Jesus Is Greater Than

Fire in Our Bones - Part 9

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Jordan Thomas returns to the Gary Wilkerson Podcast for part two of a conversation on whole-hearted Christianity. He talks about how Moses and other Old Testament archetypes pointed forward to Christ.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • The modern western believer may not understand how the audience of Hebrews could possibly think angels were greater than Christ, but the first century church, especially Jewish believers, had a higher reverence for the heavenly host than we do today.

  • Jesus is more powerful and more majestic than all the angels in heaven put together.

  • Moses was chosen and favored by God to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt, receive the Law of God, oversee the tabernacle, and meet with God regularly; but he is only a type and a shadow of Christ.

  • Moses, representing the Law, and Elijah, representing the Prophets, showed up on the Mount of Transfiguration to see the unveiled glory of Christ, because both the Law and the Prophets pointed forward to Jesus.

  • Moses was a servant in God’s house, but Jesus is the Son over God’s house, and we are that house.

  • Jesus is not only better than Aaron and the entire Levitical priesthood, but he is also our sympathetic Great High Priest who forever lives to make intercession for us.

  • In the Old Covenant, animals had to be regularly sacrificed but Jesus Christ gave his own body and shed his own blood as a single sacrifice once, for everyone, and for all time.

  • There’s nothing you can do to make God love you more; and there is nothing you can do make God love you less. You’re free to obey God, not to earn his favor, but because you already have it.

  • We keep the law of love from a heart of love, not to earn God’s love, but because we are loved.

  • The Law is good when it is used lawfully—as a schoolmaster that shows us our need of Christ.

  • After Jesus was raised from the dead, he took time to show his disciples how the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms pointed forward to the Christ. Ask the Lord to reveal himself to you as you read the Old Testament.

  • The latter portion of Hebrews is packed with practical wisdom for the follower of Christ: embed your life in a Christ-exalting local church, do good and share with others in need, be a joy for your pastor to shepherd, keep your marriage bed undefiled, don’t covet money, and more.

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

Hebrews; 2 Kings 19:35; 1 Kings 10:1–10; Luke 9:28–31; John 5:46; John 19:28–30; Romans 3:31; John 18:1–11; John 10:17–18; 1 Corinthians 15:1–7, 12–19; Luke 2:41–47; Luke 4:29–30; John 17:12; 1 John 3:4; James 2:14–26; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; 1 Timothy 1:8; Galatians 3:24; Luke 24:25–27, 44–45; Psalm 24:3; Colossians 1:15; Leviticus 10:1–3

Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

Episodes in this podcast series

About Jordan Thomas

God opened Jordan’s heart to believe the gospel during his freshman year of college. He has been preaching the gospel since 1997, is husband to Tracy, and has six children—four daughters and two sons. While serving with the other elders to provide soul-care to the flock, Jordan is a pastor-teacher at Grace overseeing vision and spiritual leadership.


About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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