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Epistle to the Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

… After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son;today I have become your Father”? ” Hebrews 1:3-5

He came to take away our sins by offering Himself. It never occurred in the OT than a man laid his life voluntarily to forgive the sins of the nation. What we see is that High Priests were doing the purification of sins of Israel by sacrificing animals once a year. They did it because it was their job. It was the animals who were dying because of sinners. It was no funny activity to see an animal slaughtered just because a human sinned. This just showed how sin was unacceptable before God. It would not have made sense if a sinner proposed to die to forgive sinners. This would have been an abomination before God. But here we see an unusual way of providing the purification of sins. This sacrifice was not done as per Jewish traditions. It was not an animal but a human. But what could make this sacrifice acceptable before God? Many people in the Philippines crucify themselves but God takes pleasure in that. This is a kind of rebellion against God’s provision.

But why was Jesus’s sacrifice accepted? Furthermore, why is it written that he was also exalted and “sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven” after He offered His life? Who was He? The name He was given was superior to the angels. But what was His name?

God never said to an angel “You are my Son;today I have become your Father. I will be his Father and he will be my Son” NLT. But Jesus is God’s Son. He is called God’s Son because His origin is divine. But His name since eternity past is the Word of God (Rev 19:13)

It seems through this verse that at moment in time, the second person of the Trinity became the Son of God. More precisely, it happened when the Word of God became flesh (John 1). Jesus was born through the action of God the Spirit on the virgin Mary. The intervention of the Spirit led to the birth of a person of divine origin – The Son of God. The birth through a woman, led also to a person having human nature, the Son of Man.

He did not deny that he was the Son of God.

The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.” John 19:7

Jesus said He was the Son of God because His origin was divine. He was also called the Son of man because He was born of a woman. It’s only in the NT that this expression Son of God is explained clearly and revealed.
But Jesus interchangeably identified Himself as being both the Son of God and the Son of Man. Divinity and humanity was found in one Being. Does not it make Him a suitable High Priest? God’s contact to humanity is through Jesus. Our contact to the Holy God of heaven is Jesus. Jesus is the Head, the anointed One and the perfect Mediator.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father also. From now on, you do know him. And you have seen him.” John 14:6

But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?”He replied, “You say that I am.”Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.” Luke 22:69-71

This is an important aspect in the Epistle of Hebrews because that makes Jesus a suitable High Priest who is able to sympathise and understand the weaknesses of humans. This is why He can intercede. He knows what it means to be living in the flesh. This is a great assurance for us because Jesus is someone who knows what it means to be tempted. He is not only a God who has thunder in his hand but He has also a staff to protect us from danger. He is the Lion of Judah but is also the Good Shepherd.

Where was the Son sitting? He was sitting at the right hand as per scripture. But that’s a great privilege, is not it? If we have a look at how kings and queens are seated, it’s always the King who sits at the right. So the author is not saying that there’re several thrones, but he wants to emphasise that Jesus took the place  of supremacy – the King’s place. But where was the Majesty in heaven seated then? It’s not a question of seating left or right but a question of honor. The Father and the Son are One. I was once asked by a Oneness “When you’ll go to heaven, how many thrones will you see?” I told him one because Revelation 3:21 says : “To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.”

It’s quite mysterious but such a beautiful illustration of unity. When a man unites himself with a woman, the two become one flesh (Gen 2:24). It’s a mystery but it’s just like that. They are 2 individuals but one entity. I have a soul, a body and a spirit but yet I’m still one person. There’re no 3 Cedrics, only one. Was not I created in God’s image? So I’m a kind of trinity also…

So it’s not 1+1+1 but 1*1*1.

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Posted October 22, 2011 by Cedric in Theology

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