The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
The Superiority of Our Lord Jesus Christ
 
(Part 2)
By Michael Zaucha

 

 

“Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause He is the mediator of the new (covenant)” (Heb. 9:11-15).

 
 
While it is true, that God had indeed spoken to the fathers by His prophets, God is now speaking in these last days by His Son (Heb. 1:1), who by virtue of His Very Person, is much more superior even to God’s holy prophets and angels (Heb. 1:2-13), with His message much more excellent than theirs, for Jesus’ words are a more sure word of prophecy. And this is what is vital to the building up of God’s people: sure things, things that can neither be shaken nor moved; things which are accepted and approved of God. These are the only things that are sure. In these last days, God has only One Spokesman, a Superior spokesman, by whom He will judge the world by the very words He has spoken (Jn. 12:47-48).
 
Jesus is also much more superior to the first covenant, that covenant which was written on tables of stone, for Jesus Himself is the covenant God gave to His people (Isa. 42:6; 49:8), which means, if you have Jesus, you have all the promises made to Him by the Father. The new covenant is a better covenant which is established on those better promises the Father made to the Son (Heb. 8:6). For the new covenant is effective in all who believe, being made able to the obtaining and partaking of the promises of God by the people of God. In the new covenant, all the promises of God in Christ are effectually working in every believer, working in you that which is well pleasing in God’s sight, through Jesus Christ (I Th. 2:13). In Christ, we are partakers – NOW – of the promises of God. This obtaining of the promises was impossible under the old covenant for it was weak through the flesh. But Jesus is much more excellent and superior in every way to the old covenant. There is no weakness in our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Jesus is much more superior to the devil, in that by the death of Jesus, the devil was rendered powerless, in that Jesus delivered those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives (Heb. 2:14-15). Jesus spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it (Col. 2:15). If Jesus accomplished all this by His death-and He did- how much more will He do in His endless life at the right hand of God? While the world promotes the superior power of the devil, the reality is: one little word of Jesus will fell him.
 
And Jesus’ High priesthood is much more superior to even that of Aaron’s priesthood in its effectualness, longevity, glory and power. For the very best, the very pinnacle of the success of the Aaronic priesthood, would culminate in one single day, and that day only once a year, when the high priest – and him ALONE – would enter into the Most Holy Place. The High Priesthood of Jesus Christ is much more superior than that of Aaron’s, for the gospel reveals that Jesus is set down (in the place of preeminence and permanence) at the right hand of God (Heb. 12:2) – not only for a single day, but as an High Priest forever (Ps. 110:4), and Jesus IS bringing MANY sons to glory (Heb. 2:10).
 
The Epistle to the Hebrews – as is the spirit of the Gospel - continues in the revelation of the excellencies and superiority of Jesus Christ, in that having accomplished the work God gave Him to do on the earth, Jesus obtained those very things He was sent for by God. Of which things the Scripture reveals: the remission of sins (Acts 10:43), the mercy of the Lord (Rom. 11:30-31), an eternal inheritance (Eph. 1:11), the promises of God, a name which is above every name (Heb. 1:4), a more excellent ministry (Heb. 8:6), a better resurrection (Heb. 11:35), a rest for the people of God (Heb. 4:1-11) and an appointment as high priest unto God (Heb. 5:1-5). And the good news, brethren, the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ reveals that these things were obtained by Jesus
for us (Heb. 9:12), and Jesus did it by the sacrifice of Himself. The sacrifice of Jesus was so potent before God that it moved everyone that believeth in Him from the realm “with men this is impossible,” into the realm of receiving, and partaking and walking in them. 
 
The gospel reveals that which Jesus obtained - is for us, and these were the things that God desired to give unto His people, but – because of sin - we couldn’t obtain them - but Jesus could, for He had no sin (II Cor. 5:21; I Pet. 2:22; I Jn. 3:5). All these things are necessary to life and godliness and holiness, without which no man shall see God, so they must be obtained, but we couldn’t, but – praise God - Jesus did! Therefore, there is absolutely nothing that is necessary unto the eternal redemption that Jesus has not obtained for us. Jesus didn’t miss a thing! 
 
Jesus was chosen of His Father for this very reason because He would not fail in that which the Father sent Him for (Isa. 42:1-4). So there is nothing for us to add to what Jesus has obtained for us, rather we are to receive and partake of those things Jesus obtained for us. We are to receive the atonement; we are to receive the promise of the eternal inheritance (Heb. 9:15), we are to labor to enter into the rest that Jesus has obtained, not to partake of one of our own making. We are to cease from our own works, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For there is no other rest approved of God other than the one Jesus obtained for us.
 
Let us continue to be a people who, with insightful knowledge of the only True God and Jesus Christ whom He hath sent, give thanks and praise unto our God. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
1

"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).