Hebrews – Msg #04 “This Unique Speaking of God in His Son”

God’s Unique Speaking In His Son

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I. The Law and the Everlasting Covenant (00:00)

  1. Explanation of the mediator’s role in the Covenant, which is Christ (1 Timothy 2:5)
  2. Comparison of the Covenant with the law and its role in the salvation of humanity (Galatians 3:24-25)
  3. Discussion of the structure and nature of the Everlasting Covenant that God made with Christ, which is distinct from the Mosaic Law (Hebrews 7:22,)

II. The Purpose of the Law (05:10)

  1. Analysis of the relationship between the Law and the Everlasting Covenant (Galatians 3:17-18)
  2. Explanation of how the Law was a progressive revelation of God’s plan and a preparation for the Gospel (Galatians 3:23-25)
  3. Discussion of the Law’s purpose as a means of disqualification for humanity (Galatians 3:10-11)

III. Abraham and the Promise (13:10)

  1. Analysis of the significance of Abraham’s faith in the Everlasting Covenant (Romans 4:20-22)
  2. Discussion of the relationship between Abraham and Christ (Galatians 3:16)
  3. Explanation of the promises made to Abraham by God (Genesis 12:1-3)

IV. The Seed and the Everlasting Covenant (22:55)

  1. Analysis of the significance of the Everlasting Covenant in relation to Christ and its role in humanity’s salvation (Hebrews 9:15)
  2. Discussion of the relationship between the seed and Christ and how the Covenant was confirmed by Christ (Galatians 3:16)
  3. Explanation of the promises made to the seed, which is Christ, in the Everlasting Covenant (Genesis 22:18)

V. The Inheritance and the Good Land (30:35)

  1. Analysis of the role of the church as the fulfillment of the promises made in the Everlasting Covenant (Ephesians 1:18-23)
  2. Discussion of the relationship between the Inheritance and the Good Land, which are both symbols of the promises made in the Everlasting Covenant (Hebrews 3:7-4:13)
  3. Explanation of the significance of the Inheritance and the Good Land in relation to Christ and humanity’s salvation (Hebrews 9:11-15)

VI. Implications (40:20)

  1. Implications of the discussion for understanding the relationship between the Everlasting Covenant, Christ, and humanity’s salvation (John 14:6)

VII. The Covenant with Abraham (33:92)

  1. Abraham’s faith and righteousness
    • “And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6)
  2. God’s covenant with Abraham
    • A covenant between God and Abraham’s Seed, which is Christ.
  3. The significance of the covenant
    • The covenant, being unilateral, and made while Abraham was asleep, reflects his passive role – no conditions on Abraham for its fulfillment. Abraham was justified by faith, and this faith related Him to the seed, which is the Heir, Christ. (Romans 4:3, Hebrews 6:13-15, Galatians 3:16)

VIII. The Davidic Covenant (35:05)

  1. The prophecy of Nathan
    • Nathan prophesies that a descendant of David will establish a kingdom and a throne forever. (2 Samuel 7:12-16)
  2. The significance of the covenant
    • The Davidic Covenant is critical because it establishes the promise of a kingdom and a throne that will last forever, and it is fulfilled in Christ. (Hebrews 1:5, Revelation 3:7)
  3. The fulfillment of the covenant in Jesus Christ
    • Christ is a descendant of David and fulfills the prophecies of the Davidic Covenant, including having a throne and being called God. (Matthew 1:1, Acts 2:25-36, Hebrews 1:8-13)
    • The Church participates in the heavenly aspects of Christ’s inheritance as the Seed of David, where she is seated with Christ in the heavenlies at the right hand of God (Eph 2:6; Col 3:1-4)

IX. The Speaking of God in Christ (44:12)

  1. The character of God’s speaking
    • The speaking of God in Christ is different from how he spoke in the past, and it is more weighty, glorious, and authoritative. (Hebrews 1:1-2)
  2. The radiance of his glory
    • Christ is the radiance of God’s glory, and his speaking changes the atmosphere of our hearts. (Hebrews 1:3)
  3. The impress of his substance
    • Christ’s speaking works himself into us as a weight of glory, infusing himself into us. (2 Corinthians 4:6-7)
  4. Access to God’s speaking
    • We can access God’s speaking by knowing how he speaks and by heeding his voice, which brings us into rest and satisfies our souls. (Hebrews 3:7-8, Hebrews 4:3, John 6:35)

Topics for Further Study

  1. Everlasting Covenant
  2. Mediator
  3. Mosaic Law
  4. Abraham’s faith and righteousness
  5. Seed and the Everlasting Covenant
  6. Inheritance and the Good Land
  7. Davidic Covenant
  8. Speaking of God in Christ
  9. Gospel preparation in the Law
  10. Church as fulfillment of promises in the Everlasting Covenant

Test Your Understanding

  1. Who are the parties in Everlasting Covenant?
  2. How Does Paul argue for (or against) a relationship between the Everlasting Covenant and the Mosaic Law?
  3. What is the purpose of the Law?
  4. What is the significance of Abraham’s faith in the Covenant?
  5. Who is the seed in the Everlasting Covenant?
  6. What is the role of the church in relation to the promises made in the Covenant?
  7. What is the character of God’s speaking in Christ?

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