Hebrews – Revealing Our Heavenly Calling

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Hebrews presents convincing arguments to Christians who were formally from the nation of Israel, to show them that with God’s grace they could walk with the freedom of our heavenly calling (Hebrews 3:1), rather than by the works of the Law, which they were used to practicing.

Hebrews reveals Jesus Christ as Israel’s true high priest for sin, and that Jesus fulfilled the inner heart’s desire of men and women to walk with God, because with Christ the walk of grace becomes significantly more abundant through the absence of the Law.

Hebrews contains more Old Testament quotations than any other book in the New Testament (which were taken directly out of the Septuagint version, which is a Greek Text, rather than from the Hebrew Text).

One way to look at Hebrews when reading is to see the first seven chapters as though one were standing outside (and on the grounds of Old Testament Law), and peeking in the windows of a glorious mansion and seeing all kinds of wonderful things (in God’s grace). Then from chapter eight onward it would be similar to being inside this mansion, but rather than sitting on the furniture and really appreciating what’s inside (rather than noticing all wonderful things that God has given to men and women in grace, revealed to the believer in the Church Epistles), one would stand at the window and focus on what was outside (the Law), only the Law seems to have vanished away.

Hebrews details many truths that can prove beyond any doubt that Jesus was indeed the Messiah and that he was the substitute in every detail so that Israel (as well as anyone in the world) could receive the blessings that emanate from God’s grace. This may help give you a wonderful mind picture when reading Hebrews.

In Hebrews we see Jesus Christ, who was perfect in all that he accomplished for every believer, as he completely fulfilled the Law and revealed our heavenly calling that is founded and built upon God’s divine grace and presented to us to enjoy.

Hebrews 13:5-9:
-5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have {in grace}: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. {the Amplified Bible reads: I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax my hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]}
-6: So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
-7: Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith {believing faith} follow, considering the end of their conversation {in the Word of God that they speak and more importantly the Word of God that they themselves follow and practice}.
-8: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.
-9: Be not carried away with divers {many} and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

“Meats” does not mean food, but rather strange doctrines that feed the mind, and which bring no profit whatsoever into one’s life.

The Christian believer is always better off to have their lives flooded with God’s grace, and grace literally means that we have received unearned, undeserved favor from God above. The reason that we can establish our hearts with grace is because we are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8), rather than any works that we might do or have done.

We are all partakers of our heavenly calling, given to us in grace and enjoyed by us the more we come to appreciate that our hearts can be established by God’s grace.

Hebrews 4:16 – Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need {and that time is now, and with the comfort we have knowing that God will not leave us alone, we may absolutely enjoy Our Heavenly Calling into God’s very own household – Ephesians 2:18-22}.

Ezekiel – Revealing Our Covenant of Peace

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Old Testament times, Zion was God’s chosen place and is the place where God intended to inhabit (Psalms 132:13) and establish His covenant of peace.  Today in God’s grace, we believers are the chosen place where God inhabits (Ephesians 2:18-22) giving us spiritual peace.

Ezekiel 34:25-26:
-25:  And I {God} will make with them {believers} a covenant of peace {also see Ezekiel 37:26}, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
-26:  And I will make them and the places round about my hill {Zion} a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

The “covenant of peace” was given to those of the children of Israel who would believe and looked forward to the coming of Jesus Christ. Today, Jesus Christ has already come. He is our covenant of peace (with God), and he currently is residing within our hearts (Colossians 1:27).

This is the definition of the word Christian, for a Christian has Christ – within!

In Acts 10:36 we have an enlightening verse of Scripture: “The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:).” The Word of God that was sent to the children of Israel by God’s prophets was for “preaching peace by Jesus Christ” because all of the Scriptures relate to Jesus as he is the subject of the Word.

Then the verse states “he is Lord of all” because today he is our Lord of peace and our covenant of peace.

II Thessalonians 3:16 – Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

Jesus said “my peace I give unto you” (John 14:27), and “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace” (John 16:33). Jesus Christ, by giving his life for us, made an everlasting covenant of peace between God and man (believers).

Hebrews 13:20-21:
-20:  Now the God of peace {the architect of the covenant of our peace}, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood {the blood of Christ that washed our sins away} of the everlasting covenant {of peace},
-21:  Make you perfect {in our standing before God} in every good work to do his {God’s} will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through his accomplishments on our behalf. Since we have peace with God; He is able to work within our hearts to do that which is well-pleasing in His sight (Philippians 2:13).

Jesus Christ made an everlasting covenant for us by offering and giving his life (Hebrews 9:13-28) in order that we may boldly walk with God.

Ephesians 2:14-15:
-14: For he {Jesus Christ} is our peace, who hath made both one {believers from any walk of life}, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
-15: Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments; for to make in himself of twain {two} one new man, so making peace;

The “enmity” was a conflict between the children of Israel and the Gentiles because Israel thought they were God’s chosen people (and they were during the Old Testament times).

Now in God’s grace, in the New Testament age, any person who will simply accept Jesus Christ can become saved and enjoy our Covenant of Peace that we now have in and through Christ.

Call It What You Will, But Don’t Miss This Call!

“Now, at this moment in time, we are the recipient of a heavenly call to be in Christ that was first made known and answered in the first century by the Christian church. This is a call of unparalleled proportions as we become heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ– (see Romans 8:16-17). Philippians 3:20 reads, For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. The word conversation means our citizenship (see Ephesians 2:1822). This is a call to daily walk in Christ, knowing we are saved forever. For God hath not appointed {or called} us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us– I Thessalonians 5:9-10.” ~LMJ~