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right hand of the Majesty on high”   His Work
        Greater Than the Priests               Where He is now seated proves con-
          One of the themes of the epistle to the   clusively that He completed the work He
        Hebrews is His superiority to the priests   came here to do. It is God’s demonstration
        of the Old Covenant, as far as both His   of His satisfaction in that work, and, as Pe-
        Person and His work are concerned. One   ter told the crowd at Pentecost, it contrasts
        such reference is: “Now of the things which   sharply with how the people of Jerusalem
        we have spoken this is the sum: We have   treated Him: “that same Jesus, whom ye
        such an high priest, who is set on the right   have crucified” is “by the right hand of
        hand of the throne of the Majesty in the   God exalted” (Acts 2:33,36, KJV).
        heavens” (Heb 8:1, KJV). He is the only   The writer to the Hebrews writes beauti-
        priest who is there.                 fully of His exaltation at God’s right hand
        Greater Than the Angels              as confirmation of His finished work.
          Being seated at God’s right hand shows   “Who being the brightness of His glory,
        that not only is He greater than the great-  and the express image of His person, and
        est of humans; He is greater than angelic   upholding all things by the word of His
        beings, as the Hebrew epistle also shows:   power, when He had by Himself purged
        “Better than the angels. But to which of   our sins, sat down on the right hand of
        the angels said He at any time, Sit on My   the Majesty on high” (1:3, KJV). “And ev-
        right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy   ery priest standeth daily ministering and
        footstool?” (Heb 1:4,13, KJV). The answer   offering oftentimes the same sacrifices,
        is, of course, to none of them – that is an   which can never take away sins: But this
        honor unique to His Son.             man, after he had offered one sacrifice
                                             for sins for ever, sat down on the right
        Greater Than all Authority           hand of God” (10:11-12, KJV). What lovely
          Much discussion has taken place over the   contrasts: “every priest” and “this man;”
        years as to the precise identity of “princi-  “standeth” and “sat down;” “daily” and
        palities and powers” and “authorities and   “for ever;” “offering … the same sacrifices
        powers.” However, one thing is certain:   (plural), which can never take away sins”
        the Lord Jesus being at God’s right hand   and “offered one sacrifice (singular) for
        shows He is greater than them all. “He   sins.” What a work! It is no wonder God
        raised Him from the dead, and set Him at   exalted Him to the highest possible place!
        His own right hand in the heavenly places,   We are reminded in this connection of
        Far above all principality, and power, and   the sublime words of Paul to the Philip-
        might, and dominion, and every name that   pians: “He humbled Himself, and became
        is named, not only in this world, but also in   obedient unto death, even the death of the
        that which is to come” (Eph 1:20-21, KJV);   cross … God also hath highly exalted Him,
        “Who is gone into heaven, and is on the   and given Him a name which is above ev-
        right hand of God; angels and authorities   ery name: That at the name of Jesus every
        and powers being made subject unto Him”   knee should bow, of things in heaven, and
        (1Peter 3:22, KJV).                  things in earth, and things under the earth;
          These Scriptures are all-embracive – He   And that every tongue should confess that
        is greater than all created authority, past,   Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
        present and future.                  Father” (Phil 2:8-11, KJV).

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