The Faith of Moses

By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.  He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward….

How Noah Condemned The World

By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.  By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. Hebrews 11:7 The biblical account of Noah has been so familiar to practically all…

The Faith of Abel and Enoch

By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts.  And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.  By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because…

The Compatibility of Science and the Christian Faith

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the people of old received their commendation.  By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Hebrews 11:1-3…

Will We Be Able To Endure?

But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated.  For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you…

When Jesus’ Sacrifice No Longer Applies

For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Hebrews 10:26-27 God gave the early church a serious warning here, a warning all who would profess…

Holding Fast To Our Confession

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the…

How To Have Your Hearts Sprinkled Clean

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22 Having built his case that Jesus offers a superior sacrifice over the Old Testament animal sacrifices and a superior priesthood over the Levitical priesthood…

Why The Cross Beats Animal Sacrifices

For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. Hebrews 10:14 In last week’s column we studied the problem with Old Testament animal sacrifices: they could not take away our sins (Hebrews 10:1-4).  The divinely inspired writer of Hebrews then quoted from Psalm 40:6-8 to show how God…

The Problem With Animal Sacrifices

For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near.  Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once…