HEBREWS AND JAMES
This morning, I finished reading Hebrews and James. In Hebrews, we see the contrast between the Old Testament rituals (works) and the New Testament Saivor (Jesus, grace); but in James we see the difference from a faith that is professed, and a faith that works! So works in the context of the Old Testament was never enough for Salvation, and yet in the New Testament, works are called for from Christians after Salvation. Here are some little insights:
1) Christ is GOD! "appointed heir of all things"; "by whom also he made the worlds (creator); "express image of his person" (just like the Father); "upholding all things by the word of his power" (sustainer of life); "by himself purged our sins (redeemer); "worship him" (worship only ascribed to God); "But unto the Son he saith (the Father speaking), Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever"... For those who do not believe in Jesus Christ being God in flesh, let me say that God the Father believes that His Son is God in flesh!!; "Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of thine hands" (again, Jesus is the Creator with God the Father). Hebrews chapter one is a powerful testiment to the Deity of Jesus Christ. He is God of very God!!
2) Hebrews 10:37 "For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry." Jesus is coming again and it will be just a little while according to how God sees time. Of course, we see time differently, but still .... He is coming again!!
3) Hebrews 13:7, 17 FOLLOW YOUR PASTOR- In verse seven we are to "remember them" and "whose faith follow" as it relates to the pastor of your church, and in verse 17, we are told to "obey them" and "submit yourselves" to their leadership. I thought about Jesus submitting Himself while upon earth to imperfect parents and imperfect people, and if Jesus being perfect could submit to those who were imperfect; then we who are imperfect ought to be able to submit to others who, like us, are imperfect too! A Pastor is called of God to a position of leadership in the church and thus deserves the respect and follow ship that God demands of us. Whoever your pastor is, follow him.
4) THE PROBLEM WITH THE LAW- James 2:10 "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." We cannot keep the law perfectly, so we trust a Savior who did!! He is our substitute in obedience, and our substitute in punishment! He lived holy, and He died a sinful death for our sins, and He rose triumphant for our Salvation!! Praise God!!
Well, it's Sunday!! I'm so looking forward to getting with God's people this morning. I hope you have a blessed day yourself in church. If you are from around the Portland, OR area, I hope to see you myself in church this morning. May God bless you!!
Pastor Mike Mutchler
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