Meditations on Various Scriptures 2

Hebrews 1:1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 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. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say, “YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”? And again, “I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM AND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME”? 6 And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, “AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.”

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Prophet, but is not a mere prophet. He is far greater than all the prophets. All that the prophets did, Jesus did greater things. All that the prophets said, Jesus said with far greater insight and far better wisdom. We should expect this, for after all the prophets came into being through Him and were sustained by the word of His power. It is the Son who is the very radiance/effulgence/brightness or shining forth of His glory. In other words, we must not think of the Divine Son in terms of having a body only, but also in terms of who He was by nature and He was that from all eternity.

The picture we have of the triune God is that He exists in and of Himself in perfect glory and that is an internal glory within Himself. Only He can shine that glory out of Himself at His good pleasure. The eternal Logos (Word) is how God shines His internal glory out of Himself. Christ is, then, as to His Divine nature the very shining forth of the glory of God. As the very shining forth of the glory of God we behold God Himself in the sense that we see the exact representation of His nature. Jesus said to Philip, “he who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Christ is such an exact representation of the Father that we behold all of the Father that we can take in when we behold Christ in His glory.

When we think and meditate on Christ and who He is we should be amazed to think on the absolute reality that it was Christ who went to the cross and suffered for the sins of sinners. It was the eternal Son of God who alone could suffer the full weight of the wrath of God for each sin of each sinner that would ever be saved. If all the angels and all the human beings who ever lived came together to suffer for one sin they could not do it. But because Christ is the shining forth of the glory of God and the exact representation of His nature, He could suffer in a way that fully satisfied the justice of God in its demands on sinners. Because of who Christ was He could glorify the Father fully for all that sinners should have done in glorifying the Father.

The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, is such a glorious and excellent being that He was able to satisfy the full character of God. All of the attributes of God were fully exalted and satisfied in the place of all the sinners He was sent to redeem. This glorious Lord also purchased the Holy Spirit for His people and the Spirit regenerated them and in that regeneration they were washed and renewed (Titus 3:5). This Lord of glory who was the very shining forth of the glory of God could do no other than be the glory of God and glorify God perfectly in all He did. In this He glorified the Father perfectly and earned a perfect righteousness for His people. He did not fall short of the glory of God at any point and at any way.

As we think of the gloriousness of His sacrifice, it should be noted and then noted again that after He made purification for sins, He sat down. In other words, it was a perfect work and a completed work. The work of Christ was so perfect that it lacked nothing and so it left nothing for sinners to work for salvation. The Gospel of grace alone teaches us that Christ has left nothing to do for salvation and so the Gospel is the glory of Christ and the glory of God. It is all to their glory and the glory of their free-grace and nothing is left for sinners to accomplish in terms of earning salvation. There is not one work that is left to be done. There is not one prayer that is left to be done. Christ was and is fully sufficient. Sinners need Christ and His work by free-grace and not one work at all.

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