God’s Final Word in His Son

Door B B Koster gepubliceerd in Theologie

Letter to the Hebrews

Hebrews 1:1-4

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.

The book of Hebrews is by far one of my favorite letters. Especially the first chapter I think is a fascinating work of work of art from the writer’s hand. However it is not my intention to dig deep into this letter but to wake up the interest of my brothers and sisters in the Lord. The first chapter starts with the words: God spoke long ago. The first sentence is in itself a subject to make a study about, but I want to write about the authority supremacy of the Son who is God manifest in flesh.

 

The Son whom He destined inheritor of all things, through whom also He made the world. Doesn’t these words show the power and the greatness of our Lord? He is the radiance of the Father’s glory and the exact imprint of the Father’s nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. Other words for radiance make it clear that the Son is a unique Person; one of a kind so to say! He is the luster, brilliance, brightness, finish, brilliancy, effulgence of the Father’s magnificence!

Other words for imprint are: impression, seal, molding, track.

To summarize: the Son is the brilliance of the Father’s glory, and the exact impression of the Father’s nature 

That is why Jesus said that anyone who has seen Him, has seen the Father. God the Father made the world through the Son through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Son upholds all things by the word of His power! The full working of the Trinity is shown here: One God, three persons:

 

God the Father (Initiator and prime Agent)

God the Son (Initiator and Agent)

God the Holy Spirit (prime Actor through whom God's power works)

 

The Son sat down at the right hand (position of power) of the Majesty (God the Father) on high, after He had made purifications of sin. Jesus shed His blood to redeem man from sin (1) and descended with a resurrected body into heaven (2).

Having become as much better than the angels as He has inherited a more excellent name than they (3). (Verse 4).

 

(1) In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace. (Ephesians 1:7).

(2) But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. (Hebrews 9:11-12).

(3) Earth Subject to Man

For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking. But one (David) has testified somewhere (Psalm 8-4-6), saying,

 “What is Man, that You remember him? Or the Son of man, that You are concerned about Him?

“You have made Him for a little while lower than the angles; You have crowned Him with glory and honor, And have appointed Him over the works of Your hands; You have put all things in subjection under His feet.”

For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him.

 

Jesus Briefly Humbled

But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. (Hebrews 2:5-9).

 

Hebrews 1:4-14

Incomparable with the angels

Having become as much better than the angels… For to which of the angels did He ever say,

“You are my Son, today I have begotten You”? I will be a Father to Him and He shall be a Son to me”?
And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, “And let all the angels of God worship Him.”
(Verse 4-6)

The writer makes a contrast between the Son of God and the angels. Jesus Christ, God manifest in flesh became much better than the angels and the writer to the Hebrews explains why: He is the only Eternal One to which the Father said: “You are my Son!” And: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” Angels are created beings made for serving and glorifying God. The Son became through incarnation a human being with a Godly nature. God made man a little lower than the angels and therefore Jesus Christ became for a while a little lower than the angels too. (Hebrews 2:7)   

And of the angels He says, “who makes His angels winds, and His ministers a flame of fire.” But of the Son He says,
“Your throne, o God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.
“You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your companions.” (Verse 7-9)

Again the writer emphasizes that the angels are servants and ministers, but the Son is destined to reign with a righteous scepter on the throne over His kingdom. A scepter is a long decorated staff and is an emblem of authority and sovereignty carried by a king. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the chosen One, anointed with the oil of gladness!

And, “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Your hands; they will perish, but You remain; and they all will become old like a garment, and like mantle will roll them up; like a garment they will also be changed. But You are the same, and Your tears will not come to an end.” (Verse 10-12)

Again the writer emphasizes that the Son laid the foundations of the earth by the work of the Holy Spirit. The heavens are the works of the Son’s hands too! And although they will perish and become old, the Son will remain! Notice that the writer takes a garment and a mantle as examples of the created works! Synonyms for garment are: costume, dress, robe and covering. Synonyms for mantle are: veil, blanket, cape, curtain and wrap.

But to which of the angels has He ever said, “sit at my right hand, until I make Your enemies until I make a footstool for Your feet”? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? (Verse 13-14)

Only to the Son the Father said: “sit at my right hand” and of course this positions speaks of power! There comes a moment that the enemies of the Son will be defeated and bow for Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Again the writer points up that the angels are all ministering spirits, sent out to deliver or establish service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation. A true born again Christian will share in the inheritance of the Son, reigning with Him. What a wonderful thought that this is all given by GRACE: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense!

 

Written by B.B. Koster © - Translated from Dutch by Google; corrected by author.
Used Bible translation: New American Standard Bible
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