1:1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
In Hebrews 1:1-4 the author of Hebrews declares that the Son of God, Jesus, is God’s final word, and then proceeds to describe seven specific things about the Son that taken together describe his divine nature and proclaim his supremacy over the entire universe. Those seven things are:
- God has appointed his Son as the heir of all things.
- God created the universe—space and time—through his Son.
- The Son is the radiance of the glory of God.
- The Son is the exact imprint of the nature or essence of God.
- The Son upholds the universe by his powerful word.
- The Son made purification for sins.
- Having finished his work, the Son sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (God the Father).
All in all, this text portrays Jesus as the final Prophet, the highest Priest, and the King of kings.