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3: God Has Spoken to Us by His Son (Heb 1:1-2:4)
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3: God Has Spoken to Us by His Son (Heb 1:1-2:4)

The Basics


Without a formal epistolary opening, Hebrews begins with a powerful introduction that goes to the heart of its message. It immediately directs our attention to the Son of God, highlights His supremacy, and warns us to heed His divine word. As we continue our studies through the chapters that follow, we will see that the epistle will continue to develop this core message.

Key Verse

“How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?” (2:3-4).

Did You Know…?

1.         Express image (1:3): “Originally [the Greek word] denoted an instrument for engraving and then a mark stamped on that instrument. Hence it came to be used generally of a mark stamped on a thing, the impress of a die.” 3/14

2.         Superior to the angels (1:4): The Jews revered angels because they were divine messengers and mediators of God’s law (cf. Acts ; Gal ).

3.         Name (1:4): To Jews a name stood for the full character of a person in all he was and did…. 4/1859






Key Words/Phrases

Segment Analysis


1.         Verses 1 to 4 consist of a long sentence. What are the main subject and main verb of this sentence?

2.         Based on verse 1 and 2, make a detailed comparison between God’s revelations through the prophets and His revelation through the Son.

3.         Record descriptions about the Son that demonstrate His supremacy.

4.         The Son sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. What do the phrases “sat down” and “right hand” tell us about our Savior?

5.         How has God spoken to you today by His Son?


6.         In what ways is the Son “so much better than” the angels, according to the following verses of this passage?

6a.        1:4-5

6b.        1:6

6c.        1:7-9

6d.        -12



7.         What can we know from this paragraph about the purpose of the extensive comparison between the Lord Jesus and the angels found in the previous paragraph?

8a.        What are “the things we have heard”?

8b.        How do we “give the more earnest heed” to the things we have heard?

9a.        What does it mean to “drift away”?

9b.        What is the consequence of drifting away?

10a.      How does the author describe our salvation?

10b.      What does this description mean to you personally and to your daily life?

11a.      How does a person “neglect” salvation?

11b.      Why do we not have any excuse for neglecting the great salvation?

12.        In what ways have you seen or experienced God’s own witness of His salvation?

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