There is no such thing as progressive Christians; they are not Christians. Christ remains the same, so there is no progress to be made in morality or the doctrine of Christ.
Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-2; Colossians 1:9-20
- The preeminence and priestly office of Christ revealed in Hebrews must be understood in light of the books of Moses.
- Hebrew covers: Christ’s identity; Christ as our Priest; shadows of Christ in the law; receiving Christ by faith; and living for Him.
- Hebrews was probably written to a Jewish congregation which was tempted to move back into Jewish ceremonies.
- The letter was written before the destruction of temple and was received by the church as canonical, having apostolic authority.
- The reality of God and His perpetual activity is presupposed. God is not silent, refuting those who askWhere is God?
- God has spoken in a diversity of ways in time past, but He has now spoken with finality in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- This presupposes a unity in all of scripture. The whole counsel of God is consistent, whether He speaks through Moses, or the prophets, or through Christ.
- We have more revelation of God than Moses or Elijah had; we have a finished Word, i.e., the revelation of God in Christ.
- Everything is ratified in Christ; He is the fulcrum of all history and in Him a new age is inaugurated (1 Cor. 10:11; 1 Jn. 2:18).
- It is a waste of time to obsess with the events of the Middle East; we are to be active about the task given to us in Matthew 28:18-20.
- All who go beyond Christ are liars: there is no further revelation, there is no new gospel.
- The victory of Christ is what we apply in our lives and ministry.
- In the Age of the Messiah all things are shaken, and only what cannot be shaken (Christ’s kingdom) will remain (Heb. 12:28).
- Christ has been given all authority and an everlasting Kingdom (Daniel 7:14; Matt. 28:18; John 3:35; Eph. 1:10).
- There is no such thing as “progressive Christians”; they are not Christians. Christ remains the same, so there is no progress to be made in morality or the doctrine of Christ.
- The sign of the end of the ages means the inauguration of the Messiah-King, who rules every aspect of His Creation.
- If we do not take action in terms of the reign of Christ, we will remain fruitless and discouraged in our own wilderness.
- If Christ is preeminent, then we are to do all for the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). The salvation of souls is not primary; it is a bi-product of glorifying Christ in every activity of life.
- To be an heir means to get lawful possession. Christ is the lawful possessor of all things, and we are joint-heirs with Him.
- The role of Christ as a second Adam was to be the heir of all good things lost to man in the Fall; we enjoy the good things of God by right only when Christ admits us into His fellowship.
- Despite life’s struggles, we are blessed in Christ (2 Cor 4:7-10).
- In Christ we possess all things (Romans 8:16-18).
- Christ is the brightness of God’s glory. God is invisible to us until we see Him in Christ (John 14:7-9).
- Everything moves in terms of God’s decree toward its foreordained goal or end.
- Christ is already reigning and ruling, and we are to apply His Word to every aspect of our lives.
- Outline the uniqueness and supremacy of Christ from Heb. 1; Col. 1; Daniel 7:14; Matt. 28:18; John 3:35; Eph. 1:10.
- Why will we remain without victory in every aspect of our lives if we do not take the reign of Christ seriously?
- How can we live, breath, think in terms of the gospel of Christ?
- Why is it so important to recognize and apply the supremacy of Christ in education for our children?
- How will faithful Christian action impact society?
- What does it mean for us to be joint-heirs with Christ?
- What can we do manifest God’s reign in the world this week?