A superior revelation.
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in the time past to the fathers by the prophets.” Hebrews 1:1, NKJV. The first-century Christians did not deny the revelation from God to the Jews, who were to pass it on to those around them. The question, primarily among the Jewish Christians, was whether the old covenant revelation was complete and sufficient. The Jewish believers were beginning to question whether the teaching by Jesus was necessary. Some still believed that the earthly temple with its law and the priesthood was all that was needed. The author of the Hebrews, therefore, is setting the stage whereby he asserts that the old covenant revelation was not complete, and was preliminary. He reminds the Jewish believers that after the preliminary revelation, God gave full, complete, and final revelation of Himself to the humankind, in the Son of the promise-Jesus Christ. The author continues:
God, “has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom He also made the worlds.” Hebrews 1:2, NKJV. The literal meaning of the “worlds,” in the Greek, is times, or ages. The creation of time was the beginning of our universe. The author of the Hebrews reminds the recipients of the Epistle that God, in Jesus Christ, gave the final revelation of Himself, not in parts, but as the whole. The New Covenant revelation of God to humankind is complete, perfect, and final. God does not need anymore to talk to the people through prophets because, He has spoken through His Son, and is with us always, in Jesus Christ. The New Covenant revelation could not be repeated ever again, in another time, and in another manner and place. There is no need to ever add to or clarify the New Covenant revelation of God and His will.
The coming of the Kingdom of God – Jesus Christ, completed the Old Covenant revelation of God to the helpless humankind. “’The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it’.” Luke 16:16, NKJV. The author of the Hebrews does not assert that the old covenant revelation is wrong and ineffective, but that it is in parts, not complete. The time has come, Paul states, for a new, full and complete revelation of God, as His final word to the helpless humankind.
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