From the President
by President Niel Nielson, PhD
Welcome to another issue of The View! It’s always a delight to share with you some of the people and happenings of Covenant College, for your encouragement and prayer.
At the end of Hebrews 12, the writer has just concluded his extended argument for the utter superiority of Jesus Christ and his redeeming work over all other religious persons and pathways – greater than all the angels, than all the prophets, than all the priests, fulfilling a better covenant, offering a perfect sacrifice, bringing his people by his death and resurrection into an eternal kingdom.
Given the grandeur of this scriptural display of Christ’s glory, Hebrews 13:7 may come as a bit of a surprise:
Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.
Having exalted Jesus Christ with such exclusive praise, does the writer now undermine the force of his own argument by encouraging his readers to make their spiritual parents the focus of their faith and obedience?
The writer understands the gracious covenantal blessing of the generations: of one generation by God’s grace faithfully declaring the infinitely superior glories of Jesus Christ to the next, and then by God’s grace displaying the fruit of their faith in the “outcome of their way of life,” so that by God’s grace the rising generation would “imitate their faith” in both word and deed.
But this blessing comes not as a display of human glory but as yet one more demonstration of the superior, redeeming glory of Jesus Christ, for as verse 8 puts it,
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
As we celebrate in these pages the blessing of the generations through Covenant College – through alumni faithfully following God’s call in the legal profession and a multitude of other pathways; through our pre-law and master of arts in teaching programs equipping this generation of students for pursuing Christ’s glory; through excellent faculty scholarship that carries forward the long legacy of Christian intellectual endeavor; through campus developments built on the godly foundation of previous generations and intended for the service of future generations – we celebrate the superiority of Jesus Christ, preeminent in all things and in every generation, yesterday and today and forever.