Hebrews Chapter 1

October 25, 2013

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Hebrews. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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The book of Hebrews is written to Jewish Christians who were struggling in their faith. They had been dealing with false teachers and persecution and it was impacting them in a negative way. The writer of Hebrews reminds them of who Jesus is and how He has fulfilled the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament. We are not sure who the writer was. Luke, Barnabas, Apollos, Priscilla, and Paul are all considered possible authors for Hebrews. While most scholars to not believe that Paul wrote this letter, they do believe it was written by someone who was a close associate of his.

Hebrews 1:1-14 (NIV)
1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. 5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”? 6 And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” 7 In speaking of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire.” 8 But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” 10 He also says, “In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. 11 They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. 12 You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” 13 To which of the angels did God ever say, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? 14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

Hebrews 1:1-14

This first chapter is mostly an introduction to the letter pointing out who awesome Jesus is.

In the Old Testament, God spoke to His people in many ways. He spoke to Abraham and Moses personally, He spoke to Jacob in dreams, He spoke to Isaiah in visions.

Now, He speaks to us in Christ. Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s revelation throughout the Old Testament. When we know Jesus, we have all we need to be saved from our sin, and to live a full and abundant, now and forever life.

All things were made in and through Christ. He is the complete expression of God in a human body.

John 1:1-3 (NIV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

John 1:14 (NIV)
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Colossians 1:15-20 (NIV)
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

You can have no clearer view of God than by looking at Christ.

Jesus is greater than any angel. He is superior to any created being.

Jesus is our only absolute in a constantly changing world. When we put our hope and faith and trust in Him, we are standing on the surest foundation in the universe.

It’s so well written in the hymn:

“On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”

Jesus is changeless. His character never changes, He will always love us. He is always fair. He is full of mercy and grace. He will help us when we call and forgive us when we fall. He is Jesus, the name above all names. There is no one like and Him and no one that compares to Him.


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