Letter to the Hebrews Volume 1
by Clifford Tate
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God the Father's Supreme and Final Revelation to Humanity Part 1
Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 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; KJV Note: MKJV = Modern King James Version
From the time that followed man's rebellion in the Garden of Eden (Adam's sin) and he was therefore kicked out of that place of paradise and relegated to a life of hardship and toil as it is written here, "And to Adam He said, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it! The ground is cursed for your sake. In pain shall you eat of it all the days of your life. It shall also bring forth thorns and thistles to you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are, and to dust you shall return." (Genesis 3:17-19) (MKJV), God the Father spoke to man periodically through individual men and women (Prophets and Prophetesses) revealing His Will to humanity, as He declares here through the writer of Hebrews, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets," (Hebrews 1:1) (KJV). The little English phrase 'who at sundry times' is translated by the Greek word polumeroÌ„s (used this one time only in the New Testament) meaning in many portions, that is, variously as to time and agency (piecemeal): - at sundry times. In other words, God the Father long ago chose particular men and women to reveal pieces of His Divine will to humanity, but not the entire revelation, they only knew in part, in piecemeal, or in portions. The little English phrase 'in divers manners' is translated by the Greek word polutropoÌ„s (used this one time only in the New Testament) meaning in many ways, that is, variously as to method or form: - in divers manners. In other words, God the Father spoke to these men and women He chose not all in the same manner, for example internal suggestions, audible voices, dreams, and visions, here is what He declared with these words recorded for us by Moses, "And He said, Hear now My words. If there is a prophet among you, I Jehovah will make Myself known to him in a vision, and will speak to him in a dream." (Numbers 12:6) (MKJV).
These are some of the ways God the Father spoke to the 'fathers' 'in times past' and that meaning the Jewish fathers (for this epistle or letter was prepared for the Jewish converts to Christianity) during the days before His Final revelation which He declares in the very next verse. Here is what Dr. John Gill had to say of this verse, "The Apostle begins the epistle with an account of the revelation God has made of His mind and will in former times: the author of this revelation is God, not essentially, but personally considered, even God the Father, as distinguished from His Son in the next verse; for the revelation under the Old Testament is divine, as well as that under the New; in this they both agree, in whatsoever else they differ: and this revelation was made at several times, at different seasons, and to different persons; and consisted of a variety of things relating to doctrine and worship, and concerning the Messiah, His person and office; of whom, at different times, there were gradual discoveries made, both before and after the giving of the law, from the beginning of the world, or the giving forth of the first promise, and in the times of the patriarchs, of: Moses, David, Isaiah, and other prophets: and this was delivered in various manners; sometimes by angels; sometimes in a dream; at other times by a vision; and by Moses, and other succeeding prophets, as David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Micah, Zechariah, Malachi, and others; who were sent to the Jewish fathers, the ancestors of the people of the Jews, to whom they prophesied and declared the will of God, as they were moved and inspired by the Holy Ghost: and the Apostle suggests, by this way of speaking, that it was a long time since God spake to this people; for prophecy had ceased ever since the times of Malachi, for the space of three hundred years; and this time past includes the whole Old Testament dispensation, from the beginning to the end of it, or of prophecy in it."
As those 300 years since God the Father spoke through the Prophet Malachi past by, there was no revelation given by God the Father through any other prophet or prophetess at all, but now the final revelation to the Jewish fathers and the Gentile population has come and that coming revelation is none other than our Lord, Master, and Savior Jesus Christ as it is written here by the writer of Hebrews with these words, "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;" (Hebrews 1:2) (KJV). Our Lord Jesus Christ appears at the end of the Old Covenant for 331/2 years and by and through His death on the Cross and His subsequent resurrection from the dead and ascension back to heaven, He ushers in the New Covenant by the shedding of His Divine Blood, for not only the Jewish people, but for the whole world (John 3:16-17). Jesus Christ is the revelation of God the Father in human flesh, as it is written, "No one has seen God at any time; the Only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him." (John 1:18) (MKJV). God the Father has sent His Son (the heir of all things created and the possessor of all things divine and holy) to the Jewish fathers, but they rejected Him (Mark 12:1-12), however, all who receive Him (Jew and Gentile) it is as it is written here, "He who believes on Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God." (John 3:18) (MKJV).
Through our Lord Jesus Christ all things were made that are in heaven and on the earth and He holds all things together as it is written here, "Who is the image of the invisible God, the First-born of all creation. For all things were created by Him, the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers, all things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and by Him all things consist." (Colossians 1:15-17) (MKJV). Here is what Matthew Henry had to say of this verse, "God's method of communicating His mind and will under the New Testament dispensation, these last days as they are called, that is, either towards the end of the world, or the end of the Jewish state. The times of the Gospel are the last times, the Gospel revelation is the last we are to expect from God. There was first the natural revelation; then the patriarchal, by dreams, visions, and voices; then the Mosaic, in the law given forth and written down; then the prophetic, in explaining the law, and giving clearer discoveries of Christ: but now we must expect no new revelation, but only more of the Spirit of Christ to help us better to understand what is already revealed. Now the excellency of the Gospel revelation above the former consists in two things: It is the final, the finishing revelation, given forth in the last days of divine revelation, to which nothing is to be added, but the canon of scripture is to be settled and sealed: so that now the minds of men are no longer kept in suspense by the expectation of new discoveries, but they rejoice in a complete revelation of the will of God, both preceptive and providential, so far as is necessary for them to know in order to their direction and comfort. For the Gospel includes a discovery of the great events that shall befall the Church of God to the end of the world. It is a revelation which God has made by His Son, the most excellent messenger that was ever sent into the world, far superior to all the ancient patriarchs and prophets, by whom God communicated His will to His people in former times."
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reade, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
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