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‘By his word’? Creation, preservation and consummation in the book of Hebrews

Albert J. Coetsee
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 4 | a4894 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i4.4894 | © 2018 Albert J. Coetsee | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 December 2017 | Published: 06 June 2018

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Albert J. Coetsee, School for Christian Ministry and Leadership, North-West University, South Africa


God’s speech is a prominent theme in the book of Hebrews. A fascinating phenomenon regarding God’s speech, and one that has in my opinion not been adequately explored, is that the writer possibly implies that God created by his word (Heb 11:3), preserves creation by his word (Heb 1:3) and will consummate creation by his word (Heb 12:26). This article examines whether the writer indeed had the conviction that God did, does and will do this by his word. This is done by doing grammatico-historical exegesis of Hebrews 11:3, 1:3 and 12:26 and integrating the findings. In so doing, this article contributes to the study of Hebrews’ theology of God’s word.


Hebrews; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 11:3; Hebrews 12:26; creation; preservation; consummation; God’s word; God’s speech


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