Hebrews Part 12


Learning a lot so far.

Bundled in my Logos package was a nifty little book… Here’s the exact citation of it.

Gromacki, Robert G. New Testament Survey. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1974.

If you’re using any other bible software (I recognize that for many readers, Logos is simply un-affordable – if it wasn’t for discount codes, my wife saving for my present, and some work that brought in extra money, I’d still be praying and wishing myself!)… make sure you get this little book. If it’s not available for your Bible software, consider going on Amazon and getting the hard copy. That makes it difficult in today’s digital age, as we tend to want all our library and tools inside our software. But this is a must get book.

I haven’t seen it question the Fundamentalist viewpoint of the Bible like a lot of Logos materials (most of the Faithlife stuff is very theologically liberal), but the way the author breaks things down was almost revolutionary. He’s obviously much farther along in the study of Biblical Contrastive thinking than I am.

Why did he have to show the superiority of Christ to the angels? In his first warning (2:1–4), he pointed out the difference between that “spoken by the angels” and that “spoken by the Lord.” Angels had a part in the giving of the law to Moses (cf. Gal. 3:19). Since those who disobeyed the Mosaic law were punished physically, is it not logical that those who disobey the word of Christ (and He is better than the angels) will receive a greater chastisement?

Robert G. Gromacki, New Testament Survey (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1974), 327.

You’ll save a lot of time by looking at what he has to say. It’s kind of like reading David Cloud – good to learn from someone who has most definitely spent a lifetime studying the Bible.

Something that Broadus mentioned was that our studies of the Bible draw upon the storehouse of all the times you’ve read it. Try not to read it like a Lubavitcher! It took me years to break that habit. To read like a Lubavitcher is to read through the Bible as fast as you can. Why? Lubavitchers have far more prayers to say than other Chassids, so they quickly get through the habit of reading as fast as you can.

I’m saying it now – if you’re in that habit, you might as well not even bother to read the Bible.

Remember this? “Lord, bid my brother divide his inheritance with me!”

What’s the response?

(insert Jeopardy theme here)

Time! You should have responded, “Who made me a judge over you?”

If you’re reading the bible quickly (just passing your eyes quickly across the page so you can get back to watching TV), nothing will happen. You’re probably not going to remember it. Read the Bible, or don’t read it at all. But don’t do fast reading and think, “I just read sixteen chapters of the Bilble!”

What did you read? What was it about?

“uhhh….”

Go back and do it again.

To really get a feel for what Hebrews is about, you should read the entire book at least five times. After a lot of reading, you can begin your study. We really haven’t done much in the way of interpreting yet. We’ve done reading.

So, create a new sermon plan in Logos. You want to read Hebrews every day for the next 5 days. Choose “documents” and “Generate a reading plan”, then “Read Hebrews by default in King James Bible every day and finishing in 1 session”. Then you go to the calendar view and add extra sessions.

This way, literally, logos will force you to read Hebrews every day for 5 days.

A proper understanding of Hebrews will do one thing, I guarantee it – you’ll stop worrying you can lose your salvation. Guarantee it. Remember, that Hebrews proceeds from the proposition that all its hypothetical questions are answered in “no”. this is something we’re going to test as we go along. People who’ve made a profession of faith, and walked away tend to avoid Hebrews for this very reason. We’re going to examine it, because after all, Peter denied Jesus Christ. Did he go to heaven?

The other apostles all abandoned Jesus Christ. Did they go to heaven?

Start your reading plan. See you tomorrow!

Hebrews part 16


Thanks to a peculiarity of how Thingamablog works… this one never got updated, but went in as a draft. But the things written in here are foundational to our study, so I’m throwing it up today.

“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” (Hebrews 1:3, KJV)

Sat down.

There’s no chair in the Tabernacle, or the Temple.

Why?

The Earthly high priest isn’t done with his work.

Our heavenly high priest is finished.

High priest, standing.

Jesus Christ, sitting.

Done.

sins are gone.

What sins of yours were in the future when Jesus Christ died?

All of them.

Purged and gone.

Whose salvation is it? Christ’s, to give to whom He wills. Who does He will it to? Anyone who will freely come, and recieve.

“And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.” (Exodus 24:8, KJV)

Sprinkling isn’t enough. You have to be submerged in it.

Settled A Long Time Ago!


“Again, an allegation may be made in negative form, and he who asserts a negative must prove it; as when the atheist asserts that there is no God he is logically bound to make good his assertion—if he can. But it is evident that he cannot do this; because, as John Foster pointed out, it would require universal knowledge to make good such an assertion, for, otherwise, somewhere beyond the bounds of the atheist’s knowledge might be proof that there is a God.”

Why? Why is it the Atheists burden?

” In controversial sermons it is essential that we should clearly perceive where lies the burden of proof, and sometimes in the statement of propositions and questions it may be well to make this formally clear to the hearers; and in general for clearness of discrimination and logical accuracy in argument the underlying principle of the burden of proof should be understood. This principle is well stated in the Roman legal formula: Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat (the proof lies upon him who affirms, not who denies). That is to say, He who alleges anything must prove his allegation; and, conversely, no man is required to prove the negative of another man’s assertion.”

John Albert Broadus, A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, ed. Edwin Charles Dargan, New (23d) ed. (New York: Hodder & Stoughton, 1898), 174.

Study Break 2 – Arianism II


There is an increasingly larger and larger percentage of Christianity that thinks that it’s okay to order God around. “God is powerless to act in this world due to Adam’s rebellion.” They teach. “This gave Satan legal license to this world.”

Hm. I don’t seem to really see that in my Bible. I’m teaching through Hebrews right now, to de-mystify what a lot of people conclude is the most difficult to understand book of the Bible. If there was ANY hint of this doctrine in the Bible, then it would be present here.

The problem with this doctrine, which springs from Arianism, is that – you can look and see that Satan does indeed consider himself lord of this world. It is in the Bible!

But nowhere does it say that God is powerless. God is simply not destroying Satan outright, because God has decreed the future from ages past. THe Bible says that. And in the parable of the Tares, God explains He does not removes the tares lest He uproot the wheat also. In other words, He’s trying to give everyone AMPLE time to make up their minds – choose God and Eternal LIfe – or choose sin and eternal punishment?

God is a limitless, infinite being. He is everywhere at once (omnipresent). He knows all things (omniscient). He is complete power (omnipotent).

He is really not powerless to act against Satan.

Yet we read of Kenneth Copeland rebuking Satan, while the Trinity stands nearby (a set of triplets, according to Copeland), completely powerless to act.

This unbiblical concept of a powerless God is taught by almost every last Word Faith teacher. It seems that all of them report visitations by God, or they ride a cable car to Heaven, where God begs them to help. “I need you, boy, I need you.” They report God as saying.

Okay, let’s check that against Scripture. Is Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Crefloe Dollar and the rest higher than Isaiah or Jeremiah? They must be, because God, who sends Jeremiah, does not beg him for help. “Jeremiah, I need you, boy! I need you! I’m powerless in this world without you!”

Jeremiah would have rightly looked at whoever was talking to him and said, “Who are you??? You are not the Lord of Hosts.”

Isaiah begged to be sent after being forgiven. And as amazing as his book of the Bible is, God never begged Isaiah for help.

Nor did God tell Daniel or Ezekiel that He was powerless to help! “I’d help you, but right now I cannot help without you asking me to!”

So, you have to start making uncomfortable conclusions that the god of Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, the god of Benny Hinn, the god of Myles Munroe, the god of Crefloe Dollar, the god of Joyce Meyer… is not the god of the Bible.

Yet when I say this, invariably, someone writes in a comment claiming I must not be saved!

Read the Bible for yourself. Odds are good that some of you believe this as well, because right now about 33% of Christianity claims to believe this doctrine, the powerless god, usually combined with the spiritual death of Jesus, and that Jesus was a created being. If you believe the last part, guaranteed – you are not saved.

THe rest I have grave questions about. I quote from another teacher here, Justin Peters, who says…

“A different Jesus is a different Gospel.”

“And a different Gospel cannot save.”

Study Break – Arianism


Arianism. I’ve touched on it a little.

How many have you have heard that Proverbs 8 is the description of the creation of Jesus Christ?

That’s Arianism.

“The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, Before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, Or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; When there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, Nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: When he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: When he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, That the waters should not pass his commandment: When he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: And I was daily his delight, Rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; And my delights were with the sons of men.” (Proverbs 8:22–31, KJV)

I’ve actually had my first pastor teach this. I’ve been unable to find him in the last few years. His church closed without warning, his TV show cancelled. There you go. He’s gone. not sure why.

But if he taught this and believed this, he’s a false teacher. He’s an Arianist. Arianism is agreed by just about every Bible teacher and preacher as a damnable heresy. You cannot believe this and be saved.

Here’s the part of that they leave out…

“Doth not wisdom cry? And understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way In the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, At the coming in at the doors.” (Proverbs 8:1–3, KJV)

Um… are you saying Jesus Christ is a woman??? No, obviously not. So they’re taking verses out of context to validate a pretext.

What scares me is I’m finding this passage listed on a LOT of so-called Christian websites.

Proverbs 8 is talking about Wisdom. It’s an allegorical passage. Was there literally a woman standing there in Jerusalem who if you fell in love with you’d get smarter? Nope. Proverbs sometimes uses hyperbole (exaggeration) and allegory to illustrate biblical truths. In other words, it’s a parable.

Does God rejoice in wisdom? Yes, because the Bible says it. how do you get wisdom? Heeding the Bible. Read it, heed it. How do you get a start on it? Fear of God. The Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

No fear of God, no wisdom.

Hence this Arianistic interpretation of Proverbs 8. My first pastor also taught you should order God around. you should rebuke Satan, because God is powerless to.

Um…

the God of the Bible is not powerless. This is another god they preach, another Jesus. A differnt Jesus is a different Gospel, and a diffferent Gospel cannot save.

Nothnig can be elected to be God. You are God or you’re not. To claim Jesus Christ is a created being is a heresy.

Go ahead. Wait until you’re at the Great White Throne and ORDER Jesus Christ to let you into heaven.

I’m standing as far away from you as I can, because that’s going to hurt!

Get saved. If you beleieve Jesus Christ is created… get saved.

Hebrews Part 11


“Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?” (Hebrews 1:4–5, KJV)

This verse completely invalidates the Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovah’s witness and Christadelphian claim Jesus Christ is an Angel.

The JW bible lists the verses in question as…

NWT2013] Hebrews 1:4 So he has become better than the angels to the extent that he has inherited a name more excellent than theirs. 5 For example, to which one of the angels did God ever say: “You are my son; today I have become your father”? And again: “I will become his father, and he will become my son”?

The word “example” is not in the Greek at all, peoples!

τίνι γὰρ τῶνἀγγέλων,

For (unto) which angels..

The NWT lies by putting “Example”. Why? This way they can shade a verse that refutes their doctrine into kind of supporting it. The JW will read that, and answer, “Why… Michael!”

To translate something to read the way you want it instead of what it says is lying, and Satan is the father of lies. So forget the Charles Taze Russell thing – Satan is the father of the Jehovah’s witnesses.

We’re now onto the first of the seven Old Testament quotations listed in Hebrews. I gave those back in the first installment of the series.

“I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:” (2 Samuel 7:14, KJV)

“I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee:” (1 Chronicles 17:13, KJV)

“I will declare the decree: The LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; This day have I begotten thee.” (Psalm 2:7, KJV)

“Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: For he will avenge the blood of his servants, And will render vengeance to his adversaries, And will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.” (Deuteronomy 32:43, KJV)

“Confounded be all they that serve graven images, That boast themselves of idols: Worship him, all ye gods.” (Psalm 97:7, KJV)

“Who maketh his angels spirits; His ministers a flaming fire:” (Psalm 104:4, KJV)

“Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: The sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: Therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee With the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” (Psalm 45:6–7, KJV)

Hopefully, as you’re reading through your devotions, you’ll start spotting the verses that Hebrews quotes!

On Bishops


Someone did a search that led them to this blog. The search was “what Christian Bishops should wear.” I’m assuming that was the tenses, because it was by someone to whom English is not their first language, I’m guessing.

A Christian Bishop is the same thing as an elder, which is the same thing as a Pastor.

A Christian pastor should, in Western culture, wear a suit, tie, and polished shoes to every service.

I hope this helped.