Thursday, March 09, 2006

Hebrews 13

In order to understand what the author means by “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever,” we should look at the immediate context.

He tells his readers that they should be content with what they have and not get caught up in striving for money and possessions. They can do this because they have the promise of God: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

He tells them that they can live with confidence. Because God is on their side, they do not have to be afraid of what people might do to them.

Then he reminds them of the example of their leaders, many who remained faithful even to the point of martyrdom. While leaders might come and go, Jesus Christ remains in power and authority forever.

So the meaning of “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” is that he is King and Lord and that he will rule into the new age. His power and authority will never diminish. His love will remain constant for all eternity.

To attempt to make this statement say more than this is to miss the point the writer is trying to make. We cannot extrapolate from Jesus’ life on earth to how he functions now as the ruler of the Kingdom of God. We cannot say that because he did (or did not do) certain things in his earthly ministry that he will operate in exactly the same way today.

These issues must be settled using different information.

Pastor Rod

“Helping you become the person God created you to be”

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