A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
“Getting To Know Jesus”. Some of us might say, I already know Him, but for me, I need to renew my mind in Him daily. Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Colossians 1:21, 22.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – Conformed means “to form” or “mold”. World, is the normal word for “age” or “era”. Instead of being molded by the values of this world, the Believer should be transformed, that is, changed by the renewing (to make new) of the mind. A renewed mind will produce a life that can stand the test of time. We can resist the temptation of our culture by meditating on God’s Truth and letting the Holy Spirit guide and shape our thoughts and behavior.
The book of Hebrews, we all face frustrations, obstacles and temptations; one’s spiritual journey is not always even-paced. But the book of Hebrews offers help for times like these, first by acknowledging the pitfalls and perils, second by encouraging us to never quit. Hebrews can help us find the inspiration to keep going in the faith. It is believed that Paul may have written the book of Hebrews between A.D. 60 and 70 and it was written to early Jewish Believers (Hebrews) who because of persecution and hardship were pulled strongly toward reverting to their Old Testament way of life. What to look for in Hebrews? Look for the vivid Old Testament images used by the writer to illustrate what God had done through Jesus Christ.
I remember some years ago my Sunday School Teacher teaching the lessons from the book of Hebrews and I enjoyed it immensely and felt that I had grown spiritually from the teaching.
“The Son Superior to Angels”, Hebrews 1:1) God, who at sundry (many) times and in divers (various) manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Numbers 12:6, 8. 2) Hath is these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed Heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds; John 1:17; John 1:3. 3) Who being the brightness of His Glory, and the express image of His Person, and upholding all things by the Word of His Power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on High: Psalm 45:6; Mark 12:36; Acts 2:34. 4) Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent Name than they. Philippians 2:9. 5) For unto which of the angels said He at any time, Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee? And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son? Psalm 89:26. 6) And again, when He bringeth in the Firstbegotten into the world, He saith, And let all the angels of God worship Him.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-3, The Gospel Revelation is more excellent than what went before, in that it is a Revelation which God has made by His Son. In beholding the power, wisdom, and goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ, we behold the power, wisdom, and goodness of the Father. John 14:7, the fullness of the Godhead dwells, not typically or in a figure, but really, in Him. When, at the fall of man, the world was breaking to pieces under the wrath and curse of God, the Son of God, undertaking the work of redemption, sustained it by His almighty power and goodness. v4-6, Many Jews had a superstitious or idolatrous respect for angels, because they had received the law and other tidings of the Divine Will by their ministry. Thus it was necessary that the Apostle should insist, not only on Christ’s being the Creator of all things, and therefore of angels themselves, but as being the risen and exalted Messiah in human nature, to whom angels, authorities and powers are made subject.