The Activity of the Spirit in the Church, Part 58

John Farley
September 15, 2013

The Activity of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Church Age believers, part 58.

God in His word warns us, as believers, against the perils of unbelief, and that in the strongest possible terms.

Our portion for studying the perils of unbelief will be Hebrews chapters 3 and 4.

The purpose of the book of Hebrews is to instruct Jewish believers that Judaism had been superceded by our Lord Jesus Christ.

The method employed by the Holy Spirit is to show the absolute superiority of Christ over all that had gone before.

The original audience for Hebrews was a group of Jewish Christians who had converted to Christianity years ago.

They were discouraged because they were suffering, and because they were still dealing with their sinfulness.

Our loving Father, in His mercy and grace, rushed to meet this great need by having the Holy Spirit move His servant to write this great Epistle to them.

This letter was written as an encouragement, an exhortation to persevere in their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

It was written to rally these Jewish Christians around the absolute superiority of the Lord Jesus Christ, in particular over all that had gone before.

Hebrews encourages faithful perseverance in light of the superlative final word God has spoken in Christ.

Christ is superior to everything that went before:

The old revelation
Its angelic mediators
The first exodus (Moses and Joshua)
The entire priestly system

God’s people can have complete confidence in God’s Son, the perfect High Priest, who gives all believers full access to God.

Eph 2:18
for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.

The first subject taken up in Hebrews 1 is not our salvation or blessing, but the Person and place of God’s Son!

The fundamental truth set forth in Hebrews is that Christ Himself, the Son of God, IS God’s message, His voice to us!

The Holy Spirit inspired the writer of Hebrews to portray His eternal deity and glory; …

His real humanity; and His session at the right hand of the Majesty on high.



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