Saturday, January 8, 2011

"The Center and the Circumference"

     The first chapter of Hebrews affirms eighteen truths about the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
He is...

1. The last days messenger of God.
2. The heir of all things.
3. The Creator of all things.
4. The brightness of God's glory.
5. The express image of God's person.
6. The upholder of all things.
7. The cleanser of our sins.
8. Seated at the right hand of God.
9. Made better than the angels.
10. A more excellent name than the angels.
11. The Father declares Christ as His Son.
12. The angels of God are to worship Him.
13. The Father declares Him as God.
14. He is anointed with the oil of gladness above His fellows.
15. He laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning.
16. The Heavens are the works of His hands.
17. His years shall not fail.
18. His enemies will be made His footstool.

     Each of these truths about our Lord are amplified throughout the New Testament.  Hebrews 1 therefore provides an excellent outline and framework for detailed consideration of who our Lord is, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He promises to do for us forevermore.  One can focus on each particular truth,  searching the New Testament (and the Old, of course) to obtain a growing understanding of the Lord Jesus in specific detail, and also in the perfect relationship and coordination with the Hebrews 1 affirmations.

     It is hard to image a more effectual or important study of Scripture.  We were made by the Lord Jesus, by Him we consist, He redeemed us, He is our life, He is our ultimate judge, and the purpose of God is to "gather together in one all things in Christ" (Ephesians 1:10).  The Apostle Paul declared that our Savior is to "have the preeminence in all things," and Paul also wrote to the Philippians that "to live is Christ" (Colossians 1:17; Philippians 1:21).  In essence, the Lord Jesus is the center and the circumference of our existence, and to the degree we know, love, trust, obey and communicate Him in the many facets of our lives is the degree to which we are genuinely living.

Hebrews 1 - "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; being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
      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.
     And of the angels He saith, Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.
     And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail.
     But to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit on My right hand, until I make thine enemies Thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"


No comments: