Hebrews 1:10-12

10. And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the works of your hands; 11. they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, 12. Like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.” (ESV)

Paul is here continuing the quotations that are “to the Son” (verse eight). That is the significance of the word, “and.” The Father says to the Son what is in verses 8-9, and also says to the Son what is in verses 10-12.

That raises a difficulty: the original Psalm (which is 102:25-27) does not seem to be talking about the Son, but about the Lord. That is precisely the point, however: Jesus, the Son, is the Lord. That is precisely what Paul is trying to say. In fact, the presence of the term “Lord” in the Psalm is the reason why it was appealing to Paul to use it to refer to Jesus Christ, the world’s true Lord.

To say “lay the foundation” is another way of saying “create.” The phrase “in the beginning” should make us think of Genesis 1:1 (“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth) and John 1:1 (“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”).

In verses 11-12, we see the contrast between Jesus and creation laid out clearly: the creation is temporary; Jesus is not. The point here is this: if Jesus was the Creator of the universe, then He will also outlast the universe. Jesus is responsible for both the beginning and the end of the universe. Therefore, Jesus is not like the creation. He is outside and above creation.

If there was a beginning to the universe, then there will also be an end, contrary to what most unbelievers think. Unbelievers think that everything will go on as it always has (2 Peter 3:4). But if the world is “wearing out,” then there is a suggestion here of final judgment. In the final judgment, the world will be renewed. In fact, God (Jesus) can put on the world, and take it off again, just like a garment. That is the point of verse 12. The person (who puts on a garment and takes off the garment) remains the same.

So, do we put our trust in what we can see? Do we trust in the universe, which will clearly have an end? If our faith is based on a temporary world, then our faith will also be temporary. However, if our faith is based on Jesus Christ, then it will not pass away. Instead, our faith will partake of the same eternality that Jesus Christ has. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that the Lord put “eternity into the hearts of men.” We were not made to be temporary, but to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. So, trusting in this world for our happiness is contrary to the reason for which we were made.

And as is our faith, so is our life. If our life is based on these temporary visible things, then our life will be temporary, and death will be eternal. If, however, our life is based on Jesus Christ (with our faith), then our lives will be eternal. Jesus said, “Whosoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” Will you live or die? Then believe in Jesus, who is the eternal, all-powerful Creator of the universe.

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