Monday Reverb – 25October2021

The theme for this week is … 


  • Related Passages …
  • The call to worship psalm — Psalm 34:1-3,4-8,19-22 — forms a response of faith in a God who rescues the needy upon hearing their humble prayers.
  • In Job 42:1-6,10-15,16-17, we read about Job’s final response to God as a penitent expression of faith in the Lord who “can do all things,” along with the Lord’s answer of restoration for Job after his journey of suffering.
  • In Mark 10:46-52, there is an echo of Job’s response of faith in the story of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, who receives healing on account of placing his faith in Jesus.
  • In the sermon, based on Hebrews 7:23-28, it is this same Jesus who is declared to be the permanent and faithful High Priest for all who approach God for salvation through him.
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Key Points from the GCI Sermon for October 24, 2021 …

Permanent, Perfect and Promised High Priest  

Hebrews 7:23-28 (NRSV)






3.1 Who is God the Son?

  • John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 
  • John 1:10   10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 
  • John 1:14   14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.   
  • Colossians 1:15-17   15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.   
  • Hebrews 1:3   3 who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;     
  • John 3:16   16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

The Son of God is the second Person of the Trinity, eternally begotten of the Father.  Like the Father, there never was a time when the Son did not exist.  The Son is the eternal Word and the express image of the Father.  The Father created all things through the Son, and the Son sustains all things by his Word.  He was sent by the Father to be God revealed in the flesh for our salvation, Jesus Christ.


3.2 What do Christians believe in confessing their faith in Jesus Christ as “God’s only Son”?

  • Luke 3:21-22   Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.   
  • Luke 12:49-50   I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? 50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!   
  • John 8:23    And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.  


3.3 How do Christians understand the uniqueness of Jesus Christ?  

  • Isaiah 53:5   But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.   
  • John 1:29   The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.   
  • Colossians 1:15-20  who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 and, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 
  • 1 Timothy 2:5   For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 
  • Hebrews 11:17  By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

No one else will ever be God incarnate.   No one else can reconcile God and humanity in his own Person.   No one else can make us true sons and daughters of God except the Son of God.   No one else will ever die for the sins of the world, judge all sin, and overcome all evil and the death it brings.   Only Jesus Christ is such a Person.  Only he could do such a work, and he has done it. Jesus Christ is himself the only true mediator between God and humanity.


3.4 What does the Creed mean when it says that Jesus was “conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary”? 

First, that being born of a woman, Jesus was truly a human being.   Second, that our Lord’s incarnation was a supernatural, holy event, brought about solely by the free divine grace of the Holy Spirit, surpassing any human possibilities.   Third, that from the beginning of his life on earth, Jesus was set apart by his unique origin that joined his divine nature with human nature in the womb of Mary, all for the sake of accomplishing our salvation.


3.5 What do Christians affirm when they confess their faith in Jesus Christ as their “Lord”?  

  • 1 Corinthians 15:3-4   3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 
  • Revelation 11:15   And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.  
  • Ephesians 1:20-23   which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places21 far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. 
  • Philippians 2:9-11    Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

That having been raised from the dead, Jesus Christ reigns with compassion and justice over all things in heaven and on earth, especially over those who confess him by faith; and that by trusting, loving and serving him above all else, we give glory and honor to God.


3.6 What is the significance of affirming that Jesus Christ is “true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father”?  

  • John 20:28   And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.   
  • Matthew 11:27   All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him  
  • 1 John 4:14   And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world  

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