The Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Hebrews 1:1-2

God Has Spoken to Us by His Son

Today, we begin a series of devotions on that book of the New Testament which brings together so much of gospel teaching, especially as that teaching relates to the high priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Hebrews is rivaled only by Romans for theological depth.  Whereas the latter covers more theological topics, Hebrews delves more deeply into the priestly session of our Lord at the Father’s right hand.  Though we do not know who wrote the book, it preaches Christ in agreement with apostolic doctrine; thus, it was received by the Church as the word of God. 

Hebrews spends more time with the Old Testament than any other New Testament book or letter.  The writer’s purpose is to show how the Old Testament anticipated the New and how the New Testament answers and fulfills the Old through the person and work of Jesus Christ.  “The New is in the Old concealed; the Old is in the New revealed,” the old-timers used to say.  And Hebrews bears this truth out wonderfully.  One more thing, scholars tell us that the structure of the book is really that of a sermon, so that is what I will call it throughout these devotions.

So the very first line of the sermon tells us, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son.”  The truth given us here is that God speaks.  He spoke in olden times through the prophets such as Moses and Isaiah, but truly the entire Old Testament dispensation would be included.  And why did God speak to us through these men?  Or, why the entire Old Testament dispensation at all?  To prepare us for the coming of His Son which this sermon to the Hebrews will now bear out.

But there is much more in this first statement from Hebrews: Yes, God spoke through the prophets of old—but now in these last days between his first coming and his second, God has spoken to us definitively and finally through His Son Jesus Christ.  There will be no greater word!  All the prophets pointed to him; the whole of Old Testament preaches him (Luke 24:27).  His Incarnation, death, resurrection, and seating at the right hand is the story, the anchor, the centerpiece of the world.  Indeed, the Son was the one through whom the Father created the world, so it is only fitting that upon his purchase of that world that he should inherit the world in its redeemed state at his return.  It was always all about Christ—the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.  He’s who all the Bible is about.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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