Daily Plumer – Hebrews 1:2 – Jesus is God’s Final and Greatest Word

“Nor have we any right or reason to expect any new revelation from God, for he has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, v. 2. These are the last days; that is, this is God’s last dispensation of grace to men; and because it is the last he has sent to earth the greatest messenger ever sent to any world. God greatly honored Moses, when he said: ‘If there be a prophet among you I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all my house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold,’ Num. 12:6-8.

But the great prophet like Moses was in the beginning with God, from eternity lay in his bosom, and knew the Father even as the Father knew him. He was ever ‘by him, as one brought up with him.’ ‘The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ,’ John 1:17. Moses spoke what he had learned; but Jesus Christ spoke what he had ever known. Moses was a servant; Jesus Christ was a Son. Moses was by nature a sinner; Jesus Christ knew no sin, original or actual. Moses entered heaven by the righteousness of Immanuel; Jesus Christ entered heaven by his own merits.

We cannot reasonably expect that God will ever supersede his Son. Starke: ‘If God has finally spoken unto us by Christ and his apostles, we must not turn away to the next doctrine that may arise, be i Mohammedanism or Popery.’ Christ is above all the prophets, as he is a Son, and they are but servants; as he holds all the offices of mediator, and they none of them except typically; and as in his human nature he is famously exalted and glorified with excellent majesty, whereas the most glorious of mere men are but servants and worshippers.

If these things be so, how great is the privilege of hearing the gospel; how great the blessedness of laying hold of its promises; and how great the honor of publishing it to a dying world. Dickson: ‘The glory of the ministerial calling of preachers of the gospel is by so much the greater, as it hath the Son of God first man in the roll thereof; as first preacher, and prince of preachers.'”

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

SDG,
Ezra

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