• Source of Salvation

    Hebrews 5:9–10

    The Father, like He did with Christ, often uses suffering to set us apart for His work even though we cannot always see how He is doing this while the suffering is taking place. Look back and consider how God ...Read More

  • Suffering and Obedience

    Hebrews 5:7–8

    A great scholar once said that once he understood the reason for the Incarnation, he could never believe in a God who would not or could not take on a human nature. The incarnation of the Son of God and ...Read More

  • God Appointed Christ

    Hebrews 5:5–6

    God the Son willingly submitted to God the Father in order to achieve our redemption. Though we will never have to do the work of the Son, we are often called to submit to those within the church, the family, ...Read More

  • Called By God

    Hebrews 5:3–4

    Throughout the history of God’s people, men and women have sought office not to serve but to be served. But when men seek church offices in this way, they are not following the example of Christ who was appointed by ...Read More

  • The High Priest’s Purpose

    Hebrews 5:1–2

    The old covenant high priests offered sacrifices that satisfied God’s justice and demonstrated His mercy. God accepted the offerings from these imperfect men because He knew Christ’s own perfect sacrifice would cover their sins. Thank God for such an amazing ...Read More

  • Draw Near in Confidence

    Hebrews 4:16

    God’s holiness should indeed cause those who do not know Christ to run far away from Him. Those who know Christ, however, must remember Calvin’s assertion that “when Christ receives us under His protection and patronage, He covers with His ...Read More

  • Sympathetic to Weakness

    Hebrews 4:15

    Some theologians portray Christ’s sympathy with His people as weak and ineffectual. Though Christ may feel what we feel (insofar as our emotions are not sinful), He does not merely stand beside us whimpering and weighed down by emotion. Rather, ...Read More

  • Confidence in Christ

    Hebrews 4:14

    The book of Hebrews tells us to hold to our confession of faith not because we are able to do so but because Christ’s power will make us stand firm. We cannot trust in our ability to work up faith ...Read More

  • Explicit Vs. Implicit

    1 Corinthians 10:1–11

    Sometimes we downplay the importance of narratives for determining doctrine because they are generally less explicit than other portions of Scripture. Numbers 23:19, however, shows us that even narratives contain didactic statements. As you read biblical narratives, look out for ...Read More

  • Basic Literary Forms II

    Isaiah 55:12

    Many critics read the Bible differently than they read other books. Thus, passages like Matthew 13:31–32 are sometimes wrongly viewed as examples of error. Remind the critics you know that the Bible is a literary work, and, like other works, ...Read More

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