He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
God’s full expression of His glory is in and through His Son. He is “the radiance of the glory of God.” He infallibly reflects God’s glory, being the “exact imprint of his nature.” There are two ways—means—in which Jesus shows forth God’s glory: creation and salvation.
Jesus said: “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit” (Matt. 12:33). God’s glory is known by “its fruit”—creation and salvation. They are God’s “means” to display His inherent and essential glory.
In John we read: “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). We know from Hebrews that He created ex-nihilo: “So that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (Heb. 11:3). Indeed, He “calls into existence the things that do not exist” (Rom. 4:17).
Today we see that Jesus is the One who “upholds the universe by the word of his power.” He not only created everything out of nothing, He also keeps it all into being. Apart from Him everything would collapse and disintegrate. He not only gives life, He also sustains it. That is the expression of His essential glory.
Not only creation, though, but also salvation is God’s “means” to shine forth His glory. Actually, even more so than creation. He, the eternal, perfectly holy God, came down to willful rebels, lived a perfect righteous life on their behalf and died for all their sins. Out of His pure grace, He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies them.
When He had completed the great work of salvation, Jesus said: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matt. 28:18). He ascended to the Father and “sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Now, throughout eternity, His people will see and savor God’s glory, not only in everything He has created, upholding it “by the word of his power,” but also in their eternal salvation, “to the praise of his glorious grace” (Eph. 1:6).
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