The Supremacy of Jesus Christ
Hebrews 1:1-14
He is the radiance of the glory of God. What does that look like?
Published August 1st, 2017
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"He is the radiance of the glory of God" The glory of God caused fear and trembling at Mount Sinai. (Exod 19:16) It inspired worship and adoration when Solomon dedicated the temple. (2 Chron 7) When the foundation of the temple was rebuilt the older men wept because they could remember what the glory of God was like and how much it was missing from the new temple. (Ezra 3:12) Where Christ is there is fear and trembling as well as adoration and worship. Do these attitudes mark my days? Am I living in Christ? When I am missing Christ (because of distractions or disobedience) does it bring me to my knees because of what I am missing? God would you grant me a knowledge of your Son that would draw me to him. Would that knowledge consume my days and change my heart. Would it draw me to my knees when sin hardens my heart. Thank you that you are faithful even when I am not.
Main point summary
God has spoken to us by his exalted Son who is superior to all others.
Hebrews 1:1-14
Long ago, at many times and a in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,
but b in these last days c he has spoken to us by d his Son,
whom he appointed e the heir of all things,
f through whom also he created g the world.
He is the radiance of the glory of God
and h the exact imprint of his nature,
and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
i After making purification for sins,
j he sat down k at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
having become as much superior to angels
as the name l he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
For to which of the angels did God ever say,
m “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”?
Or again,
n “I will be to him a father,
and he shall be to me a son”?
And again, when he brings o the firstborn into the world,
he says,
p “Let all God’s angels worship him.”
Of the angels he says,
q “He makes his angels winds,
and his ministers a flame of fire.”
But of the Son he says,
r “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness
and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, s has anointed you with t the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
u “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
they will perish,
but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment,
like a robe you will roll them up,
like a garment they will be changed. 1
But you are v the same,
and your years will have no end.”
And to which of the angels has he ever said,
w “Sit at my right hand
x until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?
Are they not all ministering spirits y sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to z inherit salvation?
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