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Saviourhood Shared With Christ

by Norman P. Grubb

You see, this wondrous Person Who is every office every aspect, is joined to me. He’s my Elder Brother. That expression doesn’t actually come in Hebrews but it says, “He is not ashamed to call us brethren,” so we get mighty near it in chapter 2. He is our Elder Brother, and so we see that One in all the various ways and work which He has performed for us, joined to us up there as the first among us, the first-born of the new creation.

And then, of course, we know that, of all the names given Him in Hebrews, the chief is “our Great High Priest.” That’s the name of all names. We all know that. That’s the central name, the central thought of the book of Hebrews—our Great High Priest. “Our Great High Priest Who is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God.” I love that familiar name. I don’t like the over-sensitiveness of the fundamentalists who always have to say “The Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Dear, oh dear my tongue would get tired if I always said that. I don’t believe in all that silly preacher-ism. He’s “Jesus” to me, Jesus the Son of God. I know of no name on earth so precious as the name of Jesus. “At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, of things in the heavens and of things in the earth,” as we know and as we said in our prayers just now.

And so it says, “That Great High Priest Who is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God.” That’s the One. That’s the One Who has made His living, His dwelling place in me, that’s what He is. Of course, there are those paradoxes of truth which the mind cannot contain, but the heart can, as I mentioned previously—the fact that He is in the heavens and in me at the same time. We both recognize and enjoy the wonder of His Holy Presence in us and at the same time we look up and see Him there. Those are both true. Or, the inconsistencies of time joining in eternity. So you find plenty of inconsistencies in the Bible—finitely but infinitely consistent. That is one of them.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Saviourhood”