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sermon: Hebrews (Part Five): Who Was Jesus?

John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 29-Jun-19; Sermon #1495; 69 minutes

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The Book of Hebrews is essentially a treatise that catalogues the qualifications of Jesus Christ as our High Priest at the right hand of God. Written specifically for the Church, this document emerged out of countless reflections, producing a dramatic announcement that the archegos, the Captain of Salvation, would bring many sons to glory. We learn that Jesus Christ (1) is the only begotten Son of God, (2) has already been appointed heir of all things, (3) is the Creator of all things, the Life-giver everywhere, (4) has the brightness of God's glory, in no way inferior to His Father, (5) is the express image of God's person, giving mankind an insight of God's nature, (6) has purged our sins by giving His life, and (7) has repositioned Himself at the right hand of God. We, along with the witnesses of the Transfiguration, must listen to Him as our Heavenly Father has commanded. The Father has called us; Christ has been shaping us to become members of the 144,000, (1) having the Father's name written on our foreheads (that is, having the mind of God), (2) singing a new song possessed by no other people, (3) not defiled by false religion, and (4) following the Lamb, not deviating from His leadership. What Jesus did with the apostles for 3 ½ years, He is doing with us, giving us sit-down lessons followed by life-experience practicums.

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