Hello everyone and welcome back to Deeper Waters. There is a lot going on in the life of the Deeper Waters blogger. I have a need that I’m wanting God to supply and I am praying that it comes through. I will not tell what it is at this point, for God knows what it is. I just ask that my fellow Christians join me in this prayer. For now, let us continue our Trinitarian commentary. We are in the 10th chapter of the book of Hebrews and tonight, we’re going to be looking at verses 11-14. Let’s go to the text:
11Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.12But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. 13Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, 14because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
We are looking again at the superiority of Christ and how he is truly a greater high priest by his very nature. What we wish to emphasize is first off the statement that Jesus is waiting for his enemies to be made his footstool. The reference is one the Jewish audience would understand.
Ask yourself this question. What is the most quoted Old Testament verse in the New Testament? It’s Psalm 110:1 which reads as follows:
The LORD says to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.”
The idea is of the Messianic leader who will come and defeat the enemies of Israel and we know that this verse pointed to the deity of that ruler from our earlier looks at it. This is the passage that Jesus used to stump the Pharisees.
Yet look at verse 4 of this passage:
The LORD has sworn
and will not change his mind:
“You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek.”
This ruler would at the same time be a priest. His defeat of sin would also be the defeat of his enemies. Christ did not come to defeat Rome. He came to defeat sin. He came to defeat the gates of hell and the message of the gospel being spread is the enemies of Jesus being made a footstool for his feet.
This is the connection with the one sacrifice for all time making people holy. When people become holy, the forces of satan lose. Thus, when the gospel is preached to people and they become a part of the body of Christ, they are made holy. By the sacrifice of Christ, they are redeemed and Christ’s kingdom is spread.
Once again, we see the connection. The deity of Christ is essential in that it is because of who he is as Lord and as high priest both, that he can bring about a defeat of sin by the offering of his perfect sacrifice. If there is no deity of Christ, there is no holiness brought about. The blood of anyone else would be like a bull or a goat incapable. The blood of Christ is nothing like that and only by that can we be made holy.
We shall continue tomorrow.