Hebrews Chapter 2
Melany Materi – Hebrews – Chapter 2
This Sunday we launched into our new summer series on the book of Hebrews.
If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to read chapter 1.
In the first few verses, the author is setting the tone for the book and the reason why they are writing.
The main point of the sermon this past week was that Jesus is greater and that He needs to be our focus.
It is so easy for different things (godly and ungodly) to step into top priority. Sometimes we are doing such “good” things that we miss out on focusing on the “greatest”.
Two things I would encourage you to do this week:
1) Read the chapter and then follow the footnotes – as there are many references to the Old Testament passages. And as you read those, read them in context (not just the solitary verses).
2) Read, re-read, and re-read verse 3 of Chapter 1. Let the truth of Jesus Christ continue (or return) as your primary focus – today, this week, this month.
NIV – The Son is the radiance of God’s 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.
NLT – The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.
ESV – He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
AMP – He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,
Hebrews Chapter 1
Cam Liske – Hebrews – Chapter 1
Colossians Chapter 4
Cory Illingworth – Colossians – Chapter 4
Getting dressed is such a routine part of the day for most of us. Decisions on what to wear are based on what kind of activity we will be involved with, where we are going or what the weather is like.
However, some entirely different considerations about what to wear and what not to wear are found in the 3rd chapter of Colossians. Who knew the apostle Paul was an expert on the topic! Let it be understood, he doesn’t actually discuss articles of clothing but Christ-like virtues that are to be part of every believer’s wardrobe.
“Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience…. Clothe yourselves with love which binds us all together in perfect harmony” v 12, 14.(NLT). The Message Bible states it even more clearly – “Wear love. It’s your basic all purpose garment. Never be without it”. (v14. MSG)
Some fashions are here today and gone tomorrow but these virtues are timeless and time tested. Do you want to look like Jesus? If so, invite Him to help you do an inventory on your spiritual closet. What do you need to toss out, what do you need to keep? Are there things you need to stop doing, or start doing? He wants to be part of it all. Don’t be afraid to ask Him for a fashion makeover!