Christ is everything in God’s economy, and He is the Father’s beloved Son – all that God has the best and cares for the most is just Christ! This Christ is all-inclusive! In the Epistle to the Hebrews we see that Christ is the Author of our salvation(Heb. 2:10), the merciful and faithful High Priest(Heb. 2:17), and the kingly and divine High Priest(Heb. 5:6)! All these aspects of Christ are so rich and full of meaning! As the Author of our salvation, Christ is the Captain, the Originator, the Inaugurator, the Leader, and the Pioneer of our salvation! He cut the way into glory as the Forerunner, and now we follow Him in the same way! Jesus, as the Pioneer, the Forerunner, took the lead to enter into glory, and we, His followers, are taking the same way to be brought into the same glory, which was ordained by God for us(1 Cor. 2:7; 1 Thes. 2:12)! God has a great business – a great corporation – that is to bring many sons into glory! This is a “corporation of glory” and we are in it! When the divine reality is expressed through the corporate Body of Christ, there is glory! This glory is not something objective, outside of us, or apart from us – the glory into which we enter is something coming from within! God Himself shines from, through, and out of us to be the glory! This is God’s intention throughout the Bible – to have the divine being, the Almighty and Mysterious God, expressed through a corporate people in glory!
For this to happen, God became a man – and now this Man is in the glory as our Great High Priest! As the God-man, Christ is fully qualified to be our High Priest – and He is the Faithful and Merciful High Priest. In His divinity, Christ is the Faithful High Priest – we are not faithful but rather faithless, but He is faithful to save us to the uttermost! In His humanity, Christ is a Merciful High Priest, able to feel with us and have the feeling of our weaknesses. He understands us thoroughly – there’s nothing that He does not know! He knows all our problems and weaknesses – He became a Man to partake of sufferings in like manner. As such a High Priest, Christ made propitiation for our sins(Heb. 2:17) and now is ministering the heavens to us! He is ministering God to us, bringing God to us and bringing us to God! Also, Christ as the High Priest was appointed not according to the powerless letters of law but according to the powerful element of an indestructible life(see Heb. 7:16) which nothing can dissolve! This life is endless – it is the eternal, divine, uncreated life, and even the resurrection life, the life which passed through the test of death and Hades and came out in resurrection(Acts 2:24; Rev. 1:18)! By such a life, Christ ministers to us today as our High Priest – He is able to save us to the uttermost! [sharing inspired from Heb. 7:16 and note 1, the life-study of Hebrews msg. 9-10, and the Conclusion of the New Testament msg 370 / 372 – as quoted in the HWMR on The Central Line of the Bible; intro: Christ is the Author of our Salvation]
Lord, we praise You! You are the Author of our salvation – You are the Pioneer, the Forerunner, taking the lead into glory! You cut the way into glory and we are now following You into the same path and the same glory! Thank You for such a high calling and such a high destiny – we are to be Your expression corporately to express Your glory! Wow, Lord, amazing! Also, thank You Lord for being our High Priest! You understand us thoroughly and have the feeling of our weaknesses. You minister heavens to us. You are saving us to the uttermost. Amen, Lord, do it in us!
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