray with them and for them.

I would as well ecourage them in the faith as Paul did, teaching them all that the Lord has for us that continue to run.

These are hard sayings and tough times. If one shepherd leaves the door of the sheepfold then we as brethren have to interced...pray, teach and love.

Thanks brother! I always am encouraged by your teaching and then some....

May He come quickly!


" I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell." Ps 86 12,13

AB said...

intercede (correction)

tom m. said...

AB...you wrote:

"How can we put this all together to minister to the young sheep coming to belief who learn of this?

How can we explain salvation through faith in Christ...then a return again back to a sinful state?"
Not to despair. This is what can be called a "teachable moment" .

Matthew's gospel is one of many places where this subject is addressed. In the seventh chapter we are warned to:

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Corrupt fruit is proof of a "bad tree". A young believer should not be naive to the fact that their are in fact "wolves" wearing sheepskin suits and trying to pass themselves off as 'shepards'.

Very important for them to understand that speaking 'christianese" i.e. "Lord, Lord", is no proof of salvation, in themselves or others. Returning to a sinful state, as you are describing, is actually an indication that there never has been true salvation, i.e regeneration, merely profession. This is not at all uncommon. (This is another subject altogether)

Ye shall know them only by their fruits. They are never too young to learn this crucial premise.

You also wrote:

"I guess I would encourage NOT judging..."

For one side of that topic see 1 Cor. 5:11-13
And lastly, the Lord Himself will keep his own. This takes all the pressure of of any of us. His purposes cannot be not hindered by anything.

John 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

AB said...

Thanks brother....

The bad fruit option is most likely. Sure makes a mess!