Hebrews – Msg #05 “God’s Speaking in the Radiance of His Glory”

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I. Introduction

I’ve encountered some issues with outlining long messages. I’m not able to put timestamps in them for now, and if I was not super organized in my presentation of the data, its difficult for the outline to be generated. GPT is a good way to determine if your messages are coherent. if it can’t work well to determine the main point of what you said, its because your message wasn’t that well delivered. With this message, as with message 4, I found that every time I tried to generate an outline it produced something very different. Humans like tangents and narratives, but gpt models do not!

II. Christ as our representative

  • Emphasis on Christ’s humanity (Heb 2:14-18)
  • Privileged position as counterparts of God (John 1:12-13)

III. Distinctions between covenants

  • The everlasting covenant is different from the Mosaic covenant (Heb 8:7-13)
  • The New Covenant replaces the Mosaic Covenant and is said to be for Israel which has a special relationship with God based on covenants.(Heb 8:8-13; Rom 9:4-5)

IV. Salvation and inheritance

  • Salvation is more than just forgiveness of sins (Heb 2:3)
  • Full assurance of faith brings enjoyment of inheritance (Heb 6:11-12)

V. Differences between the church and future Israel

  • The church has a higher position than future Israel (Eph 2:6-7), being partakers of the heavenly calling and co-heirs together with Christ (Heb 3:1; rom 8:16-18).
  • The new covenant does not apply to the church (Heb 8:8-13) The ministry of the church is different from that of future Israel (Eph 4:11-12; Heb 8:11)
    • The Church focuses on unseen things (2 Cor 4:18, Col 3:1-4)in this age, while in that age Israel will enjoy their portion in the land (Is 61:7)
    • New Covenant and Millennium
      • No ministry to teach babes in Christ (Jeremiah 31:31-34)
      • vs. the Christians “babes” who can be tossed by winds of doctrine and need a ministr (Eph 4:
    • Ministry under New Testament (Ephesians 4:11-14)
      • Ministry gifts
        • Evangelist, shepherd, apostle, prophet, teacher
      • Equipping of saints
      • Unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God

VI Speaking of God in Son (Hebrews 1:2-3)

  • Creation and speaking go together (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-17)
  • Importance of Christ
  • God’s desire to communicate himself (2 Corinthians 4:6)
  • Radiance of God’s glory
    • God’s glory suffuses the entire environment (2 Corinthians 4:6)
  • Christ as the image of God (Colossians 1:15-17)
  • God’s focus on Christ
    • Christ as the heir of all things (Hebrews 1:2)
  • The radiance of God’s glory as revealed in Jesus Christ (Heb 1:1-4)
  • The glory of God is concealed, but now revealed in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6)
  • God’s glory is knowable only in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6) B. The speaking of God in the New Testament is different from the speaking of God in the Old Testament
    • In the Old Testament, God spoke through the prophets to the fathers (Hebrews 1:1)
    • In the New Testament, God speaks in His Son (Hebrews 1:2)

VII God’s Speaking in the New Testament

  • God’s speaking in the New Testament is a display of Christ, who is the radiance of the glory of God
  • The radiance of God’s glory reaches someone and changes the atmosphere in their heart (2 Corinthians 4:6)
  • The radiance of God’s glory causes someone to reflect the glory back to Him (2 Corinthians 3:18)

VIII. God works Himself into those He speaks to in the New Testament

  • The speaking of God in the New Testament is a deeper speaking than in the Old Testament (Hebrews 1:1-2)
  • God imparts Christ Himself to those He speaks to in the New Testament (2 Corinthians 3:18)
    • When they speak, more of Christ is actually infused into others and more of it happens
  • The speaking of God in the New Testament is more subjective than in the Old Testament (Hebrews 1:1-2)
  • God works Himself into those He speaks to and transforms them permanently (2 Corinthians 3:18)

IV How God Works

  • B. Transformation is not something that can be orchestrated or made to happen faster
  • God leads us into various situations that bring us to a sense of need and thirst (John 4:13-14)
  • Christ becomes the answer in those situations and that’s how we learn (John 4:13-14)

Topics Covered

  • Christ as our representative
  • Distinctions between covenants
  • Salvation and inheritance
  • Differences between the church and future Israel
  • God’s speaking in the New Testament

Test Your Understanding

  1. what is the ministry of the church and how does it differ from that of future Israel?
  2. How is the speaking of God in the New Testament a display of Christ, the radiance of the glory of God?
  3. How does God work Himself into those He speaks to in the New Testament, and what is the result of this transformation?
  4. What is the significance of Christ being the image of God and the heir of all things?
  5. What is the importance of understanding the distinctions between covenants, and how does the New Covenant relate to Israel’s special relationship with God?
  6. What is the emphasis on Christ’s humanity in the outline?
  7. What is the difference between the everlasting covenant and the Mosaic covenant?
  8. What is the difference between the speaking of God in the Old Testament and the New Testament?

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