Jesus in Hebrews…

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In the opening sentence of the book of Hebrews we read that God, who once spoke to man in many ways, has now fulfilled that dialogue through His Son Jesus in these last days:  

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.  Hebrews 1:1,2 

Wow, what an apologetic! In the first two verses we learn that Jesus has been appointed heir of all things which were created through Him.

I have been told by Jehovah Witnesses that because the world was created “through” Jesus, that somehow this does not qualify Him as THE creator. Yet, the following verse refutes this notion:  

1 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things To Him be the glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36 with One God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:6 

We see that all things were created “through” both the Son and Father, yet Scripture also says that God alone created all things: 

This is what the LORD says—
your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD,
who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens,
who spread out the earth by myself, Isaiah 44:24

This helps to demonstrate that both the Father and the Son created all things!

 Verse three is powerful: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.

Nowhere else in Scripture does anything or anybody claim authentically to be the “exact representation” of God. By providing purification for our sins Jesus became our Savior. “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

 Yet, according to Isaiah 44:11 Jesus is either a false Savior or the true Savior:I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior. Isaiah 44:11

This helps to demonstrate that both the Father and the Son are Savior!

 Verse six tells us:And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, “AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.What kind of worship is this? Well, if we refer back to Jesus’ birth we find:

“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Matthew 2:2,11

 

Yet Deuteronomy 6:13 says: “You shall fear only the LORD your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name.”

This helps to demonstrate that both the Father and the Son are worshipped as Almighty God!

 I also found it interesting when I discovered that Isaiah 10:20-22 refers to Jehovah as “Mighty God” when similarly Isaiah 9:6 refers to Jesus is a “Mighty God” as well. This tidbit as well as the others are helpful to point out to Jehovah Witnesses who consider Jesus to be “a” god. 

Hebrews chapter two reminds us that: For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.  

Which is a great place to continue next time……

Jim Richardson 

 

“Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.”

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2 Responses

  1. All right, I’ll be the 1st to respond to this (as suggested on your blog–“Be the first to respond.”):

    Jim: Good verses (though I admittedly use the King James Version [or New King James Version]). I think these verses all speak of ONE GOD–ABSOLUTE MONOTHEISM. I believe God appeared in DIFFERENT ROLES throughout time–as FATHER in creation, as SON in redemption, and as HOLY SPIRIT in emanation (an issuing forth from His substance). I’m a Oneness Pentecostal Christian. Have you ever heard of that?

  2. Tommyjoe,

    Please see my latest post entitled “A few questions for Onenesss Pentecostal believers?”

    Blessings,

    Jim Richardson

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