October 21, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

Today is different. We read only one chapter of Hebrews

October 21: Hebrews 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

This chapter deals with Christ’s sacrifice of himself “once for all“. This is what constitutes the new covenant. and since sacrifice for sins are done away with it means we must live “in a new and living way“. In the letter to the Hebrews there are eight “let us” to tell us how. After that I divert into the difference between dispensationalism  with its ten covenants and covenant theology, which has only three, and the different dispensations, of which we now are in the dispensation of grace. The next question is, when did the dispensation of grace, or church age, as it is also called, start? This too is quite interesting, but that was when it hit me. It doesn’t matter, we live in “today”. This is quite fantastic, and the narrative returns to Hebrews, where it explains that the law of Moses was inferior to the new and living way. It comes with a warning though: Do not sin deliberately! Verses 28 through 31 are quite tough, and give us pause to ponder. Is it really that bad? No, there is still hope for the believer, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” The verse 38 was the verse that convinced me I had to be baptized in a believers baptism, even though I had been baptized as an infant. It really had nothing to do with salvation, that was settled at the time of belief. It was an act of faith and obedience to remain in close fellowship with God. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”

October 21, read through the Bible in a year.

Today is different. We read only one chapter of Hebrews

October 21: Hebrews 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

It deals with Christ’s sacrifice of himself “once for all“. This is what constitutes the new covenant. and since sacrifice for sins are done away with it means we must live “in a new and living way“. In the letter to the Hebrews there are eight “let us” to tell us how. After that I divert into the difference between dispensationalism  with its ten covenants and covenant theology, which has only three, and the different dispensations, of which we now are in the dispensation of grace. The next question is, when did the dispensation of grace, or church age, as it is also called, start? This too is quite interesting, but that was when it hit me. It doesn’t matter, we live in “today”. This is quite fantastic, and the narrative returns to Hebrews, where it explains that the law of Moses was inferior to the new and living way. It comes with a warning though: Do not sin deliberately! Verses 28 through 31 are quite tough, and give us pause to ponder. Is it really that bad? No, there is still hope for the believer, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” The verse 38 was the verse that convinced me I had to be baptized in a believers baptism, even though I had been baptized as an infant. It really had nothing to do with salvation, that was settled at the time of belief. It was an act of faith and obedience to remain in close fellowship with God. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”

 

Hebrews 10, Christ’s sacrifice once for all, the new covenant, a new and living way, the just shall live by faith.

This chapter of the letter to the Hebrews was instrumental in solidifying my faith after salvation. It got a little lengthy, but enjoy!

“a body you prepared for me” is from the Septuagint, “but my ears you have pierced” is from the Hebrew Psalm. When a servant wilfully gave himself away to serve his master, the master pieced his ear to show voluntary bondage.

Jeremiah 31:33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
    after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds
    and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
    and they will be my people.
34 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
    or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
    from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
    and will remember their sins no more.”

Let us take a look at the theology of covenants, this ties in naturally with this letter.

According to dispensation theology there are ten major covenants in Scripture.

Covenant theology has simplified all the covenants into just three

Dispensation theology emphasizes God manifests himself differently in the different dispensations, and yet He is the same God yesterday, today and forever.

We are now at the dispensation of grace, commonly known as the Church Age.

We go back a few verses in Hebrews 10

Jesus closed the scroll after “to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD“, stopped mid sentence  and did not read the end of the verse “and the day of vengeance of our God”

This gap defines the time of grace!

To determine which of these options is the right one, I turned to

To know which of these dates is true it would help to know when Jesus was born.

Enter

Dionysius set the birth of Jesus Christ to Dec 25, 1 BC, and the death at 33 Anno Domine, the only year according to the lunar calendar that made Good Friday occur on a Friday. ( check https://lenbilen.com/2017/04/14/when-was-the-crucifixion-of-jesus/ ) He was only off by a few years. The dates are now set to:

But it is getting even more complicated. Without vowel marks the word for seven can have three meanings dependent on how it is pronounced.

That’s when it hit me.

I had fallen into the same trap as so many before me. We live in the age of grace!

The word for today is “today”.

Now back to where we left off in Hebrews 10.

Bur the book of Hebrews also comes with warnings!

Here I am borrowing from a slide series from somebody else. I can no longer find the source, but thanks, whoever it was.

Knowledge of the truth is not what saves you.

A fortiori simply means that the argument in verse 29 is much stronger than the one in verse 28

And then there is

This then excludes option 1

Between option 2 and 3: God be the judge.

Verse 38 convinced me I had to be baptized in a believers baptism, even though I had been baptized as an infant. It really had nothing to do with salvation, that was settled at the time of belief. It was an act of faith and obedience to remain in close fellowship with God. And my living hope is that God will keep His promise, He will keep me eternally secure even if I lose my mind, which still may happen late in this life, but will be fully restored in the life to come.