The Book of Hebrews – Chapter 1

Introduction: The name of the author is not mentioned nor to whom it is addressed; nor the church to which it was sent. There are no certain marks of time in the Epistle, as there often are in the writings of Paul, by which we can determine the time when it was written.

However, at the conclusion, Timothy is mentioned as Paul also did in the other epistles. Does it really matter?

The Book of Hebrews is so full of the revelation of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, you might need to “buckle up” and get ready for some insights to an amazing God!

Chapter 1

Verse 1 – God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,

In ancient times, the series of revelation began, as recorded by Moses, with Adam, Genesis 3, and terminated with Malachi – a period of more than three thousand five hundred years. From Malachi to the time of the Savior there were no recorded divine communications, and the whole period of written revelation, or when the divine communications were recorded from Moses to Malachi, was about a thousand years.

Verse 2 – has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

Jesus Christ is the heir of creation for whom all things have been made. He is the Creator through whom all things have come into existence.

Verse 3 – who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

The book of Hebrews links God’s saving power with His creative power. The same power that brought the universe into being and that keeps it operating, is the same power that removes our sin.

Christ Is Superior Because of His Deity

Verse 4 – having become so much better than the angels as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

(By nature, Christ is exalted far above the angels.)

Verse 5 – For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, today I have begotten You”? and again: “I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son”?

Verse 6 – But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.”

The writer refers to something that is said in the Old Testament. This is plain because the passage occurs among quotations designed to prove a specific point – that the Son of God, the Author of the Christian system, was and is superior to the angels.

Verse 7 – and of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire.”

The angels obey God’s will just as the wind and the lightening do. Psalm 104:4 – Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire.

Verse 8 – But to the Son He says; “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; as scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

(scepter – ruler’s staff.)

Verse 9 – You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

Verse 10 – And: “You Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands;

Verse 11 – they will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment;

Verse 12 – Like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not fail.”

The author of Hebrews quotes Psalm 102:25-27. In this quotation, he regards God as the speaker and applies the words to His Son Jesus.

Verse 13 – but to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool”?

Verse 14 – Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?

Angels were created by God to do the Fathers will. They have several functions; serving believers; protecting the helpless; and proclaiming  God’s message. No one turns into an angel when they die.

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