God does not always work miracles and acts of providence for our deliverance from suffering

    Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of … More God does not always work miracles and acts of providence for our deliverance from suffering

Piper: The KEY to Joy

For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. John Piper, in a sermon, “The Present Power of a Future Possession” So Hebrews 10:34 is saying that the key to the indomitable joy … More Piper: The KEY to Joy

Christ has perfected once and for all those who are being perfected.

For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. —Hebrews 10:14 We come to yet another passage of Scripture where we see the work of Christ in our lives as “already/not yet” He HAS perfected those who are being perfected…. He HAS sanctified those who are being sanctified… … More Christ has perfected once and for all those who are being perfected.

Why does the heavenly holy place need to be cleansed?

Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence … More Why does the heavenly holy place need to be cleansed?