HOME PAGE   |   CONTACT PAGE   |   OUR CALENDAR 

OUR SITE MAP ... DOZENS OF BIBLE STUDY PAGES

RECENT MEETINGS

 STANDING WITH THE BAGWELLS 

 
 

To e-mail, call or write the Bagwells, just visit our "Contact" Page.

 

HEBREWS 10:4-15, COMPARED TO PSALM 40:6-8

THE WHOLE TRUTH BEHIND CHRISTMAS!

"Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart."

 

 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15

 

 

 

LESSON 1, INTRODUCTION:

I am naming this new Bible Study. It must be called "Christmas, the Whole Truth."

Jesus is the Babe in the manger.

He also is the Saviour of the world!

He is the new-born Infant!

He is also the eternal God of the ages!

This should be exciting.

Hebrews 10:4-15 will be our Text.

But it, that astounding paragraph, is based on Psalm 40:6-8. It either quotes directly, or as some say, alludes to David's masterpiece.

All agree, all Bible believing scholars, that Psalm 40 talks about Jesus! And does so 1,000 years before He is born!

Today let's at least read our Text. See if you can identify the "Christmas" section. Then look for the part of Jesus' Life that actually cannot be separated from the Christmas Story! The real Reason He came to earth!

"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: in burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: but this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us ...." Hebrews 10:4-15

Now, here is the Old Testament Text which Paul is expositing in Hebrews 10. David writes of Jesus, actually quoting our Saviour in advance! "Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart." Psalm 40:6-8

See the linkage?

Yes, it's at Christmas, or more literally, at the time of Jesus' Incarnation, His coming to earth in human flesh, that He says to His Father: "Lo, I come to do thy will, O God." He also adds a further "hint" for our sakes! "In the volume of the book it is written of Me." Go to the Scriptures. There you will find irrefutable proof that I am the Christ of Christmas, God come in human form!

But, there's more to the Jesus Story that His Virgin Birth!

He also, primarily even, has come to ... "offer one sacrifice for sins for ever." He did that on Calvary's Cross!

Christmas without Calvary is incomplete!

In this expository series of Bible Lessons, let's discover the whole truth behind Christmas!

The real reason why apostate America no longer will call it by name; CHRISTMAS! Why she sinfully outlaws manger scenes and the singing of godly carols, and school plays depicting the Christ child!

The Baby born to Mary, without a human father, is a Threat to the false religions of the world!

He explodes the myth of pluralism!

He also is the Promoter of a holy, moral lifestyle! He is sinless! Such standards will not "fit" into today's permissive culture! From the courts to the congress to the churches ... pure living is about a thing of the past!

To this looseness Jesus is an Affront!

Yes, Christmas, the Whole Truth!

Lord willing, we shall begin tomorrow.

                                                                         --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 2, VERSE 4:

So typical of Hebrews, the Epistle of Hebrews, is today's Verse. "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins."

This first statement in our new Text, Verse 4 of Hebrews chapter 10, links the Old Testament to the New!

The expression "not possible" translates "adunatos." The prefix "a" is called an "alpha privative." It negates the meaning of a word, the word to which it is attached. Then, "dunatos," is the noun for "power, might, strength." Blended, the term means "without power!" It just can't happen!

The noun Paul wrote for "blood" is spelled "haima." It's always rendered "blood," 99 times in fact, in the New Testament. From it we get words like "hematology."

"Bulls and goats," in Greek "tauros" and "tragos," are used here to typify the set of "clean" animals allowed in the Old Testament for sacrifice. "Sheep" are perhaps the most often used species.

Then the verb, "take away," is "aphaireo." A conjunction of "apo" and "airo," it means "to life something up" and take it "away." Far away!

As an example, here's part of Leviticus 16:27, showing us what bulls' blood could do. "And the bullock for the sin offering, and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place."

Such animals' blood could "atone" or "cover" ("kaphar") sin, but not "take it away," not at all!

The noun "sins," spelled "hamartia," is derived from a verb that means "to miss out on one's portion of something!" This picture of sin is devastating! Sin costs! It will rob a person of fellowship with Jesus! Of Heaven! Of eternal life! Of everything eternal that's good and holy! Such sins, if unrepented, will cause one to "miss" God's very best for his or her life!

Simply stated, animals' blood is not as good as Jesus' Blood, no where near!

The blood shed during the dispensation of Law, little bleating lambs' blood, could temporarily "cover" sin. God then voluntarily would not "see" the horrible stuff!

But when Jesus came, at the Incarnation, that first "Christmas," He came to solve the animals' blood problem once for all! He came to shed His Own blood on an old rugged Cross!

Then, thereafter, "atonement" would no longer be the operative word for redemption!

Jesus' Blood, incorruptible Blood, sinless Blood, would "take away" sin!

"Covered" sin is ... well, is still there! Just hidden!

"Washed away" sin is ... well, gone!

Revelation 1:6 says it well: "Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood ..." Yes!

Using our word "catharsis," 1st John 1:7 thunders: "The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."

What bulls and goats could not do ...

That has now been done!

"It is finished!"

That's why Jesus came!

The Baby in the manger is the Christ on the Cross!

And here's why: "The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10

"Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him." Romans 3:25, Jesus!

"In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace." Ephesians 1:7, Jesus again!

"For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" Hebrews 9:13-14

Yes, "how much more?"

Christmas, the Virgin Birth, the Incarnation, had to occur! It was a divine necessity ... if we were to ever be eternally saved!

After all, Bethlehem was a prelude to Golgotha!

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 3, VERSE 5:

With some liberty, but certainly Holy Spirit inspired liberty, the Epistle of Hebrews, chapter 10, both quotes and interprets Psalm 40.

For example, Paul writes: "Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: in burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God." Hebrews 10:5-7

David wrote: "Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart." Psalm 40:6-8

This is Jesus talking!

David "heard" Him a thousand years before He was born, virgin-born!

Paul, even without being an eye-witness, still relying on the Holy Spirit of Truth, "reports" Jesus' words verbatim, words spoken a good thirty years earlier!

Prophecy ... and history!

With Jesus, it's all the same anyway! "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." Hebrews 13:8, He never changes!

Look at that Hebrews 10 clause, "When He cometh into the world." That's the Incarnation! When God took upon Himself human flesh! The Virgin Birth! That's what the annunciation was all about, Gabriel and Mary! Those angelic explanations to Joseph, too!

Here's something strange too, wonderfully strange! The verb "cometh," in Greek "eiserchomai," meaning "to come into, to share, to have a part, to live among," is framed in the present tense!

Obviously, a past event is being described, a two-thousand-years-ago past event!

But the Lord wants us to realize that, in a sense, through the Holy Spirit and His Power, Jesus is still coming into this world!

He came into that Revival Service last night!

He came into my car driving home too!

He has come into this room before sunrise today, helping me think and type and teach!

Praise God, the Incarnation as an on-going event!

Of course part of it will never be repeated. The Virgin Mary will never again be overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, not in the same sense she was that first Christmas! Not another trip to Bethlehem! No more magi or shepherds! No flight to Egypt either! That's all history!

Praise God, no Cross ever again, as well!

Enjoy that part of the Verse today.

Spiritually "chew" on it.

Meditate and ponder, from every possible angle, its meaning.

"When He cometh into the world."

No wonder the angels sang!

No wonder the Star moved!

No wonder the Bible predicted it!

No wonder the same Bible detailed it, step by step!

He has come!

Glory to His Name!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 4, VERSES 5 AND 6:

A "Christmas" Text?

In the Book of Hebrews?

Quoting the Psalms?

Yes!

Jesus is talking. In fact, to the Father He speaks. "Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not, but a body hast Thou prepared me: in burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast had no pleasure." Hebrews 10:5-6

When the One Who came into the world, again that's Jesus, talks to Someone Who had prepared Him a body, that's God the Father, we have a classic example of inter-Trinitarian communion!

The Son fellowshipping with the Father, before the Incarnation too!

Before the Virgin Birth!

A thousand years before!

Notice that God the Father was not primarily "interested" in "sacrifice and offering," Old Testament style of course. "He (Jesus) saith, Sacrifice and offering Thou (Father) wouldest not ...."

That verb "wouldest" translates "thelo," a verb meaning "to desire" over a dozen times in Scripture. That's in addition to its normal meaning, "to will."

That's right. "Sacrifice," from "thusia," whose verb means "to slay, to slaughter, to immolate," and "offering," in Greek "prosphora," that which is "brought to" Almighty God both depict the various acts of worship described in Leviticus chapters 1-7.

Back to Verse 4 a second, just to get a clearer understanding of Paul's message here: "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins."

Compared to Jesus' Sacrifice on Calvary ... lambs and doves and goats and bullocks simply fall far short!

Moses' whole sacrificial system, the entire Law of the Offerings, was just a temporary thing, only meant to "cover" sin, to make "atonement" ... until Jesus could come and shed His Blood and perfectly wash away our iniquity and rebellion! Jesus did what Moses could not do!

But, wait a minute!

How did God do such a thing?

How did He get His Son to earth?

To die for sinners!

Our Text tells us.

"Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared Me." Hebrews 10:5

God made a special "body" for His Son!

A human body nonetheless!

The verb "hast prepared" is quite Christmasy!

It is spelled "katartizo," and is found thirteen times in the New Testament. Basically it means "made perfect!" Made complete! Made right!

It's an aorist verb, of course. Jesus was only born one time, born of a virgin! That miracle will not happen again. Completed action.

The noun "body," that's "soma" to Paul, means just what it says. A literal body, flesh and bone and blood." A real Baby! But still, God come to earth! The "how-else-can-I-say-it" God/Man!

That body has been planned, pre-planned really, for a thousand years, no doubt even longer, before Jesus' birth was actually accomplished. Jesus had to come right on time! "When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman." Paul in Galatians 4:4.

Daniel chapter nine miraculously pinpointed Jesus' time of Birth also, and His time of Death!

Surely Jesus' body had received as much attention, His physical arrival on earth, as did His Death! And Peter tells us about that timeline! "The precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you." Amen to 1st Peter 1:19-20

And just in case we've missed it, the overall message of today's Text, Hebrews 10:6 reiterates. "In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure." Still Jesus talking to His Father!

God did not "enjoy" those deaths, millions and millions of innocent animals! They were just "pictures" or "foreshadows" or "symbols" or "reminders" of the coming Lamb of God, the Virgin-born Jesus, the true Saviour of the world!

The verb "to have pleasure" is "eudokeo," that which "seems good" to one! "Dokeo" here is the root word for "doxa," the New Testament word for "glory!" Bulls and goats cannot receive any glory for our redemption! Only Jesus deserves such praise!

Implied, God's real "pleasure" will be derived from the Plan of Salvation! Strange as it may sound, from His Only Begotten Son's Vicarious Death on the old rugged Cross!

Isaiah was right all the time! "Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him." Isaiah 53:10, inexplicable to us! Too wonderful to comprehend! We simply must bow and adore and worship, in awe of such Love! "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

No wonder the devil hates Christmas so much!

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

Also,

That noun "burnt offerings" is too good to miss, in our last verse. Jesus to His Father: "In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure." It's spelled, you will be familiar, "holokautoma," our very word "holocaust!" In Greek "holos" means "all, whole or completely." Then "kaio" means "to burn, to set on fire, to consume with flames!"

Nothing compares to the Death of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary! That blessed Event is the focal point of all history! Listen to Paul, "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." Galatians 6:14

 

 

LESSON 5, VERSE 7:

How do we know that Psalm 40, or any other so-called "Messianic" Psalm, is talking about Jesus?

Largely, because the New Testament applies it to Jesus!

The New Testament interprets the Old Testament.

Here's the Verse I have in mind. "Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me. I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart." This is Psalm 40:7-8.

Who is talking?

Just David, the Psalmist?

Or is He relating the words of Another?

Now listen to Paul in Hebrews 10:7. "Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God."

But the Hebrews Text has this added light. It's clearly taking about Jesus! He says so! The "I" of "Lo, I come" is the same Person described as: "But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool." That's Jesus, Hebrews 10:12-13.

Irrefutably so!

Therefore, with confidence we may say that Psalm 40 is "Messianic!" Jesus is its Subject!

This means that our Lord, at least a thousand years before the Incarnation, before the Virgin Birth, before that first "Christmas," knew and discussed with His Father the planned Event!

"Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God."

He's telling us about it now!

The exclamation "Lo" is really a verb in Greek. It means, "idou" does, "to look, to see," even at times "to listen!"

Jesus does not want us to miss this!

The verb "come" translates "heko," that is, "have come, have arrived, am present!" One lexicon actually insinuates that this "coming" is "to seek intimacy" with one's host!

Then comes the noun "volume," spelled "kephalis," which means "the head, the highest part, the extremity" of a thing. Jesus is the Very Essence of Scripture! It's Head!

"Book," another noun, is "biblion." That's a "scroll or a written document." The Bible, God's Word, is surely the Source to which Christ is alluding.

The verb "is written" frames "grapho" as a perfect passive verb. This writing, once completed, did not die! It still impacts lives today, thousands of years later! It did not compose itself, either! It was written by holy men of God. Like Peter said: "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 2nd Peter 1:21

Even the prepositional phrases here are "loaded" with meaning. "Of Me," that's Jesus, the very Subject of the Bible, translates "peri emou." The Bible is written "concerning" Jesus! It is written "around" Jesus! He's the Center of it all! Yes, that's what "peri" means, "concerning or around or with reference to" Someone!

The verb, the aorist infinitive "to do" is "poieo," having "made or caused or performed or accomplished" a goal! Jesus, again, a thousand years before the Fact, says that it's so certain He will do God's Will, do it perfectly, that it's as if He has already done so! An aorist verb suggests completed action! Jesus failing in His Mission, be assured, was a virtual impossibility!

Finally, "will," as in God's "will," is "thelema." That's "what One wishes or desires." Or even "has determined" to do!

Now, take the time and re-read today's verse. "Plug in" the meanings you have just learned, amplifying what the Holy Spirit just said!

I'll guarantee you this. You will be forever impressed with our Saviour! The Only One Who could have ever said this, and meant it, and lived it completely! "Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God." Hebrews 10:7

Amen!

Christmas is already getting sweeter, all because of Jesus!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

By the way, just think what doing God's Will entailed for Jesus! What it cost Him! How He never deviated a centimeter from it! In fact, that how we got saved! "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10

 

 

LESSON 6, VERSES 8 AND 9:

In a beautiful piece of Bible exposition, Paul, and if not Paul certainly the Holy Ghost ordained writer of Hebrews, explains how Jesus is much better than ... well, anything!

Most of today's Text, by far, is repetition. I mean it repeats what has already been said in this very Paragraph! Much less the fact that a portion of Psalm 40 is being quoted as well.

But at the end of today's two-verse couplet comes the "interpretation."

Notice this please. The words in focus have been capitalized for you.

"Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second." Hebrews 10:8-9

The preposition "above" is "ano," a "higher" place. Like an author still would today, Paul is "locating" his material. Specifying a preceding statement, a bit earlier in his document. "Higher on the Page," we would say. Higher on the scroll, to Paul. Though likely in the very same column he was then writing.

The pronoun "He" still refers to Jesus, the Son of God and our Saviour. Yes, Jesus is talking in both the Psalm 40 and the Hebrews 10 Texts, although in the former He had not yet been born and in the latter He had already ascended back to Heaven, after the Cross and Resurrection!

The direct quote, "Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God," is the Holy Spirit's translation of Psalm 40:6-8.

Then comes Paul's hermeneutical statement, his exegesis, his interpretation of the whole Old Testament Law as compared to the whole New Testament Age of Grace! "He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second." Hebrews 10:9b

God the Father is the Subject here.

God "laid aside" the Law, that He might "instate" the marvelous dispensation of the Grace of God!

He did so by sending Jesus, thus the Incarnation, the Virgin Birth, the first Christmas in its truest sense, to die on Calvary, making possible soul salvation, forgiveness and redemption for sinners!

The verb "taketh away" is "anaireo," obviously related to "airo," meaning "to elevate, to raise up, to bear away." Surprisingly, the verb here is in the present tense! God is still "taking away" the Law! It just could not save!

Here it is plainly written in God's Word: "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Romans 8:3-4

The modifier "first" is "protos," meaning "first in time or place." First in succession or first in rank.

The Law came first!

Moses lived before the Virgin Birth occurred!

"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." John 1:17

Our Verse again, just to keep it nearby. "He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second." Hebrews 10:9b

"May establish" is "histemi" as a subjunctive aorist verb in the active voice. It means "to establish, to set in place, to confirm, to cause to stand!"

God the Father has "ordained" Jesus and His Blood, Grace personified, to be the means of sinners being saved!

The "second," in Greek "deuteros," in which see "duo," here means "the other of two." Think of our word "duet," those two people who sang at Church yesterday.

Jesus is the established, the superior, the better, the ONLY way to Heaven!

All the Law could do anyway was "point" sinners to the Blood of the Lamb!

Here's Paul again, writing in Galatians 3:24-25. "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster."

Right!

Goodbye, Moses. Thank you for all you've done!

Hello, Jesus!

Hebrews 3:3, talking about Jesus, "this Man!" Read it carefully. "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."

Thank the Lord!

"He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second." Hebrews 10:9b

This too is the Message of Christmas!

It's all about Jesus!

For the true Christian, everything is about Jesus really! "That in all things He might have the preeminence." Colossians 1:18

Amen!

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 7, VERSE 10:

Jesus had just said to his Father, "Lo, I come to do thy will, O God." These words, or others like them, are recorded both in Psalm 40 and Hebrews 10. In fact, David has Jesus saying to God the Father, "I delight to do thy will, O my God."

That Will, God's Will, must center on Jesus' whole earthly Ministry, especially His Death on Calvary.

That's why Jesus came!

Listen to Jesus "thinking out loud" in John 12:27. "Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour."

That prefect Will, which "peaked" at Calvary, also, by necessity, included the Virgin Birth, and His absolutely sinless life, the three-day burial and His literal Resurrection too! Add to that the glorious Ascension to Heaven!

But to summarize God's Will, Jesus' life Goal on earth ... read today's Verse! It's so clear! "By the which Will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." Hebrews 10:10

The noun "offering" is "prosphora," blending "pros" in Greek (before Someone, face-to-face with them) and "phero" (to carry, to bear, to bring) in such a way to yield a beautiful word picture!

Jesus, by his Death, His Blood Shed for sinners, can actually pick us up and carry us to God, face-to-face with the Father!

Jesus' very "body" or "soma" must here be understood literally. His actual "flesh and blood and bone" corpus, that little Virgin-Born Boy grown up, was so maliciously treated on the Cross!

His Body was beaten and bruised and broken, for our sakes!

Note it was offered "once-for-all" too. The root word is "hapax," one time only! There Jesus paid it all! A second Calvary will never occur! It's completely unnecessary!

But what did the Cross do for us?

Us Believers?

"By the which Will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." Hebrews 10:10

It "sanctified" us!"

This term, at least here, is apparently a very wide-ranging verb that incorporates both our salvation and sanctification and, maybe, even our future glorification too!

"Hagaiazo" is formed as a perfect participle too. We were, because of Calvary, "set apart, consecrated, made holy," to God Himself!

And when that happened, at the very second God saved us, a miracle occurred, the new birth!

A change so dramatic and transformative that we shall never get over it, never be the same again!

Thank God that Jesus did His Will, the Father's Will, here on earth! In fact, He's never done anything but His Father's Will, ever!

God "willed" our salvation!

God "willed" our separation from sin!

God has "willed" that we spend eternity with him in Glory!

But all this "willing" is only made possible through Jesus' precious broken Body!

That's what Paul just said!

"By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." Hebrews 10:10

Hear Jesus again ...

First, "Behold I come," that's Christmas, the Incarnation, the Virgin Birth!

Then, "We are sanctified," that's Calvary and salvation and redemption and all the blessings such things involve!

The Cradle and the Cross!

Absolutely inseparable!

That is, if sinners are going to get to Heaven!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 8, VERSES 11-13:

The Virgin Birth.

That night in Bethlehem.

The manger.

The angels and shepherds and "no room in the inn."

But that's just part of the Story.

God did become man, Perfect Man. "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14

But the Babe in Mary's arms grew to be the Saviour of the world, the Christ of Calvary!

So much so that the writer of Hebrews, Paul I believe, wrote: "And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: but this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool." Hebrews 10:11-13

These verses tell us four things about Jesus, still the Jesus born in the City of David that night over two thousand years ago!

Firstly, Jesus' Sacrifice is better than any offering the Old Testament priests ever presented to God.  Far better! The Mosaic priests were required to shed blood, innocent animals' blood, every day, many times a day! Almost non-stop! And those offerings really could never "take away" sins! Here the verb is "periaireo," that is, "to lift up that which is all around you" and remove it ... far away!

Secondly, Jesus only died once! Yes, on the Cross, He paid all our sin debt! Satisfied God's Righteousness! He completely "took away" our sins, washed them away really!

Thirdly, still talking about Baby Jesus, just grown up now, He was not only crucified and raised from the dead, but ascended into Heaven! There right now He sits and reigns and intercedes and governs!

Fourthly, the Christ Child, already a King, waits! He is waiting, there at God's Right Hand! Waiting for the moment of total victory, "till his enemies be made his footstool."

How vast is the Christmas Story!

How amazing the ministry of the Baby of Bethlehem!

Some day He will rule the world!

In fact, He's doing that this very second!

"Now," as an old news commentator loved to say, "you've heard the rest of the story!"

The Christmas Story!

And Hebrews 10:4-15 tells it so well!

                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

Without being too technical ...

Let me share a few definitions with you. This three-verse swath is precious, loaded with significant words too!

Again, the King James Text: "And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: but this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool." Hebrews 10:11-13

The noun "priest" is "heireus," derived from the adjective "heiros," meaning "sacred, consecrated to God, holy." The verb "standeth" is significant because that's exactly what those priests did, never sitting when on duty! The verb is a form of "histemi." But our great High Priest, Jesus, soon as he returned to Heaven, at His Ascension, sat down! His work had been completed! Salvation had been provided! "Ministering" is "leitourgeo," a blend of "laos" (the people) and "ergon" (working), someone who serves the people, the public, but here, the saints of God! "Offering" blends "pros" (before or face-to-face) and "phero" (to carry, to bring, to tote), what Jesus did on the Cross! He there was the Sacrifice, the Victim, yes. But He also was the Priest offering that precious Blood too, His Own Blood! "Oftentimes" is "pollakis," from "pollus," meaning "much, many," thus "frequently." "Same" is "autos," nearly "automatically!" One after another, all day long! "Sacrifices" translates "thusia," that which is slain, usually violently! "Never" blends "oude" (not, neither) and "pote" (formerly) and means "not even once!" Then "take away," as mentioned in the Lesson above, is "periaireo," to "lift up" that which is all "around" a person! Our sins are gone! These are all in verse 11!

Lots of words!

Our next verse, 12 to be exact. "This man" translates "autos," meaning "Himself," the Subject of our Paragraph, the Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Only One Who could have provided salvation! He exclusively is qualified! The modifier "one" is "mia" in Greek, the "only one." And "sins" are "harmatia," things we've missed out on, blessing from God, because of our rebellion and disobedience! Literally, "hamartano," meaning "to miss the mark, to be without a share." And "sat down" is "kathizo," as an aorist (action completed) too. Yes, "to sit down," but occasionally used in a legal sense, as in a "sitting" judge! "Right Hand" is "dexios," Our word ambidextrous actually means "both right hands!" And "God" of course is "theos."

Verse 13: "From henceforth" is spelled "loipos," what's "remaining, the rest," or even "finally." The participle "expecting" is good, "ekdechomai" means "to reach out and take with one's hand!" Yes, some day God the Father will give the nod, and Jesus will "go get it," the final victory! "Enemies," in Greek "echthros," are those who "hate or despise" you. "Be made" translates "tithemi," that is "to set" in place. To be "put" where you belong! Finally, "footstool" is "hupopodion," combining the preposition for "under" ("hupo") and the noun for "feet" ("pous"). See our word "podium" here, a stand placed at the "feet" of the people.

Words, they are important in any document, but especially in a Text from the inspired Scriptures, straight from God!

 

 

LESSON 9, VERSES 14-15:

The Text began with Jesus saying to His Father, "A Body Thou hast prepared Me. Lo, I come. In the volume of the Book it is written of Me. Lo, I come to do Thy Will, O God." This literally happened at the Virgin Birth.

But the same Text ends with Jesus having offered "one Sacrifice for sins for ever," being ascended to Heaven, sitting at the Right Hand of God the Father, "expecting till His enemies be made His footstool." This is why the Virgin Birth occurred! This is the whole Truth! The entire Plan of Salvation!

What a range!

What a vast scope Jesus' Ministry has already covered!

The Christ of Christmas ... the Crucified One of Calvary!

The One fleeing to Egypt ... the One rising to Heaven!

As Christmas approaches, don't just sing "Away in a Manger," add a verse of "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" as well. Then maybe a bit of "He Lives!" But certainly close with "Some Golden Daybreak, Jesus Will Come."

Tell the whole Story!

Today's Verse, actually the end of our selected Text, is Hebrews 10:14 with just a touch of Verse 15 added for emphasis.

Here Paul writes about Jesus: "For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us ...." Hebrews 10:14-15a

That "one offering" of course is why Baby Jesus came in the first place! The adjective "one" is "mia" in Greek, "one and only!" It's a numeral really, "Offering Number One!" Of all time!

The Cross is in view here!

Mount Calvary!

Golgotha!

The scene of the greatest Crime in all history, wicked mankind slaying the Sinless Saviour, but also the scene of the greatest devil-whipping too! For there Jesus "spoiled principalities and powers, making a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." Colossians 2:13-15

The verb "hath perfected" is spelled "teleioo," meaning "completed, fully furnished, fulfilled, finished with nothing lacking!" This is, of course, a "perfect" verb, meaning that it represents action that has culminated in the past, but with powerful rippling effects, tsunami effects really, going on still today! God is yet saving sinners! "Telioo" was often used by the medical community, particularly when a doctor "set" a broken bone! Jesus "fixed" the sin problem at Calvary, too! It was also used when a fishermen had to "mend" his net! What a gospel net Jesus furnished the Holy Spirit, with which to go "fishing" all these centuries!

The adverbial phrase "for ever" is "dienekes," combining "dia" and "phero." The meaning: "to pick something up and carry it to its destination through all conceivable probabilities!" No matter what! No exceptions either!

Saved "for ever!"

"For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us ...." Hebrews 10:14-15a

Who are the beneficiaries of these Blessings?

Who has been perfected, saved?

Delivered?

They that are "sanctified." And "hagaiazo" means "to be set apart, separated, consecrated to God, to be made holy!"

In other words, "born again!"

Regenerated!

Washed in the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ!

Saved by the Death of the One Who is Virgin-Born!

"Hagiazo" is framed here as a participle, a present participle! This state of being "saved" is  continuous! There will never be a second when I'm not "saved!" Saved ... eternally!

I wanted us to study this whole Paragraph, Hebrews 10:4-15, because it not only shows us Jesus' Birth, but also "the rest of the Story" too!

And how do we know all this?

Here's how!

The last clause of our Text, "Whereof the Holy Ghost is a Witness!" The Spirit is called a "Ghost" in ancient literature because He is a simply the Spirit of the Lord Jesus ... "come back to earth" to help us live for God! The Third Person of the very Godhead, indwelling us, walking beside us day by day.

The verb "is a witness" translates "martureo," in which see our word "martyr." If a person believed something so strongly, would testify to it so firmly, that he was willing "to die" for it (as did the martyrs) ... his "witness" was absolutely incontrovertible!

I know that Baby Jesus, sinlessly grown up,  is now my Saviour, Crucified and Risen and Ascended and Coming Again! I know so because the Holy Spirit told me! He testified such to my soul! He too was willing to die for it!

Praise the Lord!

I'll not look at this Christmas the same!

Not after Hebrews 10:4-15.

Tell the whole Story this year!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

Oh yes, the Holy Spirit is a witness "to us!" Hebrews 4:15 adds those words, "to us." The lost world does not see it! The intelligentsia often do not either. Nor most of the politicians. Sinners are "blinded" to the glorious Light of the Gospel! But, thank God, one day I "saw" it! I saw Him! I believed! Because the Holy Spirit bore witness "to me!" Praise God forever if you're in that number! If you are among the "whosoever!" That's what John 3:16 calls us! "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

This is literally the last invitation in the Bible. Hear it well. "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Revelation 22:17

Is the Holy Spirit calling you right now? Bearing witness "to you" this very moment? He just might be!

 

 

Studied and written in mid-November of 2008. Applicable any time of the year! Especially Christmas! The Virgin Born Baby is the Son of God, the Saviour of the world! And all of God's people said, "Amen!"

 

 

Thank YOU for visiting our Website!

You are visitor number ...

Hit Counter

The Fundamental Top 500

 

Copyright 2008 DrMikeBagwell.org  All Rights Reserved.