Hebrews 1

Hebrews 1:1

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,

(a) Introduction. The Letter to the Hebrews is the good news of Jesus packaged for a Hebrew audience. It’s written for all sorts of people, including those who believe in Jesus, those who are yet to believe in Jesus, and those who are trying to reconcile Old Testament traditions with new covenant freedoms (Heb. 4:14, 6:9-10).

(b) He spoke … in many portions and in many ways. The word of God or the word of the Lord can be conveyed via prophecies (2 Sam. 24:11, 1 Kgs. 14:18), dreams (Num. 12:6), visions (Gen. 15:1), the Law (Num. 36:5, Deu. 5:5, Is. 2:3), and angels (Luke 1:35). However, the primary way God reveals himself is through his Son (see next verse).

Hebrews 1:2

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.

Spoken to us in His Son. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh (John 1:14, Rev. 19:13), and the exact radiance or representation of God the Father. Jesus is God explaining himself to the human race. He is God’s selfie.

Hebrews 1:3

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,

(a) The exact representation of His nature. The Son is exactly like the Father. “He is the image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15).

Jesus is the answer to the question, what is God like? God is like Jesus. Not roughly so, but exactly so. Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). The similarity between the Father and the Son makes it easy to dismiss the silly caricatures of manmade religion. Since Jesus is not a semi-deaf sky-Santa, then neither is God. And since Jesus is not a terrifying punisher, neither is God. Your heavenly Father is exactly like Jesus.

Maybe you think God is a bookkeeper recording all your sins. We can be sure that God is not like that because Jesus is not like that. Jesus didn’t shame sinners. He loved them and had dinner with them and introduced them to his Father.

Or maybe you think your sins put you in danger of an angry God. But God is not like that because Jesus is not like that. Since Jesus is a friend of sinners, God is a friend of sinners too. Indeed, he is the best friend a sinner could have.

God the Father and God the Son don’t have separate agendas. God is not in heaven recording your sins while Jesus is forgiving them. Nor is he giving you sicknesses so Jesus can heal you. The Father and the Son are exactly alike, they’re on the same page, and they have the same heart. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).

(b) Made purification of sins; see entry for Forgiveness.

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