hebrews 1:1:3 commentary

CHAPTER 1. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the. It is most holy to the LORD.”. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. They believed, "That nothing walks with aimless feet; We never can be thankful enough that God has in so many ways, and with such increasing clearness, spoken to us fallen sinners concerning salvation. Then he sat down at the right side of God, the Great One in heaven. (Luke 2:19), Rhema in the NT can exhibit several nuances of meaning depending on the context --. Shall guard His children well. Radiance (541) (apaugasma from apaugázo = emit light or splendor in turn derived from apó = from + augázo = shine) literally means "off-flashing" and then the brightness beamed forth which describes the effulgence (from Latin effulgere = to shine forth and thus radiant splendor or brilliance emanating from an original light body), splendor or light emitted or issuing from a luminous body. (A Psalm of David.) They were filled with the thought that the One who had created the world would also be the One who redeemed it. "THE WORD - rhema - IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART"-- that is, the word - rhema - of faith which we are preaching,"). In Mt 22:43, 44, 45 Christ specifically applies Psalm 110:1 to Himself claiming that He is not just the son of David but David's Lord. The early Church did not simply admire Christ, it adored him. Commentaries on Hebrews. To Him be the glory forever. And as we consider the intimacy of that union, we are reminded of those familiar words, which tell us that though no man hath seen God at any time, yet he has been revealed in the Word made flesh. That is to say, there is not any glory in God but what is also in Christ: and when that glory reaches its climax, when God the Ever-Glorious is most glorious, that greatest glory is in Christ. You might argue from the first, that as the ray is only part of the sun, so Christ is only part of God; but this mistake is corrected by the second, for an impression must be coextensive with the seal. John gives us the marvelous description of Jesus as ""the Word (Who) became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth" (Jn 1:14-note). The almost instinctive act of the little group, from which he was parted on the Mount of Olives in his ascension, was to worship him (Luke 24:52). For example at Mt Sinai "the appearance of the glory (LXX = doxa) of Jehovah was like a consuming fire on the mountain top" (Ex 24:17). Another passage of Scripture, Psalm 12:25-27, is recited, in which the Almighty power of the Lord Jesus Christ is declared, both in creating the world and in changing it. The Pulpit Commentary writes that apaugasma "is, so to speak, begotten of the source, and of one substance with it, and yet distinguishable from it; being that through which its glory is made manifest, and through which it enlightens all things. The glory of His person and nature, gave to his sufferings such merit as was a full satisfaction to the honour of God, who suffered an infinite injury and affront by the sins of men. Our God, the one and only true God, has the power to answer prayer, meet our needs, and change our lives. 3 who [the Son] being the brightness [radiance, effulgence] of His [God’s] glory . Had made (4160) (poieo) can be translated make, produce, bring about or cause, referring to any external act as manifested in the production of something tangible or obvious to the senses. ), but that is fiction not fact! Do you need grace to make it today? Spurgeon - There was never such a task as that since time began. No creature-wing shall ever avail to carry us across the abyss which separates all created from all uncreated life. (v) To Jesus belongs the redemptive work. Now that He has come, they gladly retire from view." Not by proxy did He serve us, but by Himself. Word Pictures in the New Testament), Wuest - The word substance deserves careful treatment. They were thinking of a Galilaean carpenter who was crucified as a criminal on a cross on a hill outside the city of Jerusalem. Better. There He sits, and I am sure He would not be sitting if He had not finished the salvation of His people. This Messianic psalm is quoted as such at least 12 times in the NT. If that small piece of metal ever came off, the helicopter would not be able to stay in the air but would come crashing to the ground. The opening affirmation in verse 1 that God spoke through the prophets is important. Jesus is all that God is, not has been given what He is! But what a tribute to the worship paid in those early days to our Saviour, amidst gibes and taunts and persecution! Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of faith, Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. The Son is superior to the prophets because He is the radiance of God’s glory. By Him all things were created in the past, by Him all things consist in the present and by Him all things are to be reconciled in the future "for from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. But the ray is of the same constitution as the orb from which it comes; if you unravel its texture, you will learn something of the very nature of the sun; they live in perpetual and glorious unity. It is not the glory of shattering power but the glory of suffering love. And thus he was able to say, "He that bath seen me hath seen the Father." Glory (1391) (doxa from dokeo = to think) means to give a proper opinion or estimate of something and thus the glory of God expresses all that He is in His Being and in His nature, character, power and acts. 30:10; Job 7:21). I do. (Believer's Bible Commentary). (4) Being made. Is it not a wonderful thing that Christ purged our sins even before we had committed them? (see note Revelation 3:21), And in one of the most incredible invitation every given, we as believers have been given the awesome invitation to, "draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need." And remember that with our almighty God, nothing is impossible.—Vernon C Grounds (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. 6:4 ("So they would camp against them and destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance [Lxx - hupostasis + zoe ~ no support or foundation of life] in Israel as well as no sheep, ox, or donkey. The LORD (God the Father) says to my Lord (God the Son): "Sit at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet." Nothing like this was ever said to angel, how-ever exalted in character or devoted in service. When, on the fall of man, the world was breaking to pieces under the wrath and curse of God, the Son of God, undertaking the work of redemption, sustained it by his almighty power and goodness. Can it really be? Note He did not ask them as He had His disciples "Who do you say that I am" Mt 16:15 for the Pharisees were neither sympathetic or honest in their assessment of His credentials) They said to Him, “The son of David.” (the Pharisees knew that the Messiah must come from the line of David as His "son" and no doubt they could have quoted several OT passages to support their answer as eg 2Sa 7:12-13) He said to them (and in Jesus' second question He quotes Ps110:1 which every orthodox Jewish scholar interpreted as a reference to the Messiah. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse (or "purify" - katharizo) your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? THOUGHT - You may be experiencing trials and tribulations that are leading you to believe that Jesus is in control of most but not all things (especially not your trials! Thus, he would have assurance. It is declared how Christ was qualified for the office of Mediator, and how he was confirmed in it: he has the name Messiah from his being anointed. The "word" is not empty. His dignity is still further elaborated in the words which follow. Do we worship him enough? David records a remarkable conversation between two Persons of the Godhead. ", Lk 2:22+ And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord, Lk 5:14+ And He ordered him to tell no one, "But go and show yourself to the priest and make an offering for your cleansing, just as Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.". Somehow and somewhere they saw a power that was carrying the world and each life on to a destined end. "); Ps 139:15, the substance or material of the human frame: in 1Sa 13:23 ("and the garrison of the Philistines"); Ezek. (see notes Ephesians 2:8; 2:9), MacDonald summarizes this section by noting that "In following the pathway of our Lord from creation to Calvary and then to glory, it seems we have quite lost sight of the prophets. Read Introduction to Hebrews. The primary sense of hupostasis or substance is something which stands underneath; foundation, ground of hope or confidence, and so, assurance itself. Upholds (5342) (phero) means to bear or carry and wa s used to describe a ship being carried along, borne or driven along by the wind (Acts 27:15) or of the men who wrote Scripture as being "moved by the Holy Spirit" (2Pe 1:21-note). (Wuest's Commentary on Hebrews), Expositor's comments on radiance that "In the Arian controversy (Ed note: Arius taught that the Son was a created being, inferior to God the father in nature and dignity though the first and noblest of all created beings) this designation of the Son was appealed to as proving that He is eternally generated and exists not by an act of the Father’s will but essentially… As the sun cannot exist or a lamp burn without radiating light, so God is essentially Father and Son.” (Expositor's Bible Commentary. Nothing is excluded from the scope of the Son's sustaining, supporting, upholding activity. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church" (see notes Ephesians 1:20; 1:21; 1:22), at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him." Sin has made a great change in the world for the worse, and Christ will make a great change in it for the better. (Mt 26:64). Faith is the foundation, the quality of confidence which leads one to stand under, endure, or undertake anything. The etymological equivalent of hupostasis in English is substance or that which stands under a thing and which makes it what it is. Read Introduction to Hebrews 3 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, . (iii) The creative action belongs to Jesus. Moulton and Milligan report its use as a legal term. So, when the writer to the Hebrews said that Jesus was the charakter (Greek #5481) of the being of God, he meant that he was the exact image of God. In the thought of making purification of sins is already foreshadowed the work of Christ as High Priest, which plays so prominent a part in the epistle. Hebrews 1:13 But to which of the angels has He ever said, "SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE THINE ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR THY FEET"? In Classic Greek it refers to the process of purification, the sacrifice of purification. The heavenly bodies are held in their orbits. Katharismos - 7x in 7v - NAS = cleansing(2), purification(5). He called me one day to tell me he loved me. Let the thoughts of this make us watchful, diligent, and desirous of that better world. (Jn 12:45), Phillip queried Jesus "show us the Father and it is enough for us (Jn 14:8), Jesus replied that "He who has seen Me has seen the Father" (Jn14:9) Explaining that "the Father is in Me" and "the words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works." Notice that Christ sits in the place of honor. 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