Victory Through the Victor (continued)
The Son Is Also Heir
This vital truth has always called forth the greatest antagonism and the most venomous assaults of satan. Why? Let us see. The Son is also heir. No passage of Scripture unites in such perfection the Sonship of the Lord Jesus Christ with His Herirship as does:
Hebrews 1:1-3: God, having of old time spoken unto the fathers in the prophets by divers portions and in divers manners, hath at the end of these days spoken unto us in his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds; who being the effulgence of his glory, and the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had made purification of sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.
"The Son, whom he appointed heir of all things." Let us take this word literally as it stands and then see what it means. By the Father's own appointment the Son is to inherit everything that is the Father's. "All things that are mine are thine, and thine are mine," our Lord Himself said to His Father in prayer.
But why did the Son need to come into the inheritance of all things? Were they not already, yea, even always His because of His equality with the Father in the Godhead and because of His inherent right to them as Creator? This passage, together with many others, reveals Christ as the One by whom the universe was made and through whom it has been sustained through all the ages. Was not the entire universe and everything in it, material and human, the possession of the triune God by the eternal and inherent right of Creation and sustenance? An unqualified "yes" is the only possible answer to such a question.
But we have seen in our previous study that God has an enemy; yea, even a rival; one who sought equality with God; who revolted against God and set up a kingdom of his own; one who succeeded in gaining a a decisive victory in two initial battles, and by conquest based on intrigue gained dominion over both God's material and human creation. The kingdom of this world became satan's stronghold and all mankind became his bondslaves. Both must be restored to the Father.
To accomplish this the Son, in the eternal councils of the Godhead, offered Himself as the Restorer and the Redeemer. The offer was accepted, "The Word was made flesh." Having finished to the uttermost the work of redemption upon the Cross of Calvary, "He sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high." Hebrews 1:1-3 shows clearly that the Son's heirship is connected with His incarnate life and work, because of which the Father appointed Him to be the Heir of all things. What are these "all things" to which the Son is made Heir? Let Scripture answer.
1. The Nations and the Uttermost Part of the Earth (Psalm 2:7, 8.
2. Supreme Authority in Both Heaven and Earth (Matthew 28:18).
3. Absolute Pre-eminence and Power over All Celestial and Human Beings (Ephesians 1:21, 22; John 17:2).
4. The Church, a People for His Own Possession (John 17:6)
5. Power Over All Things Relating to Heaven, Earth, and hell (Philippians 2:10; Revelation 1:18
6. A Throne and a Kingdom over Which He Will Rule (Hebrews 1:8).
He is appointed Heir of all things. Heirship points forward to the end of all history.
The Eternal Son the Focus of the Eternal Purpose
The Son is the focal point of God's purposes of all the councils of the Godhead (Ephesians 3:11).
In God's thought and plan His Son is the Alpha and the Omega (Revelation 1:8); 22:13.
(continued with # 31)