A Shamefully Abused Passage
Out of all the passages abused by Trinitarians, Hebrews chapter one has to top the list. There are so many things wrenched out of context in this passage by Trinitarians it is a wonder that they think they can get away with it. There are separate articles on this site which deal with the respective verses in question in detail. The purpose of this page is to provide an overview and summary of the false claims made by Trinitarians regarding Hebrews chapter one. These false claims are easily demonstrate. The following table first summarizes those false claims and contrasts these claims with the truth:
|The writer's point in this chapter is to demonstrate Jesus is God
||The writer's point in this chapter is to demonstrate the man Jesus is now greater than the angels and for this reason it is senseless to return to the Law
|The "exact representation" of God's being necessarily means Jesus is God (v.3)
||The "exact representation" of God's being necessarily means Jesus is not God.
|"When he brings his firstborn into the world" is a direct reference the incarnation of baby Jesus.(v.6)
||"When he brings his firstborn into the world" is a direct reference to the risen Jesus entering the economy of heaven.
|All the angels must worship Jesus because Jesus is God.(v.6)
||All the angels must worship Jesus because Jesus, who was once lower than the angels, has now ascended to the throne of God and in this way has become superior to the angels.
|God the Father calls the Son "God" (v. 8)
||God the Father proclaims that the Son's throne is the throne of His God.
|God the Father declares that the Son created everything (v. 10)
||The Hebrews writer declares that God the Father created everything.
Additionally, Trinitarians grant almost no relevance to several other statements made in this chapter.
- The Hebrew indicates that Jesus has "become" better than the angels and has "inherited" a better name than the angels.
- The Hebrews writer indicates Psalm 2:7 and 2 Samuel 7:14 refer to Jesus' resurrection and bear upon a correct understanding of the word "firstborn" in verse 6.
- In verse 9, the Hebrews writers is still quoting from Psalm 45 which reads, "God, YOUR GOD, has anointed you."
- A chiastic structure is present in the quotation of Psalm 45
- An "Kai" vs. "De" structure exists in the writer's vocabulary and literary structure which indicates a new argument is in view in verse 10. Additionally, the "He" of verse 13 is most naturally the Lord of verse 10.
Last Updated: March 24, 2011