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Message of the Day: The Superiority of Christ

“…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…” (Hebrews 1:3, NKJV)

Israel prepared the way, but Jesus Christ brings God’s plan of salvation to its fulfilment. In Old Testament times God spoke to people through Israelite prophets, but now he speaks more directly, for he speaks through his Son. In addition, his revelation is much clearer, for Jesus Christ is the exact expression of the divine nature. All things were created by him, are controlled by him, and one day will return to him as his rightful possession.

The superiority of the Son’s revelation is demonstrated by seven great descriptive statements about him (1:2-3):

  1. Appointed heir of all things. The incarnate Son, having performed the work of redemption, was gloriously exalted to the position of the firstborn heir of God. He received the inheritance of God’s estate (“all things”).
  2. Through whom also He made the world. In John’s Gospel Jesus is called the Word (Gk. logos). As such, he is living and active, he existed before creation and was the means by which God created.
  3. Radiance of his glory. As the brilliance of the sun is inseparable from the sun itself, so the Son’s radiance is inseparable from deity, for he himself is God, the second person of the Trinity.
  4. Exact representation of his nature. Jesus is not merely an image or reflection of God. Because the Son himself is God, he is the absolutely authentic representation of God’s being.
  5. Upholds all things. Christ is not like Atlas, the mythical Greek god who held the world on his shoulders. The Son dynamically holds together all that has been created through him.
  6. Made purification of sins. Through his redeeming death on the cross.
  7. Sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Being seated at God’s right hand indicates that the work of redemption is complete and that Christ is actively ruling with God as Lord over all.

Besides revealing God to the needy sinners like us, Jesus brings us to God, by providing us with cleansing from sin through his death on the cross. Because of who Jesus is and what he has done, God has given him a position far above all things, angels included (Heb. 1:1-4).

Sources:

The NKJV Bible

MySowrd for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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