Heb.12:28,29 – Since we are receiving our rights to an unshakeable kingdom we should be extremely thankful and offer God the purest worship that delights his heart as we lay down our lives in absolute surrender, filled with awe. For our God is a holy, devouring fire!
The book of Hebrews is all about producing a supernatural perseverance in God’s people that they will be able to stand tall in the toughest of times. Paul places Jesus as our example in the beginning of this chapter. He told us, “looking only at Jesus, the originator and perfecter of the faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Jesus is not only our inspiration to endure until the end, He is actually the source of life. He will finish what He started in us. When we look to Jesus we see Jesus taking His place at the right hand of God yet at the same time continuing in His humility. Even in His glorified state He humbles Himself to serve. In this passage we see the fruit of Christ actually working in our lives. Check out how Brian Simmons explains it.
“The Greek word paralambano is often used in classical Greek literature for heirs who have the “rights of succession” (to a throne).
The Aramaic can be translated “We have received grace to serve and we please God in awe and tender devotion.”
So look at the contrast of who we are becoming described in this verse. Apparently we have rights to thrones in the kingdom of God. Jesus even said we are seated together with Him in heavenly places. At the same time, like Christ, because of our heart is bursting with gratitude we offer our hearts in worship and in service to the Lord. Amazingly we reign with Him and function as servants to serve with Him at the same time. So we are absolutely kings and priests, a royal kingdom chosen to display His glory in this dark world. At the same time we are servants of all. This is like no other kingdom on this planet. It is in the humility and authority of Christ that the kingdom of God is put on display in this life.