Heb 1:3                           Seven of His Wondrous Glories                         4/17/2011        ßą   

 

 

 

#1.       Heir of All Things (Heb 1:1-3, Act 2:36, Joh 5:19, Isa 14:27, 46:10, Ps 2:7-9, 89:27, Rom 8:17, Joh 17:22)

 

 

 

#2.       Creator of All Things (Heb 1:2, John 1:3, Col 1:16, John 10:30)

 

 

 

#3.       The Brightness of His Glory (Heb 1:3)

 

 

 

#4.       The Impression of His Substance (Heb 1:3, John 1:18)

 

 

 

#5.       Upholding All Things (Heb 1:3, Col 1:17)

 

 

 

#6.       God’s Ways Are Wonderful (Heb 1:3, Isa 55:8-9, Eph 1:3-6, Rom 10:17, Zech 12:10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

#7.       He Sat Down on High (Heb 1:3, Rev 22:1, Rom 1:18, 2Thes 1:8, Ex 15:6, 1King 2:19)

 

Please open your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 1:4 (2X). Before we turn our attention to the Epistle to the Hebrews we want to notice that God is emphasizing again in His last message to us that the central message of the New Testament is “God is Love”. We see that here in the opening verses of Rev 1 in verses 4-6,

Rev 1:4-6  John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

John, speaking the words God gave him to speak, says these words to all the NT churches. The seven churches of Asia Minor are a symbolic representation of all the NT churches, for the number seven is representing a perfect number of churches. What is God saying in this greeting? The blessing of the grace of God, God’s unmerited favor, be unto you and the peace of God that passes all understanding be also given to you from the Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive from everlasting past, and who was dead but was raised from the dead, and who shall come as the judge of all mankind on the last day, He who is accompanied by the seven Spirits which are before His throne, greets you. His name is Jesus, meaning salvation is of the Lord, and Christ, meaning the Anointed one who was appointed to pay for the guilt of the sins of all those who are God’s elect. He is the faithful witness of the love of God, and He is the first begotten of the dead. What does it mean that He is the first begotten of the dead? It means that “He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead that in all things He might have the preeminence” (Col 1:18). In other words, He is not only the Firstborn from the dead of the NT saints, but of the OT saints as well. In other words, He paid for the sins not only of the NT saints, but of the OT saints as well. In other words, the OT saints Enoch and Elijah and Moses, as well as all the OT saints whose souls have gone to heaven, were in heaven conditionally, for their sins had not yet been paid in full. And since Christ is the head of the body, the church, He also is the Prince of the kings of the earth. We are those kings of the earth, for Christ has made us kings and priests unto God and His Father. He, the man Christ Jesus, who loved us so much that He was willing to pay the price our sins required with the penalty of the second death, He has washed us from our sins in His own blood. He who was willing to be accursed by God on behalf of us, and to bear the penalty not only in His body on a cruel cross, but also the spiritual penalty of the second death in His human soul while He hung on the cross, He who was buried and we were buried with Him, and was raised from the dead, He blessed us in His resurrection by imputing to us the righteousness of God in our soul. And He did that for the NT saints as well as for the OT saints who were conditionally in heaven. We know that because God says in Rom 4:25,

Rom 4:25  Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

When we were justified we were made pure and spotless and just in the eyes of God. Not that we were made righteous in ourselves, but our righteousness was imputed to us by the Lord Jesus Christ. In His atonement He would have been swallowed up by death. But by raising Him from the dead God gave Him testimony that as the head of His people He was righteous, which also means that we are righteous in Him, for He is our representative in the spirit. Therefore, the resurrection of Christ is the word of God concerning our justification. The love of God is revealed in that Christ was willing to pay the price of eternal damnation for us, and to impute the righteousness of God to us, and to elevate us to kings and priests unto God and His Father. Please turn now to Heb 1:1 (2X).

#1.       Heir of All Things (Heb 1:1-3, Act 2:36, Joh 5:19, Isa 14:27, 46:10, Ps 2:7-9, 89:27, Rom 8:17, Joh 17:22)

We have seen two weeks ago how that God spoke unto us IN Son. God spoke in a language called “Son”. In other words, the words that God spoke were completely revealed in the actions and the words that the Lord Jesus spoke. This was the language that God spoke; it was a manifestation of “God is love”. When God says in Rom 8:28 that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose”, God really meant “all things” work together for the good of those who are His elect. That also includes all the judgments He rains down on the wicked, for God is not only our Defender but He is also our Avenger. Here in Heb 1:1-3 God is summarizing the life and work of the Lord Jesus. We read in Heb 1:1-3,

He 1:1-3 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

We have already seen how God spoke in time past, and how God spoke IN Son. Now we want to consider the phrase, “Whom He hath appointed Heir of all things”. This phrase raises up three things which come to our mind: #1, The character in which Christ is viewed, #2, His appointment unto the inheritance, and #3, The scope of His inheritance. Let us then consider these three things in this same order.

First, the declaration that the Almighty has appointed to Christ to be the Heir of all things is a stupendous honor bestowed upon the man Christ Jesus. We should recognize that the Lord Jesus Christ consists of two natures, a human nature originating from the womb of the Virgin Mary, and a Divine nature which is God the Son who existed from eternity past. These two natures form one Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. In His Divine nature He could not be appointed to be the Heir of anything, since God the Son is fully God Himself, who already owns everything. But His human nature, which I label as “the man Christ Jesus”, was the nature in which He atoned for the guilt of our sins, and it was in His human nature that He was appointed Heir of all things. This decision of God did not come at the spur of the moment, but it was a decision that God made in His counsel before He created the universe. The man Christ Jesus was one of God’s elect. For example, we read in Acts 2:36, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.” And so, the character of Christ as the Heir of all things is that He is Lord. The purpose of the honor which was bestowed upon Christ was to magnify Him as the Head of all the elect. And the word “Heir” in turn suggests two things: Dignity and Dominion (2X). An Heir is a successor to His Father in all that His Father has. For example, when we read in John 5:19, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things so ever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise”, we can understand this by setting up the following rule, “The Father doeth all by the Son, and the Son doeth all from the Father”. This implies that Christ is the Possessor and the Disposer of all things. He received both Dignity and Dominion.

Secondly, The inheritance of Christ was appointed by God. This shows us that the “Son” through whom God has revealed Himself is here viewed not in His abstract Deity, but in His humanity, as the incarnate Son of God. In His Divine nature He could not inherit anything. And since this appointment was in the eternal counsel of the Godhead, two things are hereby made firm: Certainty and Valid Title (2X). Since God has predestined that the Mediator should be Heir of all things, His inheritance is most sure and absolutely guaranteed, for God said in Isa 14:27, “the Lord of Hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul?” And God said in Isa 46:10, “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure”. Because God has appointed the Mediator to be the Heir, we are assured of His absolute right to this supreme dignity. Christ glorified not Himself to be an Heir, but He that said to Him, “Thou art My Son, today have I begotten Thee” (Psalm 2:7), He has appointed Him Heir of all things. It was the predestined reward of His voluntary humiliation. He who had not where to lay His head, became the lawful Possessor of the universe. This appointment of Christ to the inheritance was already mentioned in OT prophecy. We read in Psalm 89:27, “Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.”

Thirdly, the scope of His inheritance is reflected in the words of Heb 1:2, “Whom He hath appointed Heir of all things.” We can see the extent of that inheritance in the words of Psalm 2:7-9, “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” You see, on the last day Christ shall sit upon His throne of glory, and He shall be the judge of all nations. Those who are of God’s elect shall not stand before Him, for they have been judged already at the cross. All those who stand before Him are those who are guilty of sins; they shall be cast into Hell for their sins. Christ shall inherit “the uttermost parts of the earth for His possession.” And then He shall dispose of all the earth and give us in its place a much more glorious New Heaven and a New Earth. All angels, all human beings, and all powers in the universe, when they are asked “Who is Lord of all?” will answer, “Jesus, the Son of Mary”. Such is the reward which God has ordained for the once humiliated one. And His people shall also enjoy the inheritance which God has appointed unto the Son. In Heb 1:2 God is not speaking of Christ as “Lord of all things” but as “Heir of all things.” God says in Rom 8:17, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint–heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” We are not spoken of as “joint lords,” but grace has made us “joint heirs” with Christ. And for this reason the Redeemer said to the Father in John 17:22, “And the glory which Thou gavest Me, I have given them.”

#2.       Creator of All Things (Heb 1:2, John 1:3, Col 1:16, John 10:30)

Heb 1:2, “By whom also he made the worlds.” The Greek term for the last word is “aionas” which usually means “ages”. But here, by a metonymy it seems to be applied to “matter”, and therefore it indicates the universe. What is a metonymy? A metonymy is a figure of speech consisting of the use of the name of one thing for that of another of which it is associated. Space, time and matter are associated. There is no space without matter, and there is no matter without space. Likewise space and time are associated. When we read here in Heb 1:2 that Christ created the universe, we are drawn to other Scriptures that speak of Christ as the Creator. For example, John 1:3, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” and also Col 1:16, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.” Now we know that only God can create. Thus we are hereby put on notice that we may never deny the Deity of Christ, for that is treason. Who then is the Creator? Is it the Father, or is it the Son? The Lord Jesus said in John 10:30, I and the Father are One. And so, there is no way we can deny that God the Son is also the Creator of the universe.

There are three things that are identified with Christ through whom God has spoken in these last days. #1. We have His Person: He is the “Son.” #2. His dignity and dominion: He is “the Heir of all things.” #3. His work: He has “made the worlds”, heaven and earth.

#3.       The Brightness of His Glory (Heb 1:3)

Heb 1:3, “Who being the brightness of his glory.” That which is in view in this third glory of Christ is so far beyond the grasp of the finite mind that it is impossible to give it adequate expression in words. Christ is the irradiation of God’s glory. The Mediator’s relation to the Godhead is like that of the daylight rays to the sun itself. We may conceive of the sun being in the firmament but not shining: Were there no rays we could not see the sun. So apart from Christ the brightness of God’s glory could not be perceived by us. Without Christ, man is in the dark, utterly in the dark concerning God. It is only in Christ that God is revealed.

#4.       The Impression of His Substance (Heb 1:3, John 1:18)

Heb 1:3, “And the express image of his person”, or more literally, “the impression of His substance”. The Greek for “express image” is a single word, and the verb from which it is rived indicates “to engrave”, and in its noun form “that which is engraved”, like a stamp on a coin, or the print pressed on paper, or the mark made by a seal. As you know, an old fashioned seal is a blob of hot lacquer on which is pressed an image of a mark, which identifies the office that approved the seal. The OT saints did not perfectly “express” God, for they are finite creatures. But Christ, being Himself God, could, and did. All that God is in His nature and character is expressed and manifested, absolutely and perfectly, by His incarnate Son. This is what Heb 1:3 is saying: “And the very impression of His substance.” Christ is the very impression of the substance of God. He is dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto, whom no man hath seen nor can see, and who is the image of the invisible God. It means that all true knowledge of God must come from His approach unto us, for we cannot by “reaching” find Him out. The approach must come from His side, and it has come. God writes in John 1:18, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him”. Christ, the incarnate Son, is the very impression, as it were, of that substance of God. Think of the seal. Though we have never seen the seal, we might from studying the impression of it, form a true and accurate idea of the seal itself.

#5.       Upholding All Things (Heb 1:3, Col 1:17)

Heb 1:3, “Upholding all things by the word of his power.” The Spirit of truth continues to describe the dignity

and majesty of Him in whom God now speaks to us. Here is a declaration that is crystal clear in meaning and it is unlimited in its scope. “He upholds all things by the word of His own power.” The upholding of all things is a Divine work. We have already seen that the Heir of all things indicates two things: dignity and dominion. Here it is His dominion which is brought before us. He upholds all things, both visible and invisible, in heaven and in earth, not only creatures but also all events. What is in view in this fifth glory of Christ is His Divine providence. As you know we understand “providence” as the hands of God, which are carrying out what God has decreed in His counsel before the foundation of the world. The man Christ Jesus has received the dignity and the dominion to carry out what God has designed to come to pass. In other words, the whole universe hangs on His arm. His unsearchable wisdom and His boundless power are manifested in governing and directing all the complicated movements of animate and inanimate objects, and He is directing all the rational and irrational beings to the attainment of His own great purposes. And He does this by the word of His power, or by His powerful word. He speaks and it is done; He commands and it stands fast. Can we see that the Son is also God? He who appeared on earth in the form of a servant, is the Sustainer of the universe. He has been given power over all flesh. The Roman legions who destroyed Jerusalem were His armies. The armies of angels are His angels. The Devil is not able to move a finger without Christ’s approval. “By Him all things consist” (Col 1:17).

#6.       God’s Ways Are Wonderful (Heb 1:3, Isa 55:8-9, Eph 1:3-6, Rom 10:17, Zech 12:10)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Isaiah, Isa 55:8 (2X). We read in Heb 1:3, “When He had by Himself purged our sins.” Here is a glory that is more wondrous than anything else Christ has done. When we think of the cross and the entire atonement of Christ, we stand amazed at the love of God and the ways in which God operates. What are the ways God operates? Truly it is like He said in Isa 55:8-9, where we read,

Isa 55:8-9,  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Can we fathom what God is saying here? “As the heavens are higher than the earth” is a measure that we have difficulty to grasp. Just think of the distance from earth to the Sun, 90 million miles, which is already a distance so great that it takes the light from the sun five minutes to reach our eyes. If the sun explodes we would notice it five minutes later. Now let us represent that distance from earth to the sun by the thickness of one sheet of paper. Then the distance from earth to the nearest star would be a stack of paper 70 feet high. And that is only to the nearest star Think of all the billions of stars in our galaxy, and God gave all of them a name. Come to think of it, our galaxy is only a speck in this great wide universe filled with millions of galaxies. And God made this great universe. God is greater than His creation; God is greater than this universe. And this great God looked down on the little speck of dust that is called earth, and this great God looked down on us. We are only tiny specks on this earth. Can we see how small man is compared to God? Can we see that Jesus Christ is not our buddy? God calls the shots; we are simply to believe what He said. When God says in Eph 1:3-6 that He has chosen us to be in Christ before the foundation of the world, then who are we to object to that? And yet there are people, who are called Arminians, who object to that. I said Arminians, not Armenians. Armenians are people from the country of Armenia. But Arminians are followers of Jacob Arminius who proposed this false religion. Arminians reject what God said in Ephesians chapter 1, and what God said in Romans 9, and what God said in John 6 and 10 and 17, and many more passages in the Bible. People who are under the hearing of the false gospel of Jacob Arminius are not saved, for God does not save people who are under the hearing of another gospel. Do you think that any of the Canaanites who were offering their children to Molech, the idol of the Ammonites, were saved? No! Were they sincere? Absolutely yes! They were sincerely offering their children to this false god. But God laid down this principle in Rom 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” God saves people who are under the hearing of the true Gospel of the Bible, and God does not save people who are under the hearing of a false gospel. That is why it is so important that we check what the pastor is saying from the pulpit. We do not want to be led astray by a pastor who has lost his mind. The Canaanites who worshipped their false idols were not saved up to the day that the children of Israel killed them. God commanded the children of Israel to do that. Judgment Day had come for all those Canaanites who worshipped their idols so sincerely. And God will do that again for all the Arminians who worship the false god of Jacob Arminius, for they have rejected the God of the Bible, and they have rejected the love of God for all His elect, which He declared in the Bible. They have spurned the love of God. Most churches today are preaching the false Arminian gospel because it feels so good, regardless what God says in the Bible. But when families are faithfully attending church for 30 or 40 years, and then they discover that one of their children has become a homosexual, they ask how that was possible, for they have instructed their children so faithfully? They are puzzled because they have done all things so faithfully and so sincerely. But they were under the hearing of a false gospel, and God has not saved them. They are still under the wrath of God as the Canaanites were. God called the shots, and God laid out His plan of salvation in the Bible, but people have not believed it. They have rejected the Word of God because it was offensive to them. They wanted a gospel that makes them feel good, and so they invented their own gospel, but the god who they are worshipping is an idol-god, a man made concept of God. It is an impotent idol that cannot save them. What is their greatest sin for which God shall bring them into judgment? They have spurned the love of God which God so clearly stated in the Bible.

Let me return to Isa 55:8-9 where God says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways.” What are our ways? Our ways are to believe in a god who will reward people for choosing His side, and who will reward people for making a decision to follow Jesus, and who will reward people for going to church faithfully, and who will reward people for being peaceful law abiding citizens, and who will reward people for teaching their children do good works, and to honor all churches, and so on. What is the common trend in all our ways? All our ways are characterized by a feel good gospel, by the principle to do good unto all men so that they may return the favor to us. But God says that His ways are very different from our ways. Please turn to the Prophecy of Zechariah, Zech 12:10 (2X). God says that His ways are to reward the murderers of His Son, and to reward them with a glorious NH&NE, which is totally undeserved, for they were responsible for the death of His Son Jesus Christ. We are those murderers, for we are the reason that the Lord Jesus Christ was pierced on the cross. Let us see if the Bible says that. We read in Zech 12:10,

Zec 12:10  And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

What is the general character of this verse? It speaks of repentance by those who have pierced Christ when He was crucified, and thus the cross of Christ is the central theme of this verse. Who are represented by the house of David? David refers to Christ. The house of David refers to the house of Christ, which means that all the elect from all nations and all time belong to the house of Christ. Who are represented by the inhabitants of Jerusalem? When the Lord Jesus died on the cross the veil in the temple was torn from the top to the bottom, as if the finger of God tore the veil and opened the holy of holies so that access to God was now available to all people, no longer through a high priest, but directly through Christ. What are the consequences of God tearing the veil in the temple? The holy of holies was no longer the holy place in the temple; the temple was no longer the dwelling place of God; Jerusalem was no longer the holy city; the nation of Israel was no longer the favorite nation of God. The Jerusalem that is in view in Zech 12:10 is the Jerusalem that is above, of which we are now citizens of. From the death of Christ until the end of time God’s favorite nation is the nation of elect people from all nations in the world. They are now the New Testament Israel of God. And they are in view here in Zech 12:10. Upon them, and upon us, is poured the spirit of grace and of supplications, and we shall mourn for all our sins, which were the cause of Christ having to bear the penalty for the guilt of all our sins on the cross. That is why we shall mourn for Him whom we have pierced, and we shall mourn for Him as we would mourn for the death of our only son, and we shall mourn for Him as for the death of God’s Firstborn. These are God’s ways, which are so different from our ways. And so, if we believe God’s ways then we can understand that the murderous thief on the cross next to the Lord Jesus could inherit eternal life in the NH&NE. On the other hand the law abiding citizen who never stole, or never committed adultery, or never bore false witness against his neighbor, but who lived a life without Christ, will end up in Hell, for he trusted in his own goodness, and for this sin of pride he will end up in Hell. The idol he was serving was his own self. That is how different God’s ways are from our ways. Now we want to look at:

Please turn to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 7:13-14 (2X). God chose to save a remnant from all the nations of the world. God left the majority of mankind in their sin of pride, their sin of self-sufficiency, their sin of directing this world into a utopia without God and without Christ. They are so proud of themselves that they are not violating the Ten Commandments, but they do not repent of rejecting Christ, and they do not repent of spurning the love of God shown in the cross of Christ. God says in Matt 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Few there be that find it. These are God’s words. We must take them seriously. But all men come into the world under the power of Satan. Like the children of Israel were born in slavery in Egypt, and had no way of escape, so all mankind is born in slavery to sin and Satan, without ability to escape this life of sin. Please turn again to the Epistle to the Hebrews, Heb 1:3 (2X). Therefore, if God had to rescue His elect from the house of bondage, He had to provide a Deliverer, like Moses. God had to provide a way of erasing the sins of His people, His elect, before He could take them into the Promised Land, the NH&NE. That is why we read here in Heb 1:3, “When he had by himself purged our sins.”

The cross of Christ is the most wondrous of all His glories. The entire Bible centers on the cross of Christ. The cross of Christ is the hinge that divides between the OT and the NT periods of time and of revelation. The cross of Christ does away with the OT ceremonial law, so that all the bloody signs of the OT ceremonial law are no longer permitted, for all those bloody signs were types and pictures of the blood of Christ. The cross of Christ was the clearest revelation of God that salvation is now, and has always been, salvation by grace alone. And the putting away of the sins of His people was an even greater and grander work than was the making of the entire universe, or the upholding of all things by His mighty power. His sacrifice for sins has brought greater glory to the Godhead and greater blessing to the redeemed than have His works of creation or His works of providence.

Why has this wonderful and glorious Being, in whom are all things summed up, and who is before all things the Father’s delight and the Father’s glory, why has this infinite light, this infinite power, this infinite majesty come down to our poor earth? For what purpose? Was it only to shine? Or was it to show forth the splendor of His majesty? Or was it to teach heavenly wisdom? Or was it to rule this earth with righteousness and truth? The answer is NO! He came to purge our sins! What height of glory, and what depths of abasement! This King of kings was infinite in His majesty, and infinite in His self humiliation, and infinite in the depths of His love. What a glorious Lord! And what an awful sacrifice of unspeakable love to purge our sins by Himself. And what a grievous sin to spurn the love of God so wonderfully displayed. “By Himself He purged our sins.” The tense of the verb indicates a finished work; literally it says, “having purged.” The contrast between Christ’s blood and the blood of the ceremonial sacrifices is here set before us. None of the millions of ceremonial sacrifices could take away one sin. (Heb 9:13). All they did was to sanctify to “the purifying of the flesh” but not to “the purifying of the soul.” And why was that so? It was because the animals were not able to endure the equivalent of an eternity in Hell. By Himself the Son of God, the eternal Word in human nature, did that. By Himself the priest, who is sacrifice and altar and everything that is needed for a full atonement for our sins, did that. And thus our great High Priest says unto us, “Ye are clean this day before God from all your sins.” The church was purchased by the blood of Him who is God (Acts 20:28). Behold the perfection of the sacrifice in the infinite dignity of the incarnate Son. Our sin is taken away! This is the great wonder of the event that “He had by Himself purged our sins.”

#7.       He Sat Down on High (Heb 1:3, Rev 22:1, Rom 1:18, 2Thes 1:8, Ex 15:6, 1King 2:19)

Heb 1:3, “He sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” He who descended into such unfathomable depths of shame, who humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross, has been highly exalted above all principality and power, and dominion, and above every name which is named. What is the significance of the fact that He sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high? It shows in itself that our sins are put away forever. This is conclusive evidence that my sins are put away. Can we see the blessed connection between our peace of soul and His glory? There are three things that come into focus when we read this account. #1. It indicates the high honor of sitting down in the presence of God. #2. It indicates a settled continuance. We read in Rev 22:1 that this position of highest honor and glory belongs to Christ forever and ever. #3. It indicates a rest, a cessation from His sacrificial services and sufferings. On the cross the Lord Jesus declared to all the world, “It is finished.” The term “the Majesty on high” refers to God Himself. It indicates God’s supreme sovereignty. It is brought in here by God to emphasize that the man Christ Jesus was elevated to the highest possible dignity and position. An indication that the church of our days has drifted away from the true Gospel of the Bible is that God’s sovereignty is now a dirty word in most of the churches. The fact that the churches deny His sovereignty does not diminish the reality that the God of the Bible is indeed sovereign. God says in Rom 1:18, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold down (lit: suppress) the truth in unrighteousness.” On the last day the sovereign Lord shall avenge Himself on those who have suppressed the truth of the Word of God. He shall come and in flaming fire take vengeance on them that know not the God of the Bible. God gave the church this warning in 2Thes 1:8. The “right hand” in Heb 1:3 speaks of power and honor. How do we know that? We read in Ex 15:6, “Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.” And we read in 1King 2:19, “And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right hand.” We always want to remember that the right hand of God points to God’s sovereignty.

Christ sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Christ has been exalted to the highest position by God Himself. Any attempt by the churches to bring Him down from His elevated position will be thought of by God as a Judas-deed. Many Pastors and Bible teachers who have been in the inner circle of those who were close to Jesus, like Judas, and who have learned the Gospel of the Bible from up very close, like Judas, have now turned against the true Gospel of the Bible, just for the sake of making their gospel more appealing to the masses of unsaved people, so that they can increase the attendance in the pews. Again it became a matter of receiving more money, like Judas Iscariot. Pray to God that He will protect us from this heresy of greed, and that He will keep us faithful to the end, so that we will not lose our destiny in the NH &NE.

In conclusion we can see nine things in the NT economy that are in striking contrast with the OT economy.

1.     They had prophets, but Christ is the final spokesman of Deity.

2.     The children of Israel were His people, but Christ was God’s Son.

3.     Abraham was promised to be the heir of the world (Rom 4:13), but Christ is the “Heir” of the universe.

4.     Moses made the tabernacle in the wilderness, but Christ made “the worlds.”

5.     The law furnished “a shadow of good things to come”, but Christ is the brightness of God’s glory.

6.     Israel enjoyed theophanic manifestations of Christ, but Christ is revealed as the Image of God’s Person.

7.     Moses bore the burden of Israel (Num 11:11-12), but Christ “upholds all things.”

8.     The sacrifices of old could not take sins away, but Christ’s sacrifice did absolutely and completely.

9.     Israel’s high priests never sat down, but Christ did.

AMEN.           Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.