The same author with the same audience and the same aim as in his Gospel begins his second volume, dealing with the continued acts of the risen Jesus by his Spirit through his apostles. Luke sets out his work and its scope, both connecting with his Gospel and continuing from it, showing that there was no ceasing of Christ's doing and teaching with his death, but rather—by his proven resurrection and subsequent ascension—he continues to do his Father's will as the kingdom comes.
How do God's people know that they are accepted with Him? Leviticus 9 looks forward to the evening sermon on the coming Lord's Day. In these twenty-four verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that God shows His people that they are accepted with Him by receiving their sacrifices, pronouncing His blessing, and displaying His glory.
We have heard over the last 8 weeks or so about soft-hearted listening to the word of God. Today, if you will hear His voice! That phrase from Psalm 95 echoes through Hebrews 3 and 4. Well, the author has wound up his discussion with a reminder of the penetrating word of God, a word that cuts and exposes and pierces. But now he moves to the positive side of that: listen to the word, because it tells you of something joyous, something wonderful. It tells you of a sympathetic high priest, and urges you to come to Him for grace to help in time of need. In a nutshell, today's sermon says this: because your high priest has passed through the heavens, hang on to Him; because He sympathizes with your weaknesses, draw near.
KEACH'S BAPTIST CATECHISM, Q. 31:
THE EXALTED CHRIST
QUESTION 31. Wherein consists Christ's exaltation?
ANSWER. Christ's exaltation consists in his rising again from the dead on the third day, in ascending up into heaven, in sitting at the right hand of God the Father, and in coming to judge the world at the last day. (1 Cor. 15:4; Acts 1:11; Mark 16:19; Acts 17:31)
SUMMARY: "In accomplishing, or executing the Decrees of God, Christ must first suffer. This suffering servant, upon completing that humbling work, must then reclaim His position as King over the world, and heir of all things. In doing so, we see Him able to "gather all things together in one, in Himself."
I. EXALTED IN THE RESURRECTION.
II. EXALTED IN THE ASCENSION.
III. EXALTED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER.
IV. EXALTED AS KING AND JUDGE IN THE LAST DAYS.
How does YHWH honor His priests and teach the people to? Leviticus 7:22–38 looks forward to the evening sermon on the coming Lord's Day. In these seventeen verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that YHWH not only reserves His own portions, but leads His people in designating for the priests a specific portion from what is the people's.
What does YHWH especially reserve for His priests? Leviticus 6:8–7:21 looks forward to the evening sermon on the coming Lord's Day. In these forty-four verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that YHWH reserves for His priests that which is made most holy.