Hebrews has the Fulness of Jesus Christ in view.
He is superior in every aspect of His earthly life. His is superior to the angels, the old covenant, the Priests, the sacrifices. He is the realization of the Old Testament. He is the hope that substantiated their faith. He is the visible demonstration of the unseen and invisible God. What made Him superior to every aspect of what had come before was His Sonship.
But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. Hebrews 1:2
Because of His Sonship, Christ has a better relationship with Creator God. (1 vs. 5)
Because of His Sonship, Christ has an eternal throne (1 vs. 8)
Because of His Sonship, Christ is the faithful manager of God’s House. (3 vs. 6)
Because of His Sonship, Christ is made our Great High Priest (5 vs. 5)
Because of His Sonship, Christ suffered and learned obedience (5 vs. 8)
Because of His Sonship, there is punishment for all those who spurn Him (10 vs. 29)
Hebrews Has OUR Sonship in View
In illustrating vividly the power of the Sonship of Christ, God wants us to realize the power of our Sonship! Hebrews is a book about the Potential of our Sonship! God makes that crystal clear early in chapter 2:9-16:
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham.
As Sons of God by faith, we are the offspring of Abraham, whose offspring are the children of promise.
Just as Christ grew in His Sonship through obedience during suffering, so we are challenged to grow through endurance in the face of hardship and tribulation.
This is where we are in Hebrews, at chapter 11, discovering the importance of Faith for our growth as Sons of God.
Hebrews 11 has our Sonship in View.
Vs 1: Faith is two things-Substantiating and Demonstrating. Faith empowers our Unseen Hopes and Unseen Things.
Faith has three essential Attributes as noted in three men of faith:
The Attribute of Sacrifice – Abel
The Attribute of Pleasing God – Enoch
The Attribute of Salvation – Noah
Vs 6: Faith is the only way you can please God (Be well accepted)
Faith Substantiates His Reality in your life (HE IS)
Faith Empowers (Proves) God’s Rewards
Seeking Demonstrates the Reality of the unseen
Heir of Righteousness (Noah)
Jesus Christ is the Center of our Faith
The Sonship of Christ is the Focus of our Faith
Abel pictures the perfect atoning blood sacrifice that is Jesus Christ.
Abel pictures the acceptance that all Sons of Faith share in Jesus Christ.
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:6
Enoch pictures the Risen Christ, who pleased God (This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased)
Noah pictures the Righteousness that is Christ and the Salvation we have in Him alone.
The Result of our Faith
Not necessarily to heal or make you rich or a mighty preacher of God. The ultimate result of your Faith is to bring you into Full Sonship of God! As Christ is formed in your life by faith, you attain Sonship.
But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: John 1:12
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