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The book of Hebrews opens with several affirmative, descriptive statements regarding the exalted superiority of Jesus Christ, Son-of-God.
Today let’s focus on two phrases in verse 3 relating to the Son.
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being.”
These words give assurance that Jesus Christ is God himself. The verb tense is present tense, dispelling the false rumor that Jesus never rose from the dead, which was circulated by the Jewish leaders in an attempt to destroy the truth of the resurrection.
“Son” is a title of reference, which often is applied to Jesus Christ. Jesus used the title “Son of God” as well as “Son of Man” in reference to himself while on earth.
“Son of God” expresses the deity of the Lord Jesus, whereas the “Son of Man” distinguishes Him in the days of his earthly humanity. The use of the term Son is an inference of His oneness with God in the glory, which he enjoyed with Father God even before the world existed.
It is a mystery for man to understand but Jesus, The Son, declared, “I and the Father are One.” One reason the Son came to earth clothed in human flesh was to declare the very nature of God in visible form to people of flesh. John’s gospel tells us (1:18): “No one has ever seen God, but God the only Son, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.” Thus, the Son demonstrated the very nature and form of invisible God, so that we could gain more understanding of infinite, exalted God.
Hebrews declares the Son is the radiance of God’s glory.
As Jesus prayed the evening before the crucifixion, he asked Father God to again, “glorify me in your presence with the glory which I had with you before the world was made.” This reveals that Jesus had this blinding glory prior to coming to earth.
Add to this the truth that Father God lives in unapproachable light and no person can see Him and live (1 Tim. 6:16; Ex. 33:20); so we may conclude that the glory of the Son was one of those attributes which had to be laid aside when He was made into human likeness, in order for Him to relate to human beings.
It is certain that His previous glory has been restored to Him again since Father God raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in heavenly realms with angels, authorities and powers in submission to Him. (Eph. 1:20-21; 1 Pet. 3:22)
The description of the glorified Lord given by the Apostle John in Revelation (1:13-16) describes his eyes as blazing fire and his face like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
The word translated “radiance or brightness” conveys a more brilliant glory than any reflected shining. These words carry the meaning of a radiance flashing forth from within the source itself. It is an out-raying of the divine glory exhibited from within Himself.
Therefore the writer of Hebrews affirms what other scribes of Scripture report about God’s glory and the glory of the Son.
But the writer adds another phrase of great interest –– “the Son is... the exact representation of his being.” This refers to an exact reproduction of Father God. Like an engraver with a die, which is used to produce an exact reproduction of the original figure.
Therefore, God is shown as setting his distinctive stamp upon Christ, so that the Son bears the exact expression of the divine nature and character.”
I find it awesome to dig into these thoughts about infinite, holy, pure God; and to think that Jesus is an exact, identical being in character and form. Then to think upon the great love which flows from Trinity God upon sinful humanity. I weep for joy and appreciation for grace and mercy.
May all of His children give praise!