God is real and very tangible; He is not a figment of our imaginations. God wants everyone to be able to access Him but the reason He hides Himself such that some feel He is non-existent is because He is holy and cannot behold iniquity. Man has fallen into gross darkness and must be delivered before he can access God.
The first Adam and the last Adam had their striking differences but also had things in common. The first Adam was made a living soul while the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. The first Adam, by reason of his frame, could have dominion over the works of God’s hands because they were things from which he was made. Adam was made a little lower than the angels and the world to come was not given to him to have dominion over. The world to come is a promise for the man that will overcome.
The book of Hebrews is a wonderful picture of what we cannot physically see, as yet. Although this event of the sitting of our Lord on the throne could not be seen by us, it had been prophesied over and over in the Old Testament. The beginning of the gospel in Acts of Apostles also acknowledged His seated position at the right hand of the Majesty on High. This chapter both paints the position of Jesus and separated Him from other dominions. It showed us that whereas these thrones are heavenly, the throne of our Lord is more heavenly.
The demand of the hour is that we heighten our obedience. The agenda of God is being made so clear so that we would neither run with uncertainty nor fight as one who beats the air (1 Cor. 9:26) but walk circumspectly as wise (Eph 5:15) and end up in the right destination. One of the clear instructions that have been handed over to us this year is to do the will of God on earth as it is done in heaven. Jesus, in teaching the disciples how to pray, taught them how not to pray. We are not to pray as orphans or the heathen knowing fully well that God cares about our needs.
Prophetic characters can be very interesting. For instance, there is such an accurate parallel between the descent of Jonah and his prayer in the belly of the fish with the prayers of Jesus in Hell. The prayer of Jesus prevailed from Hell to the highest height of heaven and, by reason of this, the glory of the Father went to Hell. The day the glory of the Father raised Jesus from the dead, Hell lost its potency and dread. It was not only the body of Jesus that was raised; He was raised in His spirit, soul and body because death ravaged those compartments. This is according to the prophecy of scriptures that says He was made an offering for sin (Isaiah 53:10)
God’s eternal power is righteousness. This means righteousness is the origin of divine power. God neither faints nor is weary because His power is righteousness. The righteousness of God is understanding as well as wisdom. God’s “all-knowingness” is tied to His righteousness. This power is what God wants to give to man. This is why the Bible says, “He gives power to the faint and to those who have no might He increaseth strength” (Isaiah 40:29). The unveiling of God’s righteousness is the giving of God’s power to man.
The vision has to be written to enable one run purposefully. This passage captures the vision of God, which is to bring in everlasting righteousness. Without this everlasting righteousness being brought in, the most holy cannot be anointed. This speaks of the oil of gladness which Jesus was anointed with (Heb. 1:9). The most holy is one who has journeyed to a place where the oil of God could be poured upon Him. While the apocalyptic calculation of the weeks is not the essence of this prophecy, we must understand that this pertains to the church more. It is a sad development that many ministers have gone into trying to find God’s will through Israeli calendar, feasts, among others.
The oil of gladness is God’s kind of anointing; it is the anointing of God. This oil is a conveyor of gladness and this is what makes it peculiar. God anointed Jesus with the oil of gladness because He loved righteousness and hated iniquity (Hebrews 1:9). This shows us that what God loves is righteousness. Righteousness can be believed and it can be loved but one cannot love righteousness without first believing in it. The entirety of God’s workings from the beginning to the end is righteousness.
That the Bible says our Lord was “tempted in all points like as we are”, it means there are points of temptation. While it is true that there is no temptation we have faced that He had not faced in the days of His flesh, these “points of temptation” speak of a peculiar kind of temptation which our Great High priest is equipped to provide help against. Normally, temptations are borne of the lusts of men for it is written, “Every man is tempted when he is drawn by his own lusts and enticed” (James 1:14), but this particular kind of temptation is that which is supervised by Satan.
God is speaking clearly about salvation. Not understanding the program of God, people have remained carnal. This is so because they do not understand what the gospel is all about. It is lack of understanding God’s agenda for man that makes men place greater premium on technological advancement than they do on salvation. We have a lot of men talking nowadays who know nothing about God’s original intention. The essence of Jesus’ birth is to save. His birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension is for the sole purpose of salvation.