A Passage To Ponder: Hebrews 1:1-3



 

Scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer once said “The best way to send an idea is to wrap it up in a person.”

Theologically, that concept is expressed in one word, incarnation, which means “in the flesh.”  That’s Jesus.  The incarnation of God.  He sent His  “idea” to humankind in the person of Jesus.

In one of the most sublime and majestic passages in the Bible, the Hebrew writer exalts the person and work of Jesus in these three glorious verses.  

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,  has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

(1) Jesus is Heaven’s Greatest Messenger.

Through the centuries God has employed different means and methods of communicating His Word to the human race.  To the Patriarchs He spoke directly to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  He sent angelic messengers.  Utilized dreams and visions.  Appeared to Moses through a burning bush.  Once he even spoke through the mouth of a donkey.

Ultimately God sent His Son, Heaven’s greatest messenger to reveal His message to mankind.  Later the author will affirm that Jesus is greater than angels.  Greater than Moses.  Greater than Joshua.  And greater than the Levitical priests.

(2) Jesus is the Complete Expression of God’s glory.

Jesus’ greatness is due to His glory. He’s pictured in a manner that could never describe a mere mortal.  He is the very radiance and effulgence of God’s glory. The kind of Divine brightness that shone in the tabernacle and temple.   Warren Wiersbe expressed it this way, “As it is impossible to separate the rays from the sun, it is also impossible to separate Christ’s glory from the nature of God.”

Furthermore, Jesus is the very image and essence of Godhood.  The exact representation.  The very substance.  So, Jesus could say “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.”  Want to see God?  Know God? And understand the character of God?  Get a close look at Jesus. Study His life. Observe His interactions with others. See how He treated people.  Then listen and learn His message.

Continue: https://thepreachersword.com/2020/02/19/a-passage-to-ponder-hebrews-11-3/

The Character Of God

What’s God like?

Many people shape God in the image they want for Him. They’ll tell you what a good buddy He is or what a kindly grandpa He seems to be.

On the other hand, some will accuse Him of being cruel and spiteful and selfish and wicked.

So how do we know the truth?

Well, we couldn’t know anything about God unless He made Himself known. But that’s exactly what He’s done. First He showed Himself in and through what He made. Second, He showed Himself in what He told us about Himself—through prophets, within the pages of Scripture. Third, and finally, He showed us Himself by taking human form and becoming like one of us. Except He lived His life in a way that none of us have been able to do. He was without sin. Then, to top things off, He demonstrated His power as God by His resurrection from the dead.

In many respects you could say God bent over backwards to let us know what He’s like. He makes things very clear in Romans 1: look at creation and you can see what God is like.

But Hebrews 1 spells out the other two means by which He made Himself known: through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, and finally through His Son.

And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. (v. 3a)

Clearly, God wants us to know Him.

So, what’s He like?

 

Read more at: https://rebeccaluellamiller.wordpress.com/2020/02/17/the-character-of-god/

The Goodness and Severity of God

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

Why did God’s sovereign purposes for history include Israel’s rejection of the gospel? Today, in his exposition of Romans 11, R.C. Sproul seeks to understand how the Jews’ rejection of Christ resulted in the gospel coming to the Gentiles.

The Heart of God – Kindness and Goodness

https://raymcdonald.wordpress.com/2019/10/24/the-heart-of-god-kindness-and-goodness/

Behold Our God!

About 53 million light-years from earth is a supermassive black hole that is the core of Messier 87, one of the largest galaxies known to man. Several billion times the mass of the sun, this black hole (like all black holes) has such a gravitational pull that nothing, not even light, can escape it (which is why we see it as a black hole). It’s hard for me to imagine a force so strong that it deforms spacetime and not even light can escape. Where does such energy come from?

Behold our God!

On the side of a large cliff is a nest made up of twigs and carefully lined with deer fur. Nestled inside are several young ravens who are too young fly and gather their own food. Miles from anyone, who will hear their cry and feed them?

Behold our God!

Readmore: https://growingingrace.blog/2019/09/29/behold-our-god/

How The Trinity Works In Our Salvation

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2019/06/03/how-the-trinity-works-in-our-salvation/

Names of God