1. The main theme of Hebrews is "the superiority of Christ." 2. In the first section of Hebrews (ch.1-4:13), attention is given to "the superiority of Christ as God's spokesman." 3. In this lesson we are studying the information presented in Hebrews 1:1-3. 4. These verses show how "Christ is superior to the prophets."
I. (vs.1) IN THE PAST GOD SPOKE TO THE JEWISH FATHERS BY THE PROPHETS
A. The prophets were inspired people (2 Peter 1:20-21). B. God spoke through the prophets: 1. "at sundry times": in many parts [portions] 2. "in divers manners": in many ways (Numbers 12:6).
II. (vs.2a) HOWEVER, GOD HAS SPOKEN:
A. "in these last days": at the end of the Jewish age B. "unto us": those living under the new covenant C. "by His Son": Jesus Christ, "The Prophet" (Deuteronomy 18:15-19).
III. (vs.2b-3) CHRIST IS SUPERIOR TO THE PROPHETS IN THAT:
A. He has been "appointed heir of all things" B. the worlds were made by Him (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16-17) C. He is the brightness of God's glory D. He is the express image of God's person (Colossians 1:15; John 14:6-11) E. He upholds all things by the word of His power F. He has purged our sins Himself G. He is seated at God's right hand.
1. In the past God intended for the Jewish fathers to listen to His Word from the prophets. 2. However, He now intends for us to listen to His Son (Matthew 17:1-5; Colossians 3:16a).