Hmm, getting the Maplestory business out of the way, I am currently inactive in Scania due to school and other activities but have found my way back into a private server. I am currently playing a brawler with what spare time I have, and I must say it is quite fun. I think it’s safe to expect a return to Scania in the summer and a push toward 160. I miss video editing.
But with trivialities aside.
” In these last days He has spoken to us in his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the world. And he is the radiance of his glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of his power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” Hebrews 1:2-3
In my continuing study of Hebrews, perhaps the thing that has stuck out most is how the author begins the book. He establishes Christ’s preeminence, which is considered the theme of the book, from the beginning, making a bold proclamation to new Hebrew believers that His work is better than all things. Before I continue, let us consider the definition of preeminence as defined by dictionary.com
eminent above or before others; superior; surpassing: He is preeminent in his profession.
In Hebrews 1:2-3, the author shows that Christ is: the beginning, the middle, and the end, and most importantly – worthy to be praised.
This is more of a reflection on MacArthur’s commentary combined with my response to what he has done. This passage, analysis, and reflection really set the tone for the rest of my study which is why I am going through the effort of expressing my thoughts here.
MacArthur splits this passage up into seven excellencies that Christ exemplifies. MacArthur’s dedication to such detail in every passage challenges and frustrates me in my own studies, because his method of study is so thorough yet at a pace where I’d have to dedicate years to a book. No way will I be in Matthew for 18 years… i forgot the exact number. Anyway here is how MacArthur divides up the verse.
His Hiership: “In these last days He has spoken to us in his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things.”
His Creatorship: “…through whom also He made the world”
His Radiance: “And he is the radiance of His glory”
His Being: “And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature”
His Administration: “…upholds all things by the word of His power”
His Sacrifice: “…when he had made purification of sins”
His Exaltation: “He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
I found this to be a powerful display of the entirety of Christ. By being an heir it demonstrates that the world was created for Christ, yet at the same time it was created through and by Him. He sustains with the world with his power by “upholding all things by the word of His power” because of the sacrifice he made for us on the cross. His perfect life, which results in an unblemished human sacrifice, allowed Christ to complete his work and to assume the inheritance that is rightly his. When Christ sits, it signifies that it is finished and that we should worship the “exact representation of [His] nature”. Our lives are (hopefully) not close to being completed, which further testifies to our need to represent the one whom we have been been baptized with in death and brought with into newness of life.
MacArthur sums up this passage very well, so I will end with a quote.
Here we have God’s portrait of Jesus Christ. We have seen the preeminent Christ in all His offices. We have seen him as prophet, the final spokesman for God. We have seen Him as priest, atoning and interceding. We have seen Him as King, controlling, sustaining, and seated on a throne. This is our Lord Jesus Christ.
Preeminent indeed. Pretty cool, huh?