Bible Study Notes on Hebrews 1 – 20190429

WritingIIIHebrews 1:1  “…in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets”
Prior to Jesus, God spoke to the people through His prophets.  And He had the prophets use various ways to convey His message.  He spoke in dreams, by angels, even a burning bush.  His prophets used direct speech, writings, and signs or symbols, like props to illustrate the messages.

2  “…in these last days spoken to us by His Son…”
Jesus Christ.  He was God incarnate.  God with us, God speaking directly to us.  He has become the ultimate intermediary.  We need no other to stand between God and us.

2  “…He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds”
Jesus is heir of all things being the perfect man and firstfruits of the resurrection.  The physical world was made through Him which makes sense as He is the part of the Godhead who shares physicality with us.

3  “…the express image of His person…”
He is God, the part of the Trinity in human form.  Not created, but God Himself.

3  “…when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high”
Jesus paid for our sins on the cross, once for all men and all sin.  He then rose from the dead to show His power over death and provide the total justification of man.  He sat down at the right hand of God on high to show His redemption work was complete and to take His place as God, part of the Trinity.  No other work must be done for man’s salvation and redemption.

4  “…He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name…”
As the Son of God, not a created being or a servant.  As the sons have more rights and higher standing than the servants, so Jesus has that as the Son beyond anything ascribed to angels.

14  “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?”
The idea that angels are something beyond servants of God comes around at different times, and apparently was going on even when this was written.  They are more powerful than humans, but they are servants, not sons or heirs.  And it appears they also minister, as God directs, to mankind.  God may still choose to use them as He sees fit, but they must never be worshipped or given any glory reserved only for God Himself.  You don’t pray to them or ask them for favors.  The same can be said for other servants of God, even the sons.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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