Chapter CONTEXT from Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete): In this chapter we have a twofold comparison stated: I. Between the evangelical and legal dispensation; and the excellency of the gospel above that of the law is asserted and proved (v. 1-3). II. Between the glory of Christ and that of the highest creatures, the angels; where the pre-eminence is justly given to the Lord Jesus Christ, and clearly demonstrated to belong to him (v. 4 to the end). I recommend reading the comments on v.1-3.
I would also highly recommend reading Gill’s Exposition of the Bible (introduction Hebrews 1, Heb 1:1, 1:2)
In reading these and other tried, true, and trusted commentators we find they all agree that the opening of the book of Hebrews ( C1 ) sets forth the superiority of the Gospel over the Law. In v.1 the writer under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit makes the clear statement; God, having spoken to the fathers long ago in [the voices and writings of] the prophets in many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the truth], and in many ways, (AMP) It informs us that under the law God used many means to communicate the truth of the Law to people.
Then we get to our main text for today; (God) has in these last days spoken [with finality] to us in [the person of One who is by His character and nature] His Son [namely Jesus], whom He appointed heir and lawful owner of all things, through whom also He created the universe [that is, the universe as a space-time-matter continuum]. (AMP) Note the implications here:
- God has spoken with finality, meaning this is a done deal the only way forward
- God has spoken through one person only His son Christ Jesus
- God appointed Him heir and lawful owner of all things, King of Kings
- No other can speak for He who created the universe
We have in the world of “Christianity” today, many folks running around with a whole bunch of titles, many self-appointed. Titles like Pastor, Elder, Chaplain, Bishop, and even Prophet. The truth is that many of these folks are doing a righteous job of sharing the UNCOMPROMISED GOSPEL. They are as the writer of Hebrews reminds us v.3 are; ‘upholding all things by the power of God’s Holy Word.‘ Some on the other hand are nothing more than charlatans, great pretenders, who know little of the true depths of God’s Holy Word and speak not the Word of Christ but their own. The Bible makes it clear these men are not worthy of being called preachers 2 Peter 1:20-21 and the condemnation upon them will be great James 3:1