Prelude to Light
Hebrews seen in the Light of Truth.
God's Word was given First to the Jew and Jewish Converts.
Portions of the church/Ecclesia have developed gross misconceptions concerning the intent of the letter written to the Hebrews. The Epistle to the Hebrews was not designed by the writer, perhaps Paul, to be parsed over, and erroneously deemed to be God's doctrine speaking to the gentile church. The main purpose of the letter was to redress the Jewish converts who came to Messiah/Christ, but were vacillating in their understanding of God's New Covenant in the Blood of Christ Jesus verses the old Mosaic covenant in the blood sacrifice's of animals. Therefore the writer sought to bring to the Jewish convert a greater clarification to the vast superiority of God's New Covenant in the Life Blood of the righteous Man Yeshua haMashiach, (Jesus, the Christ of God,) Who was crucified to death for the remission of the sins of man-kind. While it is understood that the Spirit of the Letter to the Hebrews is set in the Truth that is Christ Jesus, nevertheless let us glean properly its contents with the help of God's Spirit of Wisdom.
For unto which of the angels said God at
any time: Thou art My Son
this day have I begotten Thee.
(See Psalm 2 verse 7 and Hebrews 1 verse 5.)
And to the Son, the Almighty God declares of Christ:
Thy Throne, O God, is for ever and ever:
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Thy Kingdom. Thou has loved
righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore God, Thy God, has anointed Thee with
the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.
(Compare the strength of God's Covenant Words in the old and yet the new Hebrews 1 verse 8 thru 12, and Psalm 45 verse 6 thru 7, and Psalm 102 verse 24 thru 28, and Psalm 110 verse 1.)
Before the beginning of Elohim's Salvation Word of Promise, given in the Garden of Eden, the Infinite God's justice and mercy had already been at work: For in the beginning, Elohim brought forth His creation of free flowing time, where the Christ of God was crucified before the foundation of the world. The first Man/Adam rebelled against his Maker and brought sin and death to himself and to his prodigy. But in the flow of time, God's justice would conceive in His mercy a second Man/Adam, to be named Yeshua/Jesus. This son of Adam was Incarnately conceived in the genetic seed from the first Woman/Ishshah, and would defeat sin and death with His resurrection, and bring the Life of the Spirit of God to all who would fully believe in Him. The Eternal, all-knowing God of His creation of time and all substance, would bring about the destruction of evil with the Perfect Love and Obedience of the Last Adam, the genetic Son of Adam, the son of Man Jesus/Yeshua.
The prophet Isaiah bore witness to the Jewish king Ahaz of the Eternal Power of the Almighty's Word, as the Isaiah prophecies to the house of David: Therefore, the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and His Name shall be Immanuel. (See Isaiah 7 verse 14 thru 16.) Approximately 365 years later, in the sixth month of the Jewish calendar, Gabriel, the angel of the Lord appeared unto a Hebrew woman named Mary and said: Fear not Mary, for thou has found favor with God. And behold, thou shall conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and you shall call His Name Jesus/Yeshua. Then said Mary to the Angel, "How shall this be seeing I know not man. And the angel answered her saying: "The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the Power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: Therefore that Holy Thing, Which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God". (See Luke 1 verse 26 thru 38.)
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways: But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, Whom He appointed Heir of all things, and through Whom also He made the universe. The Son is the radiance of Godís Glory and the exact representation of His Being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (Hebrews 1 verse 1 thru 3.)
Yeshua/Jesus, as the Incarnate Son of His Father Yahweh, would be born the Last true genetic Son of Adam, and then as the unblemished Man, He would totally fulfill God's Garden Promise with His Sacrificial Love and perfect obedience to His Father God: Thus Yeshua haMashiach with His crucifixion death and resurrection into Life, brought the Salvation of Yahweh to the dead in sin. For God so Loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, so that whosoever believes IN Christ/Messiah's suffering, death, burial and His resurrection into the Life of His Eternal Father, then they that are born of Christ's Spirit, will also in their following the Way of Christ, would enter into that very Life of Christ.
If you are risen with Christ, then seek those things which are above where Christ sits on the right Hand of the Almighty. Set your desires on things that are above, and not on things of or on the earth. For you are dead, and your Life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, Who is our Life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with Him in Glory. (See Colossians 3 verse 1 thru 4.)
Now that the Word of God was conceived in the genetic flesh from the first Adam, then as Man, Jesus Christ would totally fulfill the righteousness of the Torah. Jesus/Yeshua, as the Son of Man/Adam became the Lord our Righteousness, bringing an end to the works within the Law (Torah) that could never justify sinful man kind. Therefore the former works of the Torah with the animal sacrifices in the Mosaic Covenant were of none affect and became an affront to God; for the Almighty gave the Love of His Only Begotten Son, Yeshua, for the sins of the world that are condemned by the Decalogue (Ten Commandments). With the coming advent of the Promised Messiah, the prophet Isaiah had indeed forewarned the future Jew of God's rebuke to this matter of the token former animal sacrifices for sin: "He that kills an ox, is as if he slew a man. He that sacrifices a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck. He that offers an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood. He that burns incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yes, they have chosen their ways, and their souls delight in their abominations. (See Isaiah 66 verse 1 thru 5.)
As we have seen in Scripture the animal sacrifices are berated and completely abolished in God's New Covenant in the Life Blood of His Beloved Son. The Law in Commandments is spiritual, and spiritually the 10 Commandments are intended to work condemnation within human offences: For the carnal man, there are no human efficacious works that mediate offences committed against God's 10 spiritual Commandments. In the Mosaic law or outside of the Torah, any acts of human self-righteousness presented before the Eyes of the Infinite God Almighty is seen as filthy rags. (Consider Romans 2 verse 9 thru 15.) Perhaps at this time, it might be advantageous for the reader to see "The Law, a Quagmire of Confusion".
To satisfy God's Justice, then Christ Jesus the Word of God with us, had to be born in the original genetic flesh of the fallen first Adam. Yahweh God, the Infinite Creator of time, oversaw time, and in His Omniscience, He would intervene in keeping of the undefiled genetics of the first Man/Adam through the genetic lineage of God's chosen Hebrews. The first Adam of the earth committed treason against his Maker and brought death to all of man kind, but the second Man in His Perfect Love and Obedience to the Father of all things within His creation, brought forth the Spirit of Life to all that believe in the Christ of God. Jesus Christ, in His Love and total obedience to His Father, became the absolute fulfillment of the Heart of the Mosaic Covenant, and became God's High Priest, and only intercessor for sinful man kind. Just once a year, at Yom Kippur, the Levitical high priest would enter into the holiest place of the tabernacle made with human hands, and offer the sacrificial blood of animals as an atonement for the sin's of the people of Israel: But this Man Christ Jesus, with His perfect offering of His Life Blood, sat down at the Right Hand of His Father, and being made a High Priest forever, and became the only intercessor for His peoples sins, and the only Way of Entrance into His Father's Throne Room of Grace. This is My Blood of the New Covenant that is shed for many for the remission of sin.
Seeing 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. For we have not a High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities: For He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the Throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the time of need. (Hebrews 4 verse 14 thru 16.)
Unfortunately there is a gross lack of understanding in sects of Christianity that have created many carry over errors in the interpretation of Hebrews that have essentially dismissed God's New Covenant Table of Grace. The Grace of God's Table is administered through the Almighty's Holy Spirit of Grace in Christ Jesus. For Jesus the Christ of God states an absolute fact: "No one comes to the Father except by Me." Now as our High Priest, Jesus/Yeshua haMashiach provides the only Entrance into Yahweh God's Holiest Sanctuary through the veil which is His Body and His Blood that cleanses the flesh of His contrite ones. The Apostle Paul asks rhetorical questions in the following passage of Divine Inspiration. I speak as to wise men: Judge all of you of what I say: The Cup of Blessing which we bless, is it not the Communion of the Blood of Christ? The Bread which we break, is it not the Communion of the Body of Christ? For we being many are one Bread and One Body; for we are all (to be) partakers of that One Bread. (1st Corinthians 10 verse 15 thru 17.) And the many that are in the One Bread that is the Unleavened Body of Christ Jesus, needs the Life giving Blood of God's Christ, for true Life to flow from God's Spirit of Grace that Sanctifies the many repentant sinners in the Body of Christ Jesus. This is My Blood of the New Covenant that is shed for many for the remission of sin. Truly, Truly I say unto you, Except you eat of the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, You have no Life you. There is no life in sin, but only the stench of death, Period. The sinful flesh and blood of man kind does not inherit the kingdom of God, and neither does that nature of death exist in the presence of the Almighty God of the Living, Period.
The Letter to the Hebrews was written as an exhortation to the new believing Jews, and was written by a redeemed Jewish author, who knew the workings of the Mosaic Law, with its priesthood and the settings of the earthly Tabernacle made by the hands of earthly man. The redeemed author was warning the new Jewish converts to not waver in their new found faith in what is the absolute sufficiency of God's New and Eternal Covenant Sacrifice in the Life Blood of the Almighty's only Begotten Son, Yeshua/Jesus. All things of the Gospel, pertain to the Eternal's Unfailing Word of Promise that Elohim gave in the Garden of Eden. In the proper moment, within His time, the Almighty's Holy Word was conceived in the ovum of the Hebrew virgin woman named Mary; for indeed God's Word of Promise must be born of the genetic flesh of the first Adam/Man. We witness in chapters 9 and 10 of the Letter addressed to the Hebrews, that the new Jewish converts, having come to a new faith in God, were being warned not to return to the sanctuary, made by human hands, so as to fall back on the Jewish animal sacrifices that the Levitical priesthood performed in their 'daily work' for the sins of the people of Israel. For indeed, the life blood of an animal can never take away the sin within the soul of guilty man; for the animal is a far lesser soul than the Man/Adam that Elohim originally created in His own Image and Likeness. (If not previously visited then See "The Soul and the Life".)
With the Selfless Sacrifice of God's Christ, now and forever, the old animal sacrifices for sin, along with the Levitical priesthood, had been remitted by Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh the Lord God Almighty. (See Hebrew 10 verse 18.) But now Christ Jesus the Man, has made for the redeemed an entrance into the Holiest Place of His Father with His Perfect Sacrifice of Love to His Father God Almighty. The Heavenly Entrance into the Holiest Place, not made with human hands, is gained only through the veil that is the Flesh of our High Priest. In His faithfulness to the Word of His Father, the Man Jesus/Yeshuah the Messiah, cleanses the believers with the sprinkling of His Sanctifying Life Blood: I AM the Way, I AM the Truth, I AM the Life of man. No one comes to the Father except by Me. Sin remains innately in the nature of our flesh, and the flesh of fallen man does not ever come into the Presence of Holy Yahweh God Almighty. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth: for the Father seeks such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. (John 4 verse 23 thru 24.) For it is the Spirit that bears Witness, because the Spirit is Truth. (1st John 5 verse 6.) Significant point for reconsideration in the interpretation of the Truth.
That One Entrance into the Holiness of His Father God is only though Christ Jesus the Truth of the Spirit of God. The disciples of the Way and the Truth and the Life are to remember the full strength of God's New Covenant of Love that is forever established in the Holy Blood Sacrifice of Yahweh's only Begotten Son Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah. Christ's Provisions for abundant Life are established in the Truth of the Eternal Word of His Father, and ministered in and through God's Spirit of Grace that is One with the Water and Blood of the Almighty's Only Begotten Son. (See 1st Corinthians 10 verse15 thru 17.)
At the 3 yearly Feasts of the Lord, God's Law of Covenant justice required that all of the men of Israel would appear before the Lord and bring with them a presentation offering. Witness that our Savior, The Lord Christ Jesus gave Himself as a Presentation Offering (Chagigah) to be received by His Father God as satisfaction for all the sins of man kind. Yeshua/Jesus the Last Adam as the genetic Son of Man presented to Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, a Son's Perfect Love and Obedience, of which, Holy Yahweh was eternally pleased. Indeed the Holy Word of Yahweh did not return to Him void, but accomplished that which was set before Him, even before the foundation of the world. (See all of Isaiah 55 verse 3 thru 11.)
The first Adam/Man brought death to all of mankind: However God's Living Word conceived in the original generational flesh of Adam, was crucified to death for the sins of the world, but in righteousness was raised in the Life of the Eternal God. Jesus returned to the Almighty God in absolute victory over man's sin and death, whereby Christ's victory over sin and death, established God's Covenant Word of Truth given to save man kind.
Therefore, Yahweh the Lord God Almighty said to His Holy One: Thou art My Son: (Psalm 2 verse 7.) And then, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. (Psalm 110 verse 4.) (See also the text from Hebrews 5 verse 5 thru 10.) We all, believing Jew and Gentile alike, can find corrective relief from our omission or commission of our confessed sin's of our earthly flesh, for they are covered over by the Perfect Love of our High Priest, the Man Christ Jesus: For all confessed sin is propitiated within the Communal Thanksgiving Offering of the Messiah's Body and Life Blood. The Lord of creation, knowing that we are but fallen flesh, inaugurated at His Passover Table of Unleavened Bread, His Communion within Him, so we would come to the full knowledge of the sanctifying TRUTH that is Christ. We eat in the Spirit of Faith of the One Bread of Heaven and are cleansed in the Life Blood of Christ's Spirit of Holiness. Through our High Priest, it is with humility that we may boldly enter into the Presence of Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh Lord God Almighty and present our supplications to His Throne of Grace. (See Hebrews 10 verse 19 thru 25.)
Beholding the Written Truth, now let us contemplate Hebrews 10 verse 26: For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the Truth (that is Christ Jesus); then there remains no more sacrifices for sin. First of all, the verse is addressing the converted Jew that is confused between the Mosaic sacrifices of animals for sin, and that of the all sufficiency of Christ, the Man's Sacrifice for sin. The animal sacrifices for sins in the old Mosaic covenant are now 'dead works' of confusion, for these works have been done away in Christ Jesus the Man, the Son of Adam with His Life giving Blood of God's New Covenant of Grace. Today, much of the church/ecclesia, just like the converted Jew, is in dogmatic confusion on this essential point, for they do not understand the fullness of the Grace in God's New Blood Covenant in His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. In Christ, the soul of the believer is reborn by the Holy Spirit of God, and through the indwelling of His Spirit of holiness, we are to have the mind of Christ, but nevertheless the mind of sin remains in the corruption of our flesh. James, the half brother of Jesus, speaks to the schizophrenic church of our double mindedness, and so the Truth smacks all of us between the eyes.
You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do you think that the scripture says in vain: The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy? Wherefore He says, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God, then resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: Let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up. (See James 4 verse 4 thru 10.)
Now the author of Hebrews says to the Jewish convert: This is the time that you ought to be teachers, but you have need that one teach you again the first principles of the Word of God. (See Hebrews 5 verse 9 thru 14.) In these verses the writer of Hebrews is admonishing the Jews, as if they were babes in need of the pabulum of the Word of God, rather than skilled individuals who would know the Way of Righteousness that is in the Promised One of God. And so we rehearse again the first oracle of God into the ears of the confused.
God Almighty instituted the original Covenant in the blood of the animals of sacrifice to provide a way for His Mercy to set aside the sins of the circumcised Jews. The many ordered covenant sacrifices were to be maintained by the Levitical priesthood of Israel as a rite that God established for His forgiveness of the acknowledged sins of the repentant children of Israel. The people of Israel were not to be ignorant of sin, for the Decalogue of Commandments was given to Moses on Mount Sinai to expose the corrosive nature of sin within the contrite spirit of the fleshly minds of the children of Israel. Afterwards, the Wisdom of God established His Council of conduct within the whole of the Torah/Instructions that He gave to Moses. All of the Instructions and Commandments were designed to protect the True genetic lineage of Adam/Man through the faithful children of Israel, until God's Promised Messiah, would come in the true genetic flesh of God's creation of the first Adam, and defeat sin and death in His flesh as the Son of Adam/Man. (See Creation of Man.)
Elohim's original Covenant Word was given in the Garden of Eden, and the Almighty's Word could only be made true within the pure genetic race from His beginning creation of the first Man/Adam. Through His foreknowledge of time, Almighty God would intervene in time to protect His Covenant Word of Truth, given in the Garden of Eden. For this reason alone, the lineage of the Hebrew race became known as God's chosen people. It was at the time of Israel's deliverance from Egypt that Israel's children voiced their acceptance of God's Covenant agreement at Mount Sinai. The Covenant agreement would continue until the Hebraic Messianic Man of God's Heart should come forth from the seed of Woman/Ishshah, just as Elohim had promised in the Garden of Eden. It was absolutely imperative that God's Salvation Word (Yeshuah) would not fail in any point of God's Promised deliverance. From the beginning, the TRUTH of God's Word would be in the true genetic image of the first Adam by way of the Hebrew genetics carried forth generationally, until at the last, the Promise of Elohim would be found in the ovum seed of the Virgin Woman Mary. The Hebrew virgin Mary, being in the lineage of King David would have been of the true genetics of Adam, and with God's intervention in His creation of time, He would protect the genetic lineage of His Word of creation in Adam, until the Last Adam. God's Eternal Word is undefiled in His creation of time: and so Jesus the Christ of God, as the last Genetic Son of Adam, and in His absolute obedience to His Holy Father God, would totally fulfill God's Promised Word of Salvation for sinful man kind. (See Acts 2 verse 29 thru 31.) The physical genetics of God's Christ of the last Adam, could not be of a hybridization of man from wicked angelic being, but had to be of God's very good creation of the first Adam. (See The Last Adam.) Satan could find nothing that he could accuse the Christ of God.
The first earthly Adam was created in the image and likeness of God, but the likeness of God, being of God's Holy Spirit of Life, departed from Adam because of Adam's idolatrous treason against his Maker. In absolute contrast, Christ Jesus was not 'created' by God like the first Adam, but was conceived by the Word of the Spirit of God His Father, and the Spirit of God's Word gave Life to the solitary ovum within the Hebrew virgin womb of Mary: And the Word of God became flesh and dwelt among His creation of man, and we beheld His Glorious Grace and Truth, as the only begotten of His Father. The Glorious Spirit of God, is full of Grace and Truth, and Jesus/Yeshua was not limited in God's Spirit, but bore the fullness of the very Image and Likeness of the Spirit of His Father Yahweh God, the Almighty.
Yeshua (as Immanuel) would be revealed to Israel as the Incarnate Son of God from Adam's original genetics that God maintained in Ishshah/Women; for in the beginning, Elohim was well pleased with His first creation of Man/Adam, male and female. Jesus Christ, Yeshua haMashiach was Elohim's Eternal Word that God promised in the Garden of Eden, and Immanuel would be born as the very last Man of Adam's original race of God's Mankind. This, is as it must be, for God's Word does not fail in one jot or tittle of His Word of Holiness. For the first Adam failed in his love of God his Maker, and brought death to all of mankind, but Jesus Christ, the last Man/Adam, Being of the pure genetic seed of the first Adam of the earth, Loved His Father in perfect obedience, and in His resurrection from the dead, Christ became a quickening Spirit of Life that destroys the power of Satan and his seed of sin with sin's corruption of death. (See Hebrews 9 verse 11 thru 14.)
The One and only Sacrifice that was and is acceptable to Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, was and is that of His only begotten Son, conceived by God's Holy Spirit of Grace and born of the flesh of Adam/Man. Jesus/Yeshuah alone, as Man, has totally annihilated and supplanted the old covenant sacrifices of animals for the sins of the people.
Default Theology born of Ignorance of the Holiness of the Almighty
However, much of the leadership of the protestant churches have established their own false doctrine that continually misconstrues the intentions of the Letter to the Hebrews that was written too clarify to the Jewish believers of the fullness of God's New Covenant in the Sacrificial Blood of Jesus Christ. The protesting teachers on this Holy Matter, have dismissed God's Covenant of His Sanctifying Grace within His Holy Provisions in our Communion within the Body and Life Blood of the Almighty's Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Now the Truth of Holy Communion is erroneously seen as a superfluous doctrine of superstitious men. The ignorant teachings of finite man has supplanted the fullness of the Infinite Holy God's New Covenant Doctrine eternally established in the Life Giving Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Yeshua haMashiach.
Sin begets sin, and the nature of the flesh of man is mired in self that elevates it self before others and commends ourselves to Holy God. Within the idolatry of man there are many of those that are wise in their own separatist dogma, and have declared themselves to have a clear understanding of scripture and are no longer accountable to sin. This is not wise according to 2nd Corinthians 10 verse 11 thru 13. For contrary wise, the Word of God says: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us. If we say that we have no sin, we make God a liar, and His Word is not in us. (See 1st John 1 verse 8 thru 10.) The enemy of our souls is well pleased, as we allow sin to continually annul the imperative of heart felt repentance with the sanctification in the Communion Blood of Jesus Christ.
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