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Hebrews 1:3 (New Living Translation)
The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.
Hebrews 1:3, NIV: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
The son is the radiance of that glory which God portrays he is in exact representation and image of God sustainable of all things by the powerful word he leaves after he had reconciled us from all sins also purifying us he sat down at the right hand of God the father in heaven.
What Does Hebrews 1:3 Mean? ►
He is the radiance of His glory, the exact expression of His nature, and He sustains all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
Before He made His humble entrance onto the stage of universal history as the Son of Man – Jesus Christ was from all eternity and ever shall be into the ages that are to come the dazzling brightness of God’s glorious magnificence – the essential blazing radiance of His resplendent glory – He was and is and ever shall be the Son of the most high God.
No man has seen God at any time for He is the everlasting, self-existent, unapproachable Light of lights – the essence of divine perfection Who resides in deity’s unknowable majesty. By the strength of His all-powerful omnipotence He sustains all the creation that He spoke into being by the authority of His powerful Word – the Word Who was made flesh.
That WORD was made flesh and dwelt among us. That WORD was the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. That WORD was willingly disrobed of the glorious magnificence that He shared with the Father from the dawn of eternity to become a Man and He was despised and rejected of men. He was a Man of sorrows and aquatinted with grief and ridiculed and scorned and humiliated beyond measure and crucified on a cruel cross to make purification for the sins of the whole world so that whosoever will may come to Him for everlasting life; everlasting light; everlasting hope; everlasting peace; everlasting joy – everlasting Salvation.
And now there is a perfect Man – a member of the human race Who is seated on the right hand of the Father, Who sits on the throne of God in the dazzling brightness of God’s glorious magnificence and the essential blazing radiance of God’s resplendent glory and in His hands and feet He bears the scars of the nails that pierced His innocent flesh.
Jesus did all this so that You and I might receive forgiveness of sins – by believing on the Name of the only begotten Son of God – the Son Who is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, Who is sustaining all things by His powerful WORD and Who has made purification for your sins and mine – and He it is that is seated at the right hand of the Majesty on high waiting for the day when He will come again to receive us unto Himself, so that where He is, we may be also.
What does Hebrews 1:3 mean?
A major theme of the book of Hebrews is the supremacy of Christ. Faced with persecution, there is a temptation to follow the crowd. Jewish Christians of that era would have been under pressure to return to Judaism, rather than continue as Christians. The first four verses of Hebrews serve as an introduction to the idea that Jesus is the better way.
This verse also provides important support for the divinity of Jesus. That is, these words imply that Jesus Christ is, in fact, God. The Greek word characktēr is translated here as “exact imprint” or “exact representation.”. The Greek word for “nature” here is hypostaseōs. This is the source of the theological term “hypostatic union,” a fancy way of saying that Jesus is both God and man. Combined, these words mean that Jesus’ nature is identical to that of God. Christ is divine, exactly as God is divine.
The reference to sitting at the “right hand” is important in ancient literature. This is a symbolic reference to honor and power. A person seated at the right hand of the king was considered trustworthy, and he was bestowed with the power of that king. References to Jesus as “seated” at the right hand of the Father imply His absolute power and authority.
Hebrews 1:1–4 summarizes the entire book of Hebrews. God has spoken to mankind in many ways, but now He speaks to us through Christ. This same man, Jesus Christ, is also God, and shares in all aspects of the divine nature. Jesus’ superiority over all other things is summarized in His symbolic position, seated at the right hand of God the Father. Everything which follows in the book of Hebrews supports this same basic theme: Christ is above and beyond all other things.
Chapter 1 starts off with an immediate appeal to God’s communication with mankind. It also establishes the divinity of Jesus Christ. Hebrews describes Jesus as superior to all other beings and all other claims. The first area where Jesus is elevated is with respect to angels. Using direct quotations from the Old Testament, this chapter clearly demonstrates that Jesus is above, beyond, and far more than every angel. This theme will continue through chapter 2.
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