Hebrews is one of my favorite books in the Bible.
There is tremendous truth found throughout the book, however, the first chapter, alone, contains a wealth of information.
The first four verses make up one long sentence with four indisputable facts about Jesus Christ.
We learn that Christ Jesus:
- Is the visible manifestation of God.
- Was present at and involved in the act of creation.
- Is the One who upholds all of Creation.
- Is not an angel, as some cults claim.
In verse five we learn that as a member of the Godhead, He has a special relationship with the Father. The cult known as ‘Jehovah’s Witness’ have confused many because they have misunderstood or misused the term ‘begotten son’ in this verse. Here is an explanation made by one Greek scholar:
The term “begotten” is an English translation of a Greek word.
The phrase “only begotten” translates the Greek word monogenes…. As such, we have to look at the original meaning of the Greek word, (and) not transfer English meanings into the text.
So what does monogenes mean? According to the Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (BAGD, 3rd Edition), monogenes has two primary definitions. The first definition is “pertaining to being the only one of its kind within a specific relationship.” This is the meaning attached to its use in Hebrews 11:17 when the writer refers to Isaac as Abraham’s “only begotten son.” Abraham had more than one son, but Isaac was the only son he had by Sarah and the only son of the covenant. Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/only-begotten-son.html#ixzz2SorGbUtr
The author goes on to explain that the meaning in Greek doesn’t include our meaning of “produced or created”. Christ has a unique relationship with God the Father. Other scriptures teach that Christ is the visible manifestation of the invisible God and that He is a member of the Godhead. We know that God, in the beginning said, “Let us make man in our image…” While the concept of three in one is too difficult for our finite minds, we know that this is what Christ taught and the Bible teaches.
I and My Father are One. John 10:30
“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” John 14:7
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? John 14:9
Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” John 8:58
In Hebrews, chapter one, verse six tells us that the angels are told to worship Jesus Christ.
In verse eight, the writer refers to the Son being referred to as God, by the Father.
Verse nine tells us of His character, that He loves righteousness.
Verses 10-14 deal with the power that Christ has as well as making it completely certain that Jesus Christ can never be mistakenly thought of as an angel.
Hebrews 1:1God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 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 at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, today I have begotten You”?And again: “I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son”? 6But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” 7 And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire.” 8But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.9You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” 10And: “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. 11They will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; 12Like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not fail.” 13 But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool”?14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?