Posted by: missionventureministries | April 12, 2015

THE SON OF GOD IN THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT – Hebrews 1

Hebrews 1

“God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 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.” (Hebrews 1:1-2) 

The unique divinity of Jesus Christ as the Son of God is emphasized here in Hebrews chapter 1. The above text, for example, introduces the Son as the Creator, then as the revealing Word, and finally as the appointed Heir of all things. 

This chapter also demonstrates that God’s Son was recognized in the Old Testament. Hebrews 1:5 quotes Psalm 2:7: “You are my Son; today I have become your Father” and 1 Chronicles 17:13: “I will be his Father, and he shall be my Son.” That this Son is none other than God Himself is confirmed. It is re-affirmed in Hebrews 1:8, quoting Psalm 45:6: “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.” And that He is the Creator is asserted in Hebrews 1:10 referring to Psalm 102:25: “In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.” That He is now at God’s own throne is stressed in Hebrews 1:13, citing Psalm 110:1: “Sit on my right hand.” Therefore, Jesus is to be worshipped as God. “Let all the angels of God worship Him” (Hebrews 1:6, taken from Psalm 97:7). 

Furthermore, Hebrews chapter 1 notes a multiple description of the meaning of the divinity of Jesus Christ. He is the Son of God by eternal generation, as the “brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person” (v. 3). He is the Son of God by miraculous conception (v. 5), also quoted in Acts 13:33 as referring to His divinity by bodily resurrection. Verse 6 refers to the divine proclamation of Jesus Christ (also in Matthew 3:17; 17:5), and verses 8 and 9 stress the testimony of His uniquely holy nature. “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity.” Finally, as the Son, He is promised universal inheritance from His Father (vv. 9, 13). From eternity to eternity, Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son! And yet God “gave his only begotten Son” that we might have everlasting life! (John 3:16).  

We need to remember that until Christ came to die and rise again, heaven was closed, for nothing unclean could enter there and death had “passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12). Even those who died in faith could only be “comforted” in “Abraham’s bosom” deep “in the heart of the earth” (Luke 16:22, 25; Matthew 12:40), because “it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins” (Hebrews 10:4) only the Son of God could do this for us. 

Then Christ died and rose again “to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:26). In His spirit, “He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth,” and “when He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive” (Ephesians 4:8-9), leading all pre-Calvary saints souls with Him into heaven. Then was fulfilled the wonderful scene predicted in Psalm 24:7: “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.” 

Since that wonderful day when Christ ascended back to heaven, the soul of the believer that dies no longer has to wait, because “to be absent from the body” is “to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). Heaven someday will even receive our resurrected bodies. As Paul tells the Corinthians: “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:51-53). 

 

 

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