In the last section we read about how God had revealed Himself in the “last days”.
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name that they. Hebrews 1:1-4”.
The “last days” started at the time of the coming of Christ into the world. All the previous days God had spoken in part though the prophets. One can read in the Old Testament of many remarkable men who were used by God to speak to His people. These words included detailed prophecies of the One who was to come as the long-awaited Messiah. They give insights into his miraculous birth, the place of his birth, his exile as an infant, indications of his unique life, amazing descriptions of his cruel death, referring to methods of torture and execution unknown at the time of writing, and the promise of a second coming in glory following his bodily resurrection and ascension back into heaven.
But notice the one clause there that describes His reason for coming.
“When He had by Himself purged our sins”.
The reason for His coming was to deal with sin. Sin had to be purged away. Something had happened to cause God to become a Man, to leave the glory of heaven and do something amazing that would purge away sin.
Sin lies at the heart of the reason for the gospel of God.
We will think further about sin in Part 7 onwards.