Friday, October 30, 2020
Letters of Light, Ch 1.1-4
There is only one word for these four verses- “Magnificent.” The King James translation (1611) of vss 1+2 set a wonderful tone for these introductory verses: “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 to us by His Son.” (Read that out loud- it’s great). The author makes three points about Christ in 1.1-4:
In the short span of four verses the author also lays out some of the basic themes that will follow:
- His pre-existence, God the Son not only existed before Creation, He always was and through Him the universe was created.
- Incarnation, God the Son, the Word of the Father, became human.
- Exaltation, His seat is at the right hand of the Father.
- A) The superiority of Jesus: in the past God revealed Himself and His plan partially; in Jesus Christ God’s revelation is full and complete (This will later develop into a demonstration of how the New Covenant in Jesus is superior to the First Covenant).
- B) The Divinity of Jesus: expressed in various translations as He is “the very imprint of God’s being/the perfect copy of God’s nature/the express image of God.”
- C) The manner in which God speaks through Jesus is the mystery of His Death and Resurrection.
- D) Kingship of Christ: “He took His seat…” (this comes from Psalm 110, a psalm early Christians used at Easter). The Son of God is shown to have a dual, all-encompassing role: in Creating and in Redeeming; that is why all things are His (“heir of all things”). His name, which is more excellent than that of the angels, is Son. Verses 3+4 seem to be poetic in nature and may have been an early Christian hymn. This isn’t surprising, since when dealing with mystery, poetry is always more expressive than prose. Think about it: The Easter song/poem “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”, probably speaks more directly to us about life and light and salvation than a theological treatise does.
Something to consider:
Take the 1), 2), 3) and A), B), C), D) points from the commentary above and identify their places in chapter 1, verses 1-4
Read Hebrews, Ch. 1.5 to Ch 2.18