Human Troubles – God’s Solution

Human beings have troubled inside conditions. Earlier in the letter, the author describes the inherent problems of people.

“Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God” (Hebrews 3.12).

Isaiah’s message to King Ahaz is true for all occasions.

“If you do not stand firm in faith,
you shall not stand at all.”
(Isaiah 7.9)

The problem with humans is that we have an “unbelieving heart,” one that is unable to “stand firm in faith.”

Jeremiah prophesied that God would change the human condition with a new covenant.

“The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant . . .

“This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel . . . I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts . . .

No longer shall they teach one another or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord . . .” (Jeremiah 31.31-34).

Notice the change that will take place. God’s directions for life with being “within them,” and written “on their hearts.” This will enable all humans to “know the Lord.”

Ezekiel described how God would make this new inside condition possible.

“A new heart I will give you, and a new Spirit I will put within you, and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

“I will put my Spirit within you and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances” (Ezekiel 36.27-27).

Fulfilled in the Messiah

The author of Hebrews compared the insufficient sacrificial system with its fulfillment in God’s Messiah.

“But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation),

“He entered once for all into the holy place, not with the blood of goats and calves but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9.11-12).

“Redemption” refers to an act that frees enslaved people. The “eternal redemption” that Jesus obtained for humans is freedom from bondage to sin and a heart of unbelief.

In order to set us free from this bondage, Jesus’ sacrifice reaches the depths of our inside condition.

“How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God!” (Hebrews 9.14).

The problem that surfaced in Isaiah and the solution that was promised in Jeremiah and Ezekiel takes place in the finished work of Christ.

Our inside condition, our “conscience,” is purified and released to worship the living God.

As a result of the work of our Great High Priest, humans have a new relationship with God. We should take advantage of his great gift.

“Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I talk about Hebrews today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.

I am indebted to Gareth Lee Cockerill’s commentary on Hebrews for the information contained in this blog.

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