Behold Your God — Week Four, Day One

19 Jun

Today’s study contains two of my favorite Scriptures — John 1:14 and Hebrews 1:1-3. These passages, along with Colossians 1 and other passages, establish the fact that Jesus is God. Let’s look for just a minute at Hebrews 1:1-3 . . .

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 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. 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,

This passage speaks first of TWO ERAS . . .

Long ago — When God spoke through His prophets to the people of Israel.

These last days — When God has spoken to His people by His Son. Note the last days are marked by the coming of Jesus. We have been living in the last days for 2000 years.

There is continuity in God’s speech, because God never changes. But with Jesus, the promises to the prophets have found their fulfillment.

The passage then speaks of the PERSON OF CHRIST in a very interesting way . . .

He is heir of all things (Emphasis on Jesus’ Lordship)

He is the one through whom the world was made (Emphasis on Jesus’ Power)

  He is the radiance of the glory of God (Emphasis on Jesus’ Divinity)

 and the exact imprint of His nature (Emphasis on Jesus’ Divinity)

He upholds the universe by the word of His power (Emphasis on Jesus’ Power)

He sat at the right hand of the Majesty on high, after finishing His work of   redemption (Emphasis on Jesus’ Lordship).

So in the center of the passage is this message — Jesus is God!

Radiating from this center is the truth that He is the Almighty Lord, the Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer of the world.

It is a beautifully-written passage and a beautiful truth. But the question we must face this week is, do we believe it? And will we live on the basis of this truth?

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