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Hebrews – Msg #25 “The Training of Christ (and us)”

This was a difficult one to outline. In this message we talk about the high priesthood of Christ with a focus on His training through His sufferings in His humanity to be able to be sympathetic, compassionate and a present help to us as our High Priest. Outline I. Christ’s Obedience and Faith Through Suffering …

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Hebrews – Msg #26 “Christ Giving Himself As Our High Priest”

Christ has been said to be given for us in three ways: through his death, his resurrection, and his life. The knowledge of his high priesthood fills in the details of how he ministers to us intimately and personally, making constant intercession, and dealing with us in a sustained and constant manner. Through his high …

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Hebrews – Msg #21 “Edification Being a Matter of ‘Eternal Weight'”

Outline I. Introduction A. Overview of the concept of building and edification in the Bible B. Significance of Christ as Apostle and High Priest of the Church II. Building up believers for the habitation of God A. Role of believers in the building process (Hebrews 3:6, Galatians 2:20) B. Manifestation of Christ within believers (2 …

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Hebrews – Msg #22 “The Rest of God Based on the Testimony”

Hebrews 3 continues to speak of rest. We have been considering the significance of the high priest, the house, and edification as sources of confidence to enjoy what is rightfully ours in the good land. Outline I. Christ as High Priest and Source of Confidence A. Christ’s faithfulness compared to Moses – Hebrews 3:1-6 B. …

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What is the Galatian error?

Learn about the Galatian Error in Christianity, which refers to a mixture of law and grace that emphasizes obedience to the law rather than trusting in Christ’s righteousness and justification by faith. The book of Galatians serves as both a warning against legalism and a defense of justification by faith. Characteristics of “Galatianized” Christianity include an emphasis on following rules and a de-emphasis on trusting in Christ’s righteousness. Examples of “Galatianized” Christianity include tithing and being a disciple in the sense of the synoptic Gospels. It is important to understand the dangers of legalism and the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice for true freedom in Christ.

Why is the gospel offensive to the legalist?

The gospel is a message of freedom, assurance, and inheritance, but it can be offensive to legalists. Legalists see righteousness as a matter of law-keeping and are offended by the notion that Christ’s righteousness secures salvation and gives confidence in our relationship with Him. The gospel emphasizes inheritance as the positive focus, as we see in the Epistles. According to 1 Peter 1:3-4, we have been born again to a “living hope” and an “inheritance incorruptible” that is reserved for us. The gospel is Good News that God has made peace with man and has good will toward man, but legalists tend to focus on God’s wrath towards sin and find it difficult to accept that God has made peace with man. Our growth in the Christian life comes as we learn to stand fast in the liberty that we have in Christ, relying on the Spirit and enjoying the graciousness and goodness of God.

If Abraham was justified by faith, and I’m justified the same way, what is different about us?

Learn about justification by faith and its implications for believers. Examining Abraham’s justification, we see that he was not regenerated to become a son of God, unlike present-day believers who are sealed with the Spirit of Promise and made heirs. This difference highlights God’s intention for a new creation, where believers are regenerated to become sons of God and justified through faith in Christ. Flesh cannot be justified by the Law, and it is only through faith in Christ that we can be justified before God. Both Abraham and present-day believers were justified by believing in Christ, but present-day believers have the added benefit of being baptized into Him and sharing a heavenly position and blessing as joint heirs with Christ. Explore supporting verses and more on the Christ Our Righteousness hub.

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