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Hebrews 1:5-14

01.20.2011

After the seven affirmations of Christ in vv. 2-4, the author follows up with seven OT quotations that establish Jesus’ position as Son, His preeminence, His superior glory, His divinity, His role in creation, and His exaltation.  Most, if not all, of the quotations are from Old Testament passages that had long been interpreted as messianic.  As such, the author arranges them like one, long statement from the Father to His Son, telling Jesus how much the Father delights in Him and how proud He makes Him.*  We are allowed to overhear this intimate praise, brought into the love that exists within the Godhead, and thus obligated to respond accordingly.

The last verse of the passage refers to us as the audience for this endorsement.  The author describes us as, ‘those who are to inherit salvation.’  This ties back to the author’s earlier emphasis of Christ as heir to creation and creates the parallel that Paul captures in Rom 8:17 when he calls us, ‘co-heirs with Christ.’

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* One of the advantages of capitalizing divine pronouns is that it usually helps clear up antecedents without having to resort to clunky structuring.  Not so when both parties are God.  The doctrine of the Trinity, while beautiful, plays havoc with grammar.

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