Like it or not, Jesus Christ is God’s spokesman today. The Hebrews writer, attaches a series of phrases to the basic declaration, “God has spoken” (Heb 1:1). “In time past” tells us God has spoken before (recorded in the Old Testament). “In various times and in various ways” tells us He spoke in time past on multiple occasions, “to the fathers” (to different people like Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses), “by the prophets” (through a variety of men who delivered God’s message). In verse two, a new time element is introduced: “In these last days” (the time of Christ), God has spoken, “to us,” which gives us a different audience, one that includes Gentiles also. God has spoken, “by His Son”, which gives us a different speaker. The way God spoke in times past has changed. He now only speaks through His Son Jesus Christ, which necessarily rules out the Law of Moses, visions, prophecies, and modern-day revelations.
We have the assurance that Jesus is God’s final spokesman by how He is characterized in verses 2 and 3: He has been, “appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds,” and is, “the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His person.” He is, “upholding all things by the word of His power.” After having, “purged our sins, He has sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Jesus Christ, being God the Son, has all power and authority and is reigning right now in His kingdom (Matt 28:18; 1 Tim 6:15; Rev 1:9). We need to heed Him and Him only (Heb 2:1-3). In fact, the Holy Spirit inspired writer later declares, “See that you do not refuse Him who speaks” (Heb 12:25a). Will you hear Him or refuse Him? – By Shawn Smith