I started Hebrews yesterday. Here is another way that we can emulate the Lord. Hebrews 1:9 reveals the fruit of loving righteousness and hating lawlessness: the oil of gladness. It is the fruit that emulates the Lord.
As I thought about this, I realized something I had not considered before. We too can love righteousness and hate lawlessness. However we cannot live in sin (lawlessness) and love righteousness. They are like oil and water.
The Greek for lawlessness is iniquity, disobedience, and sin. We are born with a lawless nature. Ephesians 2:2 says that we walked according to the course of this world, and we were under the control of satan. We remained lawless until we accepted Jesus.
Let me quickly take you back to Genesis 2:7. Connect that now with 2 Thessalonians 2:8. It says, “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.”
The breath that gave Adam’s dust life, is the same breath that will consume the antichrist! Hebrews 10:31 says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
Is the fruit of the Spirit evident in your life? It will be when you love righteousness and hate lawlessness. This is a great barometer for us. When the oil of gladness is missing, it is time to search our heart for sin. Some thought has pulled us off course.
After David confessed his sin, Psalm 51:8 says, “Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice.” Psalm 21 was written by David. Verse 6 says, “For You have made him most blessed forever; You have made him exceedingly glad in Your presence.”
Psalm 100:2 says, “Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 says that He sings over us with gladness. Note that gladness is associated with His Presence.
Job sat in sackcloth and ashes when satan attacked his body. He was silent in mourning. Repentance for salvation is recognizing that our sin was against God and mourning over it. The gospel is the Divine exchange.
Isaiah 61:3 says, “…to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” The chains of sin were broken, freeing us to freely praise Him!