The Gospel and the Christian Life

Suffering and Obedience

Hebrews 5:7–8, “In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he...

Called By God

Hebrews 5:3–4, “3 Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. 4 And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.” At the beginning of an extended section detailing...

The High Priest’s Purpose

Hebrews 5:1–2, “For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.” Today we find...

Draw Near With Confidence

Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive...

Sometimes We Don’t Get a “Why”

Sometimes We Don’t Get a “Why”

Oftentimes when we are suffering, we search for a “why.” Why are we, or someone we love, suffering? Why would God allow this, even direct it to happen, when He can see how much I’m hurting? These are all questions I have asked in my own life, and I’m sure some of you...

Sympathetic to Weakness

Sympathetic to Weakness

Hebrews 4:15, “15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Yesterday we saw how Christ’s ascension makes Him a greater High Priest than the high priests...

Confidence in Christ

Confidence in Christ

Hebrews 4:14, “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” Today we return to the book of Hebrews and continue our study in chapter 4. A week ago, we finished a section exhorting...

God’s Living and Active Word

God’s Living and Active Word

Hebrews 4:12–13, “ For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his...

Striving Toward God’s Rest

Striving Toward God’s Rest

Hebrews 4:11, “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.” For the past week and a half, we have studied the Sabbath rest that Hebrews 4 promises to the people of God. This rest, as we have seen, is the same...

Four Reasons to Be Content in a Contentious Culture

Four Reasons to Be Content in a Contentious Culture

In an ever-increasingly hostile environment, contentiousness seems to be a default posture. It really doesn’t matter what we’re talking about; we come ready to argue. And we come intending to win. One of the most piercing aspects of those gripped by the gospel of...