God's Provision to Come into His Presence

Jesus – God’s Great Savior – Hebrews 2

 

Hebrews is about God's provision to come into His presence. Jesus is God's provision to come into His presence. Through faith in Jesus it is possible to come into and live in the presence of God.

When you go to court there is a lot of mulling around until the court is in session. Then the bailiff says, "All rise," and announces that the court of the State of New York presided over by judge so and so is in session. Everyone in the court room is instructed to turn off their cell phones and is expected to be quiet and attentive. Everyone in the court room stops their conversation and rises in reverence. The room is instantly quiet as the judge walks in. Everyone remains standing until the judge sits and gives them permission to sit also. The judge brings the gavel down and the court room proceedings begin.

The courtroom itself has a presence. In the courtroom there will be a decision of guilt or innocence; people will be set free or sentenced to punitive incarceration. Sometimes life or death is decided. The courtroom is the place where justice will be enforced and victims compensated. There is a presence in the courtroom of seriousness. Lives are impacted by what transpires in the courtroom.

There is a presence of the presiding judge in the courtroom. The judge is the one in control. Each action in the court must seek the permission of the judge. Lawyers present themselves before the judge. Juries are selected. Evidence is brought to bear. Juries hear the evidence and render their decision, but it is all in the presence and guided under the authority of the judge. As the cases on the court calendar are called it is the judge who orders the conversation and gives people permission to speak or tells them to be quiet. The judge is the one who decides whether objections made by the lawyers are sustained or overruled. The authority, appearance, mannerisms, charisma, knowledge, wisdom and the experience of the judge give a sense of presence in the courtroom.

There is a presence that lawyers have. Whether or not there is a team of lawyers or a single lawyer gives a sense of presence. Lawyers make their presence known with the way they dress and the manner in which they move. Their presence impresses or falls flat based on their charisma; their ability to present their case for or against the accused. They make their presence known with a look into the a jurist's eye and an effective illustration. Are they quick witted or dim witted? Are they able to counter argue? Do they communicate effectively? Whether or not what is said is seen as credible or influential is to a great extent based on the presence of the lawyers.

Defendants have a presence. If they are accused of some horrific crime or terrible act there is a presence about them. They are dressed up to present themselves in the best possible way.  The presence of a smile or snicker or some other gesture at the wrong moment during the presentation of case evidence could go far in determining guilt or innocence. There is a presence about them that invites the question Did they do it? Could this person have done that? Are they guilty or innocent? Are they being framed or are they truly guilty?

Witnesses have a presence. The way a witness dresses, their facial expressions, whether or not their voice is steady or nervous and whether or not they convey conviction about their testimony gives off a presence. The value and weightiness of an expert witnesses testimony is determined by their presence. Uncertainty in response to a question, being caught in a mistake or lie, a look and demeanor of ineptitude or mastery of information all give off a presence about credibility. 

Later on in the book of Hebrews it will state, "And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). God by nature is a Just Judge (Psalm 7:11; Deut. 32:4). The Father has entrusted authority to Jesus as presiding judge over judgment (John 5:22). This is because Jesus, based on His atoning cross work and resurrection, is alone worthy to open the scroll of judgment (Rev. 5). Jesus is also the Advocate for those who have received Him as Savior and Lord by faith (1 John 2:1-2). Satan is the accuser and the one who will be bringing damning accusations against the sinner (Rev. 12:10). The Bible speaks of a Judgment Day that all people will experience. Think of the solemn sense of God's presence on that day and at that time.

Our judgment comes at the point of death. We will be judged as to where we stand with Jesus. Did we or did we not receive Him as Savior and Lord? The answer to that will determine our eternal destiny. There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). All humanity falls short and is guilty of sin (Romans 3). Jesus offered salvation and innocence in place of such guilt through faith in Him (Rom. 5:1ff.). But those who persisted in rejecting Him and who die in their sin will be pronounced guilty and without excuse; they will be sentenced to eternal death in a place called hell (Romans 6:23). Those who did not trust in Jesus as Savior will come before God's Great White Throne for sentencing and will be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11-15). Those who have received Jesus as Savior have a security of eternal life, but will come before the Judgment Seat of Christ to determine their rewards based on how they lived in Christ (2 Cor. 5:9-10; cf. also 1 Cor. 3:9-12; Hebrews 6:10). Think of the holy presence of God during judgment.

We should all be thankful that "mercy triumphs over judgment" (James 2:13). To be guilty of sin and to come into the presence of God the Holy Just Judge in our guilty sinful state is truly a fearful thing. Later in Hebrews it will say as much: "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Hebrews 10:31). God's presence if a fearfully imposing thing when approached without Jesus. But thanks to God and His provision in Christ we need not fear the presence of God as Judge. Because of His provision in Jesus we can look at God's presence as a shelter and secure place. In Christ the presence of God is welcoming not intimidating. In Christ the presence of God is where we get grace to help in time of need.

What makes the presence of God so incredible awe inspiring, precious, and humbling is the cost God expended to make a way for us fallen sinners into that holy presence. In the opening chapter of Hebrews Jesus is revealed as better than the angels and in fact is "the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and . . . [seated] at the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus is the Second Person of the Trinity; Creator; Sustainer; equal with God; God in the flesh. And with that supreme revelation of Jesus in mind we enter chapter two where it will describe the incredibly gracious salvation that God offers us in Christ. That God in Christ humbled Himself to work out our salvation as described in chapter two, should make us all bow reverently in the presence of God.

Hebrews 2 (NKJV)

 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.

The "Therefore" is a causal connector of what has preceded in chapter one with what will now follow in chapter two. In light of what has been established and affirmed about Jesus in chapter one the appropriate response for the reader is "we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away."

The book of Hebrews was written to Jews who had accepted Jesus as their promised Messiah or Savior (e.g. Gen. 3:15; Psalm 22; Isaiah 53). The issue being addressed was that these Jewish believers in Jesus were in danger of drifting from Jesus and all His fulfillment of the Law and sacrificial system back into a religious system of ceremony and legalisms. When the Temple or synagogue ceremony  presented itself the danger was that they would be lured away from Jesus to rely on and again take up such ceremony and ritual as their means of salvation. The message of Hebrews is that Jesus fulfilled  the Law and sacrifices and ceremonies. They continued to be appreciated for their foreshadowing of Jesus the Messiah, but they are not to be depended upon as something additional to faith in Jesus for salvation. The old ways were tugging at the heart of Jewish believers in Jesus. They were in danger of being lured into a Jesus and religious stance rather than seeing that salvation was to be received as a gift of God's grace through faith alone in Jesus; nothing more; nothing less. This is a temptation to Jewish believers in Jesus to this day.

"Lest we drift away" (Greek pararrhyeo) means to flow by, let slip, to glide by, pass by, slip away. The imagery here is nautical. A fisherman would relate very well to this. "The picture is one of a ship slipping by its anchorage in a protected harbor." [1]We should be careful to stay anchored to Jesus and the salvation offered in Him. If we aren't careful we can let loose the tether lines and drift off course. Jesus is our dock, our anchor, and we shouldn't allow inattentiveness or a lack of appreciation for what has been given to us in Christ to result in us drifting away from Him.

Jon Courson comments:

            Cognizant of this concept [i.e. drifting away], there were three symbols used by the early church: One was a fish, symbolic of the acronym for Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior. Another was a boat because the disciples were fishermen before Jesus called them to            be fishers of men. But the most common symbol was an anchor. In early Christian             drawings and literature, the anchor is seen more than the fish or boat.

      And the anchor, although not popular as a symbol to us today, is still a concept vital for    us. You see, most of us are not in danger of plunging into the sea of carnality. This week,       next month, or in the upcoming year, most of us are not going to be tempted to become     murderers or drug addicts. So, too, the writer of this Book was talking to a group of   people who were not only Christians, but Hebrews with a religious tradition and heritage.             And he says, “The danger is not plunging into the ocean of perversity, but rather drifting away almost imperceptibly.”

 

      Like the Hebrews, we have heard the Word. We believe the Word—and yet perhaps the   anchor that was once firmly set in the rock of Scripture is no longer tethered to our boat      in the way it once was. Why? It could be because of busyness. Or it could be because of a       problem with carnality. But let me suggest to you what I think is the primary reason   people like you and me who love the Lord, who’ve been in church, who have a spiritual             heritage and tradition drift: familiarity. . . .

 

      “You should    go there,” we say. “You should plug in,” we insist. But when asked if         we’re going to come, we say, “Well, I’ve been down the Main Street of Matthew a          bunch of times already. I’ve strolled through the Tomorrowland of Revelation on             numerous occasions. I don’t need to go. I’m familiar with the story. But you should go.       You should plug in. Me? I’m all for it, but…” Familiarity—that’s the problem. . . .

            Whenever we’ve seen the sights of Genesis or strolled the streets of Matthew, we can       say, “I don’t need to go to Bible study. I know the stories; I’ve heard the applications.”          And, not taking earnest heed unto the Word, we can drift our way to the [edge of the         Niagara] falls, wondering how we got there.

      Or—we can say, “I know the Scriptures; I’ve heard the sermons; I’ve sung these songs     over and over. But I get to talk to the King as the message unfolds; I get to ask for       forgiveness as I am convicted; I get to give thanks for grace and mercy as I am    instructed.” That’s what makes devotions come alive. That’s what makes church services            meaningful. That’s what makes us come to this place year after year. Not ritual—but             relationship; not cruising through the kingdom, but talking to the King. . . . any man or      woman who comes to their private devotions or corporate worship with the single intent           of talking to the King will never find time spent with Him a discipline, an obligation, or a burden. It will be the delight of their lives. . . .

      There are two types of people at Bible studies: those who give earnest heed, drop the        anchor, and say, “I’m engaged in this service; I’m a part of this song; I’m embracing this      message”—and those who sit and drift. Precious people, none of us can afford to drift.         God wouldn’t say, “Be careful. Sink your anchor into My Word,” if we didn’t need to   heed it.[2]

 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward,

The first or Old Covenant was delivered from God to Moses by angels (cf. 1:4). And under this Old Covenant a just death penalty for "transgression" (Greek parabasis - willful breaking, willful disregarding, willful violation of law) was enforced.

how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation,

The New Covenant came directly through God in Christ to humanity, not through angels. It is therefore superior and greater than the Old Covenant.

"Escape" (Greek ekpheugo) means to flee out from, escape, seek safety in flight. Therefore, if under the lesser Old Covenant a death penalty was justly enforced, how much more shall a penalty be enforced on the sinful who disregard this greater provision for salvation in Christ that God has provided? This is a rhetorical question; no one will escape who neglect such a great salvation.

"Neglect" (Greek ameleo) means to be careless of, make light of, neglect, be negligent of, have no regard for. To neglect, care less of, or have no regard for what God has done in Jesus on the cross is the one unforgiveable sin (i.e. The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit - Matthew 12:22; Mark 3:22-27; Luke 11:17-23; cf. also Rev. 16:9-11). One commentary explains:

            If the Mosaic covenant firmly fixed the death penalty and it was mediated only by angels,            what about the penalty for neglect of the new covenant which has been established by the       Son who is himself God, eternal, unchanging, righteous, the Creator, and the sovereign           Judge? If the greater message is neglected will there not be a greater penalty? The words         are emphatic—those who live in this final age of human history when God himself was     revealed in the Son—how shall they escape? Those who neglect the message of the Son    face a fate worse than physical death; they will endure the spiritual death of eternal     torment and separation from God. The description of Revelation 14:11 is graphic: "And       the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor        night." Jesus spoke more about hell than all of the apostles and prophets combined. He,      the Lord, brought this gospel message, and His words were attested by eyewitnesses.[3]

What makes this New Covenant in Christ so great?


which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord,

First, this great salvation in Christ is great because God in Christ Himself delivered it. The Lord Jesus humbled Himself to take on human flesh and then even acted with a servant's heart (compare Phil. 2:5-11). So great is this salvation that God did not entrust it to angels but Himself in Christ delivered and fulfilled it.

and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

Second, this great salvation in Christ is great because it is confirmed by eyewitnesses. This great salvation is not based on unattested miracles or in isolation from others. This great salvation was delivered out in the open for all to see for themselves. This great salvation is verifiable and real. The New Testament is based on eyewitness accounts. It was "confirmed" (Greek babaioo) or established, made firm, confirmed, made sure by witnesses such as "those who heard Him."

God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles,

Third, this great salvation in Christ is great because God Himself bore witness to it with supernatural evidences. "Signs" (Greek semeion) are supernatural indications, wonders, evidence of the hand of God. "Various miracles" (Greek dynamis) refers to various examples of mighty works attributable only to God at work, the evidence of the power of God at work, a miraculous working of God. A miracle is something that defies and transcends the natural outworking of nature.

John the Baptist asked Jesus, "Are you the Coming One, or do we look for another?" (Luke 7:19). Jesus answered:

·         Luke 7:22 (NKJV) - 22 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them.

This is a description of God's great salvation in Christ.

and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

Fourth, this great salvation in Christ is great because it provides powerful spiritual gifts of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit convicts the sinner of their sin and need of a Savior (John 16:8-11). The Holy Spirit testifies and reveals Jesus to us (John 15:26; 16:13-14). The Holy Spirit is the One who gives us spiritual life in the second birth (John 3). The Holy Spirit is the One who pours God's agape love into our heart (Rom. 5:5). The Holy Spirit is the One who bears spiritual fruit and development in and through us (Gal. 5:22-24). And the Holy Spirit is the One who distributes spiritual gifts to believers so they might serve and be a part of God's plan to win the lost, disciple the saved and build up His bride the Church (1 Cor. 12-14; Romans 12; Eph. 4).

For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying:

“What is man that You are mindful of him,

Or the son of man that You take care of him?

7     You have made him a little lower than the angels;

You have crowned him with glory and honor,

And set him over the works of Your hands.

8     You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”

For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.

 

Fifth, this great salvation in Christ is great because it identifies the great sin problem of humanity; eviction from the presence of God due to sin. These verses speak of angels and fallen humanity, not Jesus. (Notice the capitalizations of the pronouns. When Jesus is referred to by pronoun the pronoun is capitalized.) God hasn't put the world in subjection to angels (2:5). Humankind has been made by God. It is a little lower than the angels (2:7a). God has crowned humanity with glory and honor (2:7b). God has delegated authority of this world to humanity (2:7c-8a; cf. also Genesis 1:28). But at present we see a world in which humanity has relinquished authority to the devil. This is because of the sin of Adam and Eve to listen to and follow the tempting words of the devil-serpent rather than obey God (cf. Gen. 3).

 

God created humanity in love. He designed the perfect environment in which human beings could experience His joy and abundant life. The first humans were blessed by God with everything they could possibly need or want. Best of all, the Garden of Eden was that special place where Adam and Eve could walk in the presence of God and fellowship with Him. It was a sweet existence. But enter the serpent and the first temptation and our first parents turned from Other to themselves. They weren't satisfied with fellowshipping with God, they wanted to be "God." And so they disobeyed their Creator, neglected and failed to appreciate the great blessings from God and rebelled in sin.

 

The consequence of this fall into sin was that industry and the joy of work became labor, the joy of procreation became a pain, relationships were severed between God and humans and the marital relationship was greatly hindered. Death entered the human gene. But worse than all of this was that human beings were expelled from the presence of the Lord. Sin distanced people from God. The sense of security that comes from the Lord was lost. The joy of the Lord and promise of pleasures at His right hand was lost (e.g. Psalm 16:11). Yes, the cancer of sin that infected the human being has wrecked a great deal of havoc and pain. But God who is merciful and longsuffering and above all holy in love, has provided by His grace a solution to this sin problem and its losses.

 

Humanity has lost a great deal and needs a great salvation to restore what has been lost. The sin of our first parents led to their eviction from the presence of God (Gen. 3:23f.). This eviction from the presence of God has been passed down to subsequent generations of humanity. Sin is the cause of this separation (e.g. Isaiah 59:1-2). This is where Jesus comes in.

 

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

Sixth, this great salvation in Christ is great because its focus is on Jesus and God's gift of salvation by grace. This great salvation is great because it focuses on Jesus. Humanity proved inept and unable to live in the presence of the Lord in the Garden of Eden. Losing the opportunity to live in the presence of the Lord is a huge blow to humankind. This is the problem  of humanity. What is the solution?

The solution to humanities' sin problem and being barred from God's presence is Jesus. " But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, . . . " Jesus Himself became a man, willfully choosing to humble Himself and become, like humans, "a little lower than the angels." Then, in this humble state of humanity, Jesus fulfilled the redemptive plan of God to solve the human sin problem. Jesus incarnated, "for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone." This is an incredible statement.

The greatness of the salvation provided in Christ is seen in the distance travelled by Jesus from His sovereign reign at the right hand of the throne of God to a place a little lower than the angels as a man. And we see the substitutionary "suffering of death" of Jesus who came so that He, "might taste death for everyone." The consequence of sin is separation from God's presence (Gen. 3:23). This results in spiritual death (Eph. 2:1-3). Death is the hard labor wages of living outside God's presence (Rom. 6:23). The penalty for sin is death. The solution is that Jesus died for us.

 Jesus died in our place. When we trust in Jesus as Savior, that His atoning death is the basis for us to seek and ask God's forgiveness for our sins, then we by faith can receive that forgiveness based on the atoning death of Jesus. And this selfless sovereign supreme act of Jesus is offered to "everyone"  "by the grace of God," as a free gift received by faith.

What is or should be our response to such a great salvation? Should we ignore it, drift from it, or fail to appreciate it? No! Our response should be to see that Jesus is "crowned with glory and honor." Praise the Lord for such a great salvation plan. Praise the Lord for such an incredible gift of His grace. How could anyone neglect such a great salvation or even procrastinate or hesitate to trust in Jesus as Savior? No! A thousand times no! Praise Jesus and crown Him with honor and glory!

10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Seventh, this great salvation is great because it unveils the heart of God and brings many to glory. Here we see the heart of God and extent of His love for us. From the foundation of the world God in His foreknowledge saw all that would transpire with His creation, including the cost of redeeming it from sin, and judged, "it was fitting for" Jesus to suffer vicariously for the sinner (cf. Heb. 4:3).

 

Jesus is "the captain" (Greek archegos) the chief leader, author, prince, one who takes the lead. Jesus is the Trailblazer of our salvation. Jesus pioneered our salvation. Then it states of Him, " of their salvation perfect through sufferings." This doesn't mean something was added to Jesus, it simply means that because He suffered it makes Him the "perfect" Captain for us since we can go to Him knowing He understands and empathizes with our sufferings.

 

 Jesus suffered on the cross in ways that mere human finite minds will never be able to comprehend. He experienced separation (e.g. Mat. 27:46; Mark 15:34; and Psalm 22:1). Jesus suffered to the point of death on the cross. Because of Jesus experience of suffering He is the One who we can go to in times of suffering and receive compassion, strength, wisdom, and an empathetic word.

 

11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying:

“I will declare Your name to My brethren;

In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”

13 And again:

“I will put My trust in Him.”

And again:

“Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.”

Eighth, this great salvation in Christ is great because it brings us together with Jesus into the worshipful presence  of God. Jesus is the one "who sanctifies." "Sanctifies" (Greek hagiadzo - Present/Active/Participle: sanctifying) means to make holy, to be separated from the world to God. Jesus is the One who at our initial sanctification, or when we receive Him as Savior by faith and are born again, He washes the muck of the sinful world off of us. He does this with His blood (1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7). Then there is an ongoing sanctification as we walk with Him by faith in life and grow in our spiritual life. His followers are the ones "being sanctified" (Greek hagiadzo - Present/Middle/Participle - are being sanctified). The grammars of both these words indicate a process.  Sanctification involves a lifelong process. This process of sanctification will continue until we pass from this life to the next. [4]

 

The greatness of this salvation in Christ is that we are one with the Sanctifier Jesus. " He is not ashamed to call them brethren." We might take that for granted from our end. But from Jesus perspective this is a great condescension; the holy with those who are so frequently unholy. Our holiness and righteousness is imputed to us in Christ (e.g. 2 Cor. 5:21). And as mentioned there is a sanctifying process in life that is imparted to us as we walk with the Lord. But Jesus puts His arm around us and draws us into the worship service of the Lord.

 

Jesus brings us into the worship service before God and declares our name in this assembly. “I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.” We are often beset with sins. The enemy seeks to bring our sins before us to discourage and drag us down. Jesus reaches down and lifts us up. Can't you hear Him saying, "Here they are Father; My brethren. All You have given Me. We enter in to Your praise." Oh, what a glorious thought and comfort. How could anyone neglect this? It's beyond me that some do.

14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.

Ninth, this great salvation is great because it defeats the devil and his fear of death. Because we are "flesh and blood" Jesus "shared in the same." He did this "that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil." The devil is defeated! The devil is defeated! The devil is defeated! At the cross of Jesus the devil was defeated!

 

The power of the devil is described as "the power of death." The devil had the power of death in that because of sin he had a just basis to accuse sinners of sin and that they deserved death as a sentence. But Jesus has removed the basis of such a claim by dying on the cross in our place. Jesus has made a way that the sinner could be "release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." It is the devil who incites fear of death. In Christ we need not fear death any longer.

 

Do you fear death? Are you bound by a life dominating fear of death? Do you see death as a great black hole of uncertainty. Do you see death as a hole in the ground? Does it make you claustrophobic? Well, whatever form of the fear of death you might have, Jesus through His death has removed any basis for such fear. Fear of death is from the devil. If you fear death turn to Jesus and put your faith in Him. He will walk you through your final hours. Jesus died so that we might experience "release" (Greek apallasso) or deliverance, removal of, freedom from the fear of death.

 

While Jesus work impacts the entire universe including angels, it wasn't for angels that He primarily did this. He did it for humanity; for you and for me. Thank You Lord!

17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

Tenth, this great salvation is great because it satisfies all that the priesthood was ever meant to fulfill. Jesus defeat of the devil and death involved "Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren." This is so "that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God." A priest is a go between. Jesus as God represents perfectly God to humanity. Jesus as perfect representative Man is able to represent humanity before God. Jesus as Priest is Mediator.

As Priest Jesus prime role is "to make propitiation for the sins of the people." "Propitiation" (Greek hilaskomai) here means Jesus satisfied all that the Old Covenantal priestly sacrificial system symbolized. What the Old Covenant foreshadowed the New Covenant in Christ has completely fulfilled. Later in Hebrews we will see this as Jesus is stated to be both High Priest as well as sacrificial Lamb (Heb. 9:14 and 5). All the hard work of the High Priest has been finished by Jesus. All the blood spilled by the sacrifice lamb has been fulfilled by the Lamb Jesus. The just wrath of God deserved by every sinner has been diverted to fall on Jesus on the cross.

And very practically, because  Jesus, "He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted." Jesus our High Priest is an empathetic Confidant. When we are tempted or tested we can go to Him and be assured He understands our plight. This expresses the intimacy of personal saving relationship we can experience in the presence of Jesus.

The salvation God has worked out in Jesus is great. It is great because Jesus is a Great Savior. This salvation in Christ covers all the bases, is completely sufficient in every respect. We don't have to nor should we try to add in any way to the great salvation God by grace has provided for us in Jesus. This great salvation provides us with incredible opportunity to know God and walk with Him in Christ. The more we dig into and explore the depth of this chapter the further and further away we should distance ourselves from any possibility of drifting from such a great salvation. One day we will all stand before God. I pray none who have read this will ever be accused of neglecting this great salvation we have been given by God's grace in Jesus Christ.

 

 



[1] Complete Biblical Library Commentary - The Complete Biblical Library – Hebrews-Jude

[2] Courson, J. (2003). Jon Courson’s Application Commentary (pp. 1459–1460). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Complete Biblical Library Commentary - The Complete Biblical Library – Hebrews-Jude.

 

[4] There is a sense in which we won't be "perfected" in this life. There will always be deeper levels of spiritual development to go through. But there is a sense in which we can be perfected in this life in terms of being completely and fully surrendered to this process of sanctification - cf. Phil. 3:12-14).