Apr. 4, 2021. Hebrews 1:1-4

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BEYOND THE RESURRECTION.  EASTER 2021. 4/4/2021. Hebrews 1:1-4.

Hebrews 1:1-4 [New King James Version]

1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 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 at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

  1. Christ, our redeemer, and intercessor
    1. The Scriptures assign seven distinct tasks to Jesus:
      1. John 1 Jesus is the creator of all things
      1. Colossians 1 Jesus is the sustainer of the universe
      1. Romans 5:8 Jesus is the redeemer of mankind
      1. Colossians 1 Jesus is the chief born of the resurrection (Dan. 12 we are raised because he is risen)
      1. I Timothy 2:5 He makes intercession on behalf of believers, who are accused by Satan day and night (Revelation 12:10)
      1. I Thessalonians 4:11-18 He raptures the saints and they reign with him for 1000 years (Revelation 20:1-10)
      1. Matthew 28:18 he judges the works of the saints (I Corinthians 3:12-15) and the lives of unbelievers, who he casts into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20)
    1. Jesus had to go through the crucifixion, burial,  resurrection, ascension, and heavenly offering (Hebrews 9:11-12) before he could assume his high priestly role
  2. Jesus as High Priest
    1. Paul mentions the resurrection more times (25) than
    1. he does the crucifixion
      1. The crucifixion = key point of history
    1. The Resurrection = the proof that full and absolute atonement had been accomplished Luke 24; Matthew 28 the evidence of prophecy and the testimony of eye witnesses gives assurance of faith
    1. What of sins committed after conversion?
      1. As High Priest at the right hand of the Father, Jesus continues to make intercession for us
      1. Justification thwarts Satan’s accusations
    1. The crucifixion paid for our sins
      1. The resurrection declared that the sin payment was accepted by God the Father
      1. High Priest intercession on our behalf effectively thwarts all attempts to by Satan to reverse our justification or status as joint heirs to Kingdom of God
    1. The crucifixion and resurrection fulfilled Christ’s redemptive role in time, so that Christ could enter his High Priestly role on our behalf to the end of time (the 1st makes us saved; the 2nd makes us secure)
      1. Ephesians 1 the Spirit seals us
      1. Hebrews 7:25 Jesus defends us (Hebrews 4:14-16)
  3. An inheritance guaranteed
    1. Jesus obtained us as an inheritance so we can inherit all things with him (Romans 8:17)
    1. Jesus’ perfect divinity qualified him to be the perfect sacrifice, redeemer, and High Priest for the last time
    1. Psalm 110:4 He is the final priest after Melchizedek (from incarnation, to atoner, to intercessor, to inheritance)