God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by 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 on the right hand of the Majesty on high: 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they . . . – Hebrews 1:1-4, KJV.
The Greek language is richer and more nuanced than English in many ways. Often a lot of richness is packed into small prepositions and how they are used. Such is the case with the Greek preposition: en, usually translated at its simplest level with the English word, “in.” However, depending on the particulars of its usage, it can mean so many more things than merely “in.”
What KJV translates as: hath in these last days spoke unto us by His Son, is the Greek word, en. That is not incorrect. The problem is, there is actually no adequate way in English to fully do justice to what is meant. Depending on some grammatical particulars that little word en can mean: in, within a place, near by, by, by means of, in contact with, in union with, in the presence of, and so forth. In Hebrews 1 it means very literally God has spoken from within a place and that place is His Son. That makes no sense in literal English, but the author of Hebrews was trying to capture something profound.
The glorious news of the new covenant, of the glorious Savior is this: The Son of God is the Message. The Son of God is the Medium. The Son of God is the Method. The Son of God is the “place” from which God has finally spoken, once and for all. The Son of God is the perpetual frequency of divine thought and communication.
Literally, it means that God has spoken in these last days, in a sonly way, in, through, and by His Son. It is really impossible to concisely translate into English. The frequency of all divine interaction with humanity is no longer law and obedience to precept. It is no longer letter and rule. It is no longer code and conformity. God’s frequency has changed. The only frequency of divine thought is that of Sonliness. If we want to know what God thinks about something, we find it in the Son. If we think we are understanding somethng “from the scriptures,” or “hearing something from the Spirit,” we must hold whatever we think we understand or hear against the template of the Son IN RESURRECTION, NOT old testament proof texts! The Son is the new, and final measure of all things.
There is great pressure these days in social media and elsewhere coming from something called Jewish Restorationism, or “recovery of Jewish roots.” It is held that various selective (inconsistently selective, I might add) aspects of Torah and Torah observance are binding upon all believers in the present day. The difference between the two covenants is downplayed, ignored, or rejected outright. Some teach that the new covenant isn’t really new at all, but merely renewal of the old covenant with Israel with more favorable terms. The old covenant, and all its precepts are viewed as eternal, and eternally binding. Should someone disagree with these propositions that person will be accused of being a “replacement theologian.” I cannot unpack in detail here the fallacy of these beliefs and the undermining of the gospel they represent. I have done so elsewhere in my books and writings.
However, It would seem clear that based on a letter written to disillusioned Jews (the book of Hebrews), that a significant change has occurred. A comparison of what was, against what is, based on the resurrection, is being made. Our Father has replaced an old way of communicating with a new one. Jesus is presented in clear contrast to what preceded Him. I would suggest an upgrade to new covenant thinking, beliefs, and practices is in order.
God’s way of doing things since the resurrection of Jesus, and the outpouring of the Spirit has forever changed. The rest of the book of Hebrews is devoted to trying to explain to disillusioned but nominally believing Jews of that the era (who were expecting literal fulfillment of the prophecies they were hanging their hopes on, and were considering reverting back to Judaism) that their covenant is over, there is nothing to go back to, and the era of a better covenant, based on better promises has begun.
Read Hebrews. Read Galatians, and don’t be duped by Jewish Restorationist nonsense. That is not “recovery” of lost truth, but rather regression to a modern form of Galatianism which Paul identified in the strongest possible language: a false gospel of which it, and the messengers of it, should be accursed. Don’t get angry with me for saying it. It’s not original with me.
Jesus is, was, and forever will be, the message, the medium, and the method of the new covenant–a qualitatively new covenant based on better promises and secured with a more precious sacrifice.
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