Hebrews 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
This chapter is an amazing tribute to the Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom all things are, and through Whom exist. Here we see His majesty, and His exaltation. We see His Lordship, and His deity. We see His position as King, at the right hand of majesty.
Tucked in middle of the chapter is a verse that gives an important, unchanging attribute of Christ. It is a characteristic that made Him Who He was and is. It is a characteristic of which we would do well to learn. The verse says, “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity…” And because of this, He has been anointed with oil of gladness. Because of this, the Father exalted Him higher. Because of this, He is far above “His fellows”.
In this day and age of tolerance, I’m afraid that many Christians have lost our holy hatred for sin. We are taught to “hate the sin, and love the sinner”, and we MUST. But we must not muddy the waters and soften our position or our disdain for sin. It is sin that nailed Jesus to the cross. It is sin that tears marriages apart. It is sin that leaves families and children broken and brokenhearted. It is sin that ruins preachers. It is sin that leads the young person astray. It is sin that leaves scars. It is sin that leaves regrets. It is sin that lifts one up before he falls.
In a day where sin is placed on a pedestal, on the prime-time screen, and lifted up all over the land, might we as God’s people not lose our holy hatred for sin. Might we not buy into the “tolerance” for sin that is pumped. I believe we cannot truly love the sinner without a proper hatred for the sin. If we will be like Christ, and conformed into His image, we’ll learn the proper balance of loving righteousness, and hating iniquity.