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“3 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. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.” Hebrews 1:3-4 NIV
The word radiance creates such an incredible image in my mind. There is a brilliance and effervescence to it that warms me from the inside out and makes me smile. It also humbles me. Jesus is the brilliance of God’s glory. And to think that we are created in God’s image. Blows my mind. That is a very scary thing for Satan. Any way that he can keep us from walking in the “radiance of God’s glory” he will do it.
Knowing who we are in Christ, knowing…
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“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9 (NASB)
Jesus Christ did not cease to be rich when He made Himself poor; that is, He did not cease to be God when He became man. He was God-man. As God He was still rich, but as man He was poor. He had no place to lay His head, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” He had no food to feed His guests on the mountainside, and He borrowed a small boy’s lunch of five loaves and two fishes and used that lunch to feed more than five thousand hungry people. Poor, yes–but God in the flesh; therefore rich.
Jesus was in the beginning with God. He was co-equal with the Father in all things. He left the Father’s bosom and took a body of flesh, putting Himself on an equality with man, sin apart. He had a body like ours except that He was sinless. Thus putting Himself on an equality with us, He enriched us with all the treasures that dwelt in Him.
“That their hearts may be encouraged, having been knitted together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3 (NASB)
“Simon son of Jonah, you are blessed because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the forces of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth is already bound in heaven, and what ever you loose on earth is already loosed in heaven.”
Matthew 16:17-19 (HCSB)