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A Revealing God

Heb 1:1-8, 14; 2:1-4


     1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say: "You are My Son, Today I have begotten You"? And again: "I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son"? 6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship Him."

7 And of the angels He says: "Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire."

8 But to the Son He says: "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.. . . 14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? 2:1 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord,

and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? NKJV


Introduction

       The theme of the Book of Hebrews is the word “superior,” or “better,” and Jesus is presented as the Superior One. Through the Book of Hebrews we find many statements as to how Christ is better. God is a revealing God. Contrast His revelation with the so called gods of the universe. He is a Revealing God. 

 


 

1.   A Revealing God’s . . Disclosed Revelation. 1:1-3

 

       A.   The . . Prophetic Disclosures. 1:1

1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,

 

           1.  Disclosed Through the Law.

           2.  Disclosed Through Kings.

           3.  Disclosed Through Judges.

           4.  Disclosed Through Ceremonies,

 

     B.  The . . Privileged Disclosure. 1:2

2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

 

           1.  Privileged because it allows us to know Christ and know Him better.

 

     C.  The . . Powerful Disclosure. 1:3a

3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power,

 

           1.  Powerful because we discover the power of His words.

 

     D.  The . . Purifying Disclosure. 1:3b

“. . .when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

 

           1.  Christ work performs a purifying, and cleansing for sin.

 

           2.  The picture of Him seated conveys His finished work; while “at the right hand”indicates power, honor, and authority.


Illustration

A small boy asked his mother “can you see God.” His mother said, “Yes, we can see God in the creation etc. .” The lad wanted more than that, and his mother told him to asked his Sunday School Teacher. He did and got a similar answer. Then one day he was out fishing with his grandfather, and he said “papa, I have a question,” and his papa said “what is it.” He then said “oh never mind.” His grandfather was curious and said, “son ask your question.” So the lad ask “papa can you see God, and I don’t mean in creation and things like that, but can you really see God.” His grandpa looked out over the lake, and as his eyes became teary he said “grandson sometimes God is all I can see.”


Application


The longer we walk with God the more we see He discloses Himself. He is a revealing God.


He Reveals Himself In His Word.



 

2.   A Revealing God’s . . Dominate Revelation. v4-8

 

       A.   A More Dominate Revelation Than . . Angels. v 4-7, 14

 

               1.    Note His Superiority Over Angels. V 4,5, 14

4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a

     more excellent name than they. 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say: "You are My

     Son, Today I have begotten You"? And again: "I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to

     Me a Son"? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will

     inherit salvation?

 

           a.  Some people almost if not entirely mistakenly worship angels. These verses tell us angels are inferior to Christ. They must bow down to Him in worship. They are servants to Christ, and at His command to serve the Children of God. In Christian literature you can find many excellent stories about angels ministering to God’s children.

 

               2.    Note The Word Firstborn. v 6-7

6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship Him." 7 And of the angels He says: "Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire."

 

                a.  In v 6 “`firstborn” into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship Him."

 

                b.  He is first born in this sense. it refers to prominence of position or title, not to the order of time. Christ was not the first to be born on the earth, but He holds the highest position, (Rom. 8:29; Col. 1:15.,).

 

     B.  A More Dominate Revelation Than . . Authorities. v 8

8 But to the Son He says: "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.. .

     

Illustration         Word Pierces Hearts

When evangelist John Wesley (1703-1791) was returning home from a service one night, he was robbed. The thief, however, found his victim to have only a little money and some Christian literature.


As the bandit was leaving, Wesley called out, “Stop! I have something more to give you.” The surprised robber paused. “My friend,” said Wesley, “you may live to regret this sort of life. If you ever do, here’s something to remember: ‘The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin!“ The thief hurried away, and Wesley prayed that his words might bear fruit.


Years later, Wesley was greeting people after a Sunday service when he was approached by a stranger. What a surprise to learn that this visitor, now a believer in Christ as a successful businessman, was the one who had robbed him years before!


“I owe it all to you,” said the transformed man. “Oh no, my friend,” Wesley exclaimed, “not to me, but to the precious blood of Christ that cleanses us from all sin!Our Daily Bread, October 1, 1994


Application


A Revealing God’s . . Dominate Revelation.

 

He Reveals Himself In Jesus


 

3.   A Revealing God’s . . Determined Revelation. 2:1-4

 

       A.   Earnestness Of A . . Determined Revelation. 2:1

           2:1 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest

     we drift away.

 

           1.   We must be earnest in time, talent, treasure, and testimony.

 

           2.  This kind of earnest commitment will keep us from drifting. A ship that is properly anchored does not drift.

 

           3.  I like the old song, We Have An Anchor. God’s revelation serves as an anchor for every believer.

 

     B.  Effectiveness Of A . . Determined Revelation. 2:2-3

           2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and

     disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a

     salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by

     those who heard Him,

 

           1.   A very sobering question is asked; “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation” the obvious answer is that we will not escape. The proof rests in history as we see the past rejection of God’s message caused punishment. How much more will punishment be given if one rejects Christ?

Illustration    Jesus Will Win

A friend told me of an incident that happened while he was in seminary. Since the school had no gymnasium, he and his friends played basketball in a nearby public school. The elderly janitor waited patiently until the seminarians finished playing. Invariably he sat there reading his Bible. One day my friend asked him what he was reading. The man answered, “The Book of Revelation.” Surprised, my friend asked if he understood it.


“Oh, yes,” the man assured him. “I understand it.What does it mean?


Very quietly the janitor answered, “It means that Jesus is gonna win.


That is the best commentary I have ever heard on that book. Jesus is going to win. That is the Biblical mindset. That is the confidence we need as we face the future when—God alone knows when—the river may begin to rise again. Our Daily Bread, January 16 Revelation 3:15-16

 

     C.  Endowment of A . . Determined Revelation. 2:4

           4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts

     of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? NKJV

 

           1.  Every Christian receives a gift or gifts, in order to serve the Lord.

 

           2.  He Endows His Children.

 

Illustration   No Inspiration

Gipsy Smith told of a man who said he had received no inspiration from the Bible although he had “gone through it several times.”

“Let it go through you once,” replied Smith, “then you will tell a different story!” Source unknown


Application


A Revealing God’s . . Determined Revelation.


God Is A Revealing God