5. On The Book of Hebrews (NKJV) Hebrews 1:1-14

February 4, 2019

God’s Supreme Revelation

Contents: The great salvation provided through Jesus Christ who is above prophets and better than angels.

Characters: God, Christ.

Conclusion: Jesus Christ as God was and is equal with the Father, but as the God-man revealed the Father to men and became the Mediator between God and men. He’s been appointed heir of all things, sovereign LORD, absolute disposer, and director both of all persons and all things. He is above every other messenger that God the Father sent into the world. The Father bestowed upon Him a name preeminently above all other names, including all heavenly beings.

Key Words: Christ’s deity> Heb. 1: 3; Heb. 1: 8.

Strong Verses: Heb. 1:3; Heb. 1:8.

The feature image above saying “Jesus Is Better” needs some clarification. In the English language, we understand grammatically; good, better, best. These are known as comparative and superlative adjectives. For example, we have bad, worse, worst; or, little, less, least. It’s just Basic English Grammar. However, in the context of The Book of Hebrews as a whole, only two things are up for debate. Therefore, we have no need for the use of good, better, and best. In this book, even though Jesus is preeminent and above all things, only two comparisons are contextually adequate:

Hebrews 8: 10 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 13 In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away”.

The writer is making a comparison between the new making the old obsolete. I don’t want to get into the Greek definition of the words “obsolete, or to vanish away”, suffice it to say “no longer produced or used; out of date. My wife and I are frequently uncertain about the expiration date on the milk in the frig. Sometimes we can get 1 or 2 days of use after that date, but by the third day, forget about it; time to toss it out. There have been times we’ve tossed one half of a gallon of milk down the drain, why? It has soured. We just can’t drink a gallon of milk fast enough. We only purchase half gallons now, but sometimes we end up tossing half of that for the same reason, everything has an expiration date. In an imperfect world, all things are subject to change. However, Christ is exempt from all expiration dates. Trying to keep the Law or the Old Covenant vital is much like trying to drink milk that has soured, that stuff can make you sick. It might even kill you, so drink it at your own peril.

Such is either living in the Old Covenant or trying to mix the two. Jesus said you don’t put new wine into old wineskins (Matt. 9:14-17; Mark 2:18-22; Luke 5:33-39):

Hebrews 1:9 “You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” 10 And: “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. 11 They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; 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.” (If you ever invite a Jehovah’s Witness into your home, I don’t care what they tell you, keep falling back onto these verses. Keep asking them to “splain this Lucy” and soon they will go away. You may even snatch their souls from the fire.)

Look at the writings of the Apostle Paul:

2nd Corinthians 3: 3 “Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? 2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. 4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life”. As stated in Hebrews 8: 10….” I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts;”

Hebrews 1: 1 “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 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;” To be continued…

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