Meditations on the Scriptures

Hebrews 1:1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say, “YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”? And again, “I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM AND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME”? 6 And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, “AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.”

The living God speaks in this world in His Son even today and will do so forever. It is Christ Himself that is the proclamation of God and His glory in this world and will do so to the end of the world and for eternity. It is through Christ that God made the world, thus it is said that He spoke and what He spoke happened. He created through His Word, that is, Christ. It was in and through Christ that He spoke and things came into being. Colossians 1:16-17 tells us that it was through Christ that all things were created, but also that all things were created for Him. John 1:3 tells us that all things came into being through Him and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. There are aspects of who Christ is and of His glory that cannot be separated from the creation of the world and the reason that it was created.

It is Christ who is the heir or all things, which is to say all created things. All things came into being through Him and for Him and as such He is the heir of all those things. It is the Lord Jesus Christ who is also the One who upholds all things by the word of His power (Heb 1:3). This is not what the Pharisees expected nor anyone else as far as that goes, but it is written in the Scriptures and that settles the issue. The Lord Jesus Christ reigns over all the earth and He upholds anything and all things that are upheld. He upholds the life of men and the very breath of men. He upholds what we think of as “natural laws” and He is the One that keeps all things hanging together. He is the One that not only was all things brought into being for but He is the One that keeps them in being according to His good pleasure.

When we consider who this Jesus really is, all talk of Arminianism and Pelagianism should cease immediately. If it was through this One that we were brought into being and it is this One who upholds all things by the word of His power, then any talk about the freedom of the will is nonsense. For a will to be free it must have the power and ability to carry out what it desires. But if Christ is upholding us each moment and upholding all things each moment by His power, then nothing can happen that He does not will to happen. When we think of John 15:5 and the words of Jesus that “apart from Me you can do nothing”, we should remember that we are upheld by Him in all ways at all times. We are in the hands of Christ both physically and spiritually. He is the author and the sustainer of our faith as well. He sustains us by free-grace and not because we earn His sustaining us or any part of His wonderful mercy and love toward His people.

How this should humble our proud hearts that want to look to self for something. How this should break our hearts from pride and self and move us to look to Christ for faith and all things based on grace and nothing else. As the King of old could not lower his arm after raising it until God permitted it, so we can do nothing unless He permits it. Our battle is not with flesh and blood as such, but we do fight with our own sinful hearts as they long to be free enough to do as they please. We should seek the Lord for Him to give us hearts that bow in humble submission and love it the lower the heart is in His presence.

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