Grace for Your Day February 7

Hebrews 1 is considered by some scholars to be the most beautiful piece of Greek in the entire New Testament. It is something that any Greek author would be happy to have written and it is helpful because it cuts straight to the heart of the Book of Hebrews when it says in verses 1-3:
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.
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.
While that seems like a strange way to start a book of the Bible, the author does it for a reason. He is showing you that this book is about the doctrine of revelation because it tells you how God has spoken to us in two major stages of history: the Old Testament and the New Testament. First, He spoke to us through the Jews because it says that “long ago . . . [he spoke] in the prophets in many portions and many ways.” This means that, in the Old Testament, God gave His Word through many different people because he used one preacher and then another. He sent an army of prophets to give Israel the Scriptures.

However, when it came to the New Testament, God sent us one major figure and that is Jesus Christ because it says “in these last days He has spoken to us in His Son.” This means that, when Jesus came, God did not have to reveal Himself bit by bit anymore because now the final message has arrived. Jesus is all that He needed to say to us and the reason is because He is “the heir” or owner of all things. He is also “the radiance of God’s glory” or the spitting image of Him and He “upholds all things by the word of His power.” In other words, Jesus was not just another prophet but the Son of God Himself which means that He is greater than anything else that has come before.

This also ties into another theme of the Book of Hebrews and that is that Jesus can truly save you. He is enough to reconcile you with the Father because He is all of the things in this passage. You do not need to go back to the Law anymore in order to go to Heaven. You do not have to do a bunch of good works because it is not necessary. You can just trust in Him because He is sufficient which is what we are going to be talking about this week at Grace Fellowship Church.

This week, we are going to talk about the sufficiency of Christ in Hebrews 1. We are going to spend an entire week looking at the first few verses of this chapter because it highlights how great our salvation is so we want to take some extra time in order to draw out everything that it says. In order to do that, we will look at verses 1-4 this week and verses 5-6 the next. Please pray that the Lord will use this to time to remind us that our salvation does not depend on the things that we do. It depends on the person and work of someone who is “better than the angels” (verse 4). – Jeremy Cagle