Christ: The Effulgence of God’s Glory

Heb 1:2  has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds,

The word “His”, does not exist. The verse says, “prophetically spoken to us in Son.”

God has spoken to humanity in the sphere, the location, or in the world of a son.

Two things are meant.

All that God is, has, and will do, is not portioned  to us as different blessings and in different ways.

All is created In the Son, is manifested by Him, and is channeled back to the Son to manifest His glory.

Only in Christ as Son, is all revealed.

Only in believers as sons and daughters is God’s inheritance actualized. Not as servants, or ministers, or bond slaves, but as sons and daughters, do  believers obtain the fullness of all.

The supreme importance for Christians to become sons and daughters by essence and lifestyle is the crux.

The greatest revelation of God is as Heavenly Father. No other religion reveals God as Heavenly Father. This is the magnitude of the Christian faith.

The fullness of God’s blessings are objectified in His revelation as Heavenly Father and in His people revealed as sons and daughters.

God could have placed all things into Christ as King of Kings or  Lord or Lords, or the Alpha and Omega, and though true, His ultimate revelation is found in fatherhood and sonship.

Heb 1:5  For to which of the angels did He say at any time, “You are My Son, this day I have begotten ( or generated you) ( perfect active tense) You?” And again, “I will be to Him a Father (I shall be to Him into Father), and He shall be to Me a Son?”  (He shall be to Me into Son)

God says of Jesus Christ. “you are my Son, today I have generated you…I shall be to Him into Father, He shall be to Me into Son.”

We know that Christ has no beginning, no moment of creation, so this verse is not  about the creation of Christ.

It was meant for us as mere mortals.

For Christ, the relationship between Him and God is in the reality of Father.

Likewise, God, relates to Christ in the reality of Son.

For the believer, it is the same. We relate with God in the reality of Him as Father. He relates to us in the reality of us as sons and daughters.

Heb 1:3  who being the shining splendor ( aupagasma)  of His glory, and the express image ( character) of His essence ( His nature , essence and foundation), and upholding all things by the word ( rhema word) of His power, through Himself cleansing of our sins, He sat down on the right of the Majesty on high,

Apaugasma: The active radiance, the luminosity, the outshining, and the out raying of light produces by a luminous light body such as a light bulb or the sun.

Christ comes to humanity as Son of God, because He is the out shining, the out raying, and the luminosity of the glory of God the Father. This is what apaugasma means.

Apaugasma can only be emitted from a luminous body such as the sun or a light bulb.

Heb 1:3  who being the shining splendor ( aupagasma)  of His glory, and the express image ( character) of His essence( His nature , essence and foundation), and upholding ( phero) all things by the word ( rhema word) of His power, through Himself cleansing of our sins, He sat down on the right of the Majesty on high,

2Co 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light (Light bulb) of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

2Co 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light (Light bulb) of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Christ is the outshining or out raying of the light bulb branded as God’s glory. He is also the light bulb. The wattage of this  bulb is the fullness of the perfections of God demonstrated in glory.

Christ, the light bulb, is in the believer. The believer becomes the revealer of this light bulb. The believer not so much does, but so much more, shines.

Heb 1:3  who being the shining splendor ( aupagasma)  of His glory, and the express image ( character) of His essence(hupostasis: His nature , essence and foundation), and upholding ( phero) all things by the word ( rhema word) of His power, through Himself cleansing of our sins, He sat down on the right of the Majesty on high,

“Christ is the express image of God’s essence.”

The words “express image” is charakter or character.  This is an engraver, one who mints coins, a graving tool, a die, a stamp, a branding iron, a mark engraved, an impress, a stamp on coins, and scars.  Thus is the character of a person.

Essence is “hupostasis.”

Hupo is the Greek preposition, “under”.

“Stasis”, is a standing.

Hupostasis is an “understanding” or a thing placed under something else to give it a standing. Hence, the foundation of a home, the title deed of a paid off item, the  nature of a thing, though many times not seen by the physical eye, are all examples of hupostatis.

Obviously, our word understanding means just that. When we understand , we claim to comprehend the reality of a thing, though not fully evident to the  eye.

Heb 11:1  Now faith is the substance (hupostasis) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith and belief are different things. Faith is the foundation, the paid off title deed,  or realities of heaven’s invisible things.

Our believing manifests the invisible things which our faith revealed to our spirits. Faith is not believing, faith is substance.

Heb 3:14  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence (hupostasis) stedfast unto the end;

2Co 11:17  That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence (hupostasis) of boasting.

Confidence, is functioning by the foundations and realities of invisible things as the default position for normal Christianity. Confidence is also substance.

Confidence is our knowledge that we function by paid off, invisible title deeds, and not by what is seen to the physical eye.

Heb 1:3  who being the shining splendor ( aupagasma)  of His glory, and the express image ( character) of His essence( His nature , essence and foundation), and upholding ( phero) all things by the word ( rhema word) of His power, through Himself cleansing of our sins, He sat down on the right of the Majesty on high,

I have copied and pasted an excellent description of the word upholding  or “phero” from  several Greek expositors.

“But while the word “ phero”  implies the idea of sustaining, it also includes in itself the idea of movement. It speaks of the act of sustaining something that is in constant movement. Weiss speaks of the act of sustaining as dealing “with the all, in all its changes and transformations throughout the aeons.” This act has to do, not only with sustaining the weight of the universe, but also with maintaining its coherence and carrying on its development. Paul speaks of this same act of the Son in Colossians 1:17 where he says, “By Him all things consist.” That is, all things maintain their coherence in Him. The Lord Jesus holds all things together and in their proper relationship to each other by His own power. The oceans are held in their beds. The rivers run down into the sea. The heavenly bodies are held in their orbits. Philo calls the Logos (Λογος) the bond (desmos (δεσμος)) of the universe. This act of maintaining this coherence, implies the guidance and propulsion of all the parts of the universe to a definite end. An illustration of this use of phero (φερο) is found in the LXX,6 where Moses says, “I am not able to bear (phero (φερο)) all this people alone,” where phero (φερο) has in it the idea of the responsibility of the government and guidance of Israel. “

Christ is the out raying and the light bulb of God’s glory. He is the engraver and the engraving, the rubber stamp and the seal, the branding iron and the brand, the stamper and the stamp of God’s nature, and the archetypes and prototypes of every created thing.  In Him all things are completed, because He has been made into all things and is the agent of their completion.

Because of this, He has the right to bear and propel, to govern, to sustain and to support cohesively the universe and its created things

Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

The Christian is God’s workmanship or product. In the Christian lies all things created. In the Christian dwells the One who has been made into all things and the one who completed them. The Christian is God’s trophy.

Heb 1:3  who being the shining splendor ( aupagasma)  of His glory, and the express image ( character) of His essence( His nature , understanding, essence and foundation), and upholding ( phero) all things by the word ( rhema word) of His power, through Himself cleansing of our sins, He sat down on the right of the Majesty ( great togetherness) on high (in heights),

After His death on the cross, His work for sin, and His resurrection, He sat down.

“He sat down” is a most indispensable term. This is the final resting position of Christ. It describes dignity, honor, a place of final victory, supremacy, esteem, and the highest and most glorious location conferred to anyone.

“He sat down”, was Christ’s return, reinstatement, and re-establishment, back to His eternal glories and perfections as God.

Because the saints are in Him, we have been reinstated and reestablished back to eternal glories of Christ.

What dwell in the believer because Christ is in Him, are the archetypes, prototypes of God’s creations and the perfections of God.  The maker, all things made, and The One who has become all things dwell in the believer.

What dwells in us, are the seals, the final products, the results, the stamp, the die, and the engravings, all things in mint and pristine conditions,  of all that God is, has and wants to do.

We have sat down with Him at His right hand. Hallelujah! It is done!

While on our earthly pilgrimage our duty then is to place our faith on the substance of these invisible things and manifest them through our believing. We contain the light bulb, and its medium to do so.

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