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Pronouns Metaphors Errors Part 30


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Metaphors In Scripture

MIS 30 Hebrews 9.14 Purpose Clause
June 07, 2015
Part 30


Hebrews 9.12
Hebrews 9.14
1 Peter 1.2, 18-19
1 John 1.7
Rev. 1.5
Rev 5.9-10

NKJ Hebrews 9:14
how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Hebrews 9:14
how much more than the blood of animals the blood of Christ, who by means of the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot( faultless( sinless)) to God, will (future tense) cleanse your conscience from dead works, in order to get into serving the living God?

So, what does it mean “to get into serving the living God”?

to get into serving the living God. The keyword is serving, and if you carefully in the New Testament text, and the Old Testament Septuagint, at all the locations where Greek word meaning either to serve or to worship is used, or some form of it, you will discover that it is translated either to serve, or to worship. But this information alone is not enough for us to discover the significance of its meaning.

Earliest Greek usage

In the earliest non-biblical use, our word was strictly secular, yet some relationship does exist with its modern ecclesiastical use. The main usage was more of a technical term. Citizens with an income above a fixed level had by law to accept doing specific services to the body politic at their own expense. So the infinitiveGreek word might mean liturgy (also from which we get the word liturgy) is to do things which are related, not to private concerns, but to the national community as a political unity. Liturgies was a system that spread from Athens to the distant Greek democracies. According to Aristotle, it was the fleecing of the wealthy by liturgies. The paying of these solemn liturgies could include feeding the members of an embassy or the payment of military taxes that came up short.

Some performed allotted liturgies under compulsion and grudgingly, others willingly and freely, for patriotism or vainglory; whatever, they were financial burdens and obligations imposed to help the communities. Eventually, the word became to denote rendering a service in general, even at the personal level; friends serving friends, a father serving his son, and even as in the organs of the body rendering service to the body.

The jump to the religious context comes as Greek word might mean liturgy is used much in the OT for the idea of serving Yahweh, not only in general worship, but the tent, the house, the priestly cultus, the altar of God, the name of God, and God Himself. The main idea the LXX translators obviously tried to show was that there is no trace of the earlier liturgies to be found; that the service to God is to be rendered as a special relation to God as compared with all the other relations of service in which men might stand!

The notion of the cultus

an honoring, a reverencing, a veneration of the divine

A word derived from colere; a caring for, a cultivation of, or honoring of something or someone.

Cultus may be distinguished into:

cultus interus, inward devotion; consisting of virtues of faith, hope, and love; and cultus externus, external devotion; consisting of outward worship and service.

When we think in terms of a modern cult, we are talking about an inordinate devotion to a person, personality, or a particular principle which involves both of these types.

So, it has always been possible to serve God…

(1) by external means, as in rites and duties performed

(2) by internal means, as in faith believing from the heart.

With the coming of the Christ, there is actually a third possible way…

(3) by spiritual means, as in spirit and in truth.


At one time in the wilderness, the heart of Israel was turned to worship and to serve a calf-deliverer and the stars.

NKJ Acts 7:42
Then God turned and gave them up to worship( to serve) the host( stars) of heaven…

Greek for the above verse


The temple sacrificial rites…

NKJ Romans 9:4
who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises;

Greek for the above verse


Regulations and the order of services…

NKJ Hebrews 9:1
Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary.

Greek for the above verse


The performance of the required duties…

NKJ Hebrews 9:6
Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services.

Greek for the above verse


It will seem to some that they are presenting an acceptable( God pleasing) service in the presence of God…[Remember the Book of Judges?]

NKJ John 16:2
They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.

Greek for the above verse


Earnestly worshiping God continually…

NKJ Acts 26:7
To this promise our twelve tribes, earnestlyserving God night and day, hope to attain. For this hope's sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews.

Greek for the above verse


The services of the temple sacrifices were not able to cleanse the conscience of men.

NKJ Hebrews 9:9
It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the serviceperfect in regard to the conscience

Greek for the above verse


NKJ Hebrews 8:5
who serve the copy( pattern) and shadow( foreshadow) of the heavenly( supernatural( spiritual)) things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was
about to make the tabernacle.

Greek for the verse above


NKJ Luke 2:37
and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

Greek for the above verse


NKJ Matthew 4:9-10
And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship (Greek for worship) me."

Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship (Greek for worship) the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve (Greek for serve).' "


NKJ Acts 7:7
And the nation to whom they will be in bondage I will judge,' said God, 'and after that they shall come out and serve Me in this place.

Greek for the above verse

A major shift from the cultus to the work of the Holy Spirit

Overcoming fear from within

Cleansed Conscience( fear from within)

NKJ Hebrews 9:14
how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Greek for the above verse


NKJ Hebrews 10:2
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.

Greek for the above verse

If the temple sacrifices had been fully effective in cleansing the conscience, God would have continued its requirement, but He ceased it instead after the perfect sacrifice had been made…

NKJ Hebrews 12:28
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

A triple bent black arrow facing left

With reverence and awe of God; not Greek for fearas in the fear of men…

A major shift from the cultus to the work of the Holy Spirit

Overcoming fear from without

Cleansed Conscience( fear from without)

NKJ Luke 1:74
To grant us that we, Being delivered from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear,

Greek for no fear
Without fear                               adjective used as an adverb

Greek for out from within the hand         enemies in general
of enemies                                 implied: enemies of God

Greek for we have been delivered
we have been delivered

Greek for to serve Him                           purpose clause
to serve Him

Examples of outward fear.

1 Corinthians 16:9
For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

NKJ 1 Corinthians 16:10
Now if Timothy comes, see that he may be with you without fear Greek for no fear for he does the work of the Lord, as I also do.

NKJ Philippians 1:14
and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear Greek for no fear.


Serving in spirit and truth


NKJ Romans 1:9
For God is my witness, whom I serve with( by means of) my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,

Greek for the verse above


NKJ 2 Timothy 1:3
I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did [?], as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day,

Greek for the verse above

NKJ Romans 12:1
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable( truth of the word) service.

Greek for the verse above

Basically, that believers owe a holy body to the Lord as a temple of service…

NKJ Philippians 3:3Greek for the above verse
For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,


NKJ Acts 27:23
For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve,

Greek for the verse above


So what does it mean to serve God?

The answer is simple. All we have to do is think about what it means to “serve” someone; the character of the service depends on the relationship.

Basically serving someone simply means doing what they want; attending to the things that are of their best interest of someone else.
It can also mean to provide for, as in the goods and services of someone, like a waiter who sets food at a customer’s table upon request.
It can also mean to function for, as in the idea of serving as a representative or representation in the interests of another.

For example, we recently celebrated Memorial Day by giving recognition to those who served our nation some capacity as members of some military organization representing the interests of the people of our United States of America.

With the notion of service, need is primarily secondary to want. God does not need us to serve Him, He wants us to serve Him. Serving God is ultimately doing the things that
please Him, worship and doing His will in spirit and truth, by the power and provision that comes from God the Holy Spirit.

Many will be surprised on the Day of Judgment when they discover that it was just as the Word of God says; only the righteousness of Christ is able to save you.All men are sinners and no one can save himself. God is just, so He must punish sin; but He is also merciful, moreover gracious, and offers His Son as the perfect sacrifice in order to purchase a place for you in heaven, which He offers to you as the free gift of eternal life.

Jesus is God Incarnate,

In order to pay the debt of our sins, He came from Heaven, having been sent by the Father, where He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father even unto the shameful death upon the cross in order to pay the debt of your sins.This gift must be received by faith, believing that Jesus’ perfect life and Cross Work was His complete and necessary Atonement for your sins, in your behalf. Faith is a gift that comes by the Power of God the Holy Spirit working in a person’s innermost being. Only the power of God can open your heart to the willingness to have the void within it filled with the presence of Christ by His Spirit.The Holy Spirit has the authority and power to quicken your dead spirit, to make it come to life. Only the life of His Spirit’s quickening of your heart will allow the Gospel message of salvation to even make sense to you, to truly “hear” the message and give you the ability, as the Holy Spirit bears witness to Jesus, to recognize your need for forgiveness and restoration, and gain the desire of your heart to be favorably inclined to want to receive Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.If you have not done so before this moment, ask Jesus to forgive you your sins, tell Him you’ve stop trying to be your own savior, and ask Him to come into your life right now, and to give you eternal life. Then, in faith believing, thank Him for the gift that He is giving you, the one He paid for in full in your place, in Jesus’ name,


Copyright June, 2015
Rev. Jim Craig
All Rights Reserved


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