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5.9.15–>”It’s Easy to Drift: Hebrews 2:1-4″

Spiritual Drift

boat drifting

Hebrews 2:1-4

We must pay the most careful attention to what we have heard so that we do not drift away from it.

I’m no maritime expert, but from what I comprehend, it is very easy to drift at sea. The instruction manual looks something like this:

  1. Do nothing.
  2. Repeat.

And the sea will take you wherever it chooses. Pretty simple. Pretty easy. It’s just that you may not like where it takes you.

It is easy to drift in life, from God. Just do nothing about it. Do not pursue God or get to know Him more deeply. Ignore Scripture, ignore other Christ-followers……repeat.

The sea in this particular metaphor, of course, is the world’s system and ways that are not God’s ways. There’s a saying, “If you don’t program your mind, the world will gladly do it for you.” I think of what would happen if I did not do my best to model and teach the ways of God to our two girls. If I just let whoever they run into–internet, movies, corporations, religious people (the ungodly kind), etc.–teach them the ways of life and the world and God. What if I did nothing? If I did not pay careful attention to the task of fathering? Well, they would probably grow up to be big butt-holes. Yes, I said that.

Same with ourselves. If we’re not training ourselves in godliness in some manner and degree, do we think we’re gonna get miraculously filled with the truth and presence of God somehow? That someone will gently approach us in our sleep and put that big Matrix tube thing in our head and download it for us so we don’t have to do any work?

For many, we give God our leftovers, never the main meal.

We must pay super careful attention to what we’ve heard from Jesus. He has shown us the truth of God like no one else ever has. This is the message of Hebrews. And if that is true, it has huge implications.

“Many drift because they lack a solid grasp on commitment and personal responsibility. This problem is exacerbated in Western culture by the concurrent, contradictory longings for both autonomy and status as victim.”
-George Guthrie

“Whatever causes us to overcome all hindrances is handsomely rewarded when we break through to the glorious sunshine of His blessed presence.” -A.W. Tozer

In the Name of Jesus,
Soli Deo Gloria

5.7.15–>”God Actually Communicates With Humans: Hebrews 1:1-4″

God Communicates

Jesus universe

Hebrews 1:1-4

In many ways and by many means God spoke in ancient times to our ancestors in the prophets; but at the end of these days he spoke to us in a son.

He appointed this son to be heir of all things; Through him, in addition, he created the worlds.

He is the shining reflection of God’s own glory, The precise expression of his very being; He sustains all things through his powerful word. He accomplished the cleansing needed for sins, And sat down at the right of the Majesty Supreme.

See how much greater he is than the angels: The name he was granted is finer then theirs.

To say that this opening to Hebrews is theologically packed is quite the understatement.

My goodness this says a lot!

Something to keep in mind from the get-go, is that there are four main concepts running through the whole book of Hebrews that may help in grasping it a bit better.

  • God is a communicator
  • His communicated word is effective (it changes lives)
  • His now exalted Son is the ultimate means of His communication
  • The Christ-following community is the immediate recipient of that communication
We as Christians believe that God has spoken to humans and that He revealed Himself most fully through the person Jesus who lived in Palestine in the first century A.D. And that He still speaks to us today through His Son Jesus who is not a dead guy of the past, but a powerful presence now. Look at who it is we follow and worship. Not just some enlightened hippie from the desert who walked around a lot. Look who this author says this Son is:
  1. Heir of all things. Jesus said that all authority has been given to Him in heaven and on earth. His inheritance is the meager WHOLE CREATED ORDER! We are to understand from Scripture that this royal inheritance has been inaugurated in Christ’s coming to earth, and will be consummated at the end of the age.
  2. Through Jesus God made the universe. This is what Scripture affirms here and elsewhere such as John 1:3. We actually believe that Jesus was the agent through whom God created the heavens and the earth.
  3. Jesus is the shining reflection of God’s own glory and the precise expression of His very being. Jesus provides us with a true and trustworthy picture of God. If you want to know what God is like, the answer is Jesus Christ, for it is He who revealed God to us most precisely. Jesus showed us God and cleared up any misconceptions on who YHWH really is.
  4. Jesus sustains all things through His powerful word. This should probably be understood in a managerial sense. “The action speaks of the continual organization and carrying forward of the created order to a designed end, an activity ascribed to God in Jewish writings.”*
  5. Jesus accomplished the cleansing needed for sins. What Jesus has provided is a permanent forgiveness that leads into the very presence of God. This is something that can be provided by no other human, though we often act and live as though someone can, don’t we! The only thing that can truly heal a human soul was and is provided by one person, Jesus Christ.
  6. Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Majesty Supreme. Jesus has been exalted to an exceptional position of authority and honor where He still resides today.
  7. Jesus is greater than the angels. Remember He was made a little lower than the angels for a while during His walk on earth to accomplish His work. Then He was exalted back above them as He was before. (There may have been some angel worship going on in these early Christian communities, thus the author’s charge here.)

Soooooo, God has communicated with humans through the centuries, but ultimately through His Son Jesus who has been exalted to the pinnacle position of authority and majesty. I guess that’s all I had to say…Other than a little mathematical equation because I LOVE math:Jesus+Nothing=EVERYTHING!



*George H. Guthrie

In the Name of Jesus,
Soli Deo Gloria