Hebrews 8:1 – 3; Hebrews 2:11 – 13
I have no thought of explaining these verses but I just want to speak of the exceeding greatness of the fact that there is a circle of things where the Son of God is the Minister, where the only voice that is heard is the voice of the Son of God. In that circle there is no room for our needs — it is a circle of love where the Father’s name is made known. If we really accept it, our souls cannot settle down with anything less. That the Son of God is the Minister of the sanctuary gives us a great thought of the assembly; He is the Minister there. Some people object to one-man ministry; I do not, provided you have the right Man! There is only one Man to minister to the Father. “It is needful that this one also should have something which he may offer” It is a wonderful thing to see that there is a Man, the blessed Son of God, who takes the place of Minister to the satisfaction of the heart of His God and Father. He has taken that place and in that place He has His brethren associated with Him.
Beloved brethren, it is that Man, the blessed Son of God, who has taken that place. The wonderful thing is that we should be brought into association with Him, with His ministry to His God and Father. He ministers to the satisfaction and joy of His God and Father, and we come in with Him. The way we are brought in we find in Hebrews 2He declares the Father’s name to His brethren; it is a wonderful thing that He has a company around Him. He can make known to them all that the Father’s name is to Him. It is a wonderful thing that He has a company to whom He can freely speak. He has so sanctified them by His death that He can freely declare the Father’s name to that company.
We can know the Father by the One on whom His affections rest. All the Father’s affections flow out to the Son. He comes out from the Father to make known to His brethren the Father’s name, and then He wants a response to it. How it takes us outside of the circle of our need! It carries us into the circle of the love of the Father. “That the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them”. That is what He wants.
Can we really say that by the blessed ministry of the Son we know something of what it is to have that love that rests on Him in our hearts? That is the first side. And then the other side, “In the midst of the assembly will I sing thy praises”. It is a wonderful thing! You get the outflow from the Father’s heart first — all that is in the Father’s heart comes out to us, declared by the Son — and then there is a return. And, beloved brethren, if it is the voice of the Son that declares the outflow, it is the voice of the Son that declares the response. He is in the midst. Have we thought of that? Have we been exercised about it? — that there is a place where there is but one voice heard and that the voice of the Son of God! It is not as if the Lord was in the midst of His saints as a separate Person, the Leader of the praises — a leader supposes others. It says, “will I sing”. There is only one Singer; He sings in the hearts of His brethren, there is but one voice; there is but one song. And what is that song? The response to love that He has made known. It is the natural response to the knowledge of the Father’s love. How much have our hearts known of that expanse of love? I feel I have hardly touched it. And, beloved brethren, what a wonderful thing the He should be in us, according to the last verse of John 17, “And I in them”! If we are His brethren He is in us. And where is the song, the response to the wonderful love that He has made known? I believe every bit of response to the knowledge of the Father’s love reaches Him by the voice of the Son. Have our hearts been put in tune?
What would such a company as that be to the heart of the Father! That is the worshipping company that the Father seeks. And it is the offering of the Priest, “Behold, I and the children which God has given me”. He offers the whole company of His brethren; He brings them into the holiest and He presents them all there. He has put His own song into their hearts and then He takes them in His hands, as it were, and presents them there for the satisfaction of the heart of the Father.
May we understand better what it is to be His brethren! On the one side, He declares the Father’s name; on the other, He sings the praise. But He does not sing without His brethren. He sings in the midst of the assembly, but He sings by putting His song into the hearts of His brethren. May we know a little better what it is to belong to that circle, for His name’s sake!
19 December 1897