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Our Vision 2020 reading this week is from James through Revelation. While reading in James, I noticed in verse 1:25 how James tells his readers that they are to abide in the Law of Liberty. If you notice in 1:1, James is writing to the Jewish believers who have already been dispersed out of the Land of Israel. When James mentions the Law of Liberty he is, by design, contrasting that with the Law of Moses. These Jewish believers had just stepped away from the Law of Moses. Jesus actually completed the Law of Moses. Jesus was the goal of the Law of Moses. Now, they are joyously obligated to the Law of Liberty. Moses tells them the same thing in 2:12. Again, the Law of Liberty.

 

In Romans 8:2, The Apostle Paul tells the Roman believers about the Law of the Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 9:21, Paul calls it the Law of Christ. Paul also mentions the Law of Christ in Galatians 6:2.

 

In 2 Corinthians 3:1-11, that same Law is presented in contrast to the Law of Condemnation.

The Law of Condemnation was written on tablets of stone. The Law of Christ/the Spirit/Liberty is written on human hearts...our hearts.

 

The Law of the Spirit is written by the Holy Spirit. This Law is part of the New Covenant. Jesus instituted the New Covenant with His Apostles at the Last Supper. The Church was then brought into the New Covenant. Ephesians 3:1-6 then explains that the New Covenant was made with the Jewish believers first. The Gentile believers became partakers, with the Jewish believers, of this New Covenant and became members of this new Law. In other words, we are all in this together.

 

Now, to study this new Covenant and the Law of Christ/the Spirit/Liberty. That would be an important study. Perhaps someday we will all do this together.

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Jesus is Better Than...

This week’s reading takes us from 1 Timothy-Hebrews 13.  These are all letters. Are they all written by the Apostle Paul? No one seems to be certain about Hebrews. Otherwise, yes.

 

I would like to focus on Hebrews chapter 1 in this EBlast. The letter is filled with seeing Jesus in many ways.  The author is making it clear that Jesus is better than angels, the Levitical priesthood, Levitical sacrifices, He has a better covenant and a better tabernacle, and more.

 

In chapter 1, the author makes quite a few points. In verses 1,2 we are told that God spoke in many ways to the patriarchs of Israel. He especially used prophets and the Law of Moses (portions).  Now (then), He has spoken in His Son.  Jesus, the Messiah, is the exact radiance of the glory of the Heavenly Father.  In other words, the best way to see or know God the Father is by seeing or knowing God the Son.

 

In verses 2,3 and 4 we are told the following:

The Son is the heir of all things from the Father;

The Son made the world;

The Son upholds all things;

The Son made purification of sin;

The Son finished the job (He sat down);

The Son is better than angels...he has a better name.

And we have gotten through only verse 4 of the letter.

 

Note in verse 8 how we are told of the throne and scepter of Jesus the Messiah. Do you remember discussing the scepter which Jacob promised to Judah in Genesis chapter 49?  We see here a fulfillment of this promise to Judah as Jesus is the ultimate King who comes from the tribe of Judah.

 

Yes, Hebrews is full. Read it slowly. It is very understandable. Pay attention and learn about the Son of God.

 

One last point from chapter 1. Have you ever heard of guardian angels?  Check out verse 14. Notice how angels are sent out to render service to those who inherit salvation. We are the inheritors of God’s salvation. The angels render service on our behalf. Very nice.

 

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