Hebrews 4: Do You Believe In The Word Of God?
Verse of the Day: (V12) “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
1. The People Of God (V1-10)
V9 “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.”
God gives us perfect rest from all our worry and fears when we believe and receive Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour and Lord. Let us therefore not worry or fear but fully rest and trust in God knowing that we are His precious people and children. Though we are on our way to eternal rest in heaven, yet we must now learn to really enjoy heaven on earth by casting all our worry and fears upon Jesus who truly loves and cares for us!
V10 “For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.”
2. The Word Of God (V11-13)
V11 “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
What does it mean to labour to enter into that rest? It means that we must labour to read, study, meditate and memorise God’s Word, so that we can fully rest in Him. God’s Word is living and powerful and it is a wonderful medicine to our weary souls for all seasons and situations. God knows everything about us, including the hidden secrets in our hearts, and His Word can convict our sins, comfort our sorrows and care for our souls, so that we may grow in His grace and knowledge, and finally enter into His perfect rest in heaven.
V13 “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”
3. The Son Of God (V14-16)
V14 “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.”
Jesus knows all our sufferings and struggles because He too was once tempted and tested while He was on earth, yet He sinned not. Let us therefore go boldly to Jesus, who is now our great High Priest, seated at God’s right hand, interceding for us, as we pray to God in His name, and He shall help and deliver us by His amazing grace and everlasting mercy.
V16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I believe Your Word is living and powerful.
Hebrews 3: How Is Your Heart?
Verse of the Day: (V15) “While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.”
1. Heavenly (V1-2)
V1 “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;”
Our calling is not an earthly calling, but a heavenly calling, in other words, it is not man, but God through Jesus Christ who calls us. Indeed, let us be like Moses who when he received the heavenly calling was faithful to God and his family until God called him home. However, Jesus Christ is the best example of faithfulness. Though Jesus was a man yet He overcame temptations, and was faithful to the end, even the death of the cross.
V2 “Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.”
2. House (V3-6)
V3 “For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.”
Jesus was far greater than Moses because He was the Son of God who came to this earth not only to die on the cross and shed His blood for the sins of the whole world, but also to build and establish His house - the church - which shall be the shining light in this dark world and the rejoicing hope in this hopeless world to draw all man to His saving grace. Let us as a church be the shining light and rejoicing hope until the Lord’s glorious return.
V6 “But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.”
3. Heart (V7-19)
V19 “So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”
Let us not harden our hearts as in the days of the people of Israel when they hardened their hearts because of unbelief. As a result, God punished them and made them wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, and many died, when they could have entered Kadesh-barnea, the Promised Land, in 11 days! Today, will you repent of your evil heart of unbelief, and receive Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour? If you believe, Jesus shall give you a new heart, and you shall forever be with Him in the Promised Land in Heaven!
“There are eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadesh-barnea.)” (Deuteronomy 1:2)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to believe in You with all my heart.
Hebrews 2: Do You See Jesus?
Verse of the Day: (V9) “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”
1. See (V1-10)
V7 “Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:”
Jesus obeyed God, His Father, and left the splendour of heaven to come to earth in the form of man (even lower than the angels who once worshipped Him) to suffer and die on the cross for the sins of man and tasted death for man. Whoever truly believes in Jesus though he shall physically die, yet by God’s grace, his soul shall live forever in heaven.
V10 “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”
2. Sanctified (V11-15)
V11 “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,”
Jesus not only forgives the sins of those who believes and receives Him as their personal Saviour, but also sanctifies them to become His joint-heirs and brothers. Jesus also deliver His people from temptations and bless them with abundant life with Him forever.
V14 “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same: that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”
3. Succour (V16-18)
V17 “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”
After Jesus’ resurrection, He became the High Priest seated at God’s right hand interceding for all Christians who pray to God in His name. Indeed, Jesus shall help and deliver us from all the temptations because He went through them while He was on earth.
V18 “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I see Jesus and believe that He is truly Your Son.
Hebrews 1: Do You Believe In The Son Of God?
Verse of the Day: (V5) “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?”
1. Son (V1-6)
V2 “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;”
God, the Father, spoke highly of His Son, Jesus Christ, because Jesus obeyed Him. Jesus willingly left the splendour of heaven to be a humble man, and to live and then die on the cruel cross and shed His precious blood for the sins of the whole world. On the third day Jesus victoriously arose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of God interceding and helping those who truly believes in Him to do the perfect will of God!
V3 “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;”
2. Spirits (V7-8)
V7 “And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.”
The Son is far greater than the angels as He is God Himself. The angels are only God’s creatures created as ministering spirits to serve God and fulfil His perfect plan. The Son indeed shall reign with God forever, while the angels shall only minister to God forever!
V8 “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.”
3. Salvation (V9-14)
V9 “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”
God compares His Son as One who chooses to love righteousness and hates sins to that of His archangel Lucifer and the angels who chose to sin and rebel against Him, and became His enemies - the devil and the demons - seeking to destroy His plan. However God’s plan shall never be destroyed, as He sent His Son to die on the cross and redeem mankind from their sins, and whoever believes in Him become joint-heirs of His perfect salvation!
V14 “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?’
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I believe in Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philemon 1: Will You Forgive And Receive Others?
Verse of the Day: (V17) “If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.”
1. Receive (V1-17)
V1 “Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,”
The epistle of Paul to Philemon was his personal letter to Philemon (his spiritual son and fellow worker) pleading on behalf of Onesimus, Philemon’s runaway slave. Onesimus escaped from Philemon, but he ended up in the same prison as Paul. In the prison, Paul shared the gospel of Christ to Onesimus, and Onesimus then repented his sins (especially his escape from Philemon), and believed and received Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. When Paul heard that Onesimus’ master was Philemon, he knew that it was God’s will for him to write to Philemon. Indeed, there is no accident in God’s vocabulary, as everything, including bad things, that happens to us is according to God’s perfect will.
V10 “I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:”
2. Repay (V18-19)
V18 “If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine own account;”
Paul truly loved Onesimus that he was willing to repay and compensate any loss of man-hours because of Onesimus’ escape from Philemon. Paul then reminded Philemon that he was the one who led him to the Lord and had taught him in God’s Word. Philemon’s heart must have been soften and touched by Paul’s love for him as well as Onesimus, as both were once strangers to Paul, yet he loved them because of God’s unconditional love.
V19 “I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.”
3. Refresh (V20-25)
V20 “Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.”
Paul pleaded with Philemon that his forgiveness of Onesimus would certainly refresh and encourage him to know that Philemon truly practiced what he had learned of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. In fact, Paul was confident that Philemon would not only forgive and receive Onesimus, but he would redeem the slavery of Onesimus, and treat him as his fellow brother, when he would return to him after his release from prison.
V21 “Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to forgive and receive others as You have forgiven me.
Titus 3: Are You Ready For Good Works?
Verse of the Day: (V1) “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,”
1. Works (V1-3)
V2 “To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.”
Though we are saved by grace through faith in Christ and not of our good works, yet after we are saved, we must be ready to perform good works as evidence of our salvation. The good works are namely to obey the law of the land, and to be loving, humble and gentle.
V3 “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.”
2. Washing (V4-11)
V4 “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,”
Indeed, God loved the world including you and me that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, from glorious heaven to this lowly earth so that He could live and subsequently died and shed His precious blood to wash away the sins of whoever believes in His name. Since we are washed by the precious blood of Christ, we should then live our lives in pursuit His holiness and righteousness, and in every good work.
V5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”
3. Winter (V12-15)
V12 “When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter.”
Paul instructed Titus to meet him at Nicopolis before winter (as it was dangerous to travel during winter time) so that Paul could hand over his ministry to him, while Titus would then hand over his own ministry to Artemas. Paul also instructed Titus to take care of the preachers of God, the likes of Zena the lawyer and Apollos, and even other preachers of the gospel. Paul knew that his life was at stake, and he had chosen Titus as well as Timothy to succeed him. Paul was indeed a man who truly excelled in good works!
V13 “Bring Zena the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to be always ready for good works.