The Son as Creator
Hebrews 1:10 – 12 — “And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Thine hands: They shall perish; but Thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail.
Now we will take another look at the identity of the Creator. Who is it that created the Heaven and the earth?
In Genesis 1 verse 1, the entirety of Scripture opens with the simple sentence: “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” The creeds of Christendom assume this creative work to belong to the Father, but the Bible places this work in the hands of the Son. He has preeminence in creation, because He is the Creator:
Colossians 1:15 – 16, 18 — “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him … that in all things He might have the preeminence.”
To not see the Scriptural evidence for the absolute Deity of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is to show absolute ignorance of the Word of God, or to absolutely reject that which God has declared in His Word. In the book of Job, Jehovah God answers to Job and asks him and his wise buddies a question:
Job 38:1, 4 — “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, … Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.”
Notice the witness of from whom this question came: The LORD answered. The “all capital” notation of LORD in the King James Version, and in many other versions, is how the translators noted that they were translating the Hebrew — יְהֹוָה — Jehovah.
The LORD Jehovah answered Job and his “wise counselors” and said “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?”
The passage that we are currently studying, Hebrews 1:10 – 12, is a quotation from Psalm 102:
Psalm 102:24 – 26 — “I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: Thy years are throughout all generations.
“Of old hast Thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of Thy hands.
“They shall perish, but Thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt Thou change them, and they shall be changed:
“But Thou art the same, and Thy years shall have no end.”
The inspired apostle, writing to the Hebrews, makes it clear that this Psalm is speaking about the Son. The Jehovah of the Hebrew Scriptures is the very same as the Son, Jesus Christ. The very name “Jesus” means Jehovah saves, or Jehovah my Savior¹. That is why the angel of the Lord gave this name to Joseph:
Matthew 1:21 — “And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people² from their sins.”
We see the Name Jehovah, in the very Name of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is exalted as Savior, and the Name we know our God by now is the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Philippians 2:9 – 10 — “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name: That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth…”
Do you, dear reader, want to know the Creator of the universe as your Savior? He took on flesh for the purpose of reconciling His creation to Himself, and He will by grace save you when you come to Him by faith in His blood, and believe the gospel that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3 – 4).
Romans 3:21 – 26 — “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”
2 Corinthians 5:19 – 21 — “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
- From Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words:
is a transliteration of the Heb. “Joshua,” meaning “Jehovah is salvation,” i.e., “is the Savior,” “a common name among the Jews, e.g., Exd 17:9; Luk 3:29 (RV); Col 4:11. It was given to the Son of God in Incarnation as His personal name, in obedience to the command of an angel to Joseph, the husband of His Mother, Mary, shortly before He was born, Mat 1:21. By it He is spoken of throughout the Gospel narratives generally, but not without exception, as in Mar 16:19, 20; Luk 7:13, and a dozen other places in that Gospel, and a few in John.
- “His people” referring specifically here to His covenant people, Israel.
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Interesting question for you brother. You write “the inspired apostle, writing to the Hebrews…”
Who do you believe that apostle to be?
I appreciate your standing firm in the faith of Christ our Creator!
grace and peace…
Thank you for reading and asking the question. I believe that apostle to be Paul. I know that it is an unpopular opinion among most “Mid-Acts” Grace believers, as well as among most everyone else and the “scholarly” community.
In a short “nutshell” explanation of my understanding of Hebrews, it is a letter and a sermon to the “whole house of Israel”, the saved and the unsaved alike. It is encouragement for those who believe to go “on to perfection” and to go to Christ without the camp, and bear His reproach.
It also contains serious warnings to the unbelieving about the magnitude of their rejection of Christ.
The believing Jews needed this epistle to move away from the things of the Old Covenant. It is very interesting that throughout the “Acts” period, the believing Jews in Jerusalem were every whit Jews, and still practicing Judaism and were zealous for the law. Those two systems could not go on forever, there would have to be an end to that for the “one body” to truly be one body.
Who better to send that letter than a Hebrew of the Hebrews.
I was glad to see your site as well, and look forward to reading more of what you have to say.
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Allow me to address this stance with 3 verses, as I believe scripture demonstrates that it is not possible for Paul to have written the epistle to the Hebrew believers.
First, examine Hebrews 2:3… “How shall WE escape, if WE neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto US by THEM that heard him;”
If we follow the pronouns we understand that the “we” in the first part of the verse includes the author of the book, whoever that might be (aside from God Himself the author of all scripture, I am honestly not sure…). In the last part we see the word “us” which also must include the author, and “them” which refer to some other men.
Therefore it is clear that the author, along with whom he kept company (we/us) had the knowledge of Christ which they possessed (great salvation) confirmed to them (the author and his company) by those (THEM) that heard Him (that which was spoken by the Lord – the red letters) directly. “Them” are very likely those that stood with Christ in the flesh and physically heard Him speak; very likely the twelve or those very close to them. The verse demonstrates then that the author of Hebrews then learned of Christ by way of other men… “them” and not via Christ directly.
Can we agree on this?
If such is clear, let’s follow with an examination of Galatians 1:11-12… “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Paul makes clear that what he learned of Christ is NOT by way of other men; that the information revealed to him was by way of the risen and glorified Christ directly. How then is it possible that Paul wrote Hebrews if Paul cannot be a member of the party (which includes the author) which learned of Christ in Heb 2:3?
You write… ” It is very interesting that throughout the “Acts” period, the believing Jews in Jerusalem were every whit Jews, and still practicing Judaism and were zealous for the law.”
It certainly is and many miss such important detail! Peter never ceased to be a Jew. Peter died a Jew, will be resurrected a Jew and will sit on a Jewish throne reigning over one of twelve Jewish tribes in Jewish Jerusalem. He (they) never stopped being zealous of the law. The OT simply said “IF you follow the law, “THEN I will bless you”. The NT simply says “I will empower you to follow it”.
Praise God you and I are not in a covenantal relationship with Him. That He sent His Son to take our place on the cross, taking upon Himself the penalty of sin for those who would simply trust in that most amazing gift.
Thanks for the reply, and the conversation.
I will be looking in to the first four verses of chapter 2 in a week or two. I have been working on it since before Christmas, but I need to finish chapter 1 first.
I’m in perfect agreement that Peter and the 12 were not Paul’s teachers, but that he received it directly from there Lord. In fact, I understand from Galatians 2 that they learned from him.
I will address more of this when I publish the study on 2:1-4, but for the present, thank you for the comments.
Until then, I pray that the Lord will bless you in your ministry, preaching “Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery”.
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