The Hebrews series

Aaron Budjen’s series of 63 messages in the book of Hebrews is definitely worth listening to. You can find them in the Radio Archive section of his website LivingGodMinistries.net by scrolling all the way down to the bottom of the page. Or, you can just click here.

Wanting to learn more about the New Covenant? Listen to this series. Feeling like you don’t know your God very well? Listen to this series. Desiring a deeper understanding of your identity in Christ? Listen to this series.

I’m currently on Message #12, although I have listened to the series at least twice before. The first time I heard these messages was back in 2008, and I remember that I would often immediately listen again to some of them; I still have a little piece of paper with notes telling me which messages needed to be listened to again (as in, a third time).

I would take such notes because there was just something that I was not fully grasping. Aaron has a maturity in the Lord and a depth of understanding that is extremely rare; I wanted to understand what he understands. I wanted to know the Lord as well as he knows the Lord. I could tell that he was 100% sincere in sharing his heart, and I could tell that he was closer to the Lord than I was. Basically, Aaron was pointing me to a closer and more intimate relationship with my Jesus.

My heart swelled with excitement as I began to grow in grace and in the knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ!

Here it is, five years later and as I listen to the Hebrews series again, I am astonished that I do know the Lord better! I HAVE drawn closer to my amazing heavenly Father! And doubt I will feel that “prompting” from Him to re-listen to any of these messages, because the Lord has been able to teach me so much already through Aaron.

As a citizen of Heaven, I am here asking my brothers and sisters to check out Aaron Budjen’s website, his Radio Archive . . . and, by the way, Aaron also conducts live Q&A sessions on Saturday evenings via his YouTube channel “Aaron Budjen Live,” and additionally a live Sunday morning message (currently in the Gospel of John.) He also has many archived videos worth listening to at his YT channel, “Aaron Budjen.”

God has given Aaron a ministry similar to that of the Apostle Paul. Let’s avail ourselves of his ministry and the many marvelous (free!) resources that our brother Aaron has so lovingly and so painstakingly created.

Written February 26, 2022

Are christians supposed to “do what Jesus said”?

I recently read an online comment suggesting an “excellent grace teacher” (a YouTuber).  Yet after listening to several of this person’s videos I learned that she encourages Christians to keep the Law, to “do what Jesus said.”   She even went so far as to say that we believers are held to a higher standard than the Israelites; that in fact, we must, “be perfect therefore as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

This illustrates a clear misunderstanding of WHERE to divide the Word of God.  She is incorrectly dividing the Old Covenant from the New Covenant.

Are Christians supposed to “do what Jesus said”?  When we rightly divide the Word of truth, the answer is clear:  no!

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV)

Why?  Because Jesus taught the Old Covenant.  The New Covenant went into effect at His death.

So, when Jesus said things like this (below), remember that He was trying to show the religious Israelites that they did NOT perfectly obey the Law of Moses, and therefore needed to come to the Messiah for salvation.

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’  But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brotherc will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” (Matthew 5:21,22, ESV)

We “rightly divide” the word of truth by understanding that the New Covenant begins with the book of Acts

Thus, we can finally relax when we read the four books of the gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — knowing that Jesus was NOT talking to us, or telling us what to do, or how to live.

Believers, we are living in the days of the the New Covenant.  Let’s live in freedom as recipients of the eternal inheritance! 😁

Therefore Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, now that He has died to redeem them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.(Hebrews 9:15, BSB)

Written on January 31, 2021

God’s Righteousness

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I was told once that Christians can be divided into three groups:  Modern-day Pharisees, Christian Eeyores, and lastly, the Grace Community.  And I was told that I was the modern-day Pharisee type.  A lot of you were as well.  You know, the really annoying, judgmental, legalistic type?

 

But, c’mon, unless you used to be an Ultra-Orthodox Jew, you were nothing like a Pharisee. Neither was I.

 

The Pharisees were hard-core religious zealots who devoted every minute of their lives to being righteous; they were sincere and serious. Their zeal was based on the Laws that God spoke to Moses.

 

“For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.” Romans 10:2

 

Not according to knowledge?

 

The apostle Paul goes on to explain in Romans 10 that their religious practices were “their own” attempts at righteousness, and had nothing to do with God’s.

 

Yes, God gave the Law to Moses, but He did not give it so that it would lead us to Him.  To a life of faith, of reality.  The Law was given to increase the knowledge of sin and to lead us to despair and to the feet of the Lord God. (Romans 5:20)

 

So, if you desire righteousness and holiness, your efforts at being ‘good’ will not succeed. The Bible is so clear.  Again and again we are told that, to be righteous in God’s eyes, you must have FAITH.  Before Jesus came, one had faith in God and the words He spoke to one’s heart.  After Jesus came, one puts their faith in the death, burial, and resurrection.  It is THAT that spells out the good news, the gospel; it is that that saves a soul from hell.

 

Paul calls the gospel “the word of faith.”  The gospel is “the word of faith” because it has to do with assenting to what God reveals to your heart, it is about saying yes, having faith, and telling God, “yes, I believe that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead.”

 

The Christian life is a life of faith.  “From faith to faith,” as it is written.  We are saved through faith by grace, and then we grow to know Jesus through faith by grace.

 

Faith is the noun form of the verb “to believe.”  Faith is about trusting God.  It’s about        believing Him. You trust Him for salvation and you continue to trust Him every day afterwards.

 

. . . yet with most of us, there was a slight detour into “works.”  For me, it was a 15 year detour.  Although we were not as serious and sincere as the Pharisees, we church addicts were still nonetheless trying to establish our own righteousness based on “law.”  Our lives were guided by rules and principles and standards (not by the Lord.)

 

But God brought me back to Himself.  He asked me to quit church, to give up my religious idols. To surrender my pride to Him. He asked me to stop TRYING to be righteous.

 

It’s great news because anyone can do this; the gospel applies to anyone and everyone!    God’s idea of righteousness is attainable.

 

We don’t have to be modern-day Pharisees to be righteous in God’s eyes.  I’m still blown away by that!  So, thanks for listening. 🙂

 

“Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Romans 10:4

Written on August 22, 2020