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“True faith takes its character and quality from its object and not from itself. Faith gets a man out of himself and into Christ. Its strength therefore depends on the character of Christ. Even those of us who have weak faith have the same strong Christ as others!”

~ Sinclair Ferguson,  The Christian Life

(HT: Tullian Tchividjian @ The Resurgence)

“Since the letter to Hebrews specifically urges Christians to ‘fix your thoughts on Jesus’ (Heb. 3:1, NIV; cf. 12:2), it should not surprise us that the author describes Him in more than a dozen different ways. Jesus is:

  • “Son” (1:2)
  • “Lord” (2:3)
  • “Apostle and High Priest” (3:1)
  • “Christ” (5:5)
  • “Source of eternal salvation” (5:9)
  • A priest “according to the order of Melchizedek” (7:11)
  • A descendant of Judah (7:14)
  • “A Minister… of the true tabernacle” (8:2)
  • “The Mediator of the new covenant” (9:15; 12:24)
  • “The same yesterday, today and forever” (13:8)
  • “The Great Shepherd of the sheep” (13:20)

But perhaps the most intriguing title for Jesus in the letter is ‘author’.  He is called the ‘author… of salvation’ and the ‘author… of our faith’ (Heb. 2:10; 12:2, NIV).”

~ Sinclair Ferguson, In Christ Alone, 29

“Jesus’ body bore our sins on the tree, and it was a horrible, bloody, fatal, and physical reality.  The New Testament tells us this to underscore the extent of the servant’s service on our behalf (cf. Phil. 2:5-11).  Not only did he take the form of a man and humble himself to wear the garb of a servant, but he also became obedient.  He even became obedient unto the ghastly death of the cross for our sakes.  We see that the whole point was to emphasize how full, complete, and extensive was the servant’s obedience to the Father on our behalf.  Even when his body is marred beyond human semblance, he bows himself down and says, “For the sake of the salvation of sinners, my Father, let your will be done.”

~ Sinclair Ferguson; Christ, the Sin-Bearer, in Atonement, 113-114