Letter to the Hebrews Message Five
We have presented the Introduction, stating the necessity of the letter to the Hebrews. In the second and third messages, we submitted the fact that God has revealed Himself and His will by His Word through the Prophets and then through His Son, Jesus of Nazareth.
Last week, we spoke to the revelation of God about His Son, setting forth His authority, proving that He is worthy of worship and obedience. God has –
B. Revealed Himself through His Son. We have seen this through His –
1. Word. Hebrews 1:2a The authority of the Word is proved through the Son. “…Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…”
And the Father is revealed through Jesus, which we learn through His –
2. Person. Hebrews 1:2b-3
“….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 learned that –
a. Jesus is appointed heir of all things. We dealt with the truth of the –
1). Guarantee. God will never change the administration of His will.
And the –
2). Power. “…the Father had given all things into his hands…”
We saw that Jesus not only has authority to command but also the power to equip us to carry out His commands.
As the All Powerful God, we see that –
b. Jesus is the Creator. “…All things were made by Him…”
He is the Creator of all things. What ministry is going to be too hard for Him to carry out through those that serve Him? We were encouraged by Jeremiah –
“Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:”
Not only is Jesus the Heir and the Creator –
c. Jesus is the manifestation of His Person. When you have seen the Son, you have seen the Father. Paul reminds us of His –
Everlasting existence. “Who being…” The One who eternally exists. As well as the “Express image…” exact revelation of the Father.
This morning we will learn of three more truths about the Lord from Paul –
Jesus is the Sustainer of all things, the Conqueror of sin and death, and He is now seated on His throne at the right hand of the Father.
We first see that –
d. Jesus is the Sustainer of all things. “…upholding all things by the word of his power.”
This means everything He created is being held together by Him!
Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Psalm 33:9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
1). He has power over His creation –
2 Chronicles 7:13-14 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2). He has power over His creatures –
Matthew 6:31-33 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
3). He has power and will prove Himself – pray according to His will and see if He is working among us!
1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
e. Jesus is the Conqueror of Sin and Death, purging our sins. “…when He had by Himself purged our sins…”
The Lord has purchased us unto Himself –
1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
He bought us with a price –
1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
He bought us for a purpose – To bring glory to Him on earth
Titus 2:13-14 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
And to bring glory unto Him in eternity –
Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
We see that He sustains all things through His power, He saved us and cleansed us, and we learn that –
f. Jesus is seated on His Throne, having satisfied the will of God.
“…sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
What did “maketh intercession for us” mean to them and what does it mean to us? Remember that Jesus is our Saviour. We are saved by Him and safe in Him. We, Christians, know that we do not need anyone to make us sin, do wrong things. Our greatest enemy to living a holy life is ourselves. We must realize though, that we do have an enemy besides ourselves, Satan, who is always trying to influence us to sin. As Satan tempts us to sin here on earth, he is also ready to tell God about our sin in Heaven –
Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
We thank the Lord that while we have an accuser, we also have an Advocate defending us before His Father. We are forgiven because of His righteousness, not ours –
We may be accused “He sinned against you”! and our Advocate, Who is sitting on His Throne at the right hand of the Father, will say “He is mine, safe in Me”!
John 10:28-29 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
We have a promise from God –
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
The reply may come at times “but they did not confess their sin”! And the answer will be “He is my child, I will correct him”.
Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Praise His Holy Name!
1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
Paul prepared the Hebrews to read and know the message of the glory of the Lord through His Son, Jesus the Christ. He is better than all things. Have we learned this truth this morning?
Are you saved? Do you know that the Saviour has all power, He has conquered sin and death, He has provided salvation for you, He will cleanse you from all sin and keep you safe in Himself?