Hebrews 1:1-4 - A Look At Immanuel 'God With Us'

Last Sunday in Esther 2:5-7we saw that...

  • God can use sinners to do His sovereign will but the LORD cannot use a sinner to save himself.

  • Nor can God use a sinner to save other people.

  • The only way that God can save sinners is if He would send a sinless savior.

At Christmas we celebrated the fact that God had been faithful to fulfill His promise to send this child to redeem and save sinful people. Jesus has done what we could never do!

Now it seems appropriate that we would take this Sunday to consider Jesus as our Redeemer.

A great text to consider for this is Hebrews 1:1-4. It says, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

This text can be divided into two sections.

  • First, in Hebrews 1:1-2awe see that Jesus is the final expression of the will of the Father.

  • Secondly, in Hebrews1:2b-4 we are given nine attributes concerning Jesus.

  1. Jesus is the heir of all things.

  2. Jesus created the world and all things.

  3. Jesus is the radiance of the glory of God.

  4. Jesus is the exact imprint of the Father’s nature.

  5. Jesus upholds the universe by the word of His power.

  6. Jesus made purification for sins.

  7. Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father on high.

  8. Jesus is superior to angels.

  9. Jesus’ name is superior to all others.

Jesus is the final expression of the will of the Father

Our text begins with these words, “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”.

Suppose that your favorite theologians from any generation could stand before you and teach you about the faith. Which theologians would you like to sit under? (The apostle Paul, Augustine, Athanasius, Luther, Calvin, Tyndale, Aquinas, Anselm, Owen, Edwards, Packer, MacArthur, Sproul,)