Sermon #42†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† Hebrews Notes
†††† Title:†††††††††††††††††††† The Glorious Humanity
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Our Lord Jesus Christ
†††† Text:††††††††††† Hebrews 10:5
†††† Subject:†††††† The Perfect Manhood of Our Savior
†††† Date:††††††††††† Tuesday Evening --
†††† Tape #†††††††† W-24a
†††† Our text tonight will be Hebrews 10:5. The title of my message is -- The Glorious Humanity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Proposition: If the Son of God would be our Redeemer and Savior, it was necessary for him to become one with us one of us, God in our nature, Immanuel. -- Therefore, in order to redeem and save his people, a body was prepared for him.
†††† Let me repeat what I have told you often. It was not necessary for the Lord of glory to redeem and save anyone. The Triune God is independent and self-sufficient. He does not need us! There is nothing man could do to cause God to save him. But, having purpose to be gracious, having purposed to save a people for the glory of his name, the only way it could be done was for God himself to take humanity into union with himself.
[Hebrews 2:16-17]† "For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people."
†††† This is what is spoken of in our text. Let's begin reading at Hebrews 10:1. --
[Hebrews 10:1-5]† "For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.  For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.  But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me."
†††† "Wherefore" -- Because there was no other way of atonement whereby God could be both a just God and a Savior, whereby he could both forgive our sins and satisfy his own holy law and justice -- "when he cometh into the world," -- At that precise moment in time when the Son of God entered into Mary's virgin womb, as he was entering that holy thing prepared in the womb of the virgin by the Holy Spirit, -- "he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not," -- Because no sacrifice would do but the sacrifice of one who is both God and man in one glorious being, -- "but" -- because God found a way to save sinners in the person of his own dear Son, -- "a body hast thou prepared me." Because it pleased God, the great, glorious, triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to make an external manifestation of his divine glory, a body was prepared for his Son in the womb of the virgin by the Holy Spirit, a body which our blessed Savior gladly took into indissolveable union with himself.
[1 Timothy 3:16]† "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."
†††† This is, indeed, the great mystery of godliness -- God manifest in human flesh! As we consider this great mystery, the mystery of the incarnate God, let us do so with reverent, believing hearts. If Moses, when he stood before the burning bush, was required to take off his polluted shoes, how much more must we, as we stand before the incarnate God (of whom the burning bush was but a type), take off the polluted shoes of carnal curiosity, speculation, and reason! We must stand here, upon this holy ground, upon the bare feet of reverence and faith.
†††† J. C. Philpot wrote, "The sacred humanity of the blessed Lord consists of a perfect human body and a perfect human soul, taken at one and the same instant in the womb of the virgin Mary, under the overshadowing operation and influence of the Holy Ghost."
†††† This is the meaning of the angel's message to Mary. --
[Luke 1:35]† "And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God."
Divisions: I want to show you three things from the Scriptures about the preparation of our Lord's body.
1. A body was prepared for the Son of God in eternity, in the everlasting covenant of grace.
2. In the fulness of time, a body was prepared for the Son of God in the womb of the virgin Mary by the supernatural power of God the Holy Spirit.
3. Our Lord's incarnation is one of many things which assure us of the salvation of all God's elect.
I. A body was prepared for the Son of God in eternity, in the everlasting covenant of grace.
Our Savior was not a man before he came into this world. Neither his human body nor his human soul are eternal. Yet, his human nature was prepared by God in predestination, in the arrangements of the covenant of grace, before the world began.
[Psalms 139:13-16]† "For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them."
†††† The incarnation of our Savior has always been the purpose of God. I am convinced that when God made Adam in his own image and likeness (Gen. 1:27), he had in mind's eye that Man who, in the fulness of time would come, who would be "the express image of his person" (Heb. 1:3).
II. These words also reveal The Sure Salvation of Godís Elect.
†††† As the
Lord God prepared a physical body for our Lord Jesus Christ, in which he
fulfilled all righteousness and accomplished eternal redemption as the federal
Head and Representative of his elect, he has also prepared a spiritual,
mystical body for his Son as the Mediator of his elect and the Surety of the
†††† A. The Lord God prepared a body for his Son in eternal election.
†††† All the elect were chosen in Christ to be his body before the world began (Eph. 1:3-4). Christ was chosen to be our Head. And we were chosen in him. And the salvation of that elect body is as sure and certain as the exaltation and glory of Christ himself.
†††† B. This body has been prepared for Christ by the satisfaction of divine justice (Rom. -26).
†††† Godís chosen ones, before they could be brought into union with his Son, must be both redeemed from all sin and made perfectly righteous before the law. It is true, Christ himself has made us righteous and redeemed us to God by his own obedience and death. But the scheme of redemption was devised by the Triune God for the glory of Christ, that he might have a body of redeemed sinners for his praise (Job 33:24; Ezek. 16:62-63).
†††† C. And the church is a body prepared and made ready for Christ by God the Holy Spirit in regenerating grace (Eph. 1:20-23).
†††† In divine regeneration the Spirit of God gives each of Godís elect, those men and women redeemed by Christ, a new, holy, righteous nature. The righteousness of Christ has been imputed to us in justification. But the righteousness of Christ is imparted to us in regeneration. By making us righteous, sanctified, giving us to be partakers of the divine nature, God makes us a body prepared for Jesus Christ, his dear Son.
†††† Here are three reasons for faith in and praise to the Lord God our Savior.
1. His glorious humanity!
2. His accomplished redemption!
3. His almighty grace.