MERCIFUL AND FAITHFUL
Friday – Aug 11, 2017
Greetings and welcome back to our Bible Study from the wonderful Book of Hebrews. God is so good, giving us His written Word, giving us His Holy Spirit to teach us, and giving us persons appointed to the Five-Fold Ministry to bring illumination and guidance. Oh, what a good God. It is Friday and the picture of the beautiful Baptist Church in Belgrade Maine is our reminder to pray for the body of believers across America. I am led of the Spirit to ask that we pray for every leader in government across the land and in our Churches. Pray that they be surrounded with Godly people who will be faithful to illuminate the boundaries of the Kingdom of God. Now let’s turn to the Book of Hebrews and our primary text.
Hebrews 2:14-18 (KJV)
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
God through Jesus did not reach out to or come to take away the sin of angels but the seed of Abraham. Angels are not eligible for redemption for two reasons, one is that they apparently have no covenant with God and two they had no deceiver. Their sin was in the full light of knowledge and was willful. We discussed yesterday that Abraham’s righteousness was of faith and our faith in God, specifically Christ, makes us as the seed of Abraham and we are grafted into the same root as the believing Jew. When we consider what an anathema sin must be to God we are then astonished at the mercy of God, and His patience and persistence to reconcile us back to Himself.
Jesus came in a natural body like the ones we are running around in and faced all of the challenges of the curse, the temptations of the devil, and the world. We are reconciled to the Father (to God) at salvation being baptized into Christ Jesus and the Father. If we sin we need an intercessor, an advocate, to stand in the gap and give us a space of time (mercy) for repentance. Unrepented sin requires a trial and a judgment, the judge is God, the prosecutor is the Devil, and our attorney (advocate) is Jesus. True repentance cleans the spiritual slate and Jesus steps back and full fellowship with God (v. 7 below) is restored. The physical slate can be a different matter depending on the sin. Before we go to the next Scripture reference to amplify the function of Jesus before God the Father on our behalf let me point out that we are priests (intercessors) in the earth standing in the gap for saints and sinners alike as led of the Spirit of God. Now let’s turn to 1st John.
1 John 1:5-10 (KJV)
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
What a wonderful sweet deal we have freely been given. Notice in verse five it says that “God is light” would this also mean that since we are in His image and likeness and of like kind we are also light? Is it possible for us to be pure light, no shadow of turning (no darkness) in us which was the reality for Jesus? The answers are yes, we are light, yes, we are to have no shadow of turning like our Father, and yes, we are to be just like Jesus. That being the case, let’s get about the business of being sons like Jesus before the Father. The 7th verse tells us that if we will stay in the light, in the Word, doing the Word then we are in the light and our fellowship with God is unhindered. The word ‘cleanseth’ in the same verse is present active tense meaning the Blood of Jesus is ever present and able to cleanse us when we confess our sin. The physical Blood of Jesus on the Mercy seat in Heaven is the evidence that our Covenant is ratified. The pierced hands and feet, and riven side of Jesus (whom we are in) is the sign of the Covenant. How many of us have told ourselves that we have no sin yet we walk in poverty and sickness and other evidence of the curse active in our lives? How many of us have rejected the still quiet voice of the Holy Spirit when He has attempted to bring correction into our lives. We have batted it away, dismissed it from our thinking, moved on, and soon it is out of our consciousness. Stiff necked with a hardened heart.
This brings us to the 9th verse of 1st John one telling us that God is faithful and just to forgive our sin when we confess the sin. It is our Blood Covenant right. He cleansed Jesus and restored Him, so He will also cleanse and restore us. If there is sin in our lives and we will not listen to the Holy Spirit, the Holy Word of God, nor others that come into our life in one fashion or another illuminating our sin and we will not take responsibility for that sin we are calling Him a liar. Seems like calling God a liar is a real compounding problem. Furthermore, He says that when we refuse to acknowledge our sin the Word of God is not in us. What a horrible place to be. Let us examine ourselves, ask God to examine us and repent. We can never walk in the fulness of God’s wonderful plan for our lives contaminated with sin.
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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