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Jesus, God’s Final Word (Hebrews 1:1-4)

January 3, 2013 by Pito

Two pivotal characteristics of the book of Hebrews that command our attention are: 1) its use of type/anti-type constructions and 2) its dependence on the Old Testament as support for its arguments.

While we are comfortable with many of the figures and devices of God’s Word, “types” give some Christians cause for pause. Because the Bible uses these devices, we must be willing to grow. Paul says that Jesus is “the head of the body, the Church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything.” Therefore it is good and right to believe that everything in the Bible is about Him, somehow, in some way.

Our duty is to lift up the name of Christ and the book of Hebrews, with the supremacy of Christ being a central theme,  will instruct us how to do so. Our author quotes the Old Testament as his foundation and without the Old Testament Scriptures, it could have not been written.

Abraham looked up in faith and forward to the fulfilling of the promise God made to him. We look back at the fulfillment of the promise and we look up in faith to “the author and finisher of our faith who for the joy set before Him endured the cross.”

Jesus possesses all nations as Creator and by virtue of being nailed to the cross, He possesses all nations as Redeemer. Our author describes Jesus as the “…effulgence of His glory.” The Father is the Light and the Son is the Light Shining. He is sitting at God’s right hand, not resting, but ruling over all the nations, shining forth until the consummation of all things.

His name is far above all angels, a name to be honored by elite authorities and lowly peasants. His name shall be called royal and majestic for He orders and establishes justice and righteousness throughout all the earth. Of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end.

So who will bring all this to pass? Who will make every knee bow and confess that Jesus is Lord? Isaiah tells us. “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”

Jesus is the final Word of God and we have Him in the Holy Scriptures, made sure and certain by His Holy Providence. Looking for Him in any other place is futile, counterproductive, even idolatry. Let us think deliberately on Him as the author of our book leads us in the uncovering of ancient mysteries. May the Lord change us into His glorious, shining image as we are made over by the Spirit through the saturation of His Word in our lives.

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