Thursday, May 30, 2013

Christ is the Issue

Hebrews 1:1
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers [of Israel] by the prophets,

The book of Hebrews begins with how the writer of Hebrews, God,  has a plan and purpose for the people of Israel, and that spoke to them time past by his prophets.

Jeremiah 34:13a
Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel;

Hebrews 1:2
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;

What the writer of Hebrews is beginning to do in Chapter 1 is to declare that Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, is the issue for the people of Israel.  Up until that point, God prophesied and spoke about this coming Messiah.  When Messiah showed up, the nation of Israel as a whole rejected him; and now God is offering them another chance to receive their kingdom.

Matthew 3:2
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

But in order to do that, they have to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. 

John 6:69
And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

That capital S in Son has to do with Christ’s deity as the Son of God.  He goes on to explain how, as the Son of God, he holds all the same attributes as God the Father.  Look at the flow:

Hebrews 1:2-6
Hath in these last days [of prophecy] spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Peter spoke about it at Pentecost in Acts 2 and 3.  That time period 2,000 years ago was the last days of prophecy.

Acts 2:16
But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
(Because of the dispensation of God’s grace (Eph. 3:2) – the Mystery dispensation – those last days have been put on hold.  When the rapture takes place (I Thess. 4:16-17), God will resume the last days of Israel’s prophetic program before he brings in his King (the Lord Jesus) and his kingdom.  So these last days were in the past, but they will also be in the future.  It has nothing to do with our day [dispensation].)
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person,
(When they saw God they saw him through the Lord Jesus Christ, the second person of the Godhead.)
and upholding all things by the word of his power,
(He is the one in whom God has vested all power and authority.)
when he had by himself purged our sins,
(Those are Israel’s sins purged under the New Covenant by Christ’s shed blood at Calvary.)
 sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
(Majesty is a term used because he is King.  The Lord Jesus Christ is at the right hand of the Father and he has power and authority as King over the nation of Israel.)
Being made so much better than the angels,
(Now he begins to speak about other beings that are higher than man.  The people of Israel held angels in high esteem, and God is saying that the Lord Jesus Christ is greater; he is better than the angels.

Christ was not created, he is eternal, so when he says that he is ‘made’ he is talking about his authority.  Christ is sitting at the right hand of the Father with authority.  The angels have authority before God; they are the sons of God (Job 1:6), but he is higher because he is the Son of God, and he is the one who went to the cross as well.)
as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
(The Lord Jesus Christ inherited at his resurrection because he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Philippians 2:8). 

Psalm 2:6-8
Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day [resurrection] 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.
(He should have been sacrificed on the altar in the temple by the Hebrew people in faith; but Israel rejected their Messiah and put him on that cruel Roman cross and crucified him in rejection and shame.  Because of his faithfulness and perfect obedience to the Father’s word, even unto the death of the cross [the faith of Christ, Rom. 3:22], he was resurrected and was made even so much better than the angels in his position and authority.)
For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.


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