by Jared Oliphint
No short quote or biblical passage can exhaustively include every theological topic, but the reason I chose Hebrews 1:1-2 as the theme verse is because it covers so much ground in such a short space: revelation, eschatology, theology proper, hermeneutics, cosmology.
- Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets… God spoke, which in itself is an immeasurable thesis, but he did so in history, in time. His speech was directed to our fathers. His speech was mediated through the prophets. His speech was diverse in epoch and in mode.
- …but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son… The author indicates we are in a different epoch than the one he just described and there will be none after it. These days are the last, things are coming to a close, and the reason for this is bound up in the Mediator of God’s speech, his own Son. God himself has spoken both mediately and immediately by his Son. There is a contrast in the mode of revelation between what was long ago and what is now final.
- …whom he appointed heir of all things…God’s Son has inherited everything and is the center of everything, and this was by appointment from the Father. Creation is the inheritance given to the Son from the Father.
- …through whom also he created the world. God is the creator of everything, the giver of everything, and the world was created through the Son to be given to the Son.