As the athlete in the stadium is cheered on and encouraged by the crowd, so we should be encouraged by those who have come before us. We may not see them now, and may not be able to physically hear their voices, but they do speak out to us from the pages of history. Let their faithfulness be an encouragement and example to you.
It would be so much easier if God would just reveal himself visibly to all, removing any doubts as to his existence and his intent for humanity. But then there would be no place for faith, and without faith it is impossible to please God. He wants those who will believe in the unseen God and who will commit their lives to seeking him. So, then, is God pleased with you?
The promises of the new covenant, of which Jesus is the mediator, are superior. Under the new covenant there is no promise of earthly possessions. Instead we have the promise of eternal life (1 John 2:25) as God’s children (Rom 8:14-17). I am so thankful for the promises of the new covenant, and for my great high priest who makes that possible.
Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. – Hebrews 7:26 NIV What do we need from a high priest? The Old Testament high priest, what the author of Hebrews is alluding to here, had the responsibility of interceding with God on behalf of the people. He would offer sacrifice first for his own sin, and then would offer sacrifice on behalf of the people. So who would you prefer as your intercessor with God; one who is not much different than me, who has to deal …