Once For All

The Letter to the Hebrews highlights several aspects of the Son of God, especially his priesthood and sacrificial death. In doing so, the stress falls on the permanence of his priestly office, and the non-repeatable nature of his sacrifice. In his death, he “ achieved the purification of sins ,” and therefore, he now intercedes “ forevermore ” for his people as their faithful and sympathetic High Priest. Moreover, his unique sacrifice dealt with sin permanently, “ once-for-all .”

The Purification of Sins

A key point of the Letter to Hebrews is the victory of the Son on behalf of his people, and his exalted position at the “ right hand ” of God as their High Priest “ after the order of Melchizedek .” He alone secured what none of his predecessors did or could. Through his self-sacrificial death, he “ achieved the purification of sins ,” then he “ sat down ” in the “ true and greater Tabernacle ” in God’s very presence where now he intercedes for his saints.

Unlocking God

Jesus of Nazareth, the Logos become flesh, is the one who unveils the mysteries of God. Only he is qualified to reveal the nature of the “ unseen God .” In him, all the promises of God find their substance and fulfillment. He is the interpretive key that unlocks the Hebrew Scriptures and provides the correct understanding of prophecy. This is especially so in the Book of Revelation where it is the sacrificial  “ Lamb ”  who reigns over all things from the Divine Throne.

God has Spoken!

The Letter to the Hebrews exhorts believers not to abandon Jesus when difficult times come by emphasizing the superiority and finality of what God has accomplished in His “ Son .” The word “ spoken ” in Jesus is superior to the earlier and preparatory revelations provided “ in the prophets .” The Letter does this by comparing the Levitical system with its incomplete provisions and repeated sacrifices to the “ better ” priesthood and “ once for all ” sacrifice of the “ Son .”

His Present Reign

The New Testament links the enthronement of Jesus to his death and resurrection by applying key messianic texts in the Hebrew Bible to him. He qualified to rule over all things because of his faithful “ obedience unto death ,” and this fact God confirmed and vindicated by raising him from the dead. Not only did his Father resurrect him, but He also seated him “ at His right hand ” where he now reigns supreme over the entire Creation.

Kingdom or Christendom?

In popular usage, the English term ‘Christendom’ refers to “that part of the world in which Christianity prevails,” either because most of the citizens of a nation claim to be Christian, or because a specific church or denomination is recognized by the State as its official religion. Thus, the nation becomes identified as “Christian,” it is one of the “Christian nations” of the world as opposed to the less enlightened non-Christian nations and cultures.