Daily Plumer – Hebrews 1:2, 5 – Is Jesus the Son of God, and the Author of the Gospel?

“In Christianity all turns on this point, Is Christ the Son of God, or is he an imposter? vs. 2, 5. Between these there is no middle ground. He is to be received with all the heart, or he is to be rejected with abhorrence. If his claims were not well founded, they were blasphemous. If he was not equal with God, he was guilty of robbery. Very few in all the earth are ready to deny that the great teacher of Nazareth was a just person, a pious and benevolent man. If this is true he was no imposter.

And he is the author of the gospel. The prophets spoke the Old Testament by the Spirit of Christ, 1 Pet. 1:10. But the great mass of the thoughts of the New Testament were uttered by the Saviour’s own blessed lips, and the rest were communicated by revelation to his apostles. The Jews blamed their fathers for killing the prophets; yet God forsook them not utterly on that account, but sent the Lord Jesus, saying, ‘They will reverence my Son.’

Christ himself addresses us in the gospel, which ‘began at the first to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him,’ Heb. 2:3. Christ is far above the prophets, even the best of them. Among them none was greater than Moses. ‘They escaped not who refused him that spake on earth [i.e., Moses]; much more shall we not escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven,’ Heb. 12:25. It is therefore the height of madness to look for any scheme, which shall by divine appointment succeed the gospel plan. If men will not hear Jesus Christ, they will hear no messenger that God might send. The gospel therefore has overwhelming demands upon us. It comes to us from the lips of him, who made us, and who will be our final judge.”

(These hopefully daily remarks come from William Swan Plumer’s 1872 commentary on the epistle to the Hebrews.)



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