Jesus in Titus to Hebrews
Introduction: Paul writes to Titus who was also called his son in the faith. Philemon is about Paul writing to his friend to free a slave, just as we were slaves. Hebrews is about Jesus and the many things he did and that he was better than the people in the OT. So this section is about how we too can be free from the bonds that Satan wants to put on us but because of Jesus we are not under the law but under grace!
Focus Scripture Heb 2:6-12 6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him?7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
Christ never stopped being God but was made a little lower than the angels. Man is lower than the angels and he was made a man. God in a fleshly body! Christ is the savior and because of that one event at the cross we are sanctified. God wants us as part of his forever family and wants us to be his brothers. People do not always get along with their family but God is in us and is proud of us to the point that he calls us family from the edges of eternity. Jesus wants to praise us and yet we are so satisfied with Jesus that we desire to praise Him.
Titus (Faithful Pastor) In the Gospel of John Jesus is called the Good Shepherd. In the Bible the term shepherd is also called a Pastor. He shepherds a flock. That means that Titus was a trusted worker in the ministry of the Apostle Paul. Paul was in the habit of leaving behind his workers to take care of a church. Paul started 24 churches and would have one of his workers Pastor that church in his absence under his leadership. Titus and Timothy were 2 of these men.
1:6-9 6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
This is about a bishop or one who is a leader in a church. Some call a Bishop a Pastor. There are different characteristics that a good minister should have. 1) a family that is faithful 2) steward 3) good character ( no selfish but someone who is patient, drunk or into wine, angry, or bad money) However he is someone who is ( hospitable, walks in love righteous, holy, considerate, even tempered, salvation minded.) 4) Faithful to the Word 5) teacher to the doctrine by the Spirit’s leading 6) exhorts others 7) wisdom of God is evident in his words. These things are evident in the Lord and in his ministry. Jesus was not married but he honored Father God above all in his life. HE focused on what the Spirit wanted him to do and had his character in line. We need to have the same focus on the Lord that he had on the Father. Be faithful to the Lord above everything else.
2:11-15 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Grace brings salvation not law. The law brought us to the knowledge we needed a Savior, but did not bring salvation. We need to look forward to the appearing of Jesus Christ. Jesus redeemed us from sin and purified us so we can be a strange sign to the world and that will make us zealous of doing good works. These things we should speak about. Speak about what Christ did. Speak about what you have in Jesus Christ. Speak the good things of God. This is how I am to exhort to and even our rebuke should come based on the Word of God and not on our own judgment. Everything we have in life needs to come based on the Word!
3:4-8 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
The kingdom is based on kindness and love which we have received. The kingdom of God is not based on me or my doing. It is not by my righteousness but because of mercy I was washed in the blood and renewed me by the Holy Ghost. He gave me abundant love and that was through Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul glorified Jesus by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are heirs because of this grace and this is our hope. We believe so we should constantly maintain good works in our life. This is profiting to the ministry.
Philemon (pays my debt) He paid a debt that he did not owe. Onesimus was a slave and Philemon was the slave owner. Back then you could have slaves in the Roman Empire. Today in America we do not have slaves. The slaves were to pay back a debt and this lasted into the Civil war of the United States. Even though the Apostle Paul said put it on my tab like the Good Samaritan did, this represents for us what Jesus did for us.
my close friend v1-5 1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:3 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;
Now I know that Paul is saying this to Philemon who was his friend. This book is in the Bible so this is not just the Apostle Paul saying this to his friend but God is also saying to us. God says he is thankful for us. Jesus mentions us in his prayer. You can read the Gospel of John where he prayed for us. Paul constantly prayed for his friends and those he ministered to. He was happy to hear of his faith and love for it was toward the saints. God honors the love and faith we show to others so honor them above yourselves.
put it on my account v11-18 11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:14 But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;16 Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?17 If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;
Jesus said to the Father put it on my account. I will redeem them from Slavery. I will do this for them. Put me in bonds for them and I will take their place. Accept him like it was me! Jesus is saying to you that he said that to the Father. We are partners with the Father because we are in Him. We are co- heirs and fellow workers with Christ (1 Cor 3:9). We work with Christ and He works with us. It is a joint effort!
the debt was paid 19-21 19 I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.21 Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.
Isaiah 40 tells that Jesus paid double for all our sins. He paid more than enough. Paul said give him credit because of me. Jesus wants us to trust him. Paul did lots for Philemon and reminds him of that. Paul says I trust you so I ask you for your trust in this matter. God trusts us so we need to trust him. Do you trust the Lord in all things in your life? Do you know that God trusts you by living in you and having his son die for you? God deposited His Son within you and thinks you are worthy of his life! God signed his name to it in the Bible when he shed his blood on Calvary!
Hebrews (He is the Greatest) Part of Hebrews is about showing us that Christ is Greater than Moses or Abraham or anyone else who ever lived. There were many great people in the OT but none were the Son of God. They were all men and had failures. Jesus never failed. Jesus was perfect in his flesh. Another part is about Jesus removing our sin and restoring us to the place we had before Adam fell.
Christ is the 2nd Melchisdek 7:11-19 11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing 15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
Melchisedec was a priest King who received the tithes of Abraham and the priesthood of Levi was not after him. King David mentioned that there was yet a priest to come after Melchisedek. Jesus is this priest for he came from the tribe of Judah. No one knew the parents of Melchisedek but Jesus had a Father in Heaven and yet the people of his day did not know that. Also we know that because Jesus is our priest there is a new law because there is a new priest. We are under a new administration that will last forever!
The law was removed 10:1-4 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
He removed our sin at the cross. Before the cross they offered sacrifices constantly. The sacrifices were not only done for sin once a year but also offered trespass offerings, sin offerings, and many others. Offerings were offered because no one could remove sin they could only cover sin. Jesus not only covered our sin with his sacrifice but removed our sin once for all time. So we need to stop offering sacrifices for our sin because Jesus sacrifice is more than enough at Calvary. Have no more consciousness of sin. Have a righteousness mindset and live in his righteousness!
Sin is no more 9:12-16 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.13 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:14 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?15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
I love the topic of we sin no more yet so many think otherwise. I see myself so complete in Jesus Christ that I do not see myself as a sinner but righteous. Here it says that I am sanctified and made holy without any spot to God. God said they had to have a perfect lamb without any spot or blemish. So Jesus had to be without sin. You in Christ are without sin. So anything that causes you to see yourself as a sinner is a sin conscience and the Apostle Paul says we need to purge ourselves from anything we do to clean ourselves before God. Those here are called dead works. Paul to his sons called Jesus a mediator but here he is called the mediator of the NT. He is the mediator for the transgressions under the OT. So both Jews and Gentiles can receive eternal inheritance. Jesus is the giver of the testament so is called the testator here.
10:8-18 8 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;9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
He offered one sacrifice and sat down for the work was done. Then it says that he perfected us forever. We are perfect in the eyes of God now. We will be perfect in the eyes of men after the rapture. So we need to see ourselves as perfect in our eyes now. IF I am perfect in the eyes of God, than I need to see myself God’s way. Their sins and iniquities will I remember them no more so I do not need to make any more offering for sin. Once I realize I am the righteousness of Christ then why I am making offerings for sin? Too many ministries make one feel like they need to make more offerings for sin and that is one reason why people can’t get healed or prosper!
Source of my faith Heb 11:1-6 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
So we have looked at many things about our relationship with God (righteousness). Here is a passage in what is called the HOF of faith. This gives us insight into another definition of faith. 1) Faith is present tense based on the past and looks forward to the future. 2) faith is the evidence of what we need and do not see. 3) Faith is how God operates in creating things in this realm 4) Faith offered sacrifices in Genesis 4) faith is a witness to our righteousness 5) faith pleases God 6) Faith gives us a reward from God so we must seek God daily with all our heart!
Conclusion We must learn how to operate in the New Covenant like Paul did. We must learn to walk in the Pauline Revelation for it is the revelation of grace. Grace is God working in , through and for us. God is not mad at us but wants us to walk in His grace. Faith is how we receive it in this life so we can be prepared for the next life! The gifts that Christ provided for us is given to us because of the salvation package. So learn to walk in the provision of Christ!
Next week: Jesus in the General Epistles Pt. 1
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