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His Identification

by Norman P. Grubb

Now the second aspect of priesthood is identification. Holy commission. Identification. The introduction of priesthood into Hebrews is in the second chapter, where you are suddenly taken from the Son to Jesus. Now you have it! The first chapter tells us of the glorious Son, this Person Who is the exact image of God, the image of the invisible God. That’s the Colossians expression. It says here in Hebrews 1:3, “Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power,” and 2:12, “the heir of all things.” This One higher than all, higher than all, the Son, the Son.

Suddenly in chapter 2, verse 9, He’s just called “Jesus.” Because He’s identified now. He’s come down now. He’s identified. “We see Jesus Who was made a little lower than the angels . . . that He . . . should taste death.” The word “taste” is a queer one. It means flavor. It isn’t there talking about the effects or consequences of His death for us. It’s talking about the consequences, the effect of death upon Himself. It says that He flavoured the agonies of death for us. That’s identification.

And so you see this One Who did two things. He wholly gave up His own rights and He wholly aligned Himself up with us, right to death. That’s identification in priesthood. They are both profound

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Saviourhood”