Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Scripture of The Day - Day 5

Hebrews 1:1-2 (NIV)

1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

I think one thing that we can take away from this passage is that The Son is not a prophet. Even though it says that God speaks "through" Jesus as he does "through" the prophets. This scripture clearly places him in a different category to the prophets. Yet it also likens him to one.

Edit: By this I mean Jesus is not exclusively a prophet - he does after all hold the office of prophet, priest, and king! But he has a different job to a person who is exclusively a prophet: he is humankind's saviour. He is also a part of The Godhead. 

Why is Jesus different to a prophet? Well, first of all he's God. His own words are therefore God's own words, whereas a prophet's words are merely inspired, to point towards God. Either that, or they use their own words and reason to convey a message. And are either guided by God or visited by his messengers. As opposed to being God themselves!

Also, it says that he "made the universe", which makes him way more than a prophet - it makes him the creator of all things - which points towards him being God

Also, he died for us by being crucified. Yes, many prophets have been martyred but they didn't rise from the dead afterwards and the ascend into Heaven. Or die to free us from the burden of our sin. And not only did he die, he rose - and ascended!

As its name implies, the epistle to the Hebrews was aimed at Jewish people - the Hebrews. In it, it portrays Christ as being like an Old-Testament prophet. To appeal to their sensibilities and world view. That's what's going on here.

What though about the word "appointed" - as in "appointed heir of all things"? To me that sounds like there was a time before he was made "heir of all things" - I think this is scriptural proof that there was a time before Jesus was begotten and made "heir of all things" - that when he was begotten he was appointed heir having not been heir before he was begotten, as that would have been impossible. 

I think the evidence is mounting up on the issue as to whether or not there was a time before which Jesus existed in his own right, which is a theme that has popped up in some of my other scriptures of the day!

Paraphrasing

In the past, God has spoken to us through prophets. But in more recent times, God's son Jesus has been speaking to us in his capacity as God. Jesus is not exclusively a prophet as he created the universe and was begotten by God himself. Instead, he is humankind's saviour. However, there was a time before he was begotten and made separate from The Father.

(edited)

What does this mean for Christians?
  • Jesus is more than just a prophet - he is God
  • Jesus was "appointed" - i.e. there was a time before he was begotten
  • Jesus made the universe
  • When Jesus speaks, God speaks directly

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