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The Matchless Christ – Hebrews 1

September 16, 2009

The author of Hebrews spends a great deal of energy distinguishing the Son as superior from all other things.  He is the fulfillment and final Word of the prophets of old.  Interestingly, the author spends a great deal of energy distinguishing the Son from the angels.  His premise is:  “After making purification for sins, he sat own at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs” (1:3-4).  The author of Hebrews spends the rest of the chapter supporting this premise.

The Son is the Messianic King (Heb. 1:5)

He begins by putting the Son in the line of King David.  He is the fulfillment of the God’s kingly rule over Israel from Psalm 2 and the sonship theme from 2 Samuel 7.  The Son is the greater David and David’s greater Son.  He is superior to the angels because he is in the line of the Messianic King.  He is the Messianic King.  Though angels are heavenly beings, they have no saving significance.  The author is reminding his readers what the OT has taught them to hope for, and that hope is wrapped up in the identity of the Son, Jesus Christ.

The Son is the Eternal King (Heb. 1:8-9)

Not only is the Son recognized as the Messianic King in the line of David, but he is also the eternal King.  This rule plays out in two ways.  First, he is David’s greater Son, in which he fills the Davidic throne forever.  Yet, at a more significant level, he has been the eternal King before David as well.  For David calls him his King (referring to the Son) in Psalm 45:6-7.  The Son is the eternal God over Israel and the nations.

The Son is the Creator God (Heb. 10-12)

At this point, the author makes some very explicit distinctions between, not only the Son and the angels, but the Son and all of creation.  The Son is understood to be the Creator-God.  He is distinguished from all of creation as Creator.  The creation is limited and finite, but the Son will remain unchanged and will have no end to his years.  The author has put every being into one of two categories – Creator and creature.  Whatever value can be put upon angels, the value is infinitely less than their Creator God – the Son.

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