What a Sentence!

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they (Hebrews 1:1-4).

A hallmark of inspiration is brevity. There is no excess verbiage in Scripture. Unlike Dickens and others, the penmen of the God’s Word did not get paid by the word. Therefore, their customary practice is concise sentences; but not always.

Ephesians 1:3-14, for example, was written by the apostle Paul as a 200-word, single sentence. Given the weighty and wonderful content of these verses—the blessedness of God in granting humanity all spiritual blessings in Christ—a single sentence of great length is fitting.

Hebrews 1:1-4 is another example of an inspired penman using a single sentence when addressing a weighty and wonderful truth. The God of written revelation has culminated His self-disclosure to humanity with incarnate revelation. Therefore, Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.

This weighty and wonderful statement is not wishful thinking; it is profound truth. The One who made the worlds, who is the brightness of divine glory, who is the express image of God, who is the Sustainer of the universe became flesh and dwelt among us. He was named Jesus and grew up in Nazareth. He is the Christ.

Hear ye Him!

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