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Are You Entering Heaven Tonight?

“The ministry of the high priest under the Old Covenant belonged to the holy of holies, where he alone could officiate, and so the ministry of Christ belongs to heaven, where He alone can be a priest.” (Geerhardus Vos, “The Priesthood of Christ in Hebrews,” Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation, p. 160).

“The contemplation of Christ’s greatness in verse 14 [of Hebrews 4] might lead people to have lofty ideas of Him as One who could not have any feeling for them; there­fore the author goes on to assure them: ‘For. . . we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. . . .’” (Geerhardus Vos, The Teaching of the Epistle to the Hebrews, p.102).

(Preparing for a joint service this Sunday evening, with Trinity Presbyterian Church, OPC, joining Grace United Reformed Church in their building. The text is Hebrews 4:14-16, and the message focuses on the ascension of our Lord, expounded in Lord’s Day 18 of the Heidelberg Catechism.)

from… into… away… to….

ascend1c-5“In coming to the world He came forth in such a sense from the Father that He did not leave the Father behind; and . . . on leaving the world, He goes to the Father in such a sense that He does not actually for­sake the world. For He came forth from the Father because He is of the Father; and He came into the world, in showing to the world His bodily form, which He had received of the Vir­gin. He left the world by a bodily withdrawal, He proceeded to the Father by His ascension as man, but He forsook not the world in the ruling activity of His presence.”
(St. Augustine, Homilies on the Gospel of John at John 16:28)

This evening’s Bible study at Trinity Presbyterian Church focuses on the last part of John 16. The prepositions used in John 16:28 are important!