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A Divine Dialogue

Hebrews chapters 1 and 2 contain a most fascinating Divine dialogue. In chapter 1, God the Father declares facts about the nature of God the Son to the Son Himself. In Hebrews 1:5, God the Father speaks to the Son from Psalm 2:7 where He says, "You are My Son; Today I have begotten You." Then, in Hebrews 1:8-9, we find the Father saying to the Son in Psalm 45:6-7, "Your throne O God is forever and ever, a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom..." Finally, quoting Psalm 102:25-27 in Hebrews 1:10-12, He declares to the Son, "You LORD in the beginning laid the foundations of the earth and the heavens are the works of Your hands. They will perish but You remain, They will all grow old like a garment. Like a cloak You will fold them up and they will be changed. But You are the same and Your years will not fail."

Then, in chapter 2, God the Son declares several truths about God the Father to the Father Himself. First, citing Psalm 22:22 in Hebrews 2:12, He says, "I will declare Your name to My brethren, in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You." And then reaching back to Isaiah 8:18 He says to the Father, "Here am I and the children whom You have given Me" (Hebrews 2:13).

In these two chapters there is a beauitful exchange in which we get a glimpse into the intimate fellowship that the Father and the Son have with each other. Both Persons are God, but the Father and the Son remain distinct in the roles they play in redemption. We also see how the Old Testament is not only about Christ in that it declares truths about Christ to God's people, but that it is about Christ in that parts of it are written to Christ. This is the apostle Paul's point in Galatians 3:16, where he writes, "Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, 'And to seeds,' as of many, but as of one, 'And to your Seed,' who is Christ." The promises of God in the Covenant of Grace were made, first and foremost, to Jesus--the son of Abraham and covenant keeper.

But there is one more development. The Son actually speaks to His people in the midst of the discussion He is having with His Father. Quoting from Isaiah 8 He says to believers, "I will put My trust in Him." The Son is declaring to us that He put His trust in the Father so that we also might put our trust in Him too. This is a great encouragement to us as we seek to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. The first two chapters of Hebrews bring believers into the midst of a Divine dialogue so that they may be strengthened in faith in the one who is the Mediator between God and man--the God-Man, Jesus Christ.

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