Daily Plumer – Hebrews 1:1-7 – Proofs of the Divinity of Jesus Christ – No. 8 – He is Exalted on High

“The divinity of the Lord Jesus is no less certainly established, H. By his exaltation to the right hand of God, v. 3. Every step in this glorious exaltation demonstrated his divinity. He was ‘declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead,’ Rom. 1:4. See the author’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans on this place. Compare Acts 13:32, 33. By his resurrection, his truth and his innocence were established, for a good God would not work a miracle to establish the claims of a mere pretender.

Then his ascension to heaven and the manner of it incontestably proved his divinity. The account of it is short, and the even as seen by mortals was somewhat veiled, but the angel who spoke to the disciples compared it to his coming to judge the world, Acts 1:11. There never had been such thrills of joy in heaven as on the day of Christ’s ascension. It was grand indeed, and that angel found not its parallel but in the general judgment.

Then Jesus went to heaven, not as an angel returns from his errand of mercy, nor as the soul of a redeemed man returns to God, but on reaching heaven he took his seat on the right hand of the Majesty on high. Elsewhere it is said, he sat down with his Father on his throne, Rev. 3:21. Hawker: ‘Paul in one scripture and Peter in another made this return of Christ to heaven as the most complete answer to all the accusations of hell and the sinner’s conscience; yea, to all the demands of God’s law and justice on account of sin. “Who,” saith Paul, “shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died; yea, rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God,” Rom. 8:33-39, as much as to say, What fears can now arise to distress the Lord’s redeemed ones? God the Father hath received him at the heavenly court, and said unto him, “Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool,” Ps. 110:1. And Peter, following up the same blessed truth with a rapture of holy joy and triumph, tells the church that “Christ is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities being made subject unto him,” I Pet. 3:22…Jesus would never have returned to his Father, had his work been unfinished. He hereby proved that he had by himself purged our sins.’

There in the very glory which he had with the Father before the world was he liveth for ever and ever, his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation, and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? Thus in the space of two verses by eight distinct arguments the apostle proves the divinity of the high Priest of the Christian profession.”

(These hopefully daily remarks come from William Swan Plumer’s 1872 commentary on the epistle to the Hebrews.)


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