Born: July 31, 1892
Died: January 16, 1986
Member Since: 1928
Herbert W. Armstrong founded the Worldwide Church of God in the late 1930s, as well as Ambassador College in 1946, and was an early pioneer of radio and tele-evangelism, originally taking to the airwaves in the 1930s from Eugene, Oregon.
How many people ever really proved, one way or the other, whether the Holy Bible is the very word of a Creator who brought into existence everything that is and who sustains by His power every force, every energy, every natural law, every living thing that moves? The Bible gives a sharp, crisp, plain, direct command: Prove all things. And prove all things includes the command that you prove whether the Holy Bible itself is a direct, the inspired, the authoritative word of such a God. Four Primary Proofs Where Is Christ Now And What Is He Doing? Christ As Our High Priest How Great Is Christ? Our High Priest And Mediator What Christ Looks Like Now We're Children And Joint Heirs Note: This broadcast has also been called: Hebrews 1, 2, 4, The Glory of Jesus Christ - Why Were You Born?
Listen! Have you ever really proved it, my friends? Have you ever really proved that the Bible is the inspired revelation of God to man; that it carries the authority of God Himself? You really haven't, now, have you? Has any skeptic or agnostic ever really proved that the Bible is not, or that any other book is, such a divine revelation? Why, no, there is no atheist, agnostic, or doubter who has ever disproved that the Bible is exactly what it claims within itself, the very word of God. They simply doubt it. They simply assume that it is not. They refuse to believe it or to accept it. But on the other hand, I presume that not one professing believer in 100,000 has ever really proved that the Bible is precisely what it claims to be.
Now, most of you who profess Christianity just sort of assume that the Bible is the inspired revelation of God to man; but when you get right down to it, you don't really believe it, now, do you? Oh, I know that you're answering right back emphatically that you do believe it; but I'm going to show you that you don't really believe it, that you actually doubt it without realizing that you doubt it. And God has commanded that you prove - you prove what? That you prove all things! Well, "all things" certainly includes proving that the Bible is the word of God. You should prove it, because it can be proved.
There is one thing they have greater reluctance to believe - that there is a God and that the Bible is the inspired word of that God than any other one thing in the world. That one thing they refuse to ever let enter their minds. But, my friends, there is a fourth proof by which you could if you really believed prove it beyond any possibility of refutation to yourself. But this is a proof that would probably not be accepted as proof by anybody else. That's the proof of answered prayer, and that's a rather practical thing.
Now, I can testify to you that I have put the Bible to that test. I have proved that the Bible is the very word of the Eternal God just as it professes to be. I have proved it because there are thousands and thousands of promises wherein one who claims to be God inspired the words in the Bible and claims that under certain conditions He will do certain things if I pray and ask Him to do it. And I have, as I have mentioned before, not once, not twice, not ten or a dozen or a score of times but literally hundreds upon hundreds of times, I have taken God at His word and I have believed Him and I have asked Him to do what He has promised and I have seen the answer come in miraculous ways - scores upon scores of times.
And, as I think I have said before, too, there are actually hundreds of you in this radio audience now scattered all over these United States who have received direct answer from my prayers that you have requested me to pray for you on your behalf; and I have interceded. And here is what I have done. As I have said, if there is a golden text to the book of Hebrews, it is here in the fourth chapter. And, my friends, once again, that brings us down to this, the reason that you don't really believe, the reason you don't get an answer to prayer is because you don't know Christ's present office. You don't realize that Jesus Christ is on the job right now, that He has a job, an office; and He is in that office and that He is alive and that He is active night and day and in your behalf, but you're not taking advantage of it.
Now, Jesus Christ is very much alive. He went up to heaven. The heavens received Him until the times of restitution of all things, as you read in the third chapter and nineteenth verse of the book of Acts of the Apostles. Why did He go to heaven? Two reasons: one, to get for Himself a kingdom and to return. He is going to come as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He's going to come ruling all of this earth, every nation on earth. And the kingdoms of this world are at that time going to become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ.
But He is not the King of Kings now. Not at all! Neither is He the lowly Lamb of God anymore now. He was 1900 years ago, but He rose from the dead. And I want to picture to you that Jesus as He exists now.
Perhaps you have pictures hanging on the wall. You have pictures in your Bible, supposed to be pictures of Christ. Oh, my friends, do you think that He ever did look or does now look anything like those pictures? You better realize that is not the Christ at all. That's another Jesus that you have a picture of. That's not the Christ. There were no photographs ever taken of Him. There is no record of exactly what He did look like then and He does not look now exactly like He did then and I've explained that before. Now let's get into it.
Here is the one passage of this whole book, and it's about time that we looked into this book of Hebrews and understood the present mission, the present office, the present activity and job of Jesus Christ, Himself, because He's on the job right now, and it's because you don't realize that that you really doubt. And you do have doubts because God has made an absolute promise, and He has made thousands of them in the Bible that He'll do certain things that He has absolutely promised He will do in His word if you perform two things yourself - if you really obey Him and if you really believe. Well, very few of you really obey Him in the first place; but in the second place, very few of you really believe. And you say, "Well, I, I know He could if it were His will."
I want to tell you, my friends, I don't have any doubts. I have seen the answer come so many times that I believe. Now, that isn't going to convince you. It isn't intended to. That just convinced me, but you can convince yourself if you would really believe. And the reason, my friends, you don't believe the Word of God, you don't have that faith to believe. If you can really believe that the Bible is the Word of God, if you have ever had it proved to you that the Bible is the Word of God so that you know it and can really believe it, well, you'll get an answer to your prayer provided you obey God every time and provided you ask according to His will as it's expressed in the Bible and you ask something He has already promised to do.
"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession." (Hebrews 4:14-16)
Do you see that you have such a High Priest? Do you ever take advantage of it? My friends, Christianity is a very practical religion; but the way most people understand it and the fact they don't understand it, they don't know what real Christianity is. I'm not talking about the popular kind of religion falsely called Christianity. I mean the real thing of Jesus Christ. It's the most practical thing in the world. There's no superstition about it, and it really pays. You really get the answer.
"For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are..." (Hebrews 4:15)
Why, He lived in the human flesh! He had physical weaknesses. Listen, a lot of you people may doubt it, but I can prove it to you by the very Word of God that Jesus Christ, after He had been beaten, after He had taken your infirmities and your sicknesses and paid the penalty in your stead and then He was sent out to Golgotha, the Place of the Skull that is called Calvary in a good many places, because they wanted to take a pretty-sounding name instead of the ugly name that is the real name of the place - they started Him out carrying His own cross. He was weak enough, my friends, He sagged down and was unable to carry that cross; and it was put on another man to carry it for Him. Christ even knew what physical human weakness is.
And He grew in strength, spiritually and mentally and emotionally, morally and in ways of that sort. He learned obedience by the things that He suffered.
He didn't know it all. He learned, yes; and He grew in knowledge. And He grew in these things. He has been human. He can be touched with the feeling of your infirmities because He was tempted like you are in all ways, in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16)
How often do you go to that throne of grace? How often do you take advantage of this? How often do you claim the promises that God has made on your behalf, to fight your battles for you, bring you out of all your troubles, to solve every problem and trouble that comes along and show you the way out, to guide you, to lead you, to give you wisdom, to heal you when you are sick, to provide every need if you are in real need? Of course, He didn't say every want; and we think a want is a need quite often when it isn't, I know.
Well, now, in going through this book of Hebrews, the first chapter, now, here in the first two or three few verses, it says:
"God, who at sundry times and in [different] manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son..." (Hebrews 1:1-3)
"Hath spoken to us in these last days by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things [heir of the universe] by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person [the brightness of the glory of God, the express image of the Father's person] and upholding all things by the word of his power..." (Hebrews 1:2-3)
The Moffat translation has that that "He is the heir of the universe," that He sustains the universe with the word of His power. He sustains, He upholds all the laws that are in motion, all the laws that our scientists know and deal with, that the physicists and the chemists know anything about - every force, every energy, every power.
My friends, who is it that sustains these laws, these forces, these energies that causes grass and vegetation to spring forth and to grow, that gives us the air we breathe, that causes it to rain on the just and the unjust alike? That is your Savior. He is alive. He is at the right hand of the Father. He's sitting right there with God Almighty, the Father. He's there to intercede for you and to see that your needs are supplied and to see that when you really ask, if you are surrendered to Him, if you've given your life to Him so He can live your life for you in your stead, that every need of yours will be taken care of, that you will be divinely led into the way that you should go, given wisdom, that everything will go right for you, as we say, that you'll get the breaks, and everything that you really need, not everything you want. Well, we've been seeing just how great He is. Just think of that - upholding the universe by the word of His power.
"...when he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high [that's God the Father], having become as much superior to angels, as the name that he has obtained is more excellent than theirs. [Think how great He is, then.] For unto what angel did God ever say, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?" (Hebrews 1:3-7 RSV)
He's begotten of the Father as a human being here on earth, now He is born of God and a born Son of God by a resurrection from the dead. Now, here again: "... unto him I will be a Father... [He didn't say that to any angel]... and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he brings the first born into the world, he says, 'let all the angels worship him.' And Who makes his angels [spirits]..." (Hebrews 1:5-7)
Listen, He is very God, because it would be breaking the very first commandment to worship anyone who is not God. "Thou shall have no other gods before Me. And thou shall not bow down to nor worship any that is not the real and the true God," the first two commandments. (Exodus 20:3-6) Now, if angels worshiped Him and He is not God, that would break the first two commandments. It would be idolatry. But it says here right in the word of God, in the Bible, let all of God's angels worship Him. (verse 6)
"Of the angels he says, Who makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire. But of the Son [Jesus Christ] he says, Thy throne, O God [He has a throne. He is God] is for ever and ever: Thy righteous sceptre is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated lawlessness [sin or iniquity is lawlessness, breaking the laws of God, the laws that God has set in motion] therefore God, thy God [meaning the Father] hath anointed thee [that's Christ] with the oil of gladness beyond thy comrades. And, thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning; and the heavens are the work of thy hands: They will perish..." (Hebrews 1:7-11 RSV)
Think how great Christ is. Why, you read back here in Ephesians that God created all things by Jesus Christ, (Ephesians 3:9) and in John the first chapter that He is the Word, the Word that was made flesh and dwelled among us, that the Word was God, and the Word was with God, and all things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.
And then again in Colossians we read, if you remember that, All things were created by Him, this dear Son of the Father in whom we have redemption through His blood, who is the image of the invisible God, the very image of God, the firstborn of every creature. And I'm coming to that again later.
"For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, dominions, or principalities, or powers." (Colossians 1:16)
My friends, anyone that doubts Christ, well, Christ made whoever or whatever should doubt Him. All things were made by Him. God the Father had Him make everything and gave Him the power and the authority to do it. Now all of these, the heavens here and the earth, they will perish. "but thou remainest [going to live forever. He is immortal, forever] They will grow old like a garment. Like a mantle, thou will roll them up and they will be changed, but thou art the same..." (Hebrews 1:11-12 RSV)
Yes, He is the mediator. My friends, you don't need to pray to some dead woman. You don't need to pray to any dead saint. You can pray directly to the Lord Jesus Christ at the right hand of God, the living Savior.
I want to show you how great He is. I just want to show you now how great He is. I would like to have you now look back here for just a moment to Romans the first chapter and the fourth verse. He was made a Son of God by a resurrection from the dead. Now, here it is.
"Paul, the servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle... Now, concerning [verse 3] concerning his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead." (Romans 1:1-4)
Yes, He died; but He didn't remain dead. God the Father was living, and God raised Him from the dead after three days and three nights in His tomb. You don't understand that? Three days and three nights between Friday evening and Sunday morning at sunrise? Write in for our booklet about the resurrection, and you'll get an eye-opener that will really astound you. There's no charge for it either.
Well, now, I want to run right along here. I want you to notice, though, that after Jesus was resurrected and after He ascended to heaven that He was then glorified.
Now, if you turn back to John the seventh chapter and the thirty-ninth verse, you will read this, during His earthly ministry, He had been saying if any man thirst let him come unto Me and drink and he will get the Holy Spirit. He spoke of it as living waters, but the living waters;
"...this spoke he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive; for the Holy [Spirit] was not yet given [not at that time. Why?] because that Jesus was not yet glorified." (John 7:39)
My friends, He was glorified after He went to heaven. He was glorified after He went to heaven. And after He was glorified, how did He appear? Now, after His resurrection, He appeared just still like a mortal human man, because you know that doubting Thomas would not believe that He was the Christ. He thought that He was just some other man until Jesus said, "Just put your finger here right in the nail prints where the nails were driven in My hands and feet and see that it is I, even Myself." Then Thomas had to believe. (John 20:25-28)
Now, after He ascended to heaven, however, I want to show you what He looked like. It's over here in the first chapter of Revelation, showing Christ at the right hand of the Father in heaven and what He looks like now.
Is that the way He looked on earth? No. Is that the way your picture shows Him, that you have of Christ? Oh, no. He doesn't look like that picture. That picture, my friends, if you'll pardon my saying so and I don't mean any offense to anyone. Maybe you've idolized that picture. But that's just what it is, an idol. It's a fake, and it's an idol. And I don't mean to offend anyone at all. And your pictures usually show Him with long hair, don't they?
But your Bible says and He is the living Word, and the Bible is only the written Word, that it's a shame even nature ought to teach you, it's a shame for a man to have long hair. (I Corinthians 11:14)
Now; "...his feet were like unto fine brass, his voice as the sound of many waters... and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength." (Revelation 1:15-16)
Did you ever look right at the sun, when there's no clouds, no haze, no fog, no smog and you don't have any colored glass or anything, just look right at the sun, can you do it? I don't know. I'm not going to try holding my eyes on it very long, I'll tell you, because I'm afraid it would put my eyes out and blind them.
That's the way God looks, my friends. That's one reason that the Bible says no man can look on God and live. And that is the way Jesus Christ looks now, today, His face shining like the full strength of the sun! You can't have a picture like that. It couldn't be shown in a picture. You can't get that dazzling brightness that will blind your eyes when you look at a picture.
Why don't you do what I did? I've thrown away all such pictures. Now, I'm going to have charity to you no matter what you believe, even if you don't believe the truth. God gives you that right. He gives you that ability, and He allows it. And I can't cram any ideas of mine down your throat. I'm not trying to do that at all. I'm just preaching the truth. And I ask you to prove all things and believe what you see in your Bible, and you'd better prove whether the Bible is the Word of God.
"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs [now, we can become heirs of God. Get this] and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified together." (Romans 8:16-18)
What? Why, does that mean what it says, that we can be glorified? Now, when Christ was glorified I just read to you what He looks like and I read to you the power that He has and we're to be co-heirs with Him.
Now, wait a minute. Let's get this. Surely this can't mean what it says. Why, you've never believed this, have you? I didn't believe it either for a long time, but here it is. What are you going to do with it? That we are the children of God, and if children, then heirs. We are only heirs now. What are you going to do when we're possessors? What about when we come into the inheritance and are no longer heirs?
You're just in the mortal flesh now. You look now like Jesus did. Yes, I don't think He was quite as pale and anemic and sallow as most of us are. He probably had red, rosy cheeks because of plain health; and He didn't paint it on like a lot of you women do, either. It was just real vigorous health. But we're heirs now "... heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ and if so that we suffer with Him [and He suffered] that we may be also [that's in the future] glorified together." (Romans 8:17)
Paul said "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us." (Romans 1:18)
That's in the resurrection. That's when we're made like Christ. Now, I'm coming back to that again; but I want to go on, now, here in Hebrews. Oh, my time is almost up.
Now, then, the first chapter, as I say, is devoted to showing us how great Christ is. Now, take this last verse, the fourteenth here, speaking of these angels; "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to serve for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14 RSV)
Or in the King James translation, let me read it for you here; "Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for them that shall be heirs of salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14)
Well, we're already the heirs; but we shall inherit salvation. I tell you, my friends, very few know what salvation is. Very few people know what it is or anything about it. Now, coming to the second chapter, it comes to man. The first chapter is devoted to Christ, our High Priest. The second chapter shows about us and why we need a High Priest. Now, you might say if there is a golden text here that sums up the second chapter, it is here along in the sixth verse.
"What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou [carest about] him?" (Hebrews 2:6)
When it comes to seeing how great Christ is, then the question comes, well, now, what's a mere man, a little speck of a weak, anemic man, a man that has a natural, carnal mind unless or until he is converted, that is hostile towards God. And mankind has devoted everything he could trying to disprove that God is the ruler, rejecting the rule of God and trying to represent God as a harsh, stern monster of some kind, an egotistic, vain creature, like Herbert Spencer pictured Him.
"What is man that [one as great as Christ and as great as the Father] should be mindful of him? Or, the son of man that thou [carest] for him?" (Hebrews 2:6)
Well, I see we're going to have to stop there. I am going to show you about man, and I am going to show you why He cares about us. And I'm going to show you, my friends, what a great thing is in store for us and why you need this High Priest sitting up there and what you're neglecting and what you're passing up. Oh, my friends, you don't realize what opportunities you have. You don't realize the vast glory that is in store for you. And there's something you need to be working at that you're neglecting.
Four Primary ProofsNow, there are four primary proofs that the Holy Bible is the very word of God, that it speaks with the authority of the Creator Ruler of the universe. There is the proof of science. There is the proof of fulfilled prophecy. There is the proof of history. That's a proof that is almost totally unknown and unrecognized by the world. Now, these three proofs can be demonstrated to any real thinker who has an open mind, willing to accept the fact, if and when proved. Of course, most so-called thinkers that profess to be thinkers and scientific men and men of higher education today really do not have the open mind they like to deceive themselves into thinking they have.
Where Is Christ Now And What Is He Doing?The entire book of Hebrews is called the priesthood book. Perhaps it's the most neglected book in the New Testament. We hear a great deal about the crucified Christ, about the death of Christ; and a lot of people seem to think that the Savior is a dead Savior. Don't you know that the Savior is a living Savior, that He rose from the dead, and that He does His saving work right on the inside, that He comes within you in His spirit, and that He does the saving within and not from without?
Christ As Our High PriestWell, here's the real golden text, now, of this book which shows Christ in His present office; and it's the last three verses of the fourth chapter.
How Great Is Christ?Now, it proceeds here and the rest of the chapter to show us how great Christ is, how great is your High Priest. That's the first thing you need to know. You need to know about Him. You need to know about His Greatness. How great is Christ? Far greater than you have ever dreamed or even imagined at any time. Now...
Our High Priest And MediatorYes, Jesus Christ, as we read again, is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) Now, He went about doing miracles and doing good to everybody 1900 years ago or a little over when He was on the earth. He's just the same today and He's still living and His present job is to do good for you and to help you.
What Christ Looks Like NowVerse fourteen, first chapter of Revelation. Here's the Son of Man verse thirteen and in verse fourteen; "His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as the snow; and his eyes were as of flames of fire;" (Revelation 1:13-14)
We're Children And Joint HeirsWell, now, Jesus has been glorified; and I showed you right there what He looks like. Now, just one more passage before I go back to Hebrews; and that's back in Romans 8 now, the eighth chapter of Romans, and, well, the sixteenth on to the eighteenth verses here.
Note: This broadcast has also been called: Hebrews 1, 2, 4, The Glory of Jesus Christ - Why Were You Born?