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|NASB||Hebrews 1:1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,|
|Hebrews 1:1 God, having spoken to the fathers long ago in [the voices and writings of] the prophets in many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the truth], and in many ways,|
1God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3Who 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 on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
4Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
sundry: polumeros: at many times and many ways.
divers: polutropos: in many manners; in many parts (polus: much; tropos: manner or way)
universe (or world): aion: the aggregrate of things continued in time; an age; a period of time.
upholding/sustaining: phero: the preserver of the universe; to burden; to carry.
word: rhema: utterance, to take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God; His omnipotent command.
purged:poieo and katharismos: a clensing from the guilt of sins by the exiatory sacrifice of Christ resulting in a purifying in the moral sense from sins.
After studying these verses, do not they just affirm the views about different ages, i.e. dispensationalism?
Bible Answer: Hi, Russ...
I've struggled with dispensationalism on the one hand and covenant theology on the other. I've tended to lean to the covenant side. God's use of covenants in Scripture is pretty clear. Contrawise, we do find the dispensational concept of "economies" in the Word, although less frequently than covenantal language.
In theological circles folks are now talking about something called "new covenant theology." It seems to be a blending of the other two perspectives. A harmonization of the viewpoints would appear to more accurately reflect the notions expressed by the Scriptures.
You might want to look into all three schools of thought in your study of this topic.
In Him, Doc