The lesson on July 31, 2022 was part 16 of the “Running the Race” study. Wayne took us through a quick review of how the law was not perfect because it could not provide life particularly because it was implemented by sinners as described in Romans 8:3 where Christ came in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. We continued from Hebrews 9 and 10. Of emphasis in this lesson is the ascension of Jesus Christ and how it was so important to the Hebrews fulfilling the role of high priest as explained in Hebrews 9:7-12 KJV. We covered these passages and discussed what importance it was to the Jew with the verses with using “seated” (looking at the importance of the ascension): Heb. 1:3 … right hand; Heb. 4:14 … passed into the heavens; Heb. 8:1 … right hand … heavens; Heb. 9:24 … heaven itself; Heb. 10:12 … sat .. Right hand of God; Heb. 12:2 … right hand throne of God. We also took note of how important the ascension of Christ is to our calling in The Mystery with the references in Ephesians and Colossians: Eph. 1:19-23 – headship; Eph. 4:8-10 – led captivity captive; Eph. 4:11-12 (four fold ministry); Eph. 2:6 sit together in heavenly places; Col. 3:1 sitteth at the right hand of God. We closed in looking at the passages using the imperative “Let us” and discussed it significance: Heb. 4:1, 11, 14, 16; 6:1; 10:22-24; 12:1, 28; 13:13, 15.
The scripture reading was from Hebrews 10:1-6 KJV “1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.”