Perhaps you are wondering why in the world we have spent so much time on this subject. Well, the writer of Hebrews did. We believe he was guided by the Holy Spirit. What he wrote, therefore, is important. Beyond that, though, there are other reasons. There are at least two religions in this world, both of which teach falsehood about the Lord Jesus, which claim angels brought the revelation to their founder.
There are many people who look to angels, or spirits, or whatever – horoscopes and such – to guide their daily lives. Besides that, there are many things, even in church,which draw our attention away from the Lord. Recently, I saw a facebook post in which someone wanted folks to mention their church and pastor if they thought he was a great pastor. I understand that. At the same time, how about a church with a great Savior?
During the days of Charles Spurgeon, the great English preacher, it was a common practice to “church-hop.” That is, because there were many great preachers in London at the time, some folks would go from church to church to “sermon-taste.” It’s said that when folks left these other churches, they would say, “What a great sermon,” but when they left Metropolitan Tabernacle, Spurgeon’s church, they would say, “What a great Savior.”
That’s what we need, folks –
A great Savior.
Because we are great sinners.
The Bible tells us of that great Savior – the Lord Jesus Christ.
In our previous posts, we’ve looked at the writer’s arguments proving the Lord’s superiority over angels. These involved His person and His position. This last post on ch.1 will focus on the final two evidences of that superiority.
1. His Power, 1:10-12.
As we look at these verses, we are reminded about how much the Bible deals with origins and outcomes, and how little really it deals with what goes on in between. It doesn’t ignore that, certainly, but it reminds us that this world isn’t all there is and that what we can see isn’t all there is. Verses like Romans 8:27-30 and Ephesians 1 and 2, especially 1:3-12, 21; 2:7, emphasize more what God does than what we do.
The three verses in the title of our post encompass the entire history of creation. Perhaps this is to remind us of the brevity of our own lives and the speed with which it goes by. I’ll soon be 75, Lord willing, and I’m kind of taken aback when I remember something in the past and realize that it happened 50 or 60 years ago! So long a time ago, and yet it seems so short!
The Past, v. 10, “You, LORD, laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands.” This is a quote from Psalm 102:25-27. The Psalmist wrote this praise to Jehovah, or the Father. The writer to Hebrews directs the Psalm to Jesus, the Son. Another, incidental, proof of the deity of the Lord Jesus. No faithful Hebrew could ever have done this if Jesus were not truly God.
The verse contrasts the Lord Jesus with His creation, and shows His greatness. His is the workmanship behind everything, perfect workmanship, whether seen through microscope or telescope.
How long ago was “the beginning”? Only God knows for sure, but likely not as long as we’re commonly told. The only reason to believe that it happened billions of years ago is to allow for the time required by the theory of evolution. There have been those who’ve tried to figure out when the beginning was by looking at the chronologies in the Bible. The KJV of my youth had a note that Genesis 1:1 happened in 4004 B.C. The difficulty with that is that the Bible was never given to establish a chronological time-line, but to establish connection between us and Adam. I have no difficulty with the idea that the earth is more than 6,000 years old. I just don’t think that it’s billions of years old.
Belief in evolution and the belief in creation are the viewpoints of two opposing religious systems, one which says that man is the creation of God and one which says that “god” is the creation of man.
Whenever the beginning was, the Lord Jesus was there.
The Present, v. 11, “They will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment.” The contrast is again between creation and its Creator. Creation is perishing, wearing out, passing away, 1 Corinthians 7:31. The Second Law of Thermodynamics also tells us this. Our planet, like some old clothes, is wearing out, and all the “patching up” we can do isn’t going to stop it.
The Future, v. 12, “Like a cloak, You will fold them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not fail.” This picturesque verse shows the tremendous power of the Creator, the Lord Jesus. One day, He will fold the universe up like a worn-out piece of clothing and replace it, 2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 20:11; 21:1. How foolish we are to act as if this world, this life, will last forever.
2. His Promise, 1:13, 14.
But to which of the angels has He ever said, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool?”
Certainly, no mere angel ever had such a promise made to it. There’s a lot of discussion about what these verses mean, as well as other verses which deal with the Second Coming, but surely it may be noted that the time is coming, and we believe very soon, when every knee shall bow, …and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,” Philippians 2:10, 11. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus”!
Angels only have a role of service, v. 14. The Son is “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”
He has willing subjects.
Are we among them?