Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hebrews 1: Remain #Confident In #Christ

Theme: Remain Confident in Christ

1) Reasons
    A) Because He is a better Person (1:1 - 4:13)
        1) Than OT prophets (1:1-2)
        2) Than Angels (1:3 - 2:18)

Christ is a better spokesman for God than OT prophets (1:1-2) because He is God's Son (2a), "heir of all things" (2b), creator [by the power of His word] (2c), "the radiance of His [God's] glory" (3a), "the exact representation of His [God's] nature" (3b), sustainer of all things (3c), purifier of sins (3c), and seated "at the right hand of the Majesty on high".  The parable in Mark 12:1-11 shows how a steward should show more regard for the words of a landlord's son (Christ), than his servants (OT prophets).

Christ is a better messenger than Angels (1:3 - 14) because He is God's Son (5), God in the flesh (6a), God (8a), the righteous ruler (8b-9), eternal creator (10-12), seated at God's right hand (13a), and ultimate victor (13b), whereas the angels worship Christ (6b), and serve both Him and those who will become saved (14). Galatians 3:19 indicates angels were instrumental in revealing the OT Law to Moses. If those words were to be respected, how much more revelation which comes from the Son of God Himself?

The superiority of Christ to OT prophets and angels should persuade us to heed His words and warnings, and remain confident in Him.

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.