SYNOPSIS – The New Testament applies the plans of the rulers of the nations to destroy the Son to the conspiracy to slay Jesus – Psalm 2:1-6.
The second Psalm is a key messianic prophecy applied frequently and consistently to Jesus by the New Testament. But according to its authors, precisely when did he fulfill the predictions from the Psalm? Has the Messiah been installed already on the throne of David or is this prediction still waiting for a future fulfillment? What about the “rage” of the nations against Yahweh’s “anointed one”? Is it a prediction about a yet future assault against Jesus or his people?
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In Revelation, the exaltation of the lamb is based on his past Death and Resurrection, the immovable foundation of his present reign.
The sacrificial death of Jesus and his consequent exaltation are prominent in Revelation, for His death and resurrection form the book’s foundation. God’s plan to redeem humanity and the creation through His messiah is unveiled in its visions, and the death, resurrection, and the enthronement of the “Lamb” put it into action. His exaltation is the result of his faithful obedience and sacrificial death.
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Having achieved the purification of sins, the Son inherited a vastly more distinguished name than the angels – Hebrews 1:4-2:4.
The Son achieved the “purification of sins,” and thus, he qualified to “sit down at the right hand of the majesty on high,” where he continues to reign as the high priest of his people. And through his sacrificial victory, he also inherited the “more distinguished name,” namely, “Son,” the one who has surpassed even God’s mightiest angels in status and honor.
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The epistle to the Hebrews presents the exaltation of Jesus, His elevation from suffering and death to sovereignty over the Cosmos.
Threaded through Hebrews is the theme of the elevation of the “Son” from a lowly to an exalted state. His rise to sovereignty was through his obedient death and subsequent resurrection. In his sufferings, he was “perfected,” and God vindicated his obedience when he resurrected him, and then exalted him to sit at the “right hand of the majesty on high.”
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