"But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high."
These words exalt Christ almost more than any others in the New Testament. The Apostle is concerned to stress His unique, solitary excellence. He is the 'heir of all things' – that is to say, everything in the created order exists for Him - a stupendous claim that staggers our thinking, forcing us to the conclusion that such a One could not have been a mere created being (this is the point of the argument, of course, for He is immeasurably greater than the angels who were created beings), but One Who is eternal. Thus we come to the thought of His involvement in creation itself - 'by Whom also He made the worlds'. 'Before Abraham was I AM', He said, in the days of His flesh, and might well have added, 'Before creation was, I AM', for this would have been just as true. The New English Bible translates 3 thus: "...the effulgence of God's splendour, and the stamp of God's very being…. " The force of this description seems to lie in the significance it gives to the last statement in the verse, as if to say, "It was such a One who effected the purging of our sins, this eternal, all-glorious One, Who is God the Son". And it is this mighty work, including within its compass the Resurrection and Ascension to the right hand of the majesty on high, that constitutes God's word to men. It is a word of pardon and salvation that He speaks in Christ.