TEMPTATION, OUR HELPER, THE HEAVENLY CALLING
Wednesday – Aug 23, 2017
Greetings and welcome back to our Bible Study from the wonderful Book of Hebrews. It is also Wednesday and the day I remind us all to pray for Israel, the Jews, and Jerusalem. The picture is of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Unfortunately, the temple there today is for Allah but very soon that mount will be transformed by the Third Temple, the welcoming Temple of The Messiah, Jesus. This is a Covenant people and they currently occupy only a small fraction of the land to which they have Covenant deed from God. Likewise, the Church of the living God is occupying only a small fraction of the promises of God.
Isaiah 62:1 (KJV)
1 For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
Now, let’s direct our attention back to our study from the Book of Hebrews and read our text together.
Hebrews 3:1-3 (KJV)
1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
We have been studying the superiority of the Son (Jesus – The Word) to angels and Prophets and in fact has been re-established as God. We have seen (hopefully already knew) that He did not chose to yield to any temptation and was therefore without sin. Do we believe that we also can choose not to yield to any temptation and also be without sin? The devil sold the Church on the idea that sin is inevitable and we just have to deal with it, and move on to the next inevitable sin. Wow, isn’t that a whooper but that is preached as the Truth across America and around the world. When we choose to sin, we have bought the lie, and have walked into the darkness out of the light. The good news is that we have a very merciful Savior, a High Priest, our advocate and intercessor in our time of trouble, the One who is able to keep us from falling.
Jude 1:21-24 (KJV)
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
Remember as you read verse twenty-one above that Bible ‘love’ is obedience to the Word, so we are to keep ourselves in obedience to the Word of God. Give thanks for verse twenty-two who I believe are the intercessors God has in our lives (they make a difference, sometimes all the difference). Thank you, Jesus, that you are able to keep me and present me without fault to the Father and do it with great joy. This only happens when we turn to the One who succors us when we run boldly to the throne of Grace, choosing Him and not the lie, choosing the obedience to the Word of God.
As we look back to our primary text, Hebrews 3:1-3, we see that because we have One who is able to help us we are able to be “partakers of the heavenly calling” and we are called upon to consider, examine the example, of “the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus:” Let’s consider for a moment what is being talked about with the phrase “partakes of the heavenly calling”. Is this referring only to the fact that we have a calling (destiny) to go to Heaven? A calling is something we are uniquely talented and gifted to perform whether in the natural realm, the spiritual realm or both. Our Heavenly calling is that which we are instructed of God, instructed from Heaven to accomplish on behalf of the Kingdom of God in the earth. Heaven is a foregone conclusion for the saints of God, it is not a place we are striving to get to, it is a place we are from on a mission in the earth and world.
Remember, there are seven eternal commandments of God that apply to all people for all time. Those are to be fruitful, multiply, replenish the earth, to subdue the earth (bend it to our will), care for the garden (what is given us of God), to guard all that is given us, and not to mix good with evil. We each have unique and special assignments in the pillars established by Wisdom of the world system which mirror the pillars of the Heavenly system. Within this large Kingdom of God framework we each have unique and special assignments that that we are increasingly proficient at with our continuous molding and conforming to His likeness and image. We must be able to say, when you have seen me you have seen Jesus and therefore the Father. Lord willing, I will pick-up right here tomorrow.
Until our next publication, I speak blessing into your life right now, receive it in the name of Jesus, confess it, and walk it out with thanksgiving.
Numbers 6:24-26 (KJV)
24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
By: Dr. David Wood, Author, Bible Teacher, and Prophetic Voice
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