The Source Of Eternal Salvation For All Who Obey Him

The title of this post comes from a partial verse in Hebrews 5:9.

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For every high priest taken from men is appointed in service to God for the people, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.

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2 He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he is also subject to weakness.

3 Because of this, he must make a sin offering for himself as well as for the people.

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4 No one takes this honor on himself; instead, a person is called by God, just as Aaron was.

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5 In the same way, the Messiah did not exalt Himself to become a high priest, but the One who said to Him, You are My Son; today I have become Your Father,

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6 also said in another passage, You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.

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7 During His earthly life, He offered prayers and appeals with loud cries and tears to the One who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence.

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8 Though He was God’s Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered.

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9 After He was perfected, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him,

10 and He was declared by God a high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

11 We have a great deal to say about this, and it’s difficult to explain, since you have become too lazy to understand.

12 Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the basic principles of God’s revelation again. You need milk, not solid food.

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13 Now everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced with the message about righteousness, because he is an infant.

14 But solid food is for the mature—for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil.


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37 thoughts on “The Source Of Eternal Salvation For All Who Obey Him

  1. I just started reading the Sheeriyath imperative by Michael Lake and that one has me glued to it When i can. Just finished chapter 1 and that is the meat of the Word IF there ever was a definition for it! Highly recommend it.

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  2. Daily Devotional — 3/12/17

    FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS
    To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. I Peter 2:21

    In the old Museum of Atheism and Religion in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) during the cold war era, visitors upon entry were first subjected to a major display of pro-evolution propaganda. Then came the world religions section dominated by displays of the sordid history of Christianity such as the Inquisition and the Crusades.

    Towering over that display area was a huge crucifix. The museum guides would explain it this way: “Christians love to suffer. Ever since their leader, Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross like this, they have had a persecution complex!”

    While we are definitely not called upon to have a persecution complex, we as Christians are repeatedly reminded in scripture that our lot is indeed to follow in the footsteps of our Lord and Master.

    When Jesus gave His last major teaching session to his disciples, he included a serious prediction about the reactions of the world. In what we now call the Upper Room Discourse (John 15-17), Jesus told his closest followers—probably as they were walking along (see John 14:31b)—that they were to remain [abide] in Him as a branch in the vineyard is connected to the main stalk.

    He then reiterated his command that they were to love each other as He had loved them and was willing to lay down His life for them—the highest form of love. Little did they understand that prediction. Yet it would be fulfilled the very next day.

    Then he contrasts that love of the brethren with the reaction of hatred from the world: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first…for they do not know the one who sent me” (John 15: 18-21). A little further down in the discourse, He says, “…in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God” (John 16:2b).

    Jesus was indicating that as He suffered, so would His disciples. Every human being endures some suffering in his lifetime. It may be the physical suffering of sickness or injury. It may be the inner suffering caused by the death of a loved one, rejection by friends, or simply loneliness. Whatever the cause may be, we all seek to avoid it as much as possible. The scriptures make it very plain that Christians are subject to all the causes of suffering common to men, plus the added persecution that comes with taking a clear stand for Christ.

    RESPONSE: Today I will walk in the suffering footsteps of Jesus, my Lord and Saviour; no complaints.

    PRAYER: Lord, give me grace to accept the responses of the world as Jesus did. As I abide in You, may I also show Your love to everyone.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  3. Our meeting at the church was extremely good tonight. I was leading the meeting and opened the discussion with an idea of passage of time i receieved from the book i mentioned above. As IT so happened many in the audience were amazed that what i said was consistent with their experience.

    In a nutshell IT was this…..The closer to God a person is he/she seems to have a more vibrant internal life that reflects to the outer world as an accelerated passage of time in relation to everyday life. The people WHO are materialistic and dont know Jesus often complain of feeling bored and having difficulty to fill their existence When not pursuing some activity.

    Id say i havent had a boring time since i said yes to Jesus. How about you precious people here?

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  4. Daily Devotional — 3/13/17

    CHOOSE TO FOLLOW JESUS
    Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34

    They stood out like lighthouse beacons. We spotted them while walking through the tables of artisan wares in old Havana. Two oil painting portraits side-by-side propped in front of the table. Portraits of two famous revolutionaries: Che Guevarra and Jesus Christ.

    The Cuban people are well acquainted with Che. The Argentina-born socialist revolutionary joined Fidel Castro in the Cuban revolution of 1959. Fidel made him Minister of the Interior for the first five years. Then Che disappeared only to surface in Bolivia where he was captured and executed. Cuba has made him out to be a martyr for the revolution. His face and sayings are even more wide-spread in the country than Fidel’s.

    Jesus is also becoming well-known in Cuba due to revival that has swept the island since the late 1980’s.

    These two portraits depict the major choices for most people today. One revolutionary says, “Follow me and I will make you a liberator of men—teach them how to fight!” The other says, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men—teach them how to really live!”

    One revolutionary says, “Follow me and USE your life for the sake of the revolution!” The other says, “Follow me and LOSE your life for my sake and the gospel’s (and you will find it)!”

    The one says “Follow me and we will build a utopia on earth!” Jesus says, “Follow me and we will build the kingdom of God on earth (and the world will be a better place)!”

    Those who have chosen to follow Jesus in Cuba are making a significant impact for the Lord. I met a twenty-three-year-old Cuban young lady who is a committed follower of Jesus. She ministers to four churches in the mountains where no male graduate from the seminary is willing to serve. The one mountain-top church we visited with her required forty-seven crossings of the winding mountain river in climbing the eight kilometres distance. In rainy season the mud is up to her knees.

    I asked her what the last message was she had shared with believers. She replied, “Take up your cross and follow me!”

    We also saw a young male evangelist en route to a meeting point which would take him seven hours to walk. That’s commitment!

    Today Jesus is also calling you and me to truly follow Him. It may mean leaving behind our favourite time-waster and our comfort zones. But Jesus promises his personal presence and his abundant blessing. It’s an adventure like no other. If you listen carefully, you can hear his voice right where you are this moment. He’s saying, “Follow me!”

    RESPONSE: Today I choose to follow Jesus, regardless of the cost.

    PRAYER: Lord, may Your call on my life ever draw me closer to You and Your kingdom.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  5. New Global Military News from Israeli News Live — 3/13/17

    Some hi-lights: U.S. Sent Drones To South Korea,
    Japan sent warship to South China Sea, U.S. Military Equipment sent to the East Coast of the United States in massive quantities, Russia Deployed Military Equipment to Crimea.

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      1. Stig, I’ll know more tomorrow after I go visit property manager and the rentals in Arkansas. I have 4-5 properties to look at and most are in the Cherokee Village area. Will be quite the long day. It’s a 3 hour drive each way, not counting the time in the area. I’m sure Cody (my dog) will be snoozing the whole time in my van 🙂

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  6. J.C.,

    Praise our Perfect guide Jesus, in the Holy Spirit for providing provisions! I will continue to pray that peace is your inner compass. May your 3 hour journey along with companion Cody be a safe one and be filled with His praised presence along the way to and from. May He make it clear in the property He has planned for you…that it be a place to build His kingdom! We are getting hit even now nearing midnight with a nor’easter on east coast, I am as ready as I need to be in faith, His word and will be His suffering snow servant as this weather increases the symptoms of the nerve pain through my whole body, especially my legs and feet. The devotion (Mark 8:34) for today and always is fitting like a good pair of shoes that I deny myself, pick up my cross to follow Him..as you clearly are..

    In Christ,
    Sister M

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  7. Daily Devotional — 3/14/17

    WORTH FOLLOWING
    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

    The first thing most Christians think of when they hear or read the word, “persecution” is torture. And indeed torture is what many persecuted believers experience. Helen Berhane was kept in shipping container prisons for almost three years because she would not deny her faith. She was beaten so severely she could not even walk. Other times Helen was chained for hours outside in the severe heat of the sunshine.

    One tine after a full day of being chained outside, she was handcuffed and thrown into an old rusty shipping container full of holes. She lay on the icy floor in her thin dress. With no blanket, she soon began shivering. Her whole body ached from the cold and the beating she had received. She feared she might die from the freezing cold so she composed this song and sang it repeatedly throughout the chilly night:

    I love you, that’s why I draw myself closer to you

    I know that it’s worth following you.

    I am not only ready for prison, but I trust you until death.

    Even in a closed space or in a pit I will not surrender to evil spirits,

    Not even if I am bound or I am chained and I am suffering from cold,

    I will sing and I am not going to tire of singing, nor give up.

    My heart is burning with your love,

    And my heart declares I will never stop respecting you or lifting you up.

    I will sing again and again,

    I will sing a melody for you,

    My soul is pleased to sing for you.[1]

    RESPONSE: I will praise the Lord today and every day—regardless of my circumstances.

    PRAYER: Pray for all Christians who today are persecuted by being tortured. Pray they will respond as Helen did.

    1. Helen Berhane, Song of the Nightingale (Colorado Springs: Authentic Media, 2009), p. 52.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  8. Daily Devotional — 3/15/17

    DRAWN TO JESUS
    “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day…” John 6:44

    Throughout the Muslim world, Jesus (“the man in white”) has appeared to seekers in special ways—often in dreams and visions. For example, Achmed is forty-two, married and has four daughters. A year ago, the Lord Jesus appeared to him in a dream. Coming from an Egyptian fundamentalist family, Achmed was a committed Muslim. The dream caused his Islamic faith to waver. As a secret believer, he has gone into hiding in Cairo. He describes his dream:

    In the field, there were hundreds, perhaps even thousands of people. They were all dressed in white and were looking up to heaven expectantly. They didn’t pay any attention to me. Suddenly a dazzling light shone on the crowd. Out of the light, the Lord Jesus stepped forward. He hovered over the people and blessed them. Then he pointed at me.

    At that moment, I woke up. I was completely confused. I knew Isa (Jesus) only from the Koran. I knew that he was a man who had performed miracles, a prophet. Never had I thought that he would reveal himself to me. I was shaking all over my body and woke up my wife. “What’s the matter?” she asked. I could only say, “They’re right. They’re following the right way. They’re right…” I couldn’t go back to sleep. I had to know more about this man.

    The easiest way was to turn on the television and look for Christian satellite stations. Achmed also read the Bible and watched the JESUS film. He had bought this on impulse a year before at a book fair in Cairo. He spoke to a Christian neighbour, who took him to a church in Cairo. He says, “I started to attend the services in secret and took part in a Bible study group. The love of the Christians touched me. The members of our Bible study group are like family to me.” Achmed had been supernaturally drawn to Jesus.

    RESPONSE: I thank God today that I have also been drawn to Jesus, and He will raise me up!

    PRAYER: Pray that God will continue to draw many, many Muslims to Jesus around the globe.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  9. The cowboy of Arkansas has return. Everything went well and the new Jc Ranch has a new branded entrance gate and Cody has cattle to herd 🙂

    Good your back Jc

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  10. JC Amen and yes! The Lord has been flooding me with vivid dreams in the form of my past in who I need to forgive and why. Things I have forgotten, perhaps buried are now surfacing! I believe it’s part of my healing to set me free from the pain that is caused by the central nervous system – 3 years ago, I fell at work and was very fit, athletic a runner, hiker and have not been able to.,I miss hiking since my injury and am praying I will do this again soon! My diagnosis states I could end up in a wheel chair, yet my physical therapist is pushing me beyond what I feel I can do – it’s Gods strength – prayers needed especially to prepare me physically for what seems is close to happening in the US, on the east coast, I am packed, prepared and waiting to hear from the Lord in what is next. Your blog James in word and worship along with other links and folks here have been very instrumental in my faith walk! Bless you all!

    SIS M

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    1. Hello sister M and be praying for you that you can heal from your ailment to Gods intended level of performance ability for you. Even in St Pauls case you remember he was made weaker physically to bolster his faith. In our weakness the Lords strength is made perfect!

      And you mean poor me has had something to help you on your way too? Peggy and JC and sonshine knows that i wander sometimes but im also sometimes on target 🍟😎

      Blessings to you sister M

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      1. Amen to the Prayers Stig. Your contributions on here are always appreciated 🙂 To God be the Glory — I want him to have all the praise, as I don’t want any for myself.

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      2. Stig-Ove, thank you for the prayers and humor lol a good recipe of faith! A fitting reminder about Paul’s journey of sufferering for a purpose and plan – P&P for Paul – and during a good cup of coffee – Hebrews 5:8 JC mentions too that it produces obedience in which I am also understanding!

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