Sunday School Perspective
by Minnie Malone Cook
Hebrews 12:14-15, 18-29
The study of the lesson is in the book of Hebrews Chapter 12: Verses 14-15, 18-29 and it offers study about Jesus Christ the mediator of the New Covenant.
Key Verse: “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29, KJV: This scripture emphasizes that the kingdom that is coming at Jesus Christ return is being given to us by God’s grace.
The lesson topic for Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 is “The Go-Between” and this lesson emphasizes that Jesus Christ as the atonement for sin is the mediator that stands between God and man.
The objective for students and readers is to become firm by developing assurance through this covenant and appreciate every aspect of God’s grace and mercy.
Embrace Godliness (Hebrews) 12:14-15)
The lesson unfolds with the writer encouraging all Christians to embrace and pursue a godly life. He even charges each of us to encourage ourselves and others to make sure that no one misses the grace of God. We must understand that the victory of the race is before us. We must not falter to weakness or bitterness as we strive to satisfy God’s righteous demands. “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” (Verses 14-15)
Look to Jesus (Hebrews) 12:18-24)
It is significant in these verses that we must become students of the word of God always looking to Jesus the enabler and the supreme mediator. Reverence and holiness are essential in worshiping God at all times. Freedom from animal sacrifices offers another approach that provides continuous access to God without fear experienced by their ancestors in the early churches. We must be found steadfast and focused to receive the promise of eternal inheritance. “For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, a more: (For they could not endure that which was commanded, and if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: and so terrible was the sight, all that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” (Verse 18-24)
Serve Humbly (Hebrews 12:25-29)
It is significant in these verses that we must serve acceptably by acknowledging what he says to us evoking faith, steadfast devotion, and love for our Lord and Savior and others. It is written that we are destine to inherit the kingdom; therefore, we must believe, be thankful and worship Him with godly fear and love. While we are learning, leaning and depending of the Lord it is also our responsibility to bring others to the light of Jesus Christ that they may avoid God’s consuming fire. “See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven, and this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.” (Verse 25-29)
PRAISE THE LORD.