The Book of Hebrews

The book of Hebrews was written by Paul (disputed by many), between A.D. 65 and A.D. 85. Many place it after the book of II Timothy, circa A.D. 68. Some believe that Luke could have been the author of the book, as he was the scribe for Paul in the book of Acts. The general subject of the epistle is that the Messiah of the Old Testament Scriptures must suffer as Man (Incarnate Man), and that Jesus is the Messiah. The primary purpose of the letter to the Hebrews is to exhort Christians to persevere in the face of persecution. The central thought of the entire Epistle is the doctrine of the Person of Christ; His role as mediator between God and humanity, you and the world.

Hebrews 1

  1God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets. God spoke many times in many ways through the prophets. "Never listen to anyone who tells you that God didn't write the bible, man did." It was written by holy men of God that were "moved by the Holy Spirit." (II Peter 1:20-21). No prophecy ever came from the prophet's own understanding, nor private interpretation by man. "It all came from God through the Holy Spirit."

 2Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds. In these final days, God has spoken to us through His Son. God promised everything to His Son as an inheritance, and through the Son He created the universe. (Isaiah 45:18, John 1:3, I Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:16-17).

 3Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. Christ radiates God's own glory. "The Shekinah Glory," the very presence and character of God. He sustains everything by the mighty power of His command. When Christ cleansed us from our sins at the crucifixion, He sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of God in heaven. (I Peter 3:22, Revelation 3:21).

 4Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. The Son being far greater than the angels and the name God gave Him is greater than their names. "All are made subject unto Him." (I Peter 3:22, Philippians 2:9-11).

 5For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? Never said by God to any other angels what He said to Jesus. You are My Son, I have begotten thee and I will be your Father. (Psalm 2:7, Acts 13:33).

 6And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. Brought Jesus into the world for all the angels to worship Him. (Luke 2:9-14, I Peter 3:22, Revelation 5:9-12).

 7And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. Regarding the angels, their spirits are like the winds, and servants like flames of fire. (Psalm 104:4, Ezekiel 1:13-14, Zechariah 6:5).

 8But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. The very throne of God. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who will rule forever and ever with the scepter of justice. This scepter we are talking about here is the rod of iron at judgment day. (Psalm 2:9, Revelation 2:27). "Jesus Christ will be the eternal ruler."

 9Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. He loves only justice and hates evil. Anointed by the Heavenly Father with the Holy Spirit and with power. (Acts 10:38). To heal the broken hearted and all who were oppressed of the devil. (Luke 4:18). (Those in bondage to false teachings and traditions of men).

 10And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands. He laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with His hands. (Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 51:13, John 1:1-3). Read our newsletter study topic titled: "Three Earth Ages," for a better understanding of what happened in the past, and what lies ahead. 

 11They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment. They will all perish, but the Word (Our Lord Jesus Christ), remains forever. (Revelation 1:17-18).

 12And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. This heaven and earth age or any evil will be discarded like old clothing, but the Word will remain forever. Christ is the same yesterday, and today. (Hebrews 13:8).

 13But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? God never said to the angels, sit in the place of honor at My right hand. "He said it to Jesus Christ." (Matthew 22:44)

 14Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? The angels are only servants of the living God, sent to care for people who will inherit salvation. (Psalm 91:11). The prophets and teachers would have the same responsibility as the servants of God. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. (I Peter 1:12) Through the prophets, the Good News has been announced by those who preach in the power of the Holy Spirit, sent from heaven. Even the angels watch closely to these things which are happening.

Hebrews 2

  1Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. Listen carefully to the truth in the Word. Study the Word so it becomes clear and set in your mind; then you will have the wisdom and knowledge to speak about it. "Christians should spread truth not tradition."

 2For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward. This word angels here is "aggelos" strong's concordance G32 "a messenger" by implication a "pastor." The message of God delivered through the teachers of the Word. We had the angels, the prophets, and the apostles to bring forth the truth in the Word. Now we have many good pastors who bring forth God's Word with truth and understanding.

 3How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him. Do not neglect preaching salvation through Jesus Christ. Those who ignore the "teachings of Christ" have no truth and are in trouble.

 4God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? God confirmed the message with signs, wonders, and miracles. He also gives us the gifts of the "Holy Spirit" to who ever He wills to help carry out His master plan.

 5For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. It is not the angels who control the future of this world and the world to come. "It is Jesus Christ." King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who shall reign forever. (Revelation 11:15).

 6But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him? Written in the old testament: (Psalm 8:4-9). The Son of man was made lower than the angels; but crowned with glory and honor, having dominion over the works of the Heavenly Fathers hands.

 7Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands. The Son of man was made lower than the angels (because of the crucifixion); but crowned with glory and honor, having dominion over the works of the Heavenly Fathers hands. (Hebrews 2:9), He defeated death so that every man, woman and child could have salvation.

 8Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. Christ has authority and dominion over all things. He sits at the right hand of God, and all powers and authorities being made subject to Him. (I Peter 3:22), till He has put all enemies under His feet. (I Corinthians 15:24-25).

 9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. "The people seen it." Christ suffered the death for us, and "He is now crowned with glory and honor." He tasted and defeated death for all of us. (John 3:16), keep it in your mind, this is one of the most important verses in the bible.

 10For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. God chooses whomever He wills to the ministry and into glory. Jesus Christ, through His suffering was the perfect leader, fit to bring all people into their salvation. We are all children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. (Romans 9:25-26, II Corinthians 6:18, Galatians 3:26).

 11For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren. Jesus and the true believers who do the will of God all have the same Heavenly Father. That is why Jesus calls them brothers and sisters. (Matthew 12:48-50).

 12Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. Proclaim the name of God to the brothers and sisters. Praise Him in the midst of the assembled people. (Psalm 40:10, 111:1, John 18:20). Christ always spoke the truth openly to the world, we should do the same thing.

 13And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Always put your trust in the Heavenly Father just as Christ has. (John 10:29). "God loves when you trust in Him rather than man."

 14Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. Just as God's children are human beings; Christ came in the flesh so He could die and break the power of the devil. (The one who held the power of death). (Isaiah 25:8, Hosea 13:14, I Corinthians 15:54-55, II Timothy 1:10). Now death has been defeated.

 15And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. This was the only way He could set free all who lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. (I Corinthians 15:50-57, Romans 8:21, II Timothy 1:7).

 16For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Jesus Christ did not come like the angels to help them, but rather came to help the descendants of Abraham. (Genesis 22:18, Galatians 3:16, 3:29). "He came to help us."

 17Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. That is why it was necessary for Christ to be made like us in the flesh; so that He could be our High Priest before God. He was the sacrifice that would take away the sins of the world. (II Corinthians 5:18-21).

 18For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. Christ went through suffering and testing so that He is able to help us when we are being tested. (I Corinthians 10:13, II Peter 2:9, Revelation 3:10). Where was Christ tempted? (Matthew 4:1-10), when Christ was led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Now we have Christ and the Holy Spirit on our side to see us through all trials and tribulations in this world.

Hebrews 3

 1Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus. We are talking about those called by God to serve. The apostle (sent one), or teacher of the faith. Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. (2 Timothy 1:9). God calls not according to the works of one, or because we deserve it; but because that was part of His plan before the world began to show us His grace through Jesus Christ. You were chosen by God for His purpose and works. Jesus Christ being our high priest.

 2Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. Christ was faithful to the Heavenly Father who appointed Him. (John 6:38-40). Just as we are to be faithful to Christ who appointed us to the ministry. (I Timothy 1:12).

 3For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. Christ has all the glory in the many member body of Christ. He is the rock that the church (house of God), is built upon, not Peter. (Matthew 16:18). Christ is the head of the body, the church. (Colossians 1:18). Don't let anyone tell you that some man has the authority of God, like some denominations want you to believe.

 4For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. Man may build the house, but all things are built by God, both physically and spiritually.

 5And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after. Moses was a faithful servant of God's house. Moses revealed the truths God would reveal later. (Acts 3:22-23, 7:37). If you have a truth, don't be afraid to share it.

 6But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. Christ is in charge of God's entire house; the many member body of Christ are His faithful followers. He is in charge of us as long as we remain faithful till the end. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Matthew 24:13).

 7Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice. Hear what the Holy Spirit has to say. (John 5:25, 10:3, 10:16, 10:27, Revelation 3:20).

 8Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness. Paul is speaking of the old testament as an example when the Israelites hardened their hearts and rebelled against God. (Numbers 14:22-23).

 9When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. They tested and tried Gods patience, even though they saw His miracles for forty years. (Deuteronomy 8:2, Joshua 5:6).

 10Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. God was angry with Israel because they refused to listen to Him as usual. (Psalm 78:8). God would say that they are a little bit stupid with no understanding. "Always ready to do evil rather than good" (Jeremiah 4:22), as many do today. For this reason God sends many strong delusion, so that they will believe a lie. (II Thessalonians 2:10-12). Why? Because they just don't care... They wouldn't do anything with the truth if they knew it.

 11So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest. Those who do not accept the truth in the Word will never enter Gods place of rest. (Hebrews 3:18-19, 4:3). Have you been a little on edge lately?

 12Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. Be careful brothers and sisters. Make sure your hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning away from God. "Many will turn away from the faith in the end times as we see every day." Take God out of our nation, and it will fall.

 13But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Study and keep the Words of truth every day; encourage each other, so that you will not be deceived and harden your hearts against God. (James 1:14).

 14For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end. If we are faithful till the end, trusting God as firmly as when we first believed, then we will share all that belongs to Christ.

 15While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. When you hear His voice through the Holy Spirit, don't harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled. (Hebrews 3:7-8).

 16For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. Wasn't it the people Moses led out of Egypt that rebelled against God in the wilderness? (Psalm 78:17).

 17But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? They made God angry for 40 years. "What a bunch of losers as we would say today." (Numbers 26:64-65). "How long will the people of this world provoke God?" God is patient, but He has His limits.

 18And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? Speaking of the people who disobey God. "They will never enter His rest."

 19So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. They will not enter His rest if they are unbelievers. (Judges 1:5, John 3:18, 3:36). Those who believe in Christ shall have eternal life, but those who do not, "will not have eternal life."

Hebrews 4

 1Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. God's promise of rest still stands. (Some of you may not experience it). This word rest is "katapausis" Strong's G2663 "abode." You will find your rest in Christ through the Holy Spirit that dwells within you. "No Holy Spirit, No rest."

 2For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. The same Good News that we preached was given to the unbelievers. However, it did them no good because they didn't share the faith of those who listened to God. (I Thessalonians 1:5, 2:13, II Thessalonians 2:12-13). You listened when we brought you the "Good News" and you listened with great interest. You saw the proof of power in the Holy spirit and it gave you proof that what we were saying was true. Our very lives became more proof to you of the truth of our message. (But they still didn't believe).

 3For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. Only the believers can receive the "Holy Spirit" and have God abide in them. As for the unbelievers, they will never enter God's place of rest, even thought it was ready since the beginning. (Matthew 13:35). Jesus would open secrets in parables that were kept since the beginning of time. (Foundation here is "Themelios" in the Greek; at a time of the "Katabole," or overthrow of Satan in the first earth age).

 4For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. It was written in the old testament about the Sabbath day of rest. (Genesis 2:1-2). However, everyday can be a day of rest when you are in Christ and His Spirit is in you.

 5And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. "In other places God says, they will never enter My rest." (Hebrews 3:11, 4:3). Again, we will not have rest (or abide) with Christ, unless we are believers and keep the faith.

 6Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief. If you would rather listen to man instead of God like they did, you will never have rest in Christ. (Galatians 3:8). God promised Abraham that all nations would be blessed and the gentiles would have salvation. The condition here is; if they believe in Christ.

 7Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. God set another time also for entering His rest, and that time is today. God announced this through David, whom Christ would come through. (Acts 13:20-23). Through the seed of David, God raised unto Israel a Savior, Jesus Christ. "Emmanuel, "God with us."

 8For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. Note: Jesus here is Joshua. This should read: If Joshua had succeeded in giving them this rest, God would not have spoken about another day of rest still to come. (Joshua 22:4, 23:1).

 9There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. There is still a special rest waiting for the people of God. (Revelation 7:14-17). These are the ones who hang tough through the tribulation and are not deceived by Satan. They did the work they were supposed to do, and they washed their robes with the blood of the Lamb which is Christ.

 10For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. We will have that eternal rest when Christ returns and we inherit the kingdom of God. (Revelation 14:13). Your works are the only things that will go with you. The good things that you do in this life. As stated in Revelation 19:8, the fine linen that makes up our robes for the wedding feast of the lamb are (righteous acts of the saints), i.e. our righteous acts.

 11Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Do your best to enter that rest as a believer. If we have no faith and disobey God, we will fail. (II Peter 1:10-11). Work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen and you will not fail.

 12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. The Word of God is like a double edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit. It will expose our innermost thoughts and desires. (Revelation 1:16). The sharp two edged sword represents the Word of God. The Word can cut deep into our soul and set people straight, or it can teach us and build us up.

 13Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. You can't con God, nothing is hidden from Him, and He is the one we are all accountable to. (Revelation 20:11-15).

 14Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Our High Priest is Jesus Christ who entered heaven. So we should all hold firmly to what we believe. "Keeping The Faith." (Hebrews 10:23).

 15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Christ understands our weaknesses and knows what we need. He faced all of the same testing we do, and He did not sin. (Hebrews 2:17-18).

 16Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Come boldly to the throne of God. There we will receive His mercy and we will find grace to help us in time of need. (II Corinthians 12:9-10). We can take pleasure in our weaknesses for Christ's sake. "For when I am weak, them I am strong in Christ."

Hebrews 5

 1For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. The high priest would represent the people and would present their gifts to God and offer sacrifices. Now we have Christ as our "Sacrificial Lamb" and the blood and bloodless offerings are no longer needed.

 2Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. They were able to deal gently with ignorant and wayward people, because they were subject to the same weaknesses. (Having compassion for others). Just as we are to have compassion for others today. (Especially when teaching the Word). Be bold and to the point when teaching truth. However, have compassion for others who were like you before you came to the truth.

 3And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. That is why they offered sacrifices for their own sins as well as others. Today we have repentance for the forgiveness of our sins. "Never repent to any man," but rather directly to the Heavenly Father.

 4And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. You don't become a priest, pastor, or teacher of the word just for the recognition. You are called by God to serve the ministry. (John 3:27).

 5So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. Even Christ was chosen by God to become our High Priest. (John 3:16).

 6As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. A priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. (Genesis 14:18-19, Psalms 110:4).

 7Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared. Christ offered prayers and supplications to the Heavenly Father and God heard His prayers. What prayers are we talking about here? When Christ was hanging on the cross just before He yielded up the spirit. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken Me? (Matthew 27:46 Mark 15:34), Christ was not crying for help, and God did not forsake Him. Christ was quoting from a Psalm of David. (Psalm 22). Written about the crucifixion 1,000 years before the event took place.

 8Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. Christ was always obedient to the Heavenly Father. Christ came to us to fulfill the will of God. (John 4:34, 6:38, 15:10, Philippians 2:8).

 9And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him. Christ became qualified by the Heavenly Father to become the perfect High Priest and the main source of eternal salvation for all those who obey Him.

 10Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. God designated Him to be the High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 5:5-6, 6:20).

 11Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. We would like to say more on this, but it is difficult to explain since you are spiritually lazy and don't seem to listen. (Luke 24:25, Acts 28:27). Most people will not take the time to search deep into the scriptures.

 12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. You have been believers so long that you should be teaching others, but you need someone to take you back to the basic teachings of the Word. (Paul explaining to the Hebrews). You are like babies needing milk and cannot digest solid food. (I Corinthians 3:1-3, I Peter 2:2).

 13For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. If you still live on the milk of the Word, you are still an infant and don't know how to do what is right. (I Corinthians 13:11, 14:20, Ephesians 4:14). Many people in churches today never get out of the milk when it comes to learning truth in the word.

 14But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Solid food (in depth truth of the Word), is for those who are mature through training, having the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong. "It's called discerning the truth." (I Timothy 4:6-7, (I Corinthians 2:14-15, Philippians 1:9-10, I Thessalonians 5:21). Test everything that is said to be sure it is true. "Check out everything with the Word and stay focused on what is good from God."

Hebrews 6

 1Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God. Get over the basic teachings about Christ and get down to the meat of the Word. Salvation is important, but a church should not just teach salvation over and over. They need to teach chapter by chapter the full gospel of truth to bring the meat of the word to the congregation.

 2Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. You don't need further instruction about baptism, laying on of hands, the resurrection, and eternal judgment. You should be beyond all this if you are a mature Christian.

 3And this will we do, if God permit. God willing, lets move forward to further understanding. (There is much of the Word that needs to be taught yet). The majority of the people haven't a clue to what is going on. They have been in bondage by denominational doctrine, traditions of men, and false teachings.

 4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost. It is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened by the Word and who share in the Holy Spirit.

 5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come. Who have tasted the goodness of the Word and power of the new world age to come.

 6If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. Many turn away from God by rejecting the Son of God; they themselves are nailing Him to the cross once again. (If you believe that you are saved by Christ and that through repentance you will continue to be saved, there is no need to keep going over the things of salvation). Example: If you are baptized in Christ and become a believer (a new person as a Christian), you do not need to be re-baptized over and over because of some sin you might have committed. You just need to repent to our Heavenly Father and move on. He doesn't want to hear about it any longer, it is gone and you have a clean slate. "You are still saved, and a new creature in Christ." (Keep in mind that repentance of sin is between you and God; not you and some man).

 7For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God. When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has the blessings of God. The same goes for a Christian when the spirit is poured out upon them. What spirit? The Holy Spirit and all it's blessings of God. (Isaiah 44:3). The Holy Spirit is open to all who will ask for and except it.

 8But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. However, if the field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless, and the farmer will condemn that field and burn it up. "Those who do not follow the guidance by Christ and the Holy Spirit of truth, but would rather listen to man and false teachings." In other words, those who do not produce good fruit. (Matthew 3:10, 7:19, 25:41, John 15:6, Revelation 20:15).

 9But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. Even though we speak on these things, we don't really think it applies to you. We believe that you are meant for better things that come with salvation. "The fruit of the Spirit." (Galatians 5:22-23). When the Holy Spirit controls our lives we will produce good fruit. Love, joy, peace, kindness, patience, faithfulness.

 10For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. "God is always fair." He does not forget how hard you work in the ministry and how you have shown your love to Him by caring for others.

 11And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end. Our desire is that you keep loving and teaching others the truth till the end. This will make certain that what you hope for will come true. (Matthew 24:13, Revelation 2:26).

 12That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Then you will not become spiritually dead (stupid and lazy), and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God's promises because of their faith and endurance. (I John 2:25, Revelation 14:13).

 13For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself. The same promise that God made to Abraham. "He would multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven and the sands of the sea." All the nations would be blessed if they obey the voice of the Lord. (Genesis 22:15-18). The problem with our nation today is that they try to take God out of everything. Look what happened to other nations that did the same. "When you eliminate God you will fall."

 14Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. Bless and multiply your descendants beyond number. (Genesis 17:2).

 15And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. Abraham was patience and waited on the Lord and received what God had promised. (Exodus 1:7).

 16For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. When you take an oath, that oath should be binding, or don't take the oath at all.

 17Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath. God bound Himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise would know that He would not change His mind. "When our Heavenly Father says it, it is true and will come to pass."

 18That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us. When God gives His promise and oath, it is unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. "In hope of eternal life." (Titus 1:2).

 19Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. "It leads us into God's inner sanctuary." When Christ was crucified, the temple veil was rent from top to bottom at the crucifixion of Christ. (Matthew 27:51). "This gave us an open door into God's house."

 20Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Jesus has gone there for us and He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 5:10). The meaning of the name Melchizedek  is "King of Righteousness." Jesus Christ will be our most high Priest and righteous King for eternity.

Hebrews 7

 1For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him. The King of Salem Melchisedec (Melchi=king, sedec=the just), who was also a priest of the most high God, blessed Abraham after winning a battle against the kings. (Genesis 14:18-20).

 2To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace. Abraham gave one tenth (his tithe), of all he captured in battle to Melchizedec (king of justice), and king of Salem means (king of peace). Jesus Christ is our "King of Justice" and "King of Peace." (Isaiah 9:7-7, Jeremiah 23:5-6).

 3Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. No genealogy is recorded about Melchizedec. There is no record of Melchizedec's father or mother or any of his ancestors. (No record of the beginning or end to his life). The example of one who lives continually. "He remains a priest forever, resembling the Son of God."

 4Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. Abraham considered Melchizedec to be a very special person. He showed this by giving him a tenth of what he had taken in battle. (Perhaps he knew who he was, or was the one who would resemble the Son of God). "A type of Him who lives forever."

 5And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham. The law of Moses required that the priests who were the descendants of Levi, collect a tithe from the rest of the people of Israel, who are also descendants of Abraham.

 6But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. But Melchizedec, who was not a descendant of Levi, collected a tenth from Abraham and gave him a blessing, even though Abraham had already received the promises of God. (Genesis 22:17-18).

 7And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. The one who gives the blessings is always greater than the one who is blessed. 

 8And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. The regular priests who collected tithes are men that died. However, Melchizedec would be considered greater than they are because we are told that he lives on. Again, a type of the one who lives forever. (John 14:19, Revelation 1:18).

 9And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. The Levites who collected the tithes, paid a tithe to Melchizedec when their ancestor Abraham paid a tithe to him. (Genesis 14:20).

 10For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him. Levi wasn't born yet when Abraham paid the tithe to Melchizedec. (Genesis 35:11, Hebrews 7:5).

 11If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? If the Levitical priesthood (where the people received the law), could have achieved the perfection God intended, why would He have needed to establish a different priesthood, with a priest in the order of Melchizedec instead of the order of Levi and Aaron? "The law could not do it." In other words, you are not going to get to heaven (under the law), trying to keep the old laws and sacrifices. You need salvation through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He died for our sins so that we would all have a chance at salvation. The law did not work as it should and the people could not keep the laws. So, through Jesus Christ and upon repentance of our sins, we always have a clean slate and a chance at salvation through faith in Him. (Colossians 2:10-17).

 12For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. If the priesthood is changed, the law must also be changed to permit it. (Acts 6:13-14).

 13For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. The priests we are talking about here are from a different tribe who have never served at the altar as priests.

 14For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. The Lord came from the tribe of Judah, and Moses never mentioned priests coming from that tribe. (Romans 1:3, Revelation 5:5, 22:16).

 15And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest. It is very clear that a different priest has appeared in the order of Melchisedec. "It is Jesus Christ." (Psalm 110:4).

 16Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. Jesus became our priest, not by the law or meeting the physical requirements of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed.

 17For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Written in (Psalm 110:4).

 18For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. The old requirement about the priesthood was set aside because it was weak and useless. (Acts 13:39, Romans 8:3, Galatians 4:9, I Timothy 4:8).

 19For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. The law never made anything perfect. But now we have the confidence and hope through which we draw near to God. We have a better covenant, better promises, and a better resurrection. We now have Jesus Christ who was better than the angels and the law. (John 14:6, Romans 5:2, Ephesians 2:13-18).

 20And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest. We have our High Priest (Jesus Christ), established with a solemn oath. (Aaron's descendants became priests without such an oath). 

 21For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. There was an oath regarding Jesus Christ. God said it Himself. Where is it written? (Hebrews 6:16-18, 7:17, Psalm 110:4).

 22By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. "Jesus is the one who guarantees this better covenant with God." (Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24, Luke 22:20, I Corinthians 11:25).

 23And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death. There were many priests under the old system because death prevented them from remaining in office. (You see the priests of today come and go, and most of them are still in bondage under the traditions and laws of men).

 24But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. But our High Priests (Jesus Christ), lives forever and His priesthood lives forever. (I Samuel 2:35, Isaiah 9:6-7, John 12:34, Romans 6:9, Revelation 1:18).

 25Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. He is able to save all those who come to God through Him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. (Romans 8:34, I Timothy 2:5, I John 2:1-2, Revelation 8:3-4).

 26For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens. Our High Priest that is Holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He is set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven. (Mark 16:9, Ephesians 4:8-10, I Peter 3:22).

 27Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. The high priests of the old law had to offer sacrifices every day for their own sins and for the sins of the people. "Jesus did it once for all times." He offered Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. (Isaiah 53:10-12, Romans 6:10, Ephesians 2:22, Titus 2:14). We no longer need any priests to sacrifice for our sins, or perform any other ceremonies on our behalf. "DO NOT BE DECEIVED."

 28For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore. Under the law the high priests were limited by human weakness. (You can see it in many churches today). However, after the law, God appointed His Son with an oath, and His Son has been made "The Perfect High Priest" forever. Jesus Christ is the only one we need.

Hebrews 8

 1Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens. Here is the main point of what we have spoken. Our High Priest is Jesus Christ who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2, Revelations 3:21).

 2A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. He ministers in the heavenly tabernacle, the true place of worship made by God, not by man.

 3For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. Every high priest was required to offer gifts of sacrifice, and our High Priest must make an offering also. (Jesus made the offering). "He gave His life for His sacrifice." (John 6:51).

 4For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law. We have our earthly priests that are even around today, but Jesus Christ is our Heavenly Priest forever. The sacrificial laws are done away with so you don't need the earthly priests to hear you confess, or give penance for your sins as many believe. "This is mans law of tradition, not God's law." Do not be deceived!

 5Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. The earthly priests served in a system of worship that is only a copy. "Just a shadow of the real One in heaven." Even when Moses was getting ready to build the Tabernacle, God gave him a warning to make everything according to His plan. (Numbers 8:4, Acts 7:44).

 6But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. We now have Jesus Christ as our High Priest, and He has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood. (Even the priesthood of today). Christ mediates for us, a far better covenant and promise with God. In other words, you don't need any priest or man to be a mediator between you and God. (You can talk to God directly and have a personal relationship with Him).

 7For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. If the first covenant had been faultless (which is wasn't), there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it. It didn't work then and it don't work now. Those who think priests, or any man can be your mediator between you and God are being deceived and held in bondage by their false religion.

 8For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. God found fault with the people and He said that the day is coming when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. (All the nations Jew and Gentile alike). (Isaiah 55:3, Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24, Luke 22:20, I Corinthians 11:25).

 9Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. Not like the old covenant made with their ancestors when they were led out of the land of Egypt. They were not faithful to God and His covenant, so God turned His back on them. (Jeremiah 22:8-9, Ezekiel 16:59).

 10For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. This is the new covenant with the people says the Lord! "I will put My laws in their minds and in their hearts, and will be their God and they will be My people." (Jeremiah 31:33).

 11And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. They will all know the Lord in the end times, from the least to the greatest.

 12For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. I will forgive their wickedness, and forget their sins. (I John 2:1-2, Revelation 1:5).

 13In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. When God speaks of a new covenant, the one He made first is obsolete and out of date. Our "New Covenant" is with Jesus Christ. (II Corinthians 5:17). You’re a new creature, with a new frame of mind. The old life is gone and a new life begins. (Your now a servant of the living God).

Hebrews 9

 1Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. This type of worship was done in the tabernacle, made by man. (Exodus 25:8).

 2For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. There were two rooms in the Tabernacle. The first room held the lamp stand, a table, and the sacred loves of bread. This was called the Holy Place. (Exodus 26:33).

 3And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all. There was a curtain separating the rooms and behind this curtain was called the Most Holy Place. (Exodus 26:31-33). This curtain (veil), was the one that was rent from top to bottom when Christ was crucified. The earth violently shook when this was done. (Matthew 27:51).

 4Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant. In this room (the Most Holy Place), was a gold incense altar and a wooden chest called "the Ark of the Covenant." The Ark was covered with gold on all sides. Inside the Ark was a gold jar containing manna (the angels food), Aaron's staff, and the stone tablets (the ten commandments) of the covenant. (Deuteronomy 10:2-5).

 5And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. Above the Ark were the cherubim of divine glory. There wings stretched out over the Ark's cover, and the mercy seat (the place of atonement). (Exodus 25:17-22).

 6Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. The priests entered the first room regularly as they performed their religious duties. (Exodus 30:7-8).

 7But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people. Once a year the high priest entered the Most Holy Place, and offered blood for his own sins and the sins of the people. This word "errors" here is "agnoema" Strong's G51 a thing ignored, or shortcoming error. In other words, the sins the people committed in ignorance. (There are a lot of people today that are ignorant of the truth in the Word because they were never taught the truth). "They listen to man, false teachings and traditions of men." (Isaiah 9:16, 28:7, 29:14).

 8The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing. The Holy Spirit revealed that the entrance to the "Most High Place" was not freely open as long as the Tabernacle and system it represented were still in use. "Now we have access to the Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit." (John 10:9, 14:6, Ephesians 2:18).

 9Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience. This illustration pertains to the present time. The gifts and sacrifices that the priests offer are not able to cleanse the consciences of the people any longer. (They are no longer needed and are useless for us today).

 10Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. The old system concerning food, drink, various cleansing ceremonies, and physical regulations were only in effect until a better system could be established. Now we have that better system through Christ Jesus.

 11But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building. Christ is our High Priest over all good things that have come. He has entered the perfect Tabernacle in Heaven, which is not made by human hands, and is not part of this world. (Acts 17:24-25, II Corinthians 5:1).

 12Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Christ shed His own blood once for all time, and entered the Most Holy Place, securing our redemption forever. (Colossians 1:14, Revelation 1:5). 

 13For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh. Under the old system, the blood from animal sacrifices could cleanse people's bodies from ceremonial impurity.

 14How 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? Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sin so that we can worship the living God.

 15And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. Now Christ is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and the people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. Notice it says "they which are called." (Hebrews 3:1, Romans 8:30, II Thessalonians 2:14). God does the calling, will you answer. You as true Christians were told the Good News and were called by God to share the Good News and share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 16For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. This word "testament" is "diatheke" Strong's G1242 a disposition, a contract, a "will," covenant. In other words, when someone leaves a "will," it is necessary to prove that the person who made it is dead.

 17For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. The will only goes into effect after the person is dead.

 18Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. That is why the first covenant was put into effect with the blood of an animal. (Exodus 24:3-8).

 19For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people. In the old law, Moses would read each of the commandments to the people, and he would take the blood of the calves and goats, along with water, and sprinkle both the book of God's law and the people, using hyssop branches and scarlet wool.

 20Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Then he would say; "This blood confirms the covenant God has made with you."

 21Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. Then he would sprinkle blood on the Tabernacle and on everything used for worship.

 22And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. According to the law of Moses, everything was purified with blood. "Without the shedding of blood, there was no forgiveness."

 23It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. This is why the Tabernacle and everything in it (which were copies of things in heaven), were purified by the blood of animals. The real things in heaven had to be purified with a far better sacrifice than the blood of animals. "That sacrifice would be Jesus Christ." (I Peter 1:19-21, Revelation 5:9).

 24For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us. Christ did not enter into a holy place made by man, which was only a copy of the true holy place in heaven. He entered into heaven itself and sits on the right hand of God on our behalf. (I Peter 3:22, I John 2:1-2).

 25Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others. He did not enter heaven to offer Himself over and over again as a sacrifice like the high priest on earth would enter the Holy Place year after year. (This was for one and all times).

 26For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. If that were the case, Christ would have to die again and again, since the world began. He did it "once for all time," at the end of the age, to remove sin by His own death as a one time sacrifice. (Ephesians 5:2).

 27And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. Just as each person is destined to die once, and after that comes judgment. (II Corinthians 5:10).

 28So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Christ came "once for all times" to be a sacrifice for the sins of the world. He will come again at the second advent, not to deal with our sins, but to take vengeance on those against God and those who follow Satan. (II Peter 3:12, II Thessalonians 1:5-9).

Hebrews 10

 1For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. The old system under the law of Moses was just a shadow of things to come. The sacrifices repeated again and again were never able to provide complete cleansing for those who came to worship.

 2For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. If the old sacrifices provided perfect cleansing, they would have stopped, and the worshippers would have been purified once and for all. Their feelings of guilt would have disappeared.

 3But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. Those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins.

 4For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. The blood of bulls and goats will not take away sin. We are now under the new covenant. (John 1:29, Romans 11:27).

 5Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me. When Christ came into the world, He knew that God no longer wanted animal sacrifices, but rather Himself as a one time sacrifice for the sins of the world. (Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:35, Galatians 4:4).

 6In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. God does not like burnt offerings or other offerings for sin. (Malachi 1:10). God does not want your burnt offerings, rituals, or repetitious prayer. "He wants your love." (Mark 12:33, Hosea 6:6).

 7Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Christ would say, "I have come to do your will Father," as it is written in the scriptures. (John 4:34, 5:30, 6:38).

 8Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law. Christ said, "You did not want, and were not pleased with the sacrifices and offerings of the old law of Moses, even though they were required."

 9Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. Christ would go on to say, "I have come to do your will." The first covenant would be cancelled, in order to put the second into effect.

 10By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. It is God's will that we are made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. (I Corinthians 6:11).

 11And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. Under the old covenant, the priests ministered before the alter day after day, offering the same sacrifices over and over, but could never take away sins. "The same goes for today, no priest, pastor, or minister can take away, or give penance for your sins." Only God can forgive your sins upon repentance to Him and Him only. "Never confess your sins to any man or woman." (Unless you want your business spread around).

 12But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God. Our High Priest; Jesus Christ, offered Himself to God as a single sacrifice for the sins of the world. "Good for all time." Then He sat in the place of honor at the right hand of God. (Acts 2:33-34, Romans 8:34, Colossians 3:1).

 13From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. There He waits until His enemies are humbled and made a footstool under His feet. (Psalm 110:1, Matthew 22:44, Mark 12:36).

 14For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. By that one offering He made perfect those who are being made holy. (Romans 15:16).

 15Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before. The Holy Spirit is a witness to this. (John 15:26, I Peter 1:11-12, II Peter 1:21).

 16This 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. A new covenant for the people (those who believe), will be made. "The laws will now be in their hearts and in their minds." (Jeremiah 31:33-34, Romans 11:27).

 17And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Your sins will be erased (blotted out), upon repentance. God will never remember them again.

 18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. When your sins are forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifice, or penance. When God forgives you, That's That.

 19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. We can enter heaven's Most Holy Place because of the blood of Christ. (I John 2:1-2).

 20By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh. When Christ was crucified, the veil in the temple of the Most Holy Place was rent from top to bottom. Now we can enter the Most Holy Place as believers through Christ. (I Peter 3:18, I John 4:2).

 21And having an high priest over the house of God. We have our High Priest (Jesus Christ), who rules over the house of God. (II Corinthians 6:16-17, Ephesians 2:19-22). "No need for a priest, or pastor to be your intercessor." (You can speak directly to the Heavenly Father).

 22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. We can go into the very presence of God with sincere hearts as believers. Fully trusting Him, because our guilty consciences have been sprinkled clean with the blood of Christ. We have been washed (baptized), with pure water. (Matthew 3:11, Ephesians 5:26, I Peter 3:21).

 23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised). Hold tightly without wavering, God can be trusted to keep His promise. (I Corinthians 10:13).

 24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. Motivate and build up each other to acts of love and good works.

 25Not 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. Lets not neglect meeting together as some people do. Encourage one another as the days of Christ return is near.

 26For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins. If we deliberately continue to sin after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. In other words, if you come to the truth in the word and continue to ignore the truth, following false teachings, traditions of men, and the ways of the world, you may be in trouble. (II Peter 2:20-22). When you escape the ways of the world by coming to know Jesus Christ and then become tangled up and enslaved by sin again; you are worse off than before.

 27But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. When you ignore the truth, you can only look forward to the judgment of God who will consume His enemies. (II Thessalonians 1:8, Revelation 20:15). There will be vengeance on those against God and those who follow Satan.

 28He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses. Those who refused to obey the law of Moses were put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

 29Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? Just think how worse the punishment will be for those who trampled on the Son of God. Those who treat the blood of the covenant common and unholy, insulting the Holy Spirit who brings God's mercy to us. (I Corinthians 11:27, 11:29). If you believe Christ was an unworthy sacrifice, then you are guilty of sinning. You must believe that Christ was worthy and that He paid the price for you on the cross.

 30For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. Vengeance belongs to the Lord and He will judge His people soon enough. (Romans 12:19, Deuteronomy 32:35-36).

 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. You don't want to be on the bad side of the living God.

 32But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions. Think back on how you were when you first came to know Christ. Trying your best to be faithful even though you had some suffering. (II Timothy 4:7-8). "We need to remain faithful."

 33Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. Sometimes you were ridiculed, and sometimes you helped others who suffered the same thing. "Let them make fun of you, it will only make you stronger." (II Corinthians 12:10).

 34For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. You suffered with those who were put into jail; then you lost all your goods, but you accepted it with joy. You knew that there were better things coming. (Matthew 5:11-12).

 35Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. Stay confident and trust in the Lord, for a great reward is coming. Stay steadfast and unmovable in the work of the Lord. (I Corinthians 15:58). Take a stand when you work for the Lord. (Revelation 14:13, 19:7-8). Keep in mind that your works in this life are the only things you can take with you.

 36For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God's will. Then you will receive all the promises of God. (Colossians 3:24).

 37For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. The time is close for the return of Jesus Christ and He will not delay. (Revelation 22:20).

 38Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. God's righteous ones (true Christians), will live by faith. However, He will take no pleasure in those who turn away. (Psalm 5:4).

 39But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. Don't be like those who turn away from God and follow the ways of the world. Be faithful till the end and your soul will be saved. (Romans 10:9-10, I Thessalonians 5:9). God has not chosen to pour out His anger upon His believers, but rather save them through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 11

 1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith gives us confidence that what we hope for will really happen and assurance about things we cannot see. (Romans 8:24-25, II Corinthians 4:18).

 2For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith, the prophets and men of God from long ago earned a good reputation.

 3Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command. Referring to the dispensations of time ordered by God and how they came into being. (II Peter 3:5). Read our newsletter study topic titled "Three Earth Ages" for a better understanding of the dispensations in time. 

 4By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. This proved that Abel was a righteous man. His example of faith still speaks to us today through the scriptures. (Matthew 23:35, Luke 11:51, I John 3:11-12).

 5By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Enoch pleased God (by faith), and was taken up by God to heaven without dying. (Genesis 5:22-24).

 6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. It is impossible to please God without faith. If you want to come to God, you must believe that He exists, and He will reward those who seek Him. Seek the kingdom of God and He will add to you daily. (Matthew 6:33, Luke 12:31). "The King and His Dominion." Take action and seek the truth of His Word and make Him first in your life, and He will always take care of you.

 7By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. "Look at the faith that Noah had." He built a large boat to save his family and the righteous from the flood. He obeyed God and received the righteousness that comes by faith.

 8By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. It was by faith that Abraham listened to God and went to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. (Genesis 22:18).

 9By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise. It was by faith that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob lived as foreigners in a strange land to inherit the same promise. (Genesis 28:13-14). The promise that the seed (offspring), of all these families that flourished the earth, would be blessed.

 10For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Abraham looked forward by faith to the foundation of the eternal city built by God. (Revelation 21:14-22).

 11Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Sarah had faith in the Lord that she could have a child at her old age, even though she was surprised and kind of laughed at it. (Genesis 18:11-14).

 12Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. Abraham being called the father of many nations. (Genesis 22:17, 32:12)

 13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. All these people died having faith in God and what He promised them, even though they did not receive what was promised. But, they seen it all from a distance as foreigners on earth and welcomed it. (I Peter 1:1). Peter was a missionary, an apostle, (one sent forth), by Jesus Christ to the twelve tribes of Israel scattered abroad. (James 1:1). Many of which went north over the Caucus Mountains and settled in Europe and the Americas.

 14For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. Looking forward to a country they can call their own.

 15And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. If they longed for a country they came from, they could have gone back.

 16But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. They were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland, and God has prepared a place for them. (Matthew 25:34).

 17By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. "Abraham already received God's promise." But, he was still willing to offer his son. (Genesis 22:1-12).

 18Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called. God told him, "Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted." (Genesis 17:19).

 19Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. Abraham was thinking, if I offered my son as a sacrifice, God was able to bring him back to life again. (Romans 4:17-21).

 20By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith, Isaac promised blessings for the future of his two sons. (Genesis 27:27-40). Isaac shows us faith overcoming the will of the flesh, in that he blessed Jacob instead of Esau.

 21By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons. (Genesis 47:31, 48:5-22).

 22By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. It was by faith that Joseph (when he was about to die), said that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. "He even told the people to take his bones with them." (Joshua 24:32).

 23By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. It was by faith that the parents of Moses hid him for three months when he was born. They knew God had given them a special child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king's command. (Exodus 1:16, 1:22).

 24By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. Moses had the faith to stand, and refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. (Acts 7:21-24).

 25Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Moses chose to share the oppression of God's people, instead of enjoying the pleasures of sin.

 26Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. Moses was looking to the future. He knew it as better to suffer for the sake of Christ, than to own the treasures of Egypt.

 27By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Moses didn't leave the land of Egypt because he feared the king. It was by faith in God, keeping his eyes on the one who is invisible. (I Peter 1:8). (As true Christians, even though we cannot see Him, we still believe). God loves that kind of faith, and you can feel His presence through the Holy Spirit.

 28Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep Passover and sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons. (Exodus 12:21-30).

 29By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. It was by faith that the people of Israel passed through the red sea and the Egyptians were all drowned. (Exodus 14:13-31).

 30By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho and the walls came crashing down. (Joshua 6:3-20).

 31By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. It was by faith that Rahab was not destroyed with the other people in her city. She welcomed the spies into her house to hide them. (Joshua 2:1-22).

 32And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets. How much more do I have to tell you about these people of faith? Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. "The numbers go on and on."

 33Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. They did all these things by their faith.

 34Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. They quenched flames of fire, escaped death by the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength, and they became strong in battle against armies they fought.

 35Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection. Woman seen their loved ones come back again from death, but others were tortured for their faith, and refused to turn from their God, to be set free. They had the faith that their was a better life after the resurrection.

 36And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment. Many were mocked and whipped and others were chained in prison.

 37They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented. Some were stoned to death and some were sawed in half for their belief. Many were destitute and oppressed and mistreated.

 38(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. Many of them were just to good for this world, and had to hide in caves of the earth. (I Kings 18:4, 18:13).

 39And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise. All these people had a good reputation because of their faith, but none of them received all that God had promised. (Hebrews 11:13, Luke 10:23-24).

 40God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us. Jesus Christ, whom God has sent forth to be a propitiation through faith, in His blood for the remission of sins. A better hope that the law could not accomplish. (Hebrews 5:9, 7:19, 7:22, 8:6, 9:23, 12:23-24). White robes will be given to every one who had the true faith. And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. (Revelation 6:11). This also refers to the ones who remain on earth till this day. Many will still be persecuted for their faith. Many will be delivered up before Satan at the hour of temptation. (Mark 13:9-12). Again, Christ has foretold us all things. (Mark 13:13-23). Those who remain faithful till the end, not one hair on our heads will be touched. (Luke 21:18). Do not fear; Do not be deceived. Keep The Faith!

Hebrews 12

 1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. We are surrounded by a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith. Strip away the sin that may slow us down, so that we can run the race set before us by God with endurance. "We are to endure till the end." (Hebrews 6:15, Matthew 10:22, 24:13).

 2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Endure till the end by keeping your eyes on Jesus, the one who endured the cross, and is now sitting at the right hand of God.

 3For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Remember all the hostility Christ endured from the sinful people. "This should keep you from being so weary."

 4Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. You haven't given your life yet in your struggle against sin. "However, many have." (Revelation 18:24).

 5And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. God always encourages His children with discipline, so don't give up when He corrects you.

 6For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. The Lord disciplines who He loves as His children. "Just as parents should discipline their children if they truly love them." (Revelation 3:9).

 7If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? When God disciplines you, He is treating you as His own children. What father would not discipline his child who needs it? To many "time outs, redirects" and not enough "slaps on the butt" in today's world. That is why the youth of today are so spoiled, disrespectful, and get their way with parents and elders. (Ephesians 6:1-4).

 8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. If God does not discipline you when you need it, it means that you are not one of His chosen children at all.

 9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? If we respect our earthly father when he disciplines us, we should respect our Heavenly Father even more when we are disciplined. (James 4:10).

 10For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Our earthly father can only discipline us till we grow up, but our Heavenly Father can discipline us till we die, so that we might share in His holiness. (I Peter 2:9, II Peter 1:4). "You better watch out, He is watching."

 11Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Discipline can be painful at times, but afterward it gives you peaceful living the right way. (Isaiah 32:17).

 12Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees. Stand up and get a new grip on life. "You have God on your side." (Job 4:3-4, Isaiah 35:3).

 13And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow the straight path as an example to others, so they can become strong. (Galatians 6:1, Jude 1:22-23).

 14Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. Be at peace with everyone when possible. Work at living a holy life. Listen to the teachings of Christ and try your best to live by them. (I John 3:2, Ephesians 5:5, II Corinthians 7:1, Matthew 5:8).

 15Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled. Look after each other so that none of you fail to receive the grace of God. Beware of false teachings and traditions of men that will corrupt many. (II Peter 2:1-2).

 16Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. Make sure no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who sold his birthright as the firstborn son for a meal. (Genesis 25:31-34).

 17For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. He begged his father for his blessing, but he was rejected. (To late for repentance now). "This applies to us in the end times." Once the Lord shuts the door, it will be to late to enter the kingdom of God. (Luke 13:24-27).

 18For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest. You haven't come to the physical mountain of flaming fire, darkness and gloom, and whirlwind, as the Israelites did at Mount Sinai. (Exodus 20:18).

 19And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more. They heard the trumpet blast and begged God to stop speaking. (Exodus 20:18-19, Deuteronomy 5:24-27).

 20For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart. They could not bear what God commanded. "Even if an animal touched the mountain of God, it must be stoned to death." (Exodus 19:13).

 21And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake. "Even Moses was terrified and trembling." (Exodus 19:16, 19:19).

 22But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels. Now under the new covenant, we can come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God. The heavenly Jerusalem and the gathering of thousands of angels. "The messengers of God." (Romans 9:26, I Thessalonians 1:9, Revelation 5:11-12).

 23To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect. The assembly of the prophets and the apostles (God's messengers), and the many member body of Christ, who's names are written in the book of life. You all have come to God, who is the judge over all things. (Luke 10:20, Philippians 4:3, Revelation 7:14-17).

 24And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. When you come to Christ you are under the new covenant and He mediates between you and God, and you and the world. "Christ shed His blood for you." (Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24, Luke 22:20).

 25See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven. The people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses (an earthly messenger). So, you will certainly not escape if you reject the One who speaks from heaven. "Listen to your Heavenly Father when He speaks to you through the Word."

 26Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. He will not only shake the earth in the end times, but will shake the heavens also. (Isaiah 13:13, Joel 3:16, Haggai 2:6-7).

 27And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. All earthly things since creation will be shaken and removed, and only the unshakable things will remain. "The Word remains forever." (Matthew 24:35, II Peter 3:10-11). All evil will be gone and only good will remain. 

 28Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. Stick to the Word of God and receive the kingdom that is unshakable. "All God wants is your love." (Hosea 6:6).

 29For our God is a consuming fire. God is a consuming fire that will warm the hearts of those who love Him, but will take vengeance on those who do not know Him and follow Satan. (II Thessalonians 1:8).

Hebrews 13

 1Let brotherly love continue. Love your neighbor as yourself. (II John 1:5-6). When all possible, get along with your family members, co-workers, neighbors, friends and other Christians. If not possible, just stay away from them.

 2Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Show hospitality towards strangers and treat them with respect. Many have entertained angels without realizing it. (I Peter 4:9).

 3Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. Remember those who have been put in prison for teaching the Word, and also those who have been mistreated by others as if you felt their pain yourself. (I Corinthians 12:26, I Peter 3:8).

 4Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Honor your husband or wife as a man and woman and remain faithful to one another. God will judge the immoral people and those who commit adultery. (I Corinthians 6:9, II Corinthians 5:10).

 5Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Don't be a lover of money and material things of the world. Be satisfied with what you have. God is always there to take care of you. He has said, "I will never fail you, and never abandon you." (Matthew 6:25, 6:34, Isaiah 41:10, 41:17).

 6So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. We can be confident that the Lord is our helper and have no fear. When the Lord is on your side, what can people do to you. This should bring our attention to (Matthew 10:28). Don't fear them that can kill the body, but rather fear Him that can destroy both the body and the soul.

 7Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Remember those who have taught you the Word of God. If good has come from their lives, follow the example of their faith. (II Thessalonians 3:9).

 8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. He is the same from the beginning and till the end. (Revelation 1:8).

 9Be not carried about with divers 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. Don't follow new and strange doctrines or traditions of men. Stick to the Word of God as it is written. (Titus 1:14-15).

 10We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. We have the alter of God from which no priests have the right to eat. (I Corinthians 10:17). One body in Christ; Christ was the bread of life. (He took the stripes on the cross).

 11For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Under the old system the priest brought the blood of animals to the Holy Place as a sacrifice for sin. Then the bodies of the animal were burned outside the camp. (Leviticus 4:16-21).

 12Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates by shedding His blood for the sins of the world. (John 19:17).

 13Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. Keep your eyes of Jesus, outside the camp, and bear the disgrace He bore. (II Corinthians 12:10, I Peter 4:14-16). If you are made fun of or insulted for being a Christian; don't let it get you down, for then the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you.

 14For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. This world is not our permanent home, but rather look forward to our home with God yet to come. (II Peter 3:13-14).

 15By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Give all the glory to God in everything you do and give thanks in Jesus name. "Christ always thanked the Father." (Matthew 11:25).

 16But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Always try to do good and share the truth with those in need, and you will always please God. (Galatians 6:6).

 17Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. Listen to a good teacher of the Word and learn. Their work is to watch over the children of God, and they are accountable to God for what they teach you. Remember, if you want to be a priest, pastor, or teacher of the Word, you have a great responsibility to the congregation and God will hold you responsible. (Judgment begins at the pulpit)!

 18Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. Pray for your pastor if you have a good one, so that they can live honorably in everything they do. (Ephesians 6:19-20, Colossians 4:3).

 19But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner. The apostle Paul wanted to return to them soon and asked them to pray for him.

 20Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant. It was God who brought Jesus back from the dead, "the great Shepherd of the sheep," who shed His blood of the everlasting covenant. (Matthew 26:28).

 21Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. May God equip you with all you need to do His will through the power of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. "All the glory going to God the Father." (Matthew 28:20).

 22And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words. Paul was instructing them to pay attention to what he has written to them.

 23Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you. Paul was letting them know that Timothy was released from prison, and that if possible, he would bring him to visit them. 

 24Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you. Greet all your leaders and all the believers there. The believers form Italy send you their greetings.

 25Grace be with you all. Amen. May God's grace be with you all.

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