Hebrews Chapter 1
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3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
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Matthew Henry's Hebrews Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
This epistle shows Christ as the end, foundation, body, and truth of the figures of the law, which of themselves were no virtue for the soul. The great truth set forth in this epistle is that Jesus of Nazareth is the true God. The unconverted Jews used many arguments to draw their converted brethren from the Christian faith. They represented the law of Moses as superior to the Christian dispensation, and spoke against every thing connected with the Saviour. The apostle, therefore, shows the superiority of Jesus of Nazareth, as the Son of God, and the benefits from his sufferings and death as the sacrifice for sin, so that the Christian religion is much more excellent and perfect than that of Moses. And the principal design seems to be, to bring the converted Hebrews forward in the knowledge of the gospel, and thus to establish them in the Christian faith, and to prevent their turning from it, against which they are earnestly warned. But while it contains many things suitable to the Hebrews of early times, it also contains many which can never cease to interest the church of God; for the knowledge of Jesus Christ is the very marrow and kernel of all the Scriptures. The ceremonial law is full of Christ, and all the gospel is full of Christ; the blessed lines of both Testaments meet in Him; and how they both agree and sweetly unite in Jesus Christ, is the chief object of the epistle to the Hebrews to discover.The surpassing dignity of the Son of God in his Divine person, and in his creating and mediatorial work. (1-3) And in his superiority to all the holy angels. (4-14)1-3 God spake to his ancient people at sundry times, through successive generations, and in divers manners, as he thought proper; sometimes by personal directions, sometimes by dreams, sometimes by visions, sometimes by Divine influences on the minds of the prophets. The gospel revelation is excellent above the former; in that it is a revelation which God has made by his Son. In beholding the power, wisdom, and goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ, we behold the power, wisdom, and goodness of the Father, #Joh 14:7|; the fulness of the Godhead dwells, not typically, or in a figure, but really, in him. When, on the fall of man, the world was breaking to pieces under the wrath and curse of God, the Son of God, undertaking the work of redemption, sustained it by his almighty power and goodness. From the glory of the person and office of Christ, we proceed to the glory of his grace. The glory of His person and nature, gave to his sufferings such merit as was a full satisfaction to the honour of God, who suffered an infinite injury and affront by the sins of men. We never can be thankful enough that God has in so many ways, and with such increasing clearness, spoken to us fallen sinners concerning salvation. That he should by himself cleanse us from our sins is a wonder of love beyond our utmost powers of admiration, gratitude, and praise.
4-14 Many Jews had a superstitious or idolatrous respect for angels, because they had received the law and other tidings of the Divine will by their ministry. They looked upon them as mediators between God and men, and some went so far as to pay them a kind of religious homage or worship. Thus it was necessary that the apostle should insist, not only on Christ's being the Creator of all things, and therefore of angels themselves, but as being the risen and exalted Messiah in human nature, to whom angels, authorities, and powers are made subject. To prove this, several passages are brought from the Old Testament. On comparing what God there says of the angels, with what he says to Christ, the inferiority of the angels to Christ plainly appears. Here is the office of the angels; they are God's ministers or servants, to do his pleasure. But, how much greater things are said of Christ by the Father! And let us own and honour him as God; for if he had not been God, he had never done the Mediator's work, and had never worn the Mediator's crown. It is declared how Christ was qualified for the office of Mediator, and how he was confirmed in it: he has the name Messiah from his being anointed. Only as Man he has his fellows, and as anointed with the Holy Spirit; but he is above all prophets, priests, and kings, that ever were employed in the service of God on earth. Another passage of Scripture, #Ps 102:25-27|, is recited, in which the Almighty power of the Lord Jesus Christ is declared, both in creating the world and in changing it. Christ will fold up this world as a garment, not to be abused any longer, not to be used as it has been. As a sovereign, when his garments of state are folded and put away, is a sovereign still, so our Lord, when he has laid aside the earth and heavens like a vesture, shall be still the same. Let us not then set our hearts upon that which is not what we take it to be, and will not be what it now is. Sin has made a great change in the world for the worse, and Christ will make a great change in it for the better. Let the thoughts of this make us watchful, diligent, and desirous of that better world. The Saviour has done much to make all men his friends, yet he has enemies. But they shall be made his footstool, by humble submission, or by utter destruction. Christ shall go on conquering and to conquer. The most exalted angels are but ministering spirits, mere servants of Christ, to execute his commands. The saints, at present, are heirs, not yet come into possession. The angels minister to them in opposing the malice and power of evil spirits, in protecting and keeping their bodies, instructing and comforting their souls, under Christ and the Holy Ghost. Angels shall gather all the saints together at the last day, when all whose hearts and hopes are set upon perishing treasures and fading glories, will be driven from Christ's presence into everlasting misery.
Francis g's Hebrews Chapter 1 comment about verse 1 on 3/10/2014, 8:13am...
the whole bible is written in the book of hebrews
Benson Mbewe's Hebrews Chapter 1 comment about verse 2 on 2/11/2014, 12:33pm...
WORLDS the use of the word Worlds here could signify that there are other Worlds inhabited by life even as Science seems to be discovering lately
Nhlanhla Kgosiang's Hebrews Chapter 1 comment about verse 14 on 1/30/2014, 3:27pm...
Yes they are ''ministering spirits''...now most people are struggling to know if we have authority over angels.Well Jesus once said ''I am giving you authority over all spirits''...do you think,after that statement,that our authority is only limited to the authority over evil spirits?...i need an answer please.
Cisco's Hebrews Chapter 1 comment on 1/12/2014, 12:07am...
Folks claim the Bible says Jesus is God. Really?
Why then do the scriptures proclaim --that God was over Jesus in authority. The power Jesus had was given to him by God. Jesus had no power except God GAVE it to him. Read the scriptures.
1NC NAM VIET's Hebrews Chapter 1 comment on 12/23/2013, 11:28am...
some people don't get it. JESUS IS GOD. who healed the sick and raised the dead. who said he is in the volume of the book.my god says he is a jealous god and who do we pray to, JESUS. in matthew 28;18 he says that he has ALL power on earth and in heaven. doesn't leave much power for anyone else does it. he opened the door for all gentiles to be saved. he made it possible to live under grace and not under the law. he has the name above all other names. in revelations it says JESUS [ the lamb ] is the only one worthy to open the book. it also says in revelations 22;4 that his name shall be in their foreheads. in exodus 3;14 god said to moses I AM THAT I AM. in john 8;58 JESUS said verily verily I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am. that doesn't sound like bad grammer to me, that sounds like god. one baptism; in the name of JESUS. I wonder why?
Sammy reaves's Hebrews Chapter 1 comment on 12/13/2013, 8:55am...
John 1:3ref; All things were made by HIM and without him was nothing made. The God Head is not a freak, It includes The FATHER,THE SON, AND THE HOLY GHOST, Each was there in the beginning, GOD says that HE is THEALPHA and the OMEGA.
Rev. Autrey's Hebrews Chapter 1 comment on 12/12/2013, 11:30am...
Verse 8: "But to his Son he says, 'Your throne, O God, entures forever and ever. ...'"
When we understand that the God of the Old Testament is Jesus this verse makes perfect sense. This is Jesus talking about himself. That is, he is saying that when he comes into the world to bear our sins he will call himself "the Son." So the Son and God are one and the same. If this is not so, then we have two Gods, and this can never be.
Further proof of this is seen in verse 10 where it says of the Son, "Lord (God), in the beginning you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands." Dosen't it say in John 1:3 that Jesus created everything there is, and that nothing exists that he didn't make?
What we are talking about is personality. God has three distinct personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But the personality through whom God always speaks to us is the Son Jesus. So what these verses are telling us is that the Son is God, or the way God speaks to us, and the way God made everything there is.
God bless you for considering this!
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