CHRIST ALONE QUALIFIES IN HIS PERSON TO ATTEMPT SALVATION (Heb 1:1–4:1

Previously, in my post entitled Why Jesus Alone Qualified? Snapshot on Book of Hebrews I mentioned that there are three areas in which Christ alone qualifies to provide a perfect salvation:

(1) He alone qualifies in His person to attempt salvation (1:1–4:13).

(2) He alone qualifies in His work to provide salvation (4:14–10:18).

(3) He alone qualifies in His position to effect salvation (10:1sea sundown9–13:25).

Today, I would further our studies on why Christ alone qualifies in His person to attempt salvation?  The author of the Epistles to the Hebrews spans the whole realm of creation, and the entire span of time to see if there could be found someone who might qualify as the Savior of men. In a simple word, he was showing us the macro picture of the entire realm of creation all the way to the micro picture of it. He affirms that none but Deity Himself can possibly qualify for the standard set by Deity for the salvation of lost mankind. He identifies the only One who can qualify as the Son.

In order for us to understand even better, I would suggest the readers to study the Epistle to the Hebrews from chapter 1 until chapter 4 verse 13. In this first unit of the book, we can have four subpoints that proved the idea of Christ alone qualifies in His person to attempt salvation. 

  •  The Son—far greater than the Prophets (1:1-3) 

In the first three verses of this epistle, Apostle Paul explains why Lord Jesus is greater than the prophets represented God to man. The prophets represented God to man spoke His message as it was revealed to them. In the other hand, the Son is the creator and His words are powerful. The prophets spoke the message of God; the Son was the message of God. He is the WORD!

  •  The Son—far greater than the angels (1:4–2:18)

In the second section of this first part of the Epistle, the Son is “so much better than the angels” (1:4). This interesting point is proven by quoting seven different Old Testament passages in Chapter 1, and three more in Chapter 2.

In summary, the Son is greater in two ways:

(1) He is the Creator, we are creatures (chapter 1)

(2) He identified Himself completely with humanity (chapter 2).

Angels are always angels so they cannot do what Christ did for man. Angels serve man; but the Son became man in order to serve in a far greater capacity.

  •  The Son—far greater than the great deliverer, Moses (ch. 3)

According to the Torah and Jewish tradition, Moses is considered as the great deliverer of the nation. The author is making a point that Moses delivered the entire nation from bondage but Jesus Christ is even greater. Jesus delivered the entire humankind from the bondage of sin. Furthermore, in this part, Jesus is the Architect and builder of the house (3:3), whereas, Moses was a servant in the house. While Moses was a servant in the house but Christ is the Son (3:5-6). As the Son is superior to the servant of a house, likewise was the Messiah superior to Moses. This is the second point that proved that Christ alone is qualified as a person to attempt salvation.

  • The Son—far greater than General Joshua (ch. 4)

In Hebrews 4:8 the word “Jesus” is the Greek word for “Joshua” and so should be understood. Joshua led the nation into the land, but he could not give then rest. Since a rest was promised, there remained One who is greater than Joshua to come and bring them into a place of SHABBAT because He had “ceased from His own works.”

The exhortation is given to the Hebrews to “enter into that rest” (4:11). The throne of grace is the place of rest (44:16). The rest is provided because a greater than Joshua ceased from His own work as God did from His. He is the LORD of the SHABBAT!

The illustration is that {2A1E8ADA-EF32-4586-BBC7-6E478C4C3408}-IMG_8697of God’s rest of creation. When He finished creation He pronounced everything “very good” and then He experienced a Sabbath rest. Then something happened. Sin came in, and there was no more rest for God. Only after the Lord had a redeemed people, redeemed through blood, He reinstitutes the SHABBAT rest for them.Yet there still was no rest for God. Only after Christ exclaimed: “It is finished” there was rest. Today Christ sits on high in the Throne of God because the work is over. We can enter into His rest or SHABBAT of a completed work. This is why we are still observing SHABBAT as a sign of this Everlasting Covenant and Remembering God on Lord’s Shabbat day. Have you done this? I would extend the invitations to you to enjoy and experience the Shabbat and Salvation. God bless you.

I am RECONCILED with GOD!

What is the difference between Jesus’ ministry of intercession and His ministry of mediation? The truth is that some of us are still struggling to understand Jesus’ ministry of intercession and ministry of mediation. Do you know that they are not the same?

The ministry of intercession involves Jesus pleading for the fallen man who needs to be justifiedIn the other hand,The ministry of mediation involves Jesus restoring the broken relationship between God and man. He brings the human to God through reconciliation and sanctification.

In this specific Jesus’ ministry of mediation, Jesus involves in the reconciliation of the broken relationship between God and us. God wants to reunite with us through His only begotten son, Immanuel. In the Epistle to the Romans, Apostle Paul wrote, “ For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will 08-christ-our-priest-5-638we be saved by His life!” (Romans 5:10 – HCSB) We were behind the enemy’s lines, Jesus crossed that line and we were reconciled to God through His death at the cross. Paul enlightens us in the following verse the reason for our rejoicing “And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have now received this reconciliation through Him.”(v11-HCSB) The real rejoicing comes through receiving this reconciliation through Lord Jesus Christ. It is by believing that we are reconciled, we will have true happiness and joy in our lives.

Furthermore, joyfunew-covenantl Paul wrote to the Church of Corinth saying that, “Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us.”  2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (HCSB) The ministry of reconciliation is a
gift from God. God doesn’t care about your past life. He doesn’t care how bad were you in your previous life. He is not counting your trespasses. He forgives your sins and redeemed you wholly. Since, in Christ, we are reconciled to Himself, therefore, we shall be rejoicing and have a closer walk with Him.

In conclusion,

  • I have been reunited with God
  • The anger that was between us is gone
  • Because of Jesus, I now have free access to God
  • I am rejoicing for receiving this reconciliation

Joyfully, let us confess that “I am persuaded that I am RECONCILED with GOD!” God bless you.

Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him” Colossians 1:21-22(HCSB)

 

 

I am made to be an intensely relational human

Previously, we meditate and ponder on Genesis 1:26-31. Today,  Let us read and meditate on Genesis 2:19-24.

So the Lord God formed out of the ground every wild animal and every bird of the sky and brought each to the man to see what he would call it. And whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.20 The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every wild animal; but for the man no helper was found as his complement.21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to come over the man, and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place.22 Then the
Lord
God made
the rib He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man.
23 And the man said:

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This one, at last, is bone of my bone
and flesh of my flesh;

this one will be called “woman,”
for she was taken from man.

24 This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.” HCSB

What do these verses tells us who we are in Christ?

Yes! we are formed and created by our Lord God. Our Lord God affirms this to Isaiah saying that, “It is I who made the earth and created mankind on it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts.“NIV(Isaiah 45:12) Furthermore, we discover that we are created to be God’s caretaker of His creation. God made me for caring responsibility. Today, we are told by our Lord God that He made us to experience a Christ-centered and loving relationship with all the living creatures. How does Adam do that? It is through the authority given by the Lord God, Adam named every one of them. These verses are very clear that Adam is the one who named every living creatures. Adding to this, Even Adam naIMG_3980med Eve as “Woman”, Adam’s bone and flesh. As his Creator, it is through naming, he is building a loving relationship with them. Our Creator God is relational. Our God is an intensely relational God who calls us to emulate his commitment to relationship.

The relationship is at the heart of the Christian faith, reflecting the fact that we as humans have been made for healthy and Christ-centered relationship. #Jesus did it! He named His disciples and loved them unconditionally.

In conclusion, God made me to relate to his entire creation:

  • I am made to love my wife/husband as God loves me
  • I am made to love humans as God loves me
  • I am made to love and enjoy God’s creatures and nature

Continue to #love and live in #Christ-centered relationship. God bless you.

Checkmated Loser!

     One of the world’s famous board game is Chess. The objective of this game is to ‘checkmate’ the opponent’s king by placing it under an inescapable threat of capture. In other words, the king is cornered in various ways. The king can’t move and loses the game.

     The Bible tells us that Satan is cornered in every ways and he is checkmated by Jesus. He has no way to run, he is loser and he knows it. The book of Genesis broadcasted his defeat saying God will bruise the serpent’s head (3:15). This message did not stop there. Constantly, during the course of bible history, God portrayed that God is the VICTOR and Satan as the LOSER. We observed how God has been victoriously defeated recalcitrant Satan in the life story of Job. God even revealed to us in Isaiah, Ezekiel, Zechariah, Daniel and Revelation that victory belongs to God and His people alone. Rebellious Satan knows that he can’t go against Creator and His people.

    After Jesus’s 40 days of fasting, Lord Jesus verified to us that He is Victor over Satan. Jesus Rebuked Satan! This is not the first time. Prophet Zechariah wrote that the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD REBUKE you, Satan! Indeed, the LORD who has chosen Jerusalem REBUKE you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”(ESV) – Zechariah 3:2. In New Testament, Apostle Paul penned to the believers in the city of Rome, saying “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you” (ESV) – Romans 16:20. Satan is portrayed in the Holy Bible, as one who has been constantly defeated. He is defeated in heaven and also in earth. Apostle Paul continues by giving us a greatest assurance saying that, “For He (Jesus) must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet” (ESV) – 1 Corinthians 15:25. As it was destined in the Heaven and Garden of Eden, he was defeated; he will be crushed and he will be eradicated forever.

    At the Patmos Island, Apostle John the Revelator penned what was revealed to him by Jesus regarding Satan’s destiny. Revelation 20:7-10 says, “And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (ESV) Finally, Satan will be eradicated forever.

    Jesus will reign forever. All we have to do as God’s people are to Love Jesus and be His allegiance. When Victorious Jesus is for us, Loser Satan couldn’t touch our life. I’m leaving you with this assurance that we are chosen to be victors and not losers. As long as we are in God’s covenant, we are VICTORS and this is our destiny.

Prayer: Dear Victor Lord Jesus, thank you for your marvellous protection and promises of victories in our life. Continue to protect and fight for us. Amen.