TIME & PLACE: 17/02/08 ELBC
THEME: A SUMMATION OF CHRIST
P/S: E.C. CAN SEE THE SUMMATION OF CHRIST
T/S: BY UNDERSTANDING 3 SUMMATIONS CONCERNING HIM GIVEN BY THE WRITER SET FORTH IN THE TEXT.
INTRO: Last week I preached the message entitled “A Testimony Found in the Scriptures” basically covering what Christ is from Genesis to Revelation. Well as I was doing some studying this week in Hebrews, a book that makes Christ the Superior theme of the entirety of the book, I came across a phrase or statement that the writer of Hebrews makes after the first 7 chapters of the book. We find this statement at the beginning of chapter 8 and verse 1“Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum:” The writer in Hebrews begins to make a summary if you will of several of the things he has already discussed.
Hebrews as I have said before is a tremendous book in regards to teaching us, and those it was written to, the truths concerning the Types and Shadows of Christ in the Old Testament economy and His Superiority to them in the New Testament. Hebrews is an excellent book as well to help us to better understand the excellence that we have in our Great High Priest...Christ. I want to quickly look at some aspects concerning the book of Hebrews possibly highlighting the books greatness briefly by way of introduction to get us headed in the right direction for the thought I want to deal with this morning revolving around this statement made in Chapter8:1.
First off I would like to say that Hebrews is a book of Better things. It is much better for us now to have the fulfillment of what was pictured in the OT. And the real thing is always better than a shadow.
1. There is a Better Person- Christ Ch1-6; He is better
a. Than the prophets 1:1-3
b. Than the Angels 1:4–2:8
c. Than Moses 3:1–4:7
d. Than Joshua 4:8-16
e. Than Aaron 5:1-10
2. There is a better Priest – Christ Ch7-10
3. There is a better Promise – Ch9-11
4. There is a better Place – Heaven Ch12-13
This book is also a book of Better Not.
1. Disregard His Word 2:1-4
2. Doubt His Word 3:12, 13; 4:11
3. Depart from His Word 6:4-6
4. Despise His Word 10:26-29
5. Disagree with His Word 12:25
So we see that Hebrews teaches us that Christ is Superior than the shadow in that He offers us a Superior Person, a Superior Priesthood, a Superior Promise and a Superior Place than what they had. Those things were only there to point us towards the fulfillment of Him when He would fulfill the promises of God. Which brings me back to Chapter8:1“Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum:” I want to if I can this morning look at 3 summations that the writer draws in this passage concerning the Preeminence and Excellency of Christ, preaching on this thought.....THIS IS THE SUM. Paul takes a short break in his exaltation of the Superiority of Christ to sum it up, if he can, in 3 basic summations.
I. THE PARTICULARS OF HIS MAJESTY vs1-5
Note: I think many times we as believers forget that Christ is actually at work and continuing on a ministry that He started from the foundations of the world. All things are on time and going as He sees fit in the scope of His Majesty and Sovereignty! We just need to see it and come to the same summation that Paul has.
A. THE STRENGTH OF ITvs1a“who is set on the right hand”
B. THE SEAT OF IT vs1b “of the throne”
C. THE SPHERE OF IT vs1c “in the heavens”
D. THE SANCTUARY OF IT vs2 “A minister of the sanctuary”
E. THE STIPULATION OF IT vs3-5
1. In the Ordination “For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices”
2. In the Obligation “wherefore it is of necessity”
3. In the Offering “that this man have somewhat also to offer”
4. In the Operation “For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest”
5. In the Object vs5
Appl: Do you see His Office and the Majesty of it. If not you may not know Him or you may not be as interested in it as you are with other things.
II. THE PROMINENCE OF HIS MINISTRY vs5-6a
A. BY THE FORM OF IT “See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.”
B. BY THE FULFILLMENT OF IT “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry,”
C. BY THE FAULTLESSNESS OF IT “by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”
Appl: I reckon as Paul stated as to the Christ, He is Prominent in His Ministry. Do you feel that He is or are you utilizing something else to make it in the day we live?
III. THE PROFITABLENESS OF HIS MEDIATION vs6b-13
Note: As Paul has shown us in the preceding chapters and then concludes in chapter 8 Christ is much more Profitable in His Ministry than were those that were His Shadow.
A. IN ITS SUPERIORITY - To Replace vs7
B. IN ITS SUBSTITUTION - To Redeem vs8-11
C. IN ITS SPECIFICS - To Reconcile vs12-13
Note: Jesus Mediation is much more Profitable than you or I can even comprehend. I think sometimes we forget that Chp 4 and verse 14-16is in the Bible.... Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Appl: Have you come to the same summation that Paul the writer has if not today would be a good day to.
Inv: Hymn 119 “Jesus Paid It All”