The Nature of the Son

from the Hebrews reading plan

Hebrews 1:1-14, 2 Samuel 7:12-15, John 1:1-5, 2 Corinthians 4:4-6

Hebrews 10:31 says, “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” I love that verse for the same reasons I love the entire book of Hebrews. First, I love the poetry of the line. It’s a beautifully crafted statement and image—lyrical, ironic, forthright, and severe. The entire book is this way—filled with imagery, concepts, warnings, and encouragement that read like poetic meditations on glorious and fearful things.

Also, I love how the line frames the holiness of God and our need for redemption, another theme that runs throughout the book. This is a beautiful, powerful, sometimes terrifying book if you read it without humility, reverence, and a sense of awe before the Lord.

But if you read it with humble eyes and an open heart, you’ll find Hebrews fights for our hearts. It lifts our eyes up from our present struggles—and in the case of the original audience, from persecution—to consider the eternal glory and majesty of Christ and to find our hope there.

This letter was written to Christians with Jewish roots. They were being persecuted for their faith, and many were wondering if it was worth it to continue to claim the name of Christ. To these people facing these struggles, the author clearly says, “Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. In these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son. God has appointed him heir of all things and made the universe through him” (Hebrews 1:1–2).

You’ll notice as you read that the author threads this letter with dozens of references to the Old Testament. He does this to demonstrate that everything the Hebrew people’s forefathers believed in and hoped for has been fulfilled in Christ. And Christ will finish the saving work He began. Where else can they go? To what else can they cling?

The power and supremacy of Christ described in this letter would cause any of us to tremble in His presence. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. But to adapt a phrase from the disciple Peter, where else should we fall? He alone has the words of life. May the daily Scripture readings in this study plan challenge you, inspire you, correct you where needed, and deepen your confidence in God’s ability and resolve to rid the world of all evil and make all things new.

Written by Russ Ramsey

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8 thoughts on "The Nature of the Son"

  1. Chuck Adair says:

    God’s holiness is both fearful and wonderful all at the same time. Today’s reading reminded me that God has now revealed himself personally in the person of his son.

    That is both fearful and wonderful at the same time!

  2. Troy says:

    I’m looking forward to a month of focusing on Christ and His supremacy. We often forget how privileged we are to live in the times we live in. As the “Hall of Faith” passage in Hebrews 11 reminds us, so many generations before us lived by faith but died before the promise was realized. We have the full picture! God’s plan of redemption through Christ from beginning to end! How blessed we are!

  3. Drew Bell says:

    Hebrews is addresses to the Jewish people as an argument in support of Jesus’ status as Messiah. It’s an attempt to persuade the people that Jesus is not simply the fulfillment of the Law but also evidence of why we can’t simply strive for the Law.

    In short, Hebrews is written to show us the wonderful facets of Jesus and how He alone matches the threads throughout scripture meant to lead us to Him.

    It’s often said “hindsight is 20/20” but nowhere is this more true than in scripture. With the apostle and Holy Spirit as our guides it becomes impossible to not see how the entirety of scripture (and indeed all of history) pointed out the unique arrival of Christ. Jesus is above the angels, above the prophets, above the priests and above everything else; He is God and man.

    Reflecting on His magnificence and how He singularly achieves so many prophecies, it’s astounding how easy it can be for us to turn away and settle for the things of this world.

  4. Ryan Heacock says:

    I can’t help but be in awe of the eternality and supremacy of Jesus. How clear and emphatic these first verses are in describing and depicting the nature of Jesus and that He is God himself in the flesh. Jesus was there in the foundation of the earth and His throne is forever and ever. He has been with God from eternity past and will reign forever and ever. I’m so thankful God reveals himself to us in this way through his Word letting us know that He himself came to rescue and to save and that we can have complete rest in knowing He is in control of all things. Identifying who Jesus is gives us a far better, deeper and clearer understanding of the true gospel that can be tainted in so many ways by getting who Jesus is wrong.

  5. Joshua H. says:

    Jesus came to reveal truth and is superior to his antecedents.

  6. Ben says:

    Gods love is steadfast and assured to us. His desire to shine the darkness out of our lives. The reverence fear that he wants from us

  7. Kevin says:

    Day 1: Stoked for this study! I pray that we will be humbled and awe inspired by the words of the Lord in Hebrews. Let’s use this study to become better men of God. This book has amazing strength and I believe some great transformation will happen if we let it. Stoked. ⚒

  8. Papa Nate says:

    I pray dear Lord that I fall into your hands and you do speak to me through the Spirit By the Word. Not just in my life but my family’s and those around me..

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