This coming Sunday, Lord willing (James 3:13ff), we will begin our sermon series in the Letter to the Hebrews, looking at Hebrews 1:1-4, The Supremacy of God’s Son:
(1) Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, (2) 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. (3) He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (4) having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
Notice after the introduction ((1) Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, (2) but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,), that there are seven significant things said about the Son, whom we know from verses futher on, refers to Jesus.
1. He has been appointed heir of all things
2. Through Him the world was created
3. He is the radiance of the glory of God
4. He is the exact imprint of the nature of God
5. He upholds the universe by the word of His power
6. He has made purification for sins
7. He has sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on High.
Each of these phrases resonated with meaning to the likely recipients, members of a Hellenistic Jewish community some of whom had believed in Jesus as the promised Messiah.
Then the write goes on to compare him to the angels, or any other pretenders to His majesty or power or preeminence.
Instead of giving an overview of the book, we’re going to unravel its specific purpose as to when and why and to whom it was written, and its application to us, as we go along.