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God … hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, … who … sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” — Hebrews 1:1-3

God has always been pure spirit (John 4:24) and though we may not realize it, today, before Jesus the idea a human could sit on God’s throne was just not thinkable.

Prophets looking into heaven were amazed at what they saw,

And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. — Ezekiel 1:26

No one at the time thought it could be literal yet when Jesus purged our sin he bodily came out of the tomb, bodily ascended to heaven, and bodily sits on God’s throne next to Majesty.

What’s he doing there? Lots!

The Bible says he is praying for God’s mercy and grace on this dying world. It’s been noticed the wrath of God seldom falls like it did before Christ. That’s possibly because Jesus is there praying for mercy and grace — always referring to his sacrifice on the cross.

“He’s there from now to eternity to save everyone who comes to God through him, always on the job to speak up for them.” — Hebrews 4:25 (Message)

He’s preparing a place to receive us, his followers,

“I’m on my way to get a room ready for you. And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live.” — John 14:3-4 (Message)

He’s preparing us for his new world government.

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” — Revelation 11:15

We are his now and have his ear, the ear of God. What a privilidge.

Sound bite: The King of the Universe knows my name and I have his ear!fritz@langgang.com
— See Also “Is Jesus ‘Smart’” – June 13, 2011

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Christ — By Himself

[God’s] Son … by himself purged our sins” — Hebrews 1:3b

It couldn’t be the Father or the Holy Spirit, or even an angel, it had to be Christ alone and here’s why — God submitted this earth to mankind’s rule.

Remember Genesis?

“God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” — Genesis 1:26-28 (The Message)

God’s plan required a human to rule. But the humans in charge became hopelessly dominated by sinister forces.

God’s unbelievable answer? Become human and take back the authority as a human. Imagine the sacrifice and the Love — voluntarily becoming human, not for a short time but for all eternity forward. Jesus bodily raised from the dead. Though his body has changed (as ours shall – 1John 3:2), it is still human and shall be human forever.

Christ legitimately reigns in the system he created.

“Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person did it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and death, another person did it right and got us out of it. But more than just getting us out of trouble, he got us into life! One man said no to God and put many people in the wrong; one man said yes to God and put many in the right.” — Romans 5:18-19 (The Message Bible)

One more:

“Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death. — Hebrews 2:14-15 (The Message Bible)

That took guts! and Love!

— fritz@langgang.com

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“[H]is Son, the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power”– Hebrews 1:1-3

1957 Plymouth Belvedere

In 1957 a grand experiment was conducted in Tulsa Oklahoma. A new Plymouth Belvedere was entombed in a “time capsule”, sprayed with cosmoline, wrapped in plastic, and buried in a concrete tomb, wheels off the ground.

What did they find fifty (50) years later? A heap of rust. Things deteriorate unless they are maintained. This world world be the same way were it not for Christ. As the Bible states,

“The earth is filled with your creatures. All of them depend on you … when you take away your breath, they die and go back to the dust from which they came. But when you give them breath, they are created; you give new life to the earth.” – Psalm 104:24-30 GNT

God did not spin the world off and forget it. Christ sustains it by his powerful word. This is not the power of some angel; he has never been an angel. Jesus, our risen Lord, is the one who has always sustained all things by the word of his power and we shall always be his special creation.

We need to stop looking at how big and powerful our problems are and focus on how big and powerful our Savior is.

— fritz@langgang.com

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God … hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son … the express image of his person, — Hebrews 1:1-3

Ever wonder why the second commandment — no images of God? I think it is partly because there is only one (1) legitimate image of God. Jesus said,

He that hath seen me hath seen the Father. — John 14:9

I noticed something in Business. Phone calls are helpful and e-mail is quick but they all can leave the wrong impression. It takes a face to face, person to person meeting to truly communicate.

We can see God’s creation, review history, read the Old Testament and still get the wrong impression — God came face to face, person to person in Jesus to show what he is really like.

— fritz@langgang.com

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Christ — An Analogy

God … hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son … the brightness of his glory” — Hebrews 1:1a,2a,3a

How does one express infinity in finite terms? By analogies — and here is a good one.

The term translated, “Brightness”, combines two words — one meaning “off or from” and the other meaning “to beam or shine”. The analogy is that of the Sun.

We don’t actually see the Sun, we see the rays emanating from it. Though the rays and the Sun are not exactly the same they are of the same essence and power. The rays are the Sun’s agents of warmth and life — block them out and nothing is left but cold and dark.

That’s who Jesus is — the brightness of God’s glory.

The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out … This was the real light, the light that comes into the world and shines on all people. — John 1:4-6,9 (Good News Translation)

Before we object, saying this is a historically unintended view of Christ, we need to recognize these writers were not gentiles imposing their own unique interpretation but were Jews well versed in Hebrew history and culture. Having experienced Christ firsthand they saw what God really meant in the ancient Hebrew texts

[T]he Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (translation:”God with Us”) — Isaiah 7:14

— fritz@langgang.com

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God … hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son … by whom also he made the worlds” — Hebrews 1:1a,2

God is universally known as the creator but the Bible tells us the agent of that creation was the Son. The point here is that Jesus was not part of God’s creation but the actual creator.

Hebrews is not the only place this is said. Though the book of Genesis indicates God spoke things into existence, the Gospel of John tells us that the Word actually did it, whom we came to know as Jesus. (Maybe that is why John calls him the Word)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made … And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) – John 1:1,3,14

Jesus wasn’t (and isn’t) just a godly man who did godly things. When Thomas, the doubting disciple, bowed before the risen Jesus and exclaimed, “My Lord and My God” (John 20:28), he was right to do so.

— fritz@langgang.com

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God … hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things — Hebrews 1:1-2

Long ago when I pastored a small church in central Texas a middle-aged couple attended who were not married. He had been married before and it turned out badly. She was content to live with him on his terms. Her daughter who lived with them thought they were married. All loved each other and life was good until he suddenly died and the truth came out. Though she had lived with him for years, the estate went to his son because he was the heir.

Her and her daughter’s time was only temporary, the son was permanent.

There may be those on this earth setting up their own little dynasties, taking God’s creation and using it the way they see fit, ruling justly or not. Their time is only temporary, God’s son is the heir and shall decide the resolution of the estate.

“When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons … The kingdom of God shall be … given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. — Matthew 21:40-41,43

Thank God we have opportunity, now, to become an actual part of his family and ensure a permanent place with Christ.

— fritz@langgang.com

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