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 (10:19–13:25).
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 of 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.