2008 - Vol. 21
Does God Speak to Us?
the Letter to the
1:1-14 and 2:1-4
How does God speak to us? From age to age, the prophets, under the
inspiration of the Holy Spirit, spoke the word of God. Now God has
to us through his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ
brings us the full revelation of God and he alone enables us to enter
the very presence of God.
In this section the author of Hebrews contrasts Jesus
with the prophets
who have preceded him. The prophets were given special counsel or
from God (see Amos 3:7). Their message, however, was fragmentary. Each
had a part, but not the whole. In Jesus Christ we see the fulness of
revelation and truth. In him we see not some part of God but all of
The prophets spoke of God. Jesus reveals God in himself, not only in
he said and did, but in who he is. The prophets were the friends
of God; Jesus is the only begotten Son. The prophets grasped
of the mind of God; Jesus is the mind of God. He is the Word of God
flesh (John 1:14).
In Jesus we see the glory of God, a glory that does not
crush and is
not severe. It is a glory which shines through Jesus' humble service
death on a cross for sinners. It is a glory of redemptive and suffering
The author to the Hebrews warns against two kinds of
and disobedience. Transgression literally means to step
a line. God tells us through his word and by our conscience what is
right and wrong and what he expects of us. To step across that line is
to sin. Disobedience is related to hearing. It literally means imperfect
hearing, or careless hearing. In the end it means the unwillingness
to hear the voice of God. God has spoken to us through his own Son.
It is both an awesome privilege to hear the word of God and to be
by his life-giving word, and an awesome responsibility to believe what
God says and to obey it. Are you attentive to God's word?
“Lord Jesus Christ, your word is life and truth. Nourish
me by your
life-changing word and help me to study it diligently and to conform my
life to it.”
to > Introduction
to the Letter to Hebrews
Schwager is a member of The
Servants of the Word and the author of the Daily
Scripture Reading and Meditation website.]
Hebrews 1:1-14; 2:1-4
1:1 In many and various ways God
spoke of old
to our fathers by the prophets; 2 but in these last days he has spoken
to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom
also he created the world. 3 He reflects the glory of God and bears the
very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe by his word of power.
When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand
the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the
name he has obtained is more excellent than theirs.
5 For to what angel did God ever
say, "You are
my Son, today I have begotten you"? Or again, "I will be to him a
and he shall be to me a son"? 6 And again, when he brings the
into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him." 7 Of the
he says, "Who makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire."
8 But of the Son he says, "Your
throne, O God,
is for ever and ever, the righteous scepter is the scepter of your
9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God,
God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your comrades."
10 And, "You, Lord, did found the
earth in the
beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11 they will
but you remaine; they will all grow old like a garment, 12 like a
thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But you are the same,
and your years will never end."
13 But to what angel has he ever
said, "Sit at
my right hand, till I make your enemies a stool for your feet"? 14 Are
they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of
who are to obtain salvation?
2:1 Therefore we must pay the
to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2 For if the message
declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience
a just retribution, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great
It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by
who heard him, 4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and
miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his