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ONCE FOR ALL (24 of 48)
We are trying to dig in and get everything the Lord
has for us in this book of the Bible—the book of
Hebrews. I'm doing a lot of reminding as we go along
so that we keep in mind what we are trying to
understand from the book of Hebrews.
There are two main purposes for this particular
letter. It was written to Hebrew Jewish Christians.
It seems that some of them were perhaps on the verge
of going back to Judaism. So the writer of Hebrews is
writing them, urging them not to go back. In doing so
he has two purposes. Number one, his purpose is to
show the superiority of the Lord Jesus Christ. The
excellency of Christ. The word, better, occurs many
times through this book to show that in Christ what we
have is better. In that vein he wants them to
understand that they don't need to go back. There's
nothing to go back to.
We would apply that today to believers who may be
tempted to go back into this old world. I want to tell
you, folks, there is nothing worth going back to in
this old world. If you've come out of the world to the
Lord Jesus Christ, everything you have in Jesus is
superior to anything that this old world has to offer.
When I was a young man I used to hear George Beverly
Shea sing, "I'd rather have Jesus than anything this
world affords today." I had rather have Jesus! After
all of these years, I'm here to tell you that I am
satisfied with the Lord Jesus Christ. So, he's
exalting the Lord Jesus.
Then, he is also writing a word of encouragement.
Very soon, we will be through what we have been
studying in terms of the basic doctrine that's being
presented here. He will shift over to a practical
section of encouragement. You might look in the 13th
chapter for a moment. In the 22nd verse, as he was
coming to the conclusion of this letter he says, "And
I beseech you, brethren, suffer (listen patiently) to
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