God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,…
I. EXCELLENCY OF HIS DIVINE MAJESTY: THE OUTBEAMING OF HIS FATHER'S GLORY. By Him, as a medium, it becomes visible, and is brought within the range of our comprehension.
1. He is the Creator of all things: and, therefore, the glory of God, displayed in the creation, is through Him.
2. Displayed in His character as Mediator and Redeemer.
3. In Him the Divine glory essentially resides, and has been manifested by His various appearances since the foundation of the world. It is said of man, indeed, that he was made in the image of God, but Jesus Christ only is the express image of the substance of God, the exact representation of that in which the Divine nature differs from all other being.
II. THE ENERGY OF HIS ALL-CONTROLLING POWER. "He upholds all things by the word of His power." All things — whole universe — things visible and invisible, small and great. "Upholds," sustains, preserves, and regulates. "Word of His power," powerful word! "He speaks, and it is done."
III. "BY HIMSELF PURGED OUR SINS." This refers to the Jewish ceremonies. "By Himself": not by offering the greatest among men or angels. Such would not have been adequate to the occasion. To purge our sins He shed His blood.
IV. "SAT DOWN," &c. This expresses His exaltation.
1. To the exceeding power of God.
2. To the highest dignity and honour.
3. By means of the right hand gifts are dispensed.Gifts are the source of happiness. Therefore, the right hand of God is the place of celestial felicity.
(Thomas Galland, M. A.)
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