Doctrine of Christ in Hebrews 1, Paul’s Synagogue Address in Hebrew
Paul preaching the Doctrine of Chrisr in Hebrew in the synagogues
Paul’s Introduction in Hebrews 1
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Paul’s lead in on first two Old Testament quotes–
For to which of the angels did He ever say:
First quote from Psalm 2 verse 7
“You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You”?
Second quote from II Samuel 4 verse 13
“I will be to Him a Father,
And He shall be to Me a Son”?
But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says:
“Let all the angels of God worship Him.” Deuteronomy 32 verse 43 and Psalm 97 verse 7
And of the angels He says:
“Who makes His angels spirits
And His ministers a flame of fire.” Psalm 104 verse 4
But to the Son He says:
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” Psalm 45:6, 7
“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment;
Like a cloak You will fold them up,
And they will be changed.
But You are the same,
And Your years will not fail.” Psalm 102:25–27
But to which of the angels has He ever said:
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? Psalm 110:1
Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
COMMENT Number One: The Doctrine of Christ is about both Christ and those who will inherit salvation. The two twin themes of Christ and salvation inheritors is moved forward in Hebrews from fundamental principles to advanced doctrine. Fundamentals on Christ Himself and on inheritors of salvation, and advanced doctrines on Christ Himself and on His brothers of the salvation inheritance.
Surely it got your attention that all of a sudden man is in the dialog about the Doctrine of Christ, and the immediate comfort for the listener that the angels: Are first of all ministering spirits, and second they are ministers for you and I that become partakers in the nature of Christ. Suddenly, we are brought by the Apostle Paul in the dialog, and don’t miss it in the next statement Paul addresses in the beginning of our Hebrews chapter 2 is when he says he makes the first mention of the world to come, saying that God has not put the world to come in subjection to the angels. In other words, what is man that God is mindful of him; well, He has put the world to come–that is of the new earth, in subjection to man, leaving the angels to also continue to serve us. We as believers are treated like sons, like sons of God. Recall that it was John who wrote, “but to as many of them that received Him, to them gave He power to become sons of God.”
Well, in Hebrews first Paul will take us into the fundamental principles of how the doctrine of Christ includes us then with chapter 6 will take us step by step through advanced doctrines of Christ and US.