Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Hebrews 1:3 study notes part 3

Oops--it's been about 2 1/2 weeks since part 2.

These are adapted from a study I was part of about 5 or 6 years ago. They are intended as a starting point for study.
For context here is Hebrews 1:1-4
In this part we'll look at the 4th point from the original thread.
He (Jesus)made purification of sins.

A full study of this is outside of the scope of these notes, but it would be a valuable study to embark upon.

This involves the Atonement and Justification. The Atonement is for all believers, and was once for all. He saved us by His life (Fulfilled the Law), His death (Penalty of sin-death), and His resurrection (Defeated death). Justification is an event. God is outside of time but He works inside of it; at a specific time we are justified-it is complete.
This is expressed in 2 Corinthians 5:21 “He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

This points towards sanctification, which is a process of being saved from the power of sin. Also in the picture is glorification, in which God's people will be saved from the presence of sin. Sanctification is on going until we go to be with the Lord. Even the thief on the cross in Luke’s gospel showed sanctification. He stopped blaspheming Jesus and defends Him. Glorification is a future event--but is so certain for the believer that Paul refers to it in the past tense in Romans 8:29-31.

So what are the implications for believers?

We are saved by Christ from the penalty of sin, being saved from the power of sin, and will be saved from the presence of sin. We owe it all to Him. There is no way we can do it ourselves. This goes back to 2 Cor. 5:21, and it applies to all believers, not just some.
Our proper response ought to be obedience to His Word, reading and meditating on His Word, worship, living a godly life (which includes serving others, and humility.
We should do these things in response to God's favor, not to gain it or to keep it.

For the unbeliever the implication is that they not saved, meaning they are still in their sin. Unless they repent, they will be damned for rejecting so great a salvation. (Hebrews 2:1-4)

The escape here is from God's wrath & judgment.

May that thought be sobering to unbelievers.

(My main references for this study were-John Owen's Commentary on Hebrews, Matthew Henry's Bible Commentary, and Kenneth Wuest's Hebrews translation & commentary. I also referenced study notes in The MacArthur Study Bible & the New Geneva Study Bible, (Which is now called the Reformation Study Bible.) Any deviation I have made from these is my own fault.)


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