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Hebrews 1:1-4 – God Speaks by Means of the Son

Summary

The same God who spoke through Israel's prophets speaks by means of Jesus the Son.

Analysis

Hebrews begins by announcing that the God who spoke in many and various ways through the prophets has now spoken in a singular way through a Son, Jesus. These opening lines recognize that people know God because God has chosen to communicate with them. Israel's prophets revealed God's will through their words and actions, and this same God communicates in a new way through Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. In the verses that follow, the author quotes many passages from the various parts of the Old Testament canon (the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms) to show the glory of the Son of God. By his suffering and death, Jesus made purification for human sin, and he has now been exalted to a position of majesty at God's right hand. This grand opening calls readers to place their trust in the living Son of God.

Hebrews 1:1-4

THE LETTER TO THE

Hebrews

God Has Spoken by His Son

1Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son,* whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. 3He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains* all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

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