Bible Pathway – December 14

Read Hebrews 8

Highlights:

Perfection of Christ’s sacrifice; exhortation to hold fast to faith.

He said, Sacrifice . . . and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein . . . Then said He, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God (Heb. 10:8-9).

The Old Testament’s God-ordained Aaronic priesthood, animal sacrifices, and Temple ceremonies were all symbolic and were fulfilled in Christ. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (9:13-14). He was the One True Sacrifice and is the One Eternal High Priest. It is Christ who is the sacrifice to end all sacrifices. As the Scripture says, He was the true perfect Lamb of God. It is through His death on the cross that God’s old Covenant with man is fulfilled.

God required the Israelites to offer sacrifices and offerings for sin. But no sacrifice or offering could truly satisfy God or restore fellowship between God and man because they could not produce complete atonement for sin. These sacrifices and offerings were only symbolic of Christ who was to come. When Christ came, He did not do away with all these things, but fulfilled them all. The time of the Law was to give way to the age of grace. Jesus would hold nothing back in bringing to fruition God’s plan. This was not a new idea. The plan all along was for Jesus to offer His life as a substitutionary sacrifice for all mankind.

Christ’s words: Lo, I come to do Thy will, O God, expressed His willingness to do everything necessary to carry out God’s plan to redeem lost mankind. For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified . . . This is the Covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My Laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them (Heb. 10:14,16). By receiving Christ as Lord and Savior, God the Holy Spirit would now dwell within the hearts of all believers.

Life under the grace of Christ enables us to serve God without the bondage of following a legalized way of life. Christ will now guide our lives by the Word and by the Holy Spirit. We praise the Lord for the privilege to obey Him with all our Hearts!

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching (Heb. 10:23-25).

Thought for the Day: When we are aware of our unworthiness, we will seek God’s mercy.

Cross References:

For Heb. 8:5: See Ex. 25:40Heb. 8:8-12: See Jer. 31:31-34Heb. 9:20-21: See Ex. 24:8Heb. 10:5-7: See Ps. 40:6-8Heb. 10:12-13: See Ps. 110:1Heb. 10:16-17: See Jer. 31:33-34Heb. 10:30: See Deut. 32:35-36Heb. 10:37-38: See Hab. 2:3-4.

Word Studies:

8:10 New Covenant, I will . . . write them in their hearts, in contrast to the Old Covenant — written in stone; 9:2 candlestick, lampstand; 10:33 gazingstock, object of public ridicule; 10:36 patience, steadfast endurance, trust; 10:39 perdition, state of being eternally lost.

Prayer Suggestion: Rejoice over and pray for those who share the Good News (Nah. 1:15).

Memory Verse for the Week: Luke 1:37

Vertical Connection – December 14

As human beings we are good when it comes to doing, looking for solutions and solving. They taught us that our future is in our hands and that what happens with it will depend, plain and simple, on how much or little we work for the proposed goals and dreams. However, we do not seem to be as prepared for when things, despite our efforts, do not go well, when circumstances get out of our hands and no matter how hard we fight, we simply cannot achieve those things we dream of or better those promises that God gave us in his word. It is then that Psalm 27:14 gives us an idea of ​​how to handle these situations. Wait for Jehovah; Be strong, and let your heart be encouraged; Yes, wait for Jehovah. Psalm 27:14  In this equation it appears that the order of the factors is definitely important. We must first wait for Jehovah, that is, seek his will, ask for his guidance, and wait for our Heavenly Father; knowledgeable of all things, not only of your abilities but of your past and future; It shows you the plans it has for your life, so before spending a lot of energy on things that will not work, seek the advice and direction of your creator. Then comes the part in which we are experts, once you know God’s plans for your life, then be strong, be brave, don’t get tired, don’t give up, work, and when that moment comes when you don’t see the results you expected. , when things do not go the way you wanted and it seems that God was wrong in what he told you, do not allow discouragement to come into your life, Before the psalm says that you are encouraged, that you do not faint, that you do not faint, remember that with God we do not live by what we see, but by what we know and your certainty must be that God goes before you, that He is the one who opens or closes doors and that the results will always depend on the sovereignty of God. We must learn to do our part and trust that God will do his part, as did Abraham, who lived waiting for that promise that he would be a father and trusted even though his body was almost dead and his wife was sterile. Rom 4:20 “Before God’s promise he did not waver like an unbeliever, but he reaffirmed himself in his faith and gave glory to God, fully convinced that God had the power to fulfill what he had promised.” (NIV). Therefore the last point is to rest, trust and wait, this is the best moment for God to show you that he is sovereign, Therefore remain faithful to your tasks and to God, wait on the Lord with Faith, prayer and humble submission to his will. Fill yourself with courage and courage. Trust in God, keep your spirits even in the midst of difficulties and dangers, allow your heart to rest in God, and don’t let anything move you. Those who hope in God have reason to be confident despite the circumstances. Isaiah 26: 3, “You will keep in complete peace the one whose mind continues on you; because he has trusted you ”. Dilean Cañas

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Why Christmas? Because of Calvary – Love Worth Finding – December 14

Why Christmas? Because of Calvary.

DECEMBER 14

“Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

Why did Jesus come? Luke 19:10 tells us. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.”

Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me” John 14:6. He is the solitary Savior, the only Savior.

I’ve often said Jesus is not a good way to Heaven. Jesus is not the best way to Heaven. Jesus is the only way to Heaven. When you say that, a lot of people get their hackles up, but I still want to tell you, apart from Jesus, there is no salvation. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

He’s not just one more Savior. If He’s not the only Savior, He’s no Savior because He said He was the only one. And if He said He’s the only one, and He’s not the only one, then He’s a liar, and a liar is nobody’s Savior. I’ve got some wonderful news for you, friend. He can save anyone.

Because of the birthday of Jesus, each year you are one year closer to  Heaven, one year closer, if you know Him, to seeing His dear face. Who is Jesus? He is the Son of God who left Heaven, came to this earth, suffered, bled, died, and walked out of that grave a living, risen Savior. He’s the one who sent me to tell you that He loves you.

He wants to save you and He will save you today if you’ll give Him your heart. If you have not already done so, do it today. Pray, “Jesus, I give You my heart. I believe You died to save me. You will save me if I trust in You. I do trust You, Jesus. I’m trusting You today.”

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A Volcano, An Island, and The Gospel

A Volcano, An Island, and The Gospel

Acts 2: 19-20
“And I will show wonders in heaven above, And signs on the earth below, Blood and fire and vapor of smoke; The sun will be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the great and manifest day of the Lord comes … “

Since I live and work near Mount St. Helens, it is familiar to me to relate the 1980 eruption to the Gospel. Interestingly, some recent research has suggested that another volcano could have been used to spread the Gospel, not just to visitors, but to an entire island nation.

The colonization of Iceland is believed to have occurred around 870 to 930 AD. The Viking settlers were pagans, worshiping the gods of Old Norse Mythology. However, the young colony was almost completely converted to Christianity by the year 1000. Secular historians, wishing to attribute nothing to the power of the Holy Spirit, have wondered what influenced the widespread change of faith.

For our part, as Christians, we do not deny that God can use natural phenomena, which are, after all, under His control, to bring about changes in people’s beliefs. In the case of Iceland, it appears that the Eldgjá volcano, to the south of the island, erupted in 939. Recent research suggests that this was a devastating eruption, darkening the sky over much of Europe, and causing a cold summer. at 940.

At this point, we turn to historical research. The Icelandic epic poem, Vǫluspá, or “Prophecy of the Seeress”, recounts how the pagan gods of the island ended and were replaced by a new unique God. The poem dates back to the year 961. The poem also relates that the sky darkened and the weather cooled, if this had not happened. Perhaps the memory of that devastating eruption just 22 years earlier was used to encourage people to turn to the one true God.

Prayer: Lord God, we recognize, that you are bigger than any volcano, and bigger than any climatic disaster. We thank you for leading and guiding us at all times, and we pray for the preaching of the Gospel throughout the world. Amen.

Ref: Volcanic Eruption Influenced Conversion to Christianity in Iceland, from Cambridge University, <http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/volcanic-eruption-influenced-icelands-conversion-to-christianity&gt;, visited 03/23/2018.

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