An Endless Life

Hebrews 7;15b-16

Because He is the eternal Second Person of the Godhead, Christ’s priesthood cannot end.  He obtained His priesthood, not by virtue of the law, but by virtue of His deity.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 7:16.

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Anchor of the soul

Hebrews 6;19

Our hope is embodied in Christ Himself who has entered into God’s presence in the heavenly Holy of Holies on our behalf.

Commentary from the MacArthur Study Bible, notes for Hebrews 6:19,20.

Trained by the Word

Hebrews 5;14

The deeper, more “solid” truths about the priesthood of the Lord Jesus could only be given to those who knew Him as Savior.  Athletic training and competition form the metaphor implied by this particular word (exercised).  The one who has come to Christ for spiritual completion is then trained by the Word to discern truth from error and holy behavior from unholy.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 5:14.

A useful vessel

Hebrews 5;12a

Every believer is to be a teacher.

Knowledge without obedience does not advance a person.  The Hebrews had long enough been exposed to the gospel to be teaching it to others, but were babies, too infantile and unskilled to comprehend, let alone teach, the truth of God.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 5:12,13.

The image of the invisible

Col 1;15

Jesus Christ is the perfect image – the exact likeness – of God and is in the very form of God (Phil. 2:6), and has been so from all eternity.  By describing Jesus in this manner, Paul emphasizes that He is both the representation and manifestation of God.  Thus, He is fully God in every way (John 8:58; 10:30-33; Heb 1:8).  Firstborn in this context means highest in rank, not first created.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 1:15.