His Distinguished Name

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 mediates as the high priest for his people. Additionally, he inherited a “more distinguished name,” namely, that of “Son.”

The letter to the Hebrews uses several comparisons to demonstrate the superiority of Jesus over all persons and things that preceded him. His priesthood, covenant, and sacrifice have completed what the Levitical sacrifices and rituals could not, and he has received even more honor and authority than the great lawgiver himself, Moses.

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Supremacy of the Son

The letter to the Hebrews is addressed to a congregation facing pressure from outsiders. Some members are contemplating withdrawing from the assembly and returning to the local synagogue. The letter presents arguments for why doing so will have catastrophic consequences.

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The crowds welcomed Jesus because of his miracles, only demons recognized him as the Son of GodMark 3:7-12.

The third chapter of Mark describes several incidents that occurred while Jesus was proclaiming the gospel in Capernaum. At one point, eager to see his healing powers, the crowd thronged him to the point it became necessary for Christ to speak from a boat along the shoreline. But in the middle of his preaching, demons began to declare that he was the “Son of God.”

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