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Christ Glorifies the Father 1

December 23, 2015

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.

In this passage of Scripture we see that God has spoken to us in His Son. This concept of God speaking should be understood as God communicating Himself or something of Himself rather than an audible voice. The Father has spoken in His Son and as such we should take note on the actions and the words of the Son. The Father is glorifying Himself in the Son and we need to behold His glory in the Son if we are going to behold His glory at all.

Why is it so important to take note of how God speaks in the Son? In the context (v. 3) we see that the Son is the radiance/brightness/shining forth of the glory of God. Some would even argue that the Son is the glory of God or that the glory of God is the Son shining forth. This is vitally important to take note of. This is God speaking in the Son and speaking through the Son as it is God communicating Himself and His glory. But for the moment, we should consider the passage in II Corinthians 4:4 which tells us that “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” We see, then, how important it is to preach and teach the glory of Christ rather than just some words about Christ. If we do nothing but set out the facts of the Gospel, the devil can take it easy. It is in seeing the glory of Christ that men are converted. It is in beholding the glory of Christ in the Gospel of the glory of Christ that men see the glory of God and are converted as God is pleased to do so.

This passage of Scripture points out the glory of Christ in a context which makes things easier to see than many others do. We see that all things were created through Christ, yet we also see that Christ is the very shining forth of the glory of God who upholds all things by the word of His power. It is this Christ that who not only satisfied the glory of the wrath of the Father on sinners, but this Christ made purification for sins as well. He took away the wrath of the Father and purified sinners by His work in human flesh to the glory of the Father. Jesus told His disciples that if a person had seen Him that person had seen the Father. This should describe for us just how perfectly Jesus was the very image of the living God.

We also see that the work of purification was perfect in that He sat down after He had made purification for sins. In sitting down we see that the work was finished. There is no work for sinners left to do in that regard. The work of salvation has been finished by Christ and He has fully glorified the Father in what He has done. This does not mean that sinners should not give themselves to seeking the Lord, but instead they should give themselves to seeking the Lord even harder. In light of the human heart and its nature of doing all for the glory and honor of self and in doing so the selfish heart is the great I-dol before God, the heart must be broken before it can and will rest in Christ alone. Sinners should behold something of the glory of God and see that their only interest in Christ is so that they can get out of hell and not because the love Him for who He is.

The fact that Christ did all He did to the glory of the Father should show us how far we fall short of the glory of God and how much we need Him to give us a new heart which will have true faith in and love for the glory of God as seen and beheld in Christ. The Lord Jesus saves sinners to the glory of the grace of God and not because of anything man can merit or do. However, men should seek the Lord in order to have their hearts humbled and broken. Until the heart is broken of its selfishness it will see no real glory in Christ but instead will only view Him through the selfish eyes of those who love others only for what they can get. True conversion, however, is when souls are humbled and they see the true glory of God in Christ and they love the Father of glory for who He is and not just for what He has done.