7756 - Heir and Creator
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In the opening paragraph of Hebrews are splendid declarations of the superiority of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as compared to the prophets of old and to the angels of heavenly realms.
Let’s look today at chapter 1, verse 2:
“but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.”
Our last study focused on how God has spoken to mankind by His Son. This, of course, refers to the message given to the people of earth in and through the Son of God. In His birth, life, death and resurrection, Jesus is the only One ever to experience life as Son-of-Man and also as Son-of-God.
The verse we read told us that Father God appointed Jesus as heir of all things. To us, the word ‘heir’ carries the idea of one who becomes inheritor of an estate upon the Father’s death. This definition has no meaning for Jesus because Father God is eternal and will never die. That word also describes one who is possessor, sovereign, or lord. Notice, this is something resembling a title, and so it could be with Jesus.
This title does not relate to His ‘begotten’ state as the Son-of-God. Rather, this title ‘heir’ relates to the Father’s recognition of Christ’s service as the Son-of-Man. In becoming the Son-of-Man, Jesus was unique. He was fully human, in which form he alone qualified as the sinless lamb to be sacrificed for the sins of the human race.
Another important point: while in flesh, Jesus had laid aside the use of his divine powers for his entire human life on earth. He was fully God, but He never used His personal divine powers during His earthly life. He lived in total dependence upon Father God, and He always obeyed the Fathers instructions. He told people He did not come to earth to do His own will, but to do the will of the Father. This truth was emphasized in that last night with the disciples when he declared to them that it is the Father living in me, who is doing his work, and anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.
This plan fulfilled the purpose of demonstrating to every Christian how to live the Christian life. On at least two occasions Jesus told His disciples, as the Father has sent me into the world, so I am sending you into the world. Just as he was relying upon the Father’s guidance and power, so are we to rely upon His guidance and power in life down here.
Another phrase in this verse, which deserves some attention is, “through whom he made the universe.” These words do not mean Christ was a passive tool or instrument in creation. This is authenticated by other Scriptures. Colossians (1:16) tells us: “For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities: all things were created by him and for him.” The book of John (1:3) relates: “through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.”
From these we see that Christ was the active agent in creation.
Not only did Christ create the material things which are seen and touched by us; but he created all the laws of order which rule the actions of these things –– the law of gravity, the law of decay, all the laws of nature and so much more.
Notice also he created invisible things like magnetism, centrifugal force and all those things governed by Him.
There can be no argument, the Son is infinitely greater than the prophets of old.
Each of the children of God must praise Him for providing the sacrifice, which gives us the capacity to be forgiven and cleansed of sin; and to be transferred from the darkness into His glorious kingdom of light through salvation and righteousness. How great is Jesus Christ!