There is nothing covered that shall not be uncovered. The confusion in the church and nation aren’t part of some mass intentional conspiracy to confuse and destroy by first destroying all truth and equity in judgment. In the prior post, we began with a description of this condition by telling of it as, as do all things, tending toward degeneration. It is the product of material comfort come from success produced by achievement, which then becomes complacent and eventually surrenders to the decline by ignoring its incremental decay. Eventually in the human condition we inevitably reach the lower part of this bottomless abyss, in the fall which now is only pacified by promises of future satisfaction unreachably lying in engaging the lust of the moment, and raising up leadership willing to supply and propagate these cultivated desires (false needs) of our ignorance. It is at a time such as this, such as now, when opportunistic intention pervades, when all things are being engineered to maintain the status quo of continuing the fall.
This is what has been uncovered before the eyes of all the world. The world therefore has become divided into three types, those seeing the need for a new world, those still oblivious and following the pop culture winds wherever it takes them, and finally those not only knowing we are in a fall, but thinking they should accelerate its descent by any and all means.
This is the condition of our time into which the LORD has set an end.
In the prior post we discussed this time as the “consolation” described in Luke 2:25, and we saw the same Greek word translated as the “exhortation” mentioned in Hebrews 12:5. There in Hebrews we are told to remember that the LORD corrects (reconciles the condition causing the fall) the children He receives into His kingdom. This is what we see as the chapter ends and we are again admonished to hear the one speaking this correction.
25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaks from heaven:
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he has promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
29 For our God is a consuming fire.
The writer is speaking (for the LORD) of one voice being heard from heaven, and we know heaven is what is first defined in Genesis 1 as where the word (waters) is divided and the waters above are separated from those below. Also in the prior post we saw this context in 2 Peters 3 when Peter first describes these waters as the word held in store until now – the ending of this age. He tells us these are the waters/words of the creation, as he goes on to tells us of the fires, produced by the ideas (elements) the world is now relying upon when making all its decisions and policy. These are the waters/words/advice that are seen as those above, which bring life and new creation, wherein dwells righteousness, and those below that cause the fires in the world. Peter finally tells us these are the same things Paul speaks and writes of, and that many of the false teachers and false prophets (mentioned 2 Peter 2:1) among us wrestle with to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:15 & 16), as if shaken out of heaven, as the writer of Hebrews tells us (Paul most likely being its writer).
There can be no “consolation” without a consoler, no “exhortation” without an exhorter. As we know the Greek words used tell us the person is the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit. We also know this person has been thought of as not having any form, and described as the Spirit of God that is at work in all thing. This is both a true and an incomplete definition. There are only two places the Holy Spirit works – on/in/through the Word of God and on/in/through His people. The word Paraclete means the one who comes alongside, as to console, meaning to bear our burden with us.
We know this latter description refers to the LORD’s word to us ending Matthew 11, after He has spoken of what the people had seen demonstrated before their eyes and rejected because it didn’t fit into the description they had been taught by the false teachers and false prophets of that time. We know the LORD ends this by thanking the Father for revealing Him to those the Father decided to reveal Himself to on/in/through the Son. This is followed by urging all to bear this burden with him, learning of him, come to know him, and by this know the Father, and then bearing the reproach inescapably come from living and speaking what has been revealed to us.
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, LORD of heaven and earth, because you have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them unto babes.
26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in your sight.
27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
28 Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
I am yoked together with the LORD, and have become Him by His Spirit living in me, and the life I live I no longer live to myself, but rather Christ lives in/through me. This is the burden I willing bear – having gone outside the camp and the so-called protection of the corrupted establishment, bearing not my own reproach, but the reproach aimed at the LORD who has sent me on this mission.
This is plainly written of my coming in Hebrews 13. There we are again in verse 22, just as we were in the chapter prior, called to suffer the Word of this “exhortation” (paraklesis). The passage goes on to give the name of the one sent on the mission (set at liberty – as in 1 Corinthians 4:7). Earlier in the chapter we are urged to go outside the gate, where we find the city we are looking for, to meet the LORD bearing His reproach. We are then told this reproach comes from our sacrifice of “praise,” (seeing now what we once only saw as through a glass darkly – 1 Corinthians 13:12 – seeing face to face) speaking of giving thanks for his coming to release us from this prison of corruption – the point being our speaking as eye witnesses, and this being what causes us to be reproached, as was the LORD.
1 Let brotherly love [philadelphia] continue.
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them [yoked with them]; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.
6 So that we may boldly say, The LORD is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our LORD Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
23 Know you that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
25 Grace be with you all. Amen.
The burden that yokes us together isn’t found in my name; I am a messenger sent by the LORD to lead His people into His truth. The yoke is being joined directly to the LORD Himself and giving thanks to His name. It comes by receiving this message, and becoming a Child of the Living God, as I am.
28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that you believe on him whom he has sent.
30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shew you then, that we may see, and believe you? what dost you work?
31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is he which comes down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto him, LORD, evermore give us this bread.
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst.
36 But I said unto you, That you also have seen me, and believe not.
37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out.
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father’s will which has sent me, that of all which he has given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
The writer of Hebrews tells exactly what he is speaking of when in Hebrews 13:6 he quotes from Psalms 118:6. He is speaking of us putting our trust in God and not in man. This is the Psalm that also goes on to tell of the stone the builder, these men thinking the will build what they have destroyed using their same old destructive means, who have rejected the head stone the LORD has chosen. It tells of His correcting us and of our entering into the gate of the city of His creation – not the corrupted one built by men. “16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD does valiantly. 17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. 18 The LORD has chastened me sore: but he has not given me over unto death. 19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: 20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter. 21 I will praise you: for you have heard me, and are become my salvation. 22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 23 This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Do you now see? Do you now believe?
1 These things have I spoken unto you, that you should not be offended.
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time comes, that whosoever kills you will think that he does God service.
3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, you may remember that I told you of them (see again 1 Corinthians 4:7). And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asks me, Where go you?
6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow has filled your heart.
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth (1 Corinthians 4:7): for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father has are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
16 A little while, and you shall not see me: and again, a little while, and you shall see me, because I go to the Father.
17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he said unto us, A little while, and you shall not see me: and again, a little while, and you shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?
18 They said therefore, What is this that he said, A little while? we cannot tell what he says.
19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do you enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and you shall not see me: and again, a little while, and you shall see me?
20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That you shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
21 A woman when she is in travail has sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
22 And you now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
23 And in that day you shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
24 Hitherto have you asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.
25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time comes, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
26 At that day you shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
27 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speak you plainly, and speak no proverb.
30 Now are we sure that you know all things, and need not that any man should ask you: by this we believe that you came forth from God.
31 Jesus answered them, Do you now believe?
32 Behold, the hour comes, yea, is now come, that you shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endures for ever.
2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endures for ever.
3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endures for ever.
4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endures for ever.
5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.
6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
7 The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them.
11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
12 They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
13 You have thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.
14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.
15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD does valiantly.
16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD does valiantly.
17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
18 The LORD has chastened me sore: but he has not given me over unto death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:
20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.
21 I will praise you: for you have heard me, and are become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
23 This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save now, I beseech you, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech you, send now prosperity.
26 Blessed be he that comes in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.
27 God is the LORD, which has shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you: you are my God, I will exalt you.
29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever.
Names are given for a reason.