They were written by men belonging to various ranks, occupations, and methods of thought.. shepherds and fishermen, warriors and kings; the psalmist, the prophet, and the priest; some employing the stately religious Hebrew, others the Chaldaic patois, others the polished Greek-every variety of style, from the friendly letter, or sententious proverb, to the national history, or the carefully prepared treatise, in which thought and expression glow as in the fires--but all contributing their quota to the symmetry and beauty of the whole. God spoke to David and told him that the Savior would be born of his house (2Sam 7:16). Each had served the people of God well in the past, and no teaching or expectation was wrong at the time it was given. years the law, and two thousand years the days of the Messiah had showed greater favour to them, having provided some better The fathers (3962) (pater) refers to the Old Testament forefathers and is contrast to us in the next verse. Chicago: Moody Press), Beloved, this verse begs the question, a serious, sobering question - Is that any other individual made in the image of God with to whom you "owe a debt?" writing: this shows that the Gospel revelation was first made to neither are called his inheritance; but elect men, who are his ", The full and final revelation of Scripture will not be embellished, superseded or antiquated through the entire period of church history until our Lord's bodily return. the fathers, this "to us"; meaning either the apostles in ", Mark 10:31 "But many who are first will be last, and the last, first. Deuteronomy 8:16 "In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end (Lxx = eschatos hemera [ep eschaton ton hemeron]). Moody Press), MacDonald nicely summarizes the purifying work of the Son writing that "The Creator and the Sustainer became the Sin-bearer. (see note Colossians 1:16), Paul reminded the Corinthians that "there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by (dia = through) Whom are all things, and we exist through Him." (NLT - Tyndale House), Phillips: has now, at the end of the present age, given us the truth in the Son. God has promised unfathomable glories in the eternal perfection of heaven that will one day be the conscious experience of every believer. Is by the sweet conveyance giv’n. The meaning of Hebrews 1:2 is that at the very termination of the times in which God is speaking to man, He speaks, not through the prophets, but in His Son, Who is "the Word" (Jn 1:1-2). Expositor’s says that the people of Israel “were like men listening to a clock striking the hour, always getting nearer the truth but obliged to wait till the whole is heard.” The words “in times past” are the translation of palai. HE HAS SPOKEN TO US IN HIS SON: elalesen (3SAAI) hemin en huio: given us the truth in the Son" (Phillips), spoke to us in One Who by nature is [His] Son" (Wuest), Spoken (2980) (laleo) is in the aorist tense which in context speaks of a past completed action. 2:10 ) . Matthew 20:16 "So the last shall be first, and the first last. "All flesh is not the same flesh; … there are celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one; and the glory of the terrestrial is another… One star differeth from another star in glory." God spoke to Adam and told him that the Savior would come from the Seed of the woman (Ge 3:15). Eschatos - 52x in 47v - Eschatos is translated in NAS = end(1), last(46), last of all(1), last man(1), last men(1), late(1), remotest part(1). At the morning offering the water along w. wine was poured on the altar from two silver bowls. John MacArthur: The basic teaching is plain and unmistakable: we are to make every effort, with no delay, to make our relationship right with our brother before our relationship can be right with God and we can avoid chastening. If I were to try to explain it, and to talk about the eternal filiation, I would only conduct you where I would soon be entirely out of my depth, and very likely I would drown all that I could tell you in floods of words. There have been many attempts made by the fathers of the Church to explain the relationship between the two divine persons, the Father and the Son. But there was in it a development, of spiritual light and of moral standards, until God’s truth was refined and finalized in the New Testament. blessings and promises of the covenant of grace, the gifts and Barnes adds that since "the object of the (author of Hebrews) was to show the superior claims of the gospel, and to lead them from putting confidence in the rites instituted in accordance with the directions of the Old Testament, it was of essential importance that he should admit that their belief of the inspiration of the prophets was well founded. attended to, both on account of the dignity of his person, as the Most quoted Psalm. Hebrews 1:2. The goal of this paper, generally speaking, is to establish the meaning of Hebrews 1:1-4. Moody Press), ESCHATOS IN THE OT: ", Revelation 22:13-note "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. In summary, the last days are the time period between the First and Second Comings of our Lord Jesus Christ. What happens in the last days (observations derived solely from the passages which use "eschatos")? Pink observes that "we may see here an illustration of the sovereignty of God: He did not act uniformly or confine Himself to any one method of speaking to the fathers. Wuest notes that "the Son is the Divine Agent not only in the original creation of the physical universe, but also in the operation and management of that universe and all its creatures all down the ages of time. ', Matthew 20:12 saying, 'These last men have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day.'. John MacArthur agrees writing "Throughout the Pentateuch, “the latter days” refers to the time when Messiah will establish His kingdom (see Ge 49:1, 8–12; Nu 24:14–24; Dt 32:39–43). ) ( Numbers (Mt 6:19-21-note, Mt 6:24-note). That law operates in Nature. J Vernon McGee comments: At the “latter end,” in the future Millennium, God promises to make Israel the leading nation with earthly blessings. Perhaps at this time Jesus stood and cried out w. a loud voice (Edersheim, The Temple, 281f). Jeremiah 23:20 The anger of the LORD will not turn back until (expression of time - should always cause you to pause and ask "What time is it?") He has a right, therefore, to command, and when he speaks, people should obey. "Of him, and through him, and to him, are all things." In addition to this, it was given in different modes. The cross was a stumbling block to Jews, but the writer does not apologize for it. 1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; word: to which may be added, that formerly God spoke by many 1 Peter 1:5-note who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. for the Messiah was to come before the Jewish civil and church The translation so far reads “In many parts and in different ways of old.” Now comes the word “God.” It is preceded by the definite article which has several functions here. revelations in the manner in which they were made; the former was What are you storing up for yourself? Alexandrian copy, the Complutensian edition, and several other They will speak of Nature just as they have been accustomed to find her. Deuteronomy 32:20 "Then He said, 'I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be; For they are a perverse generation, Sons in whom is no faithfulness. None was, in itself, a false or fraudulent voice. Well might he also be called "the Word of God"! In the Old Testament the Jew saw the last days as the time when all the promises would be fulfilled. Roman law required that a will had to be sealed seven times, to protect it from tampering and as it was rolled up, every turn was sealed and each of the seven seals could not to be broken until after the person whose will it was had died. (2Ti 3:14-15-note). Certainly the book of Revelation speaks of events which are related to the 12 Tribes (See Rev 7:4-note). In the last days promises would stop and fulfillments begin. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge." 3Through … John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. , used in ( Genesis 49:1 Given the miraculous "rebirth" of Israel in May, 1948 after almost 2000 years of non-existence as a sovereign nation, it is hard to believe that some Christians make the absurd statement that God is finished with Israel and has transferred all His OT promises to the Church. “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all,” as Isaac Watts’ hymn says." (Context tells what believers are to "drink" - Jn 7:38, 39! It follows that this is when the last days began. (Brown, Colin, Editor. ", Luke 12:59 "I say to you, you will not get out of there until you have paid the very last cent. (McGee, J V: Thru the Bible Commentary: Thomas Nelson or Wordsearch), Deuteronomy 31:29 "For I know that after my death you will act corruptly and turn from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days (literally - "the end of days" Lxx = eschatos hemera [ep eschaton ton hemeron]), for you will do that which is evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him to anger with the work of your hands. Since the beginning of time, Satan, the ruler of this world, has known that he was a temporary "squatter" and so he has continually tried to prevent the true Heir from receiving His inheritance but as Hebrews and Revelation record he will not succeed. Indeed, He is one with the Father, so that there is no separating them, as He Himself said, in reply to Philip’s request, “Show us the Father”; “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me” (John 14:8, 11). And throughout, there is ever the subtle, mysterious, ineffable quality called Inspiration: a term which is explained by the majestic words of this opening verse, "God, having spoken of old to the fathers, hath at the end of these days spoken to us. Kay Arthur, who is very respected in the area of interpretation of Bible prophecy and John MacArthur, one of the most respected Biblical expositors of Scripture in the world, both interpret the "book" (scroll) as the title deed to the earth. Long ago (3819) (palai) means in the past, of olden times, long before now or of old. No thoughtful man can look around him without being arrested by the infinite variety that meets him on every side. It was given in the form of law, prophecy, history, psalm, sign, type, parable. Later to the Romans Paul writes "Christ has become a servant to the circumcision (Jews) on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers" (Ro 15:8) (The 9 other similar uses of the phrase the fathers in the NT - Luke 1:17; John 6:58; 7:22; Acts 13:32; Ro 9:5; 11:28; 15:8; Heb 1:1; 2Pet 3:4). observed, that the Messiah must be come; that the Mosaic economy, The voice of God spake in the prophets, whose very name likens them to the up-rush of the geyser from its hidden source. Introduction a. Psalm 110 is quoted by Jesus in Matthew 22:41-46. Godet - Every being, to reach existence, must have passed through the thought and will of the Logos, Henry Alford adds that aion includes "God’s revelation of Himself in a sphere whose conditions are Time and Space, and so all things existing under these conditions, plus these conditions themselves which exist not independently of the Creator, but are His work, His appointed conditions of all created existence, so that the universe, as well in its great primeval conditions,—the reaches of Space, and the ages of Time, as in all material objects and all successive events, which furnish out and people Space and Time, God made by Christ.”, The Son is responsible not only for the physical earth but also created time, space, energy, and matter -- whatever has been at any time, is, or shall be. (2Ti 2:21-note). (Hebrews 1). Eschatos can refer to the lowest status or "last place" (Mt 19:30) Eschatos indicates the meaning “last” in the sense of a final stage in a process. of the last days of the Mosaic economy, or Jewish dispensation; The word points to the fragmentary character of former revelation --it came in multiple segments or portions, in many ways, in various manners. Already I seem to hear the shouts go up from every part of the habitable globe, and from all heaven and all space, “Hallelujah! (Rev 11:14, 15-see notes Re 11:14; 15). Therefore we dare not reduce our study of prophecy to that of a neglected "step child" lest we find ourselves unaware of the "signs of the times." 2 Peter 3:3-note Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts. Comment: In the ancient world debtors were jailed till the debts were paid. 1 Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. In Hebrews 1-7, he examines these rival authorities and reveals their inadequacies. the tradition of the house of Elias; which teaches, that the The writer reminds his readers later that "it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins" (Heb 10:4-note). Denomination: Baptist. Christ is Lord of all the angels; no seraph spreads his wing except at the bidding of the “Heir of all things.” There are no bright spirits, unknown to us, that are beyond the control of the God-man, Christ Jesus; and the fallen angels, too, are obliged to bow before His omnipotence. Baker exegetical commentary on the New Testament). But we must take this description of Jesus Christ as appointed “Heir of all things” in his person as man, and as God and man combined; for, as God alone, Christ is necessarily “Heir of all things” without any appointment; but in his complex person as God and man conjoined, the Father has appointed him to be “Heir of all things.” Now, what does this mean but that Christ possesses all things as an heir possesses his inheritance, that Christ is Lord of all things, as an heir becomes lord and ruler among his brethren. is used of God the Father himself, and in this epistle, ( “at the end of the days”) referred to the far distant future. Son - Lacks the definite article (the) in the Greek - so the idea is that the absence of the article fixes attention upon the nature and not upon the personality of the mediator of a new revelation. While Hebrews as a whole is written to demonstrate Christ’s … Spoke (2980) (laleo [word study]) which originally referred to the chattering of birds or prattling of children and evolved in use to the highest form of speech, the thrice holy God choosing language as His primary medium of communication to fallen, sinful mankind. They will make allusions to the events transpiring around them, so as to be easily understood by their fellows. Only one son meant only one heir. the last days of the natural world, but of, the Jewish world and made, whether visible or invisible; and the preposition "by" does the superior excellency of the one to the other; the former was (Hebrews Commentary - essentially verse by verse) (Bolding added), OT Scriptures documenting that God spoke long ago…, John Calvin = That you may, therefore, understand the full import of this passage, the following arrangement shall be given —. 3 The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son. In fact Jeremiah prophecies that in days to come (future days, last days), God will raise up FOR David a Righteous Branch and He will reign as King (referring to Messiah Jer 23:5, 33:16 = note "a Righteous Branch OF David."). the Jews; and it being made to them personally, they were under (Rev 1:7-note). He spake by way of promise and prediction, by types and symbols, by commandments and precepts, by warnings and exhortations." (Ro 3:18-note). Through (1223) (dia) is a marker whereby something is accomplished or effected. 1 Corinthians 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. God spoke in different ways. Many ways also alludes to the different OT literary types including law, history, poetry, allegory, prophecy, etc. (Mt 28:18), The entire universe belongs to the Son by divine appointment for He is "He is Lord of all" (Acts 10:36) He will reign over all things as "KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS." Corinthians 10:11 ) and quickly after Jesus, the true Messiah (Jude 1:18). It is this which gives it its unity. Paul reminded Timothy to "continue in the things you have learned… from childhood you have known the sacred writings (Old Testament Scriptures) which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." While some theologians interpret the references to the resurrection and rule of David in the Old Testament as fulfilled in Christ, it is notable that Christ is never called "David." There has been something so unique in these books that they have always stood and fallen together. However, the content of the book, including the frequent references to the Hebrew Scriptures, makes it clear … The earliest book of God. of orbs (where the sun, moon, and stars are), and the world below Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. For example the "LORD said to Moses, "See, I make you as God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet." Kleronomos signifies not only one who inherits or obtains a portion but also signifies one who takes into possession of the portion. If I were allowed only one book of the Bible, it would be the Epistle to the Hebrews… because it contains our most comprehensive discussion of the redemption wrought for us in the sacrifice of Jesus. Instead, he shows it to be one of the seven excellent glories of Christ. (Rev 5:7-note), Then as "the Lamb broke (the first) of the seven seals" (Rev 6:1-note), He initiates the 7 year period often referred to as the Tribulation although not specifically designated as such in Scripture (the "great tribulation" refers to the last half). Expositor’s adds that the people of Israel “were like men listening to a clock striking the hour, always getting nearer the truth but obliged to wait till the whole is heard.”, MacArthur - We must, of course, clearly understand that the Old Testament was not in any way erroneous (2Ti 3:16, 17- note). "In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." "The Lord, the mighty God, hath spoken, and called the earth." Revelation 21:9-note Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, "Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb. The meaning of Hebrews 1:2 is that at the very termination of the times in which God is speaking to man, He speaks, not through the prophets, but in His Son, Who is "the Word" (Jn 1:1-2). Our salvation is a gift of God. At the best the view caught of God, and given to men through the prophets, though true, was partial and limited. This sermon correlates Psalm 110 and the Book of Hebrews. The prophets received their call or appointment directly from God, and some like Jeremiah (Jer 1:5) or John the Baptist (Jn 1:13, 14, 15), were called before birth. This is a difficult passage and it is best not to be dogmatic. God spoke to Abraham and told him that the Savior would come from his Seed (Ge 12:3, 18:18, 22:18). A study of Hebrews is rich and rewarding. (Hebrews 1:1-3 Greater Than the Prophets), God (2316) (Theos) No other NT Epistle comes to the point as quickly as this one. What else could have led mankind to look upon these sixty-six tractlets as being so unmistakably related to each other that they must be bound up together under a common cover? to these persons, and for their use and service, in time, and to In Heb. 10 "But when you are invited, go and recline at the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he may say to you, 'Friend, move up higher'; then you will have honor in the sight of all who are at the table with you. Hebrews 1:2(NASB) HEBREWS 1:1,2. Hebrews 1:2. "Long ago" is a time phrase which in context refers to the time prior to Messiah's first coming and contrasts to the "last days" inaugurated at His incarnation. particular, or the Jews in general, to whom the apostle is Reconciliation should be made today. New International Dictionary of NT Theology. This preposition is used also in the instrumental case. In short, eschatology is teaching about the "end times" or more literally the doctrine of last things. They, like us, were being tempted, frightened or pressured into following other voices and serving other masters. Ezekiel 38:16 and you will come up against My people Israel like a cloud to cover the land. Note that the noun eschatos is distinguished from the adverb eschatos (2079) which is used once in the NT (Mk 5:23+) and means to be very sick, be at the point of death. All rights reserved. In a sense the last of Israel's "last days" will mark the beginning their "best days" as they prepare to enter the Messiah's earthly kingdom for 1000 years. The new covenant is contrasted with the old covenant, not in the way in which the light of the knowledge of God is contrasted with the darkness and ignorance of heathenism, for the old covenant is also of God, and is therefore possessed of Divine glory. they call them the world of angels (where they dwell), the world In this context, this is the appointed time when our inheritance is fully completed by the last episode of redemptive history (Mt 25:34). Deity is not to be explained, but to be adored. (1-2a) Jesus brought a revelation superior to the prophets of old. (The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary 2:576), NIDNTT writes that "The adjective eschatos, attested from Homer onwards, is a superlative form derived from the prep. Where God had spoken through the prophets of the Old Testament, He now speaks through the person of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 1:2-note in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. Initial impressions of Hebrews might suggest that the writer is detached from any context. The earlier revelation was in many forms. GOD SPAKE Prophets are a very blessed means of communication, but how much more sure, how much more condescending is it for God to speak to us by His Son! It means part by part, fragmentarily. But in Jesus there is the steady shining of the pure ray of his glory, one uniform and invariable method of revelation. (MacArthur, J.. 1 Peter. This is the Gospel revelation, or the revelation in the Gospel dispensation; which though it comes from the same author the other does, yet in many things differs from it, and is preferable to it; and indeed the general design of this epistle is to show the superior excellency of the one to the other; the former was … We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. What Does Hebrews 1:2 Mean? Eschatos is used three times in a descriptive Name of Jesus (Rev 1:17-note, Rev 2:8-note, Rev 22:13-note). 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