Thursday, April 26, 2007

Is Jesus God? Part 6a


This is the sixth post in a series on the deity of Christ. Thus far we have looked at Paul, James, and Peter's understanding of the person of Jesus of Nazareth. Today we turn our attention to the letter of Hebrews.

Hebrews


The letter to the Hebrews is excellent in showing forth Christ’s supremacy over all things. One of the primary ways that this is done is by showing that Jesus Christ is indeed God. From the opening paragraph the letter upholds the uniqueness of Christ. In Hebrews 1:2 the author says, that Christ has been “appointed the heir of all things” and that He was the one through whom the Father “created the world.” By attributing the creation to Christ the author is pointing not only to Christ’s eternality but also to His deity. The author is making an allusion to Genesis 1:1 where we read, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” In Hebrews 1:3 the author continues his attestation to Christ’s deity when he writes that Jesus is the “exact imprint” (carakth.r) of God’s nature. The author is saying that as the “carakth.r” of God’s nature that Christ “is exactly equal to God in every attribute.” After making such a clear statement regarding the deity of Christ one might think that no more evidence would need to be given. However, the author of Hebrews continues to be relentless in arguing for the deity of Christ when he writes that Christ is the One who “upholds the universe by the word of His power.” This is also an allusion to Genesis 1 where we are told that it was God’s words that led to the creation. Here the author says that it is Christ’s words that are upholding the universe. The author is attributing to Christ “something that only God could do” thus showing that in his mind Christ was indeed God.


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