Sunday, March 29, 2020

748. Hebrews 9: The Failure of Ceremony and Sacrifice

Priests appointed through the law under the Old Covenant always went into the tabernacle to offer the blood of animals for their own sins and the sins of the people. It was a temporary solution that needed to constantly be repeated because these gifts and sacrifices could not meet God’s requirement of perfection, and left the worshippers in a state of sin consciousness.

But when Christ appeared as High Priest (after the law), everything radically changed.



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Sunday, March 22, 2020

747. Hebrews 8: One Bible - Two Different Covenants (Not to Be Mixed)

People often think of the Bible as one book, defined as God’s Word — and that all of it is meant to be applied to our lives. But the writer of Hebrews makes it very clear the first covenant contained within much of what is called The Old Testament, is very different than the new and better covenant established by Jesus Christ. These covenants are unalike and are not meant to be blended together.

If the first one that came through Moses had been faultless, there would have been no need to seek a second one which would be “more excellent.” This new way would take sin away, to be remembered no more by God. He would write new laws upon our hearts — not the old law or former commandments which only caused sin to increase. This New Covenant isn’t a revised version of the Old, but it replaced what Jesus brought to an end. The old way has become obsolete because it wasn’t based upon grace through faith.



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Sunday, March 15, 2020

746. Hebrews 7: Jesus Became the Guarantee of a Better Covenant

In order for Jesus to become a permanent High Priest and for the New Covenant to be established, first the entire law of commandments which came through Moses had to be annulled and brought to an end. This promise or word of the oath occurred “after the law,” where the Son was made perfect forever.

The old priesthood and commandments from the law were defined as weak and useless by the writer of Hebrews—and couldn’t bring the required perfection for the people. This resulted in a better hope and a better covenant than what the Israelites had been under since they had escaped from Egypt. Jesus is that New Covenant of grace and we have been brought into Him.



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Sunday, March 08, 2020

745. Hebrews 7: New Covenant High Priest College: "Melchizedek, Meet Jesus. Jesus, Meet Mel"

Our series in the book of Hebrews has us in Chapter 7, where the writer explains how the mysterious character of Melchizedek is a type of Christ. Although Mel is only mentioned a few times in the Old Testament, he becomes instrumental with the writer of Hebrews who reveals how Jesus established a permanent priesthood, according to the order of Melchizedek.

The law which came through Moses had to come to an end — every jot and title — otherwise Jesus could not have been considered an authentic High Priest forever in this New Covenant. A complete change of law was needed.



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Sunday, March 01, 2020

744. Hebrews 6: A Sure Anchor of Hope: Jesus the Forerunner Entered the Veil for Us

In our series from the book of Hebrews, it’s important to realize the writer is bringing good news and seeks to communicate a message of assurance—not fear. Everything here revolves around a certain guarantee we receive from the person of Jesus Christ. He is the one where our hope is found … not through our behavior, religious efforts and dedication.

Some Bible verses can appear to be scary on the surface when taken out of context, so keep reading and look for the refuge of assurance found only in Christ. Abraham is a great example of faith in action as he depended upon God to fulfill a promise … which ultimately would lead to a great High Priest, appointed through an oath—not the law.



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Sunday, February 23, 2020

743. 15th Anniversary Program #3

This is the third and final anniversary program as Mike and Joel reminisce about doing the podcast for the past 15 years. The discussion includes some of the “favorite” subjects that have been foundational to the program and how gaining an understanding of them will help free people from religious bondage.

Also, you can search for topics on the Growing in Grace website. Growing in Grace is not a donation-based or listener-supported ministry but is supported by listeners sharing the good news with others.



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Sunday, February 16, 2020

742. 15th Anniversary Program #2

Mike and Joel continue reflecting about the past 15 years of doing the Growing in Grace podcast.

This week’s discussion includes: How grace made it easier to share the gospel with those who have been a victim of a works-based religious message, and how formal Bible education doesn’t qualify you to minister the gospel.



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