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My Love for God
My love for God
Has grown each day;
Thank God he washed
My sins away.
#JesusSaves #love #gratitude #poetry
The Harvest Past
The harvest past,
The summer done,
And we’re not saved,
HEBREWS CHAPTER FOUR
1 Although God’s promise stands−his promise we
May enter in his place of rest−we should
Be careful so that none of us seem to
Have fallen short of it, 2 for we have had
The gospel preached to us, just as it was
To those who lived in Moses’ time.
The message which they heard did them no good,
Because it did not meet with faith in those
Who heard. 3 We who believe can enter in
That rest, as God has said, “So I declared
On oath in anger, ‘They will never come
Into my place of rest.’” And yet his work
Has been completed since he made the world.
4 For he has spoken of the seventh day
Somewhere as follows: “On the seventh day
God rested, having finished all he planned
To make.” 5 Again in the same place he says,
“They’ll never enter in my rest.” 6 It still
Remains that some will enter in that place
Of rest, and those who had the gospel preached
To them before, did not go in because
Of disobedience; 7 but he has set
Another time for going in− that time
Is now. God told of this much later when
He spoke through David, as was said before:
“Today, if you should hear his voice, do not
Harden your hearts.” 8 For this new place of rest
He talks about does not suggest the land
Of Israel that Joshua led them to.
9 If God had meant that, he would not have said
Long afterwards there was a Sabbath-rest
For us, God’s people, 10 for whoever comes
Into God’s rest rests also from his own
Work, just as God did rest from his. 11 Let us,
Then, do our best to enter in that place
Of rest so none will fall by the same sort
Of disobedience. 12 For what God says
To us is full of living power: it
Is sharper than a two-edged sword, and it
Cuts down deep even to dividing soul
And spirit, joints and marrow, judging thoughts
And attitudes of hearts, 13 for nothing in
Creation is concealed from God. All things
Are open and laid bare before the eyes
Of him to whom we must give an account.
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has
Passed through the heavens, Jesus, who’s the Son
Of God, let us hold firmly to the faith
Which we profess. For we have no high priest
Who cannot sympathize with weaknesses
In us. 15 Instead, we have a high priest who’s
Been tempted every way, just as we are−
Yet never once gave way to them and sinned,
16 So let us then approach the throne of God
With confidence, so that we may receive
His mercy and find grace so we’ll proceed
With Jesus’ help when we have times of need.
Scriptures about the Blood of Jesus Christ
but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.
saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
1 John 5:6
This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, “SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME; .
For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
1 Corinthians 11:25
In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.
And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.”
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.”
But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh,
and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord,
“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
1 Peter 1:1-2
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.
And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.”
whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. “For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. “They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat;
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood– and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father–to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
1 John 1:6-9
If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,
Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
1 Corinthians 10:16
Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ?
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. “For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.”
1 Corinthians 11:27
Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.
Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY ” And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.”
Train Up a Child
Train up a child
In how to go
And he won’t stray
When he is old.
HEBREWS CHAPTER THREE
1 So, holy brothers, set apart to God
Himself and called from heaven, fix your thoughts
On Jesus, the apostle and high priest
Whom we confess, 2 for he was faithful to
The One appointing him High Priest, the way
That Moses too was faithful in God’s house,
3 For he was counted worthy to receive
More glory than did Moses, just as he
Who builds a house has greater honor than
The house itself, 4 for every house is built
By someone, but he who built everything
Is God, 5 and Moses did a faithful job
Working in God’s house as a servant, for
A testimony to the things to come;
6 But Christ, God’s faithful Son, is in complete
Command of God’s house, and we are his house,
If we keep up our courage and the hope
Of which we boast. And since Christ is so much
Superior, 7 the Holy Spirit warns,
“Today, be careful that you hear his voice,
8 And do not let your hearts be set against
Him as you did in the rebellion, 9 as
Your fathers did in time of testing in
The desert, trying God for forty years.”
But God was patient with them. Though they tried
His patience, he kept on performing his
Great miracles for them to see. 10 “But,” God
Says, “That is why I was so angry with
That generation, and I said, ‘Their hearts
Were always looking somewhere else instead
Of up to me. They haven’t known my ways.’“
11 So I declared on oath in anger, ‘They
Will never reach my place of rest.’” 12 See to
It, brothers, lest there be in you a heart
Of sin and unbelief that leads you from
The living God. 13 As long as it is called
Today, encourage one another each
And every day, so none of you become
Hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We’ve come
To share in Christ if we hold firmly till
The end the confidence we had at first.
15 As it was said, “Today, if you should heart
God’s voice, don’t walk with hardened hearts, as you
Did during the rebellion.” 16 Who were they
Who heard God’s voice but then rebelled against
Him? Were they not all those whom Moses led
Out of the land of Egypt? 17 And with whom
Was God enraged for forty years? With those
Who sinned and died within the wilderness.
Again, 18 to whom did God swear that they would
Never come in the promised land, if not
To those who disobeyed? 19 We see, in brief,
Why they could not go in: unbelief.
Choose Good Company
Don’t join with those
Who’ve drunk much wine;
They’ll wear old rags
And feed the swine.
#JesusSaves #prodigal #poetry
HEBREWS CHAPTER TWO
1 So we must listen very carefully
To what we’ve heard, so that we do not drift
Away, 2 for since the messages from angels have
Proved true, and people have been punished when
They disobeyed those messages, 3 what makes
Us think that we’ll escape if we ignore
This great salvation which was first announced
By our Lord Jesus, and confirmed to us
By those who heard him? 4 God has always shown
Us that these messages are true by signs
And wonders and assorted miracles
And by the Holy Spirit’s gifts which God
Assigned to each of us according to
His will, 5 and angels won’t control the world
To come, 6 but somewhere it’s been testified:
“What is mere man that you’re concerned about
Him? And who is the Son of Man that you
Esteem so highly? 7 For though you made him
Lower than angels, you have crowned him now
With glory and distinction, 8 and you have
Put everything beneath his feet.” God
Left nothing out in putting everything
Beneath him. We haven’t seen this yet, 9 but
We do see Jesus, was for awhile
A little lower than the angels, crowned
With glory and with honor now because
He suffered death for us, so by the grace
Of God he might taste death for everyone.
10 In bringing many sons to glory, it
Was right that God, who made all things for his
Own glory, should allow the pioneer
Of their salvation to endure such pain.
His suffering made Jesus perfect as
A leader, fit to bring salvation to
Them. 11 Jesus made us holy, and we now
Have the same Father he has. That is why
Jesus is not ashamed to say that we’re
His brothers. 12 He says, “I will talk about
My Father to my brothers; we’ll praise him
Together.” At another time he said,
“I’ll put my trust in him.” 13 Again he says,
“See, here am I and children too whom God
Has given me.” 14 Because the children share
In flesh and blood, he likewise shared in flesh
And blood, so that through death he might destroy
The one who held the power over death,
That is, the devil, 15 and deliver those
Who lived their lives in constant dread from fear
Of death, 16 for surely it’s not angels that
He helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For
This reason it was necessary for
Him to be made like us, his brothers, in
Every respect, so that he might become
A merciful and faithful High Priest in
God’s service to atone for people’s sins.
18 Since he has suffered and has been enticed
Himself, he helps us through the love of Christ.