Where is history headed? The conviction of the writer of Hebrews is that Jesus is the summit of all history. He is the reason behind everything that exists. In Him is the consummation of all things. Just as Christ is the commencement of the history, He is also its termination.
The Son of God “upholds all things by the word of His power.” As the agent of creation, the Son also moves it forward to its eternal purpose. He sees to it that creation will reach its intended goal. He carries all things forward (Greek pheron) on their appointed course to accomplish and fulfill His will.
How does He accomplish this goal? “By the word (rhema) of His power.” It is His mighty, enabling word that calls forth the action. It can also mean “His mighty word” or “His enabling word.” His power is expressed by the utterance of His command. It reminds us of the opening verses in Genesis where God speaks and it is done. The utterance is a divine activity. It is the simply utterance of His omnipotent divine will, and it is done.
The apostle Paul wrote, “He [Christ] is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17). There is no greater power and authority in the universe than Jesus’ word.