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To The Son He Saith: (Hebrews 1)

J T Mawson

He is the Father's Son

There seems to be a beautiful order in the quotations from the Old Testament that are given in Hebrews 1 concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. They are well set gems as we should expect them to be as we consider Him who is their theme. Verse 5 gives us two, and shows us by its twofold testimony that He is the Son. If we might say so, that first word that came forth from the Father's mouth when the Lord Jesus was born was that He was the Father's Son.

He is the object of the angels' worship

The next quotation in verse 6 shows the Father's determination that, even although Christ had become man, He should not have less honour than He had before. The angels must worship Him. The second word from the mouth of God as His beloved Son lay in the manger tended by His virgin mother declared His unchangeable deity. He was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death (2.9), yet He was and is always above them. He is the object of angels' worship. He always was and always will be.

He is the object and the admiration and worship of all the redeemed

The third quotation, in verse 8, declares Him to be supreme in God's far reaching realm, and in this supremacy He shall uphold the righteousness of God, as once He maintained it in His own life in the flesh amid surging tides of iniquity. He is God upon an everlasting throne, and yet man, anointed with the oil of gladness above His companions.

These shall surround His throne, rejoice in His day, and bask in His favour; they shall hear His voice and see His glory. Once they were sinners, but, saved by grace, they are now His brethren, sanctified by Him and one with Him, but He is always above them, the Firstborn among His brethren, and their God, who will hold the sceptre of righteousness for their eternal good. He is indeed the object, the admiration and worship of all those who are redeemed.

He will be the object of the unwavering trust of a universe

The next quotation in verse 10 declares Him to be the creator who made the earth and the heavens, that in them He might bring into full manifestation what God is in His righteousness as opposed to all iniquity. When these works of His hands have fulfilled their purpose He will set them aside as one would a disused garment, and establish a new creation in which righteousness shall dwell. But in that new creation He will be the same; as He was and is, so shall He ever be, the pledge that His word shall stand and that every thought of the heart of God that has been expressed in blessing shall abide. He is the unchanging One, and so the object of the unwavering trust of a universe that shall be brought into blessing by Him.

He will be the object of universal and harmonious praise

Then finally, in verse 13, every foe that would resist Him (and how evil must all these be that would resist Him, who was God manifest in the flesh, full of grace and truth) will be silenced and crushed beneath His feet forever, for no discordant voice must be heard in that world to come in which everything that hath breath will praise the Lord. He must be supreme ruler, but also the great leader of the loud hallelujahs, as He is the cause and the theme of them. He will indeed be the object of universal and harmonious praise.



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