Speaker: Rob Turner
Text: Heb 1: 1-2
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BIG IDEA: God’s creation, authority, and communication are supremely displayed through Jesus.
1. Jesus is God’s agent of creation.
2. Jesus is God’s authority over creation.
3. Jesus is God’s articulation toward creation.
- The spiritual ecosystem that grows our maturity in Christ is prayer, community, and Scripture.
The Doctrine of the Word of God by John Frame An Exposition of Hebrews by AW Pink
Hebrews for Everyone by NT Wright
For conversation and prayer:
1. The letter starts out with a confession of the authority, clarity, and source of those texts (v1). It says God spoke by the prophets. The writer emphasizes that it was “at many times and in many ways”. Then, the writer says about Jesus, “God has spoken to us by His Son”. Notice the finality and particularity in that phrase with the words “spoken” and “by His Son”. While the author affirms God’s revelation throughout history via the prophets, he uses it to set up the reality that Christ is the way God has revealed Himself with finality and uniqueness.
- Do you see it as God’s revelation or man’s creation?
- Do you see Jesus as the final and supreme revelation of God’s character?
- What happens if we have a view toward either that differs with Scripture?
2. Many see Jesus a teacher, philanthropist, spiritual guru, etc. The testimony of the Scriptures, which was the early church’s, is that Jesus is the incarnate Son of God. Other religions have leaders that say, “Look at my teaching for revelation. Look at where my wisdom points to see God.” Jesus, along with the NT, says, “Look at Jesus to see revelation.” The testimony of the Bible cannot mesh with the testimony of other religions on either the location of revelation or about Jesus.
- Why is it important for us to be careful in how we talk about Jesus in pluralist culture?
3. The Bible says all of creation exists because of Jesus. Not only is Jesus the most clear and final revelation of God in the middle of history, but all of history also exists because of Jesus. This means that Jesus is not only a “character” in the story of God, but He is also the “Author”.
- What does it mean to see in Jesus both the main character and author of the world’s story?