A Study of Hebrews Chapter 1: Part 3

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Whom He has appointed heir of all things,

I have often said that our generation today is one that requires more reasons and persuasion for doing a particular work or achieving a goal. I have titled the people of this day as the “so-what” people. The reason being is that in order for anyone in our generation to persevere in reaching a goal they must know the purpose of finishing this objective and to understand what is the value of finishing. We must explain to them what the point is in accomplishing this work. This is exactly the objective of the writer over the course of the next few verses. The writer stated that the God had spoken in His Son: So what? The writer begins a discourse to present and substantiate the preeminence of the Son to the reader. There is a need to accomplish this since there is a necessity to demonstrate why they need to remain faithful to the Lord Jesus and His message.  This is important to remember since if we forget this goal we may drift away into a foreign interpretation and lose the true meaning of the intent of this letter. There are seven points of argumentation that the writer uses to contend with his audience and these are all offered by means of uplifting Christ Jesus. Not only this but the next seven points are meant to also define what exactly the term “Son” means.

The first portion of his argument points to the heirship of the Lord Jesus. Here we read that God has appointed Him heir of all things. It is the Father who has appointed the Son to be the Heir however let us contemplate for a moment what exactly this suggests. It is certain that the term does refer back to an inheritance to be received once the owner of the inheritance passes on by death. The problem with this definition in this context is that it does not take into account that the Father can never die! Brethren writer F.W.Grant comments:

Thus the Son is the “Heir of all things” (Heb.i.2); and sonship and heirship go together, not merely among the dying sons of men who, under death because of sin, leave their possessions to others; but sonship and heirship go together in things that are eternal, and where again that which is divine shines through and interprets the creaturely and temporal.[i]

The term used with regards to Christ in this instance would be better defined as a function. It conveys the thought of a ruler who has dominion and authority over the house of His Father. As we saw, it is interchangeable terminology with His Sonship. Paul explains the fact that an heir is a son: Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Galatians 4:7) and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17) There is also the idea that His heirship expresses the full extent of His ownership. Christ is the proprietor of all things. (Colossians 1:16). The scope is beyond merely a few riches or earthly possessions but all the hosts of everything that bears the term “creation” is under his rule. This wasn’t a mere prophet they were on the verge of rejecting but the creator and king! When we reflect upon the Heir in the scripture we must also direct our attention upon a similar term; mainly the firstborn. We will spend a little more time developing the thoughts surrounding the firstborn when we arrive in v.6. We will see that these interchangeable terms bring about a more full definition of what exactly the term “Son” truly entails and we pray will bring about a further desire of servitude and worship.

[i] The Crowned Christ, F.W. Grant, Uit het Woord Der Waarheid, Page 91


Written by shawnkjmcgrath

July 21, 2009 at 10:23 am

Posted in Hebrews Ch.1

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