Friday, August 9, 2013

never, ever land

The book of Hebrews draws some bold lines across the landscape of living.  We see the words "never", "ever" and "forever" quite a few times in the book.  We learn right away that there is no one, not even an angel in heaven, who can compare with Jesus.  Jesus is God's Son!

Hebrews 1:
For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus:
"You are my Son.
Today I have become your Father."

We learn that there is a kingdom that is righteous and just and a throne that will last forever, unlike any kingdom or empire that earth has known.
Hebrews 1:
But to the Son he says,
"Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.
You rule with a scepter of justice.

We learn that there are some people who will never enter this kingdom.  It is a kingdom of rest but it is necessary to trust the One who rules this Kingdom and to believe in His perfect sacrifice.
Hebrews 4:
For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said,
"In my anger I took an oath:
'They will never enter my place of rest,' "
even though this rest has been ready since he made the world.

We learn some great "never" truths about God:
Hebrews 6:17 God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind.
Hebrews 8:12 And I will forgive their wickedness,
and I will never again remember their sins."

Hebrews 13:
Don't love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,
"I will never fail you.
I will never abandon you."

He sets up these important "nevers" so that we can know Him and His power and His presence "forever".
Hebrews 13:21 may he equip you with all you need
for doing his will.
May he produce in you,
through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him.
All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.

blessings and peace,
Rob Smith

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