Friday, November 6, 2009

The Radiance of the Glory of God


“The radiance of the glory of God” (Hebrews 1:3)

The begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ, is the exact imprint of the Father’s nature. Jesus is the One through whom the world was created (3). He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Jesus is worthy of all our praise, honor and glory because he is “the radiance of the glory of God.”

The incarnate Son was given to us as a sacrifice to pay the debt we owed to God the Father for sinning against his perfect law. Jesus came humbly through the virgin Mary, conceived of the Holy Spirit, to bring life to those who were dead in their sins. He graciously left us his Spirit so we may live in a manner that is worthy of our calling in Christ. Jesus sanctifies us in the truth of his word (John 17:17) through his blood he shed at Calvary (Hebrews 13:12). Jesus is the Christians everything. He is “the radiance of the glory of God.”

What does it mean that Jesus is “the radiance of the glory of God.” In today’s world, God is some vague idea of a “man upstairs” or “a cosmic genie who will grant wishes in a time of need.” But the bible is clear that no one knows the Father without knowing the Son (John 14:7). If you haven’t seen “the radiance of the glory of God” then you haven’t seen the one true living God. God is God or as he says, “I Am who I Am.” There is no other God besides Yahweh. Psalm 97 is clear: “All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; worship him, all you gods” (7)! The psalmist is making it clear that all other self-proclaimed gods are to bow down and worship the true God.

“No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known” (John 1:18). Jesus is how we know the Father. Through Jesus we have access to the Father. We cannot know God without knowing Christ through the revelation of the Holy Spirit. When people say they are spiritual or love god but reject Christ then they do not love or know the One true God in heaven. The Scriptures are crystal on this truth. We must put our trust in the saving work of Christ in order to know the Father because Jesus is “the radiance of the glory of God.”

Jesus: “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” (Hebrews 1:3). He is worthy of all praise, honor and glory.

“You are worthy of affection,
Your the radiance of all of his glory" (Shane Barnard)
Grace upon grace,
JRL

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