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May 17, 2022

Hebrews 2 - Neglecting So Great A Salvation

 

CHAPTER 2
(A.D. 64)

COVENANT

THEREFORE we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard (actually refers to the New Testament Message of the Cross), lest at any time we should let them slip. (In the Greek Text, it carries the idea of a ring slipping from a finger. Regrettably, the Church presently has let the Message of the Cross slip and, as a result, the Church hardly knows where it’s been, where it is, or where it’s going.)
2 For if the word spoken by Angels was stedfast (actually refers to the Law of Moses, which had many Angels in attendance), and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward (sin is either addressed at the Cross, or else it is addressed in Judgment; so, each person has a choice);
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great Salvation (if we neglect the Cross, we have destroyed ourselves); which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord (announced by Christ when He said, “repent: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” [Mat. 4:17]), and was confirmed unto us by them who heard Him (confirmed by healings and miracles which were witnessed by the original Twelve, plus untold numbers of others);
4 God also bearing them witness (presents the highest evidence of all, actually that which is absolutely indisputable), both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles (which began with Christ, and continued on through His Apostles), and Gifts of the Holy Spirit (has to do with those listed in 1 Cor. 12:8–10), according to His Own Will? (These things were the Will of God then, and are the Will of God now!)

REDEMPTION

5 For unto the Angels has He not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. (The Lord hasn’t given the Angels dominion and rulership as He has Christ.)
6 But one in a certain place testified, saying (Ps. 8:4–6), What is man, that You are mindful of him? (This delves into the reason God has given man so much notice.) or the son of man, that You visit him? (This refers to looking upon in order to help or benefit. This clearly indicates the “son of man” spoken of here is the human race and not Christ.)
7 You made him a little lower than the Angels (should have been translated, “You made him a little lower than the Godhead”; the Hebrew word translated “Angels” is “Elohim” which means “God,” and should have been translated accordingly); You crowned him with glory and honour (proclaims that which was never said of Angels), and did set him over the works of Your hands (some of that dominion is retained despite the Fall; however, as would be obvious, much has been lost; but to be sure, it has all been regained in Christ, and will ultimately be realized in Christ):
8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet. (This speaks of Adam before the Fall, but more particularly it speaks of Christ and what He did at the Cross on our behalf.) For in that He (God) put all in subjection under him (man), He (God) left nothing that is not put under him. (Once again speaks of the original Adam, but more than all speaks of the “Last Adam,” the Lord Jesus Christ.) But now we see not yet all things put under him. (Due to the Fall, we do not now see what was originally intended for man, but through Christ it will ultimately be seen.)
9 But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the Angels (the Incarnation) for the suffering of death (unequivocally proclaims the fact that Jesus came to this world for one specific purpose—to die upon a Cross, which was planned even before the foundation of the world [1 Pet. 1:18–20]), crowned with glory and honour (the mission was accomplished, and now Christ is exalted); that He by the Grace of God should taste death for every man. (This proclaims the fact that He needed the Grace of God to accomplish this task, because He was a man, “the Man, Christ Jesus.”)

Swaggart, J. (2005). The Expositor’s Study Bible (p. 2120). Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.

May 10, 2022

Hebrews 2 -Life by the Spirit, Death by the Efforts of the Flesh

Romans 8

5 For they who are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh (refers to Believers trying to live for the Lord by means other than Faith in the Cross of Christ); but they who are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit (those who place their Faith in Christ and the Cross, do so exclusively; they are doing what the Spirit desires, which alone can bring Victory).

CONTRAST

6 For to be carnally minded is death (this doesn’t refer to watching too much Television, as some think, but rather to trying to live for God outside of His Prescribed Order; the results will be sin and separation from God); but to be Spiritually minded is life and peace (God’s Prescribed Order is the Cross; this demands our constant Faith in that Finished Work, which is the Way of the Holy Spirit).
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God (once again, this refers to attempting to live for God by means other than the Cross, which places one “against God”): for it is not subject to the Law of God, neither indeed can be (in its simplest form means that what is being done, whatever it may be, is not in God’s prescribed order, which is the Cross).
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God (refers to the Believer attempting to live his Christian Life by means other than Faith in Christ and the Cross).
9 But you are not in the flesh (in one sense of the word is asking the question, “since you are now a Believer and no longer depending on the flesh, why are you resorting to the flesh?”), but in the Spirit (as a Believer, you now have the privilege of being led and empowered by the Holy Spirit; however, He will do such for us only on the premise of our Faith in the Finished Work of Christ), if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you (if you are truly saved). Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His (Paul is saying that the work of the Spirit in our lives is made possible by what Christ did at Calvary, and the Resurrection).
10 And if Christ be in you (He is in you through the Power and Person of the Spirit [Gal. 2:20]), the body is dead because of sin (means that the physical body has been rendered helpless because of the Fall; consequently, the Believer trying to overcome by willpower presents a fruitless task); but the Spirit is life because of Righteousness (only the Holy Spirit can make us what we ought to be, which means we cannot do it ourselves; once again, He performs all that He does within the confines of the Finished Work of Christ).
11 But if the Spirit (Holy Spirit) of Him (from God) who raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you (and He definitely does), He who raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies (give us power in our mortal bodies that we might live a victorious life) by His Spirit Who dwells in you (we have the same power in us, through the Spirit, that raised Christ from the dead, and is available to us only on the premise of the Cross and our Faith in that Sacrifice).

Swaggart, J. (2005). The Expositor’s Study Bible (p. 1984). Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.

May 3, 2022

Drifting Away from God’s Redemption to Religion - Study in Hebrews

 

CHAPTER 2
(A.D. 64)

COVENANT

THEREFORE we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard (actually refers to the New Testament Message of the Cross), lest at any time we should let them slip. (In the Greek Text, it carries the idea of a ring slipping from a finger. Regrettably, the Church presently has let the Message of the Cross slip and, as a result, the Church hardly knows where it’s been, where it is, or where it’s going.)
2 For if the word spoken by Angels was stedfast (actually refers to the Law of Moses, which had many Angels in attendance), and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward (sin is either addressed at the Cross, or else it is addressed in Judgment; so, each person has a choice);
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great Salvation (if we neglect the Cross, we have destroyed ourselves); which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord (announced by Christ when He said, “repent: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” [Mat. 4:17]), and was confirmed unto us by them who heard Him (confirmed by healings and miracles which were witnessed by the original Twelve, plus untold numbers of others);
4 God also bearing them witness (presents the highest evidence of all, actually that which is absolutely indisputable), both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles (which began with Christ, and continued on through His Apostles), and Gifts of the Holy Spirit (has to do with those listed in 1 Cor. 12:8–10), according to His Own Will? (These things were the Will of God then, and are the Will of God now!)

Swaggart, J. (2005). The Expositor’s Study Bible (p. 2120). Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.

April 26, 2022

Study in Hebrews - Christ Superiority Over the Prophets, Moses and the Angels

April 19, 2022

Study of the Book of Hebrews 1

HEBREWS

CHAPTER 1
(A.D. 64)

JESUS CHRIST

GOD, Who at sundry times and in divers manners (refers to the many and varied ways) spoke in time past unto the fathers by the Prophets (refers to Old Testament Times),
2 Has in these last days (the dispensation of Grace, which is the Church Age) spoken unto us by His Son (speaks of the Incarnation), Whom He has appointed Heir of all things (through the means of the Cross), by Whom also He made the worlds (proclaims His Deity, as the previous phrase of Him being the “Heir of all things” proclaims His Humanity);
3 Who being the brightness of His Glory (the radiance of God’s Glory), and the express Image of His Person (the exact reproduction), and upholding all things by the Word of His Power (carries the meaning of Jesus not only sustaining the weight of the universe, but also maintaining its coherence and carrying on its development), when He had by Himself purged our sins (which He did at the Cross, dealing with sin regarding its cause, its power, and its guilt), sat down on the Right Hand of the Majesty on high (speaks of the Finished Work of Christ, and that the Sacrifice was accepted by the Father);

ANGELS

4 Being made so much better than the Angels (He was better than the Angels, which refers to the Incarnation, the price paid at Calvary [the reason for the Incarnation], and then His Exaltation as Saviour; as God, Jesus has always been greater than the Angels, but this is speaking of Him here as man), as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent Name than they. (This refers to what Christ did at the Cross, with the present result being that the inheritance is in His permanent possession.)
5 For unto which of the Angels said He (God the Father) at any time, You are My Son (Son of God), this day have I begotten You? (This speaks of the Incarnation. God never said such of Angels, only of His Son [Ps. 2:7].) And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son? (When uttered, referred to the future tense, but now is past tense. All had to do with Redemption, and all for you and me.)
6 And again, when He (God the Father) brought in the Firstbegotten into the world (refers to Jesus being born of the Virgin Mary), He said, And let all the Angels of God worship Him. (The idea is only Deity can be worshiped. Jesus is God!)
7 And of the Angels He said, Who makes His Angels spirits (the emphasis upon the variableness of the Angelic nature), and His Ministers a flame of fire. (This does not speak of Preachers, as some have suggested, but continues to address itself to Angels.)
8 But unto the Son He said, Your Throne, O God, is for ever and ever (Thrones typify dominion, which in this case can only be occupied by Deity): a sceptre of Righteousness is the sceptre of Your Kingdom (totally unlike any other Kingdom that has ever existed, and was made possible by the Cross).
9 You have loved Righteousness, and hated iniquity (proclaims the True Man, Christ Jesus); therefore God, even Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your fellows (refers to the Holy Spirit).
10 And, You, Lord, in the beginning have laid the foundation of the earth (proclaims Jesus the Messiah as the Creator as well!); and the Heavens are the Works of Your Hands (presents the fact that only Deity could do such a thing):
11 They shall perish (means to wax old as a garment); but You remain (Christ is exalted because of the Cross, and will remain thus forever); and they all shall wax old as does a garment (proclaims the fact that there is going to have to be a change regarding the Creation);
12 And as a vesture shall You fold them up, and they shall be changed (changed from one condition to another): but You are the same, and Your years shall not fail (refers to the superiority of the Creator over the Creation).
13 But to which of the Angels said He (God the Father) at any time, Sit on My Right Hand (Angels stand before God; it is a mark of superior dignity that the Son sits), until I make Your enemies Your footstool? (This refers to God rendering all Christ’s enemies utterly powerless, which is carried out by the Cross.)
14 Are they not all Ministering spirits (the function of Angels), sent forth to Minister for them Who shall be heirs of Salvation? (This proclaims that they attend only those who have made Christ their Saviour.)

Swaggart, J. (2005). The Expositor’s Study Bible (pp. 2119–2120). Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.

April 12, 2022

Overcoming Resistance - Bearing the Image of Christ

1 John 5

4 For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world (if we follow God’s Prescribed Order, we will overcome the world): and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our Faith. (John is speaking here of Faith in Christ and the Cross, which then gives the Holy Spirit latitude to work within our lives [Rom. 8:1–2, 11].)
5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (It is not he who “does,” but who “believes.”)

Swaggart, J. (2005). The Expositor’s Study Bible (pp. 2174–2175). Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.

April 5, 2022

The Struggle to Overcome Bondages

 

CHAPTER 5
(1491 B.C.)

PHARAOH

AND afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told the Pharaoh (according to many authorities, the Pharaoh at that time was “Menephthap,” the son and successor of “Rameses II”; history records that he was a weak individual, but, because of certain events, had an exalted opinion of himself; the close of Chapter 4 presents the people worshipping in believing joy; the close of Chapter 5 sets before the reader the same people filled with unbelieving bitterness; the glad tidings of Salvation is one thing; the struggle against the power that tries to keep the soul in bondage is quite another), Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let My People go, that they may hold a feast unto Me in the wilderness. (If it is to be noticed, the Holy Spirit, in giving Moses direction regarding the Sacred Text, in no way recognizes the splendor of Egypt. The character of the Message that Moses was to deliver to Pharaoh was not calculated to compromise or pacify.)
2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey His Voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. (Satan will not easily allow his captives to go free; and God permits the bitter experience of Satan’s power in order to exercise and strengthen Faith. Mackintosh says: “When we contemplate Israel amid the brick kilns of Egypt, we behold a graphic figure of the condition of every child of Adam’s fallen race by nature. There they were, crushed beneath the enemy’s galling yoke, and having no power to deliver themselves. The mere mention of the word ‘liberty’ only caused the oppressor to bind his captives with a stronger fetter, and to lade them with a still more grievous burden. Consequently, it was absolutely necessary that deliverance should come from without.” Nevertheless, Pharaoh will soon find out exactly “Who is the Lord!”)
3 And they (Moses and Aaron) said, The God of the Hebrews has met with us: let us go, we pray you, three days’ journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest He fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword. (This simple statement tells us, even as given to Moses by the Lord, that it is the Cross only which holds back the Judgment of God. In other words, the only thing standing between man and Hell is the Cross of Christ.)

HARDENED HEART

4 And the king of Egypt said unto them, Why do you, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens. (They will now find that the burdens are increased. As the Children of Israel, it seems that many do not too very much mind being slaves to Satan, until the burdens become so heavy that they cannot be borne. Invariably, that will happen!)
5 And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many (the Israelites), and you make them rest from their burdens.
6 And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,
7 You shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves. (Oftentimes, the setting to carry out the Will of God will result in Satan’s anger, with opposition being increased.)
8 And the tale (number) of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, you shall lay upon them; you shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God. (At the mention of Sacrifice, Pharaoh increased the pressure and the workload, almost to a killing pace. When the Believer first begins to hear the Message of the Cross, he will find the opposition of Satan greatly increasing. This will be confusing at first, but the Believer should take heart. The enemy does this because he knows the Believer has now found the source of victory; therefore, he seeks to move the Believer’s faith from the Cross to other things, by discouragement, etc.)
9 Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labor therein; and let them not regard vain words. (Pharaoh regarded the offering of “Sacrifices” as “vain words.” Regrettably, much of the modern Church does the same, as it regards the Cross.)
10 And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spoke to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw.

Swaggart, J. (2005). The Expositor’s Study Bible (p. 110). Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.

March 31, 2022

A Change by Truth Requires One to Seek Deliverance and Not Relief

March 22, 2022

You Must Rest in Order to Possess

Hebrews 3

“Rest” = ?
• Cessation of movement or action.
• Cessation of labor; a state of freedom from exertion. 
• Freedom from anxiety; freedom from mental or emotional anxiety. 
• Repose of sleep; refreshing to body marked by a reduction in 
metabolic activity.
• Repose of death (death perceived as freedom from earthly toil).
The “Rest” Being Offered
It is possible that the faith of these Jewish believers will be tried because 
of the persecution they are experiencing at the time this epistle is written 
to them. Because of their present situation, they, too, might fall short 
of attaining all God wants them to attain in this life. 
The promise of rest is still available because it was never totally fulfilled. 
The promise of rest in the Old Testament was unfulfilled, but it was not 
withdrawn; it is available to those who want it now. 
The entire purpose of this letter to the Hebrews is to get the Jewish 
believers to enter the fullness of “rest.” 
The writer uses two different words for rest in this chapter. The one he 
uses the most is kata,pausij katapausis, which is used eight times in 
Chapters 3 and 4 (Heb 3:11, 18; 4:1, 3—twice, 5, 10, 11). Outside of 
the Book of Hebrews, this word is used only once in the entire New 
Testament (Acts 14:18). The word means “a cessation of activity.” It 
means rest in the sense of ceasing.

March 15, 2022

Failure to Enter Into His Rest

Hebrews 3