Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Deity of Christ in Hebrews 1

Jesus is the Son of God (Matthew 3:17). While He was on the earth, “all the fullness of Deity [dwelt] in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9). Yet there are some who reject the Deity of Christ, saying that He surrendered His Deity when He came to earth.

The Hebrew writer appealed to his audience to not go back to the Old Law. He made several points about why the new way with Christ was better than the old way. He begins the book talking about Christ. In the first chapter alone, there are several statements that show us that Jesus is God.
  • His Son... through whom also He made the world” (v.2). Jesus is credited with a role in Creation. We know that the Creator is God (Genesis 1:1; see also John 1:1-3).
  • The exact representation of His nature” (v. 3). In Jesus, we see the Father (John 1:18). Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).
  • You are My Son, today I have begotten you” (v. 5). The Jews understood the implications of Jesus' claim to being God's Son. If He was, He was equal with God (John 5:18).
  • Let all the angels of God worship Him” (v. 6). The only one deserving of worship is God (Revelation 22:8-9).
  • But of the Son He says, 'Your throne, O God, is forever and ever'” (v. 8). The Son, Jesus, is called God.
  • You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Your hands” (v. 10). Again, Jesus is given credit for the Creation.
  • You are the same, and Your years will not come to an end” (v. 12). Jesus is unchanging and eternal, two characteristics of God (Malachi 3:6; Isaiah 43:12-13).
There are many other passages we can use to show the Deity of Christ. But if you remember Hebrews 1, you will find several points in this chapter alone to demonstrate that Jesus Christ is God.

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