“GOD, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;” (Hebrews 1:1–2, KJV)
Yesterday we examined the God speaking part, and the manner in which He has spoken. I applied forward-backward thinking on it, to demonstrate an often contentious viewpoint, that God only speaks in this day authoritatively thruogh the Bible.
Many years ago, someone asked me, “If God changed His mind with Jesus, why can’t He change it again?”
I’m summarizing the long, rambling, drawn out question, but basically that was the point. All I had to go on at that point was a simple, “God finished the Bible”. I couldn’t really argue it, I just somehow knew it was done.
I can argue it now. God never changed His mind. Galatians explains that the Law was to prepare and teach the people about Jesus Christ. When we understand the concept of a type…
TYPOLOGY (Gk. týpos “visible impression [created by pressure or a blow, as a seal on wax or a die on metal], copy, pattern, image, example”).† A relationship in which something occurring in the past is a copy or pattern of something in the present or future. The principal purpose of such a correspondence is to instruct by presenting a picture rather than data, just as a teacher might seek to acclimate pupils to a difficult concept by presenting a simple illustration before treating the concept directly. Persons, events, or things in the Old Testament, while possessing true historical validity in themselves, also function as divinely appointed illustrations of what was yet to come. — Allen C. Myers, The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1987), 1024.
…the entire thing becomes understandable. My ancestors simply did the law, and the Tabernacle/Temple scructure and ceremonies without understanding everything they did was a type or picture of the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I bring this up NOW, because as we begin our study of Hebrews, this will become crucial. If you don’t grasp it now, you’re simply not going to get it.
It’s not a surprise that after studying Hebrews, several Christian authors have written books on the Tabernacle and its relationship to Jesus Christ. All that stuff you do’t understand in Leviticus? A picture of Jesus Christ. If you don’t understand it now, behold… sometime in the near future, the Millennium will start. And you’ll get to see it.
If you’re from the theological tradition that postulates we’ve been living in the Millennium, this fact right here should break you of that erroneous conclusion. Just step right down to the Temple in Jerusalem, go to the human High Priest, and ask to see Jesus Christ.
Up until this year, we did not have a human high priest. There is no temple in Jerusalem. And Jesus Christ is not living in the Temple.
Here, Hebrews will point to Ezekiel which points to Leviticus which points to Revelation.
Verse two of Hebrews 1 expresses now that God speaks by His son, the Lord Jesus Christ. As we go along, we’re going to challenge a lot of Christiological heresies, such as Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christadeplhians, Unitarianism, etc.
What is the Sonship of Jesus Christ?
Primarily, the title “Son of God” affirms Jesus’ deity evidenced by His person and His work. John emphasized Jesus’ personal relationship to the Father. Paul stressed the salvation that Jesus provided (Rom. 1:4; 1 Thess. 1:10), and the author of Hebrews focused on Jesus’ priesthood (5:5). All of these are vitally related to His position as Son of God. — David S. Dockery, “Son of God,” ed. Chad Brand et al., Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2003), 1516–1517.
Anyone with a divine message, office or work is referred to in the Old Testament as a son of God. Israel is called the sons of God. Angels are called the sons of God.
To say “The Son of God” makes a different claim, an exclusive claim.
“ And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God (υἱὸς Θεοῦ.).” (Luke 1:35, KJV)
You can say it a couple of different ways. The son of God. THE son of God. The SON of God. The son of GOD.
Any way you put it, you are making exclusive claims, such as we see in John 14:6 – a matter of fact statement that, “No man cometh to the Father but by me.”
To make that statement, to call God “Abba” the way the Lord did, you are making a claim to BEING God. Another way to say that is “I am from that.” “I am part of that.” The Bible makes clear claims that there is only one God… but that God is referred to in plural tenses sometimes – as the Word, the Spirit, the Father. Jesus Christ makes the same claims as God, such as “the beginning and the end”. God the Father makes this statement, and Jesus Christ makes the same statement.
There is no way to say, “Jesus Christ was just a good man.” It flies in the face and makes a logical absurdity of this divine claim.
There is no way to say, “Jesus Christ was a regular man until the spirit came on him, and then he became the Son of God.” It’s absurd.
There’s no way to say Jesus Christ is an angel. It is lunacy. An Angel is not God.
You cannot say, “Jesus Christ is a god, but not God.” That’s madness. It’s ridiculous.
Jesus Christ was in the beginning with God. Jesus Christ is God. Jesus Christ is the Son, voluntarily obedient to the Father, co-equal.
Any attempt to redifne that, minimize that, or in any way change that means you are worshipping a false Christ.