The Messiah, a High Priest 5 1For every high priest taken from men is appointed in service[O] to God for the people, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he is also subject to weakness. 3Because of this, he must make a sin offering for himself as well as for the people. 4No one takes this honor on himself; instead, a person is called by God, just as Aaron was. 5In the same way, the Messiah did not exalt Himself to become a high priest, but the One who said to Him, You are My Son; today I have become Your Father,[P] 6also said in another passage, You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.[Q] 7During His earthly life,[R] He offered prayers and appeals with loud cries and tears to the One who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence. 8Though He was God’s Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. 9After He was perfected, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him, 10and He was declared by God a high priest in the order of Melchizedek.   The Problem of Immaturity   11We have a great deal to say about this, and it’s difficult to explain, since you have become too lazy to understand. 12Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the basic principles of God’s revelation again. You need milk, not solid food. 13Now everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced with the message about righteousness, because he is an infant. 14But solid food is for the mature—for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil.
Neil Henzen
How do one reach maturity? I believe that if one can start doing what t... Read More
How do one reach maturity? I believe that if one can start doing what the Word says you will begin the path to mature. The issue is what does the word say we should do? 1John 2:3-6 tells us that we should keep His commandments if we say we love Him! There is one direction for us to get going. In the passage of Matt 5 we can clearly see that Yeshua is first encouraging us with words of whoever is in such an such a situation, or character state will be blessed and then He ends off with instructions of keeping a degree of  the Law, more than what is stated in the instructions of the Law coming from the Old Testament. He is actually giving as a higher degree/standard of looking at the Law and of keeping it. So it is in fact a  next step towards growing as a child of God, an instruction of: so now that you have been practicing keeping the Law to that level or point, in this instruction I am giving you the next step of your maturity and training to walk in My ways. And He ends off right at the end saying this is the goal to be perfect like the Father , our Father! By the way He is also making it very clear in the middle of Matt 5 that the following words He says are not nullifying the Law already giving but it is really setting the bar higher!
Reverent submission is how we should pray but what do our prayers really sou... Read More
Reverent submission is how we should pray but what do our prayers really sound like? Are they in Accord with God's will? Are we willing to be obedient when God gives us direction?
Jesus is our high priest who accomplishes our salvation and helps us to acco... Read More
Jesus is our high priest who accomplishes our salvation and helps us to accomplish the goal of God's redemption. Romans 8:29 Phillipians 3:12 1. The Example- an earthly priesthood  A) his appointment by God (v1-4) B) his assignment from God (v1) He offered sacrifices on their behalf  C) his attitude toward sinners (v2-3) to those whom he ministered, He was sympathetic 2. The excellence of Christ- the heavenly priesthood (v 5-10) A) his appointment-divine selection (v 5-6) B) his assignment (v 7-10) suffering- 5:7 refers to the garden of Gethsemane (see Mark 14:33) - for our son- see Romans 3:23, 6:23 - in spite of His sinlessness- 5:9 3. The Expectation (v 11-14) A) dull of hearing   B) lacked progress  C) it takes time to be spiritually mature D) it involves growth in the knowledge of God's word, not merely info but intimacy  E) it is recognizable in one's practice and discernment (v 14)
In Hebrews the milk is used in a very critical sense.  It is also ... Read More
In Hebrews the milk is used in a very critical sense.  It is also used for criticism in 1 Corinthians. In both cases it is compared to solid food, where the solid food is the better things. Conversely in 1Peter the milk and babe in Christ example is used positively.  The analogy is used to bring out the fervent desire las a babe for milk.
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