Posted July 07, 2014
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
For the next two weeks we will be memorizing Hebrews 1:1-4. It is a potent piece of Scripture that sets the readers of Hebrews on a path toward treasuring Christ above all things. We do not know with certainty who authored the book of Hebrews or exactly to whom it was written. Most agree that it was written to Jews who had professed faith in Jesus Christ and were facing an impending persecution for their faith. Hebrews is an exhortation for them to see Christ for all that He is under the New Covenant and to prove his superiority over the tenets of the Old Covenant. It is intended to help keep them from returning to the law and instead to treasure Christ above all. It was not simply an effort to devalue the way in which God spoke to his people previously, but to elevate Christ as the superior fulfillment of the law today.
But In These Last Days
In this passage we first see that our God is a God who speaks and reveals himself to us. He has been communicating with us since the garden and continues to speak today. In the Old Testament God reveals himself to the prophets through a burning bush, angels, prophets, dreams, even natural phenomena and we were still left with an incomplete picture. Sam Storms explained, “Simply put, the ‘many times’ and ‘many ways’ and ‘many parts’ by which God revealed himself in the Old Testament were like the numerous pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. But Jesus is the picture on the box! He brings together in himself, with perfect clarity and finality, all the various ways in which God once spoke through the prophets of old.”
It is important for us to remember that God was the author of the Law and the Gospel. Long ago he spoke through the prophets but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son. Long ago he spoke at many times, but in these last days he has given us his final and definitive word in Jesus. Long ago, he spoke in many ways, but in these last days his will is made clear to us in and through Jesus.
Inheritor & Creator
Once Jesus is established as God’s final word, the author moves toward giving us a clearer picture of who Christ really is. R. Kent Hughes points us to seven facets of the supremacy of Christ to meditate on from this passage from verses 2-4. Christ is Inheritor, Creator, Sustainer, Radiator, Representer, Purifier, and Ruler. We’ll focus in on the first two facets from verse 2:
-Inheritor. As Creator, he is heir to the universe. As Redeemer, he bought our souls and so made us his personal inheritance.
-Creator. He created the universe’s one hundred thousand million galaxies, each with a hundred thousand million stars, each a hundred trillion miles across - and each fleeing away in never-ending expansion. Awesome!
May we see and treasure Christ as God’s final word. And may we experience the superior pleasure of knowing our Creator and Redeemer and be able to say that the “things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
Song by Ryan Gikas.
Production by Dustin Ragland.
Guitar by Colt Westbrook.
Keys by Philip Hunsicker.
Artwork by Tim Krause.