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5.8.15–>”Not a Christless Spirituality: Hebrews 1:5-14″

The Superiority of Jesus


Hebrews 1:5-14

And again, when God brings His firstborn into the world, He says, “Let all God’s angels worship Him.”

About the Son He says, “Your throne, oh God, will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of Your kingdom..”

He also says, “In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.”

I like to imagine an archaeological dig unearthing a manuscript by this author that has commentary to this letter, and it reads something like, “Look, what I’m saying is that this man Jesus is the supreme, ultimate being of the universe. He is of superior authority and position in comparison to anyone or anything, including angels. HE IS DIETY!”

This is really what he is saying here in Hebrews 1. It is about as clear as it gets in Scripture, this proclamation that Jesus is, in fact, equal with God. This is a very basic tenet of the Christian faith. May we never lose hold of it!

This is that very offensive claim that sets the Christian faith apart from all others. Everything is subject to Christ. All spiritual creatures and spiritual experiences are subordinate to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. And no spiritual creature or experience can be substituted for Jesus Himself. We do not make spiritual experience, or spirituality itself, our primary objective or focus. We are made to experience God through Christ in reality, but not to worship the experience.

There is much beauty and similarity in Buddhism, but here is where we differ sharply. We are not about a mere emptying of ourselves and attaining a higher consciousness, but first and foremost about loving the person Jesus Christ. What is interesting is that when we love Him with our whole selves–body, mind, soul–we will have emptied ourselves, filled with Him, and will be living at a much higher level of consciousness as a result.

Being in love with spiritual experience is not the same as loving and serving Jesus Christ, and the experience can even eclipse Christ.

“In that he is Savior, may he deign to save us from sin. In that he is high priest, may he deign to reconcile us to God the Father. In that he is king, may he deign to give us the eternal kingdom of his Father. He is Jesus Christ our Lord, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, God for all ages. Amen.”       -Bede

In the Name of Jesus,
Soli Deo Gloria

5.7.15–>”God Actually Communicates With Humans: Hebrews 1:1-4″

God Communicates

Jesus universe

Hebrews 1:1-4

In many ways and by many means God spoke in ancient times to our ancestors in the prophets; but at the end of these days he spoke to us in a son.

He appointed this son to be heir of all things; Through him, in addition, he created the worlds.

He is the shining reflection of God’s own glory, The precise expression of his very being; He sustains all things through his powerful word. He accomplished the cleansing needed for sins, And sat down at the right of the Majesty Supreme.

See how much greater he is than the angels: The name he was granted is finer then theirs.

To say that this opening to Hebrews is theologically packed is quite the understatement.

My goodness this says a lot!

Something to keep in mind from the get-go, is that there are four main concepts running through the whole book of Hebrews that may help in grasping it a bit better.

  • God is a communicator
  • His communicated word is effective (it changes lives)
  • His now exalted Son is the ultimate means of His communication
  • The Christ-following community is the immediate recipient of that communication
We as Christians believe that God has spoken to humans and that He revealed Himself most fully through the person Jesus who lived in Palestine in the first century A.D. And that He still speaks to us today through His Son Jesus who is not a dead guy of the past, but a powerful presence now. Look at who it is we follow and worship. Not just some enlightened hippie from the desert who walked around a lot. Look who this author says this Son is:
  1. Heir of all things. Jesus said that all authority has been given to Him in heaven and on earth. His inheritance is the meager WHOLE CREATED ORDER! We are to understand from Scripture that this royal inheritance has been inaugurated in Christ’s coming to earth, and will be consummated at the end of the age.
  2. Through Jesus God made the universe. This is what Scripture affirms here and elsewhere such as John 1:3. We actually believe that Jesus was the agent through whom God created the heavens and the earth.
  3. Jesus is the shining reflection of God’s own glory and the precise expression of His very being. Jesus provides us with a true and trustworthy picture of God. If you want to know what God is like, the answer is Jesus Christ, for it is He who revealed God to us most precisely. Jesus showed us God and cleared up any misconceptions on who YHWH really is.
  4. Jesus sustains all things through His powerful word. This should probably be understood in a managerial sense. “The action speaks of the continual organization and carrying forward of the created order to a designed end, an activity ascribed to God in Jewish writings.”*
  5. Jesus accomplished the cleansing needed for sins. What Jesus has provided is a permanent forgiveness that leads into the very presence of God. This is something that can be provided by no other human, though we often act and live as though someone can, don’t we! The only thing that can truly heal a human soul was and is provided by one person, Jesus Christ.
  6. Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Majesty Supreme. Jesus has been exalted to an exceptional position of authority and honor where He still resides today.
  7. Jesus is greater than the angels. Remember He was made a little lower than the angels for a while during His walk on earth to accomplish His work. Then He was exalted back above them as He was before. (There may have been some angel worship going on in these early Christian communities, thus the author’s charge here.)

Soooooo, God has communicated with humans through the centuries, but ultimately through His Son Jesus who has been exalted to the pinnacle position of authority and majesty. I guess that’s all I had to say…Other than a little mathematical equation because I LOVE math:Jesus+Nothing=EVERYTHING!



*George H. Guthrie

In the Name of Jesus,
Soli Deo Gloria