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Understanding Hebrews 1:3

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by Van, Aug 19, 2022.

  1. Van

    Van Well-Known Member
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    Here is the NASB rendering of Hebrews 1:3:
    And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

    1) What is being said with "And He is the radiance of His glory?" "And He" refers back to verse 2 where "He" is identified as the Son. I think the NASB interpretation of "radiance" refers to light emanating from a bright source, thus the Son radiates "glory." The verse does not say the Son radiates God the Father's glory as in reflected light. It just refers to "glory" and leaves to interpretation if the glory is His own, or the glory that comes from God the Trinity, or something else.

    2) What does "the exact representation of His nature" mean? "Exact representation" refers to an image or emblem of something. "Of His" refers to God the Father, and "nature" refers to the foundational quality or essence of God, i.e. creator, holy, just, loving and so forth.

    3) What does "upholds all things by the word of His power" mean? Here I think the phrase means God the Son sustains every created thing by the power of His command. That is why when He says for the wind to stop, the wind stops! This also conveys the idea that God the Son is "all-powerful" another foundational quality.

    4) What does "when He made purification of sins" mean? Here we need to look at Hebrews 10:12 where it appears the same action is being referred to as making, for all time, one sacrifice for sins. Many translations indicate purified or purged sins, rather than providing the means of purification.

    5) "He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high" does not seem to me to be open to alternate meanings.

    Stringing together the interpretive phrases, "and the Son radiates glory and represents God's foundational quality, sustaining everything by the power of His command. After He provided the means of purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high."
     
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    King James Bible
    "Who Being the Brightness of His Glory, and the Express Image of His Person,
    and Upholding all things by the Word of His Power,
    when He had by Himself Purged our sins,
    Sat Down on the Right Hand of the Majesty on High;"
    Hebrews 1:3

    King James Bible
    "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood;
    and without shedding of blood is no remission."
    Hebrews 9:22

    "... the Son Himself, Who of Himself, and by Himself Alone,
    and by the Sacrifice of Himself, Made Atonement for the sins of His people;

    which is meant by the Purgation of them: He Took their sins upon Himself,
    and Bore them, and Removed them far away, and Utterly Abolished them,

    which the priests under the Law could not do: ..."
     
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    Also should be noted, John 1:9, ". . . the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. . . ."
     
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    Quote without comment or full citation. It seems selective enforcement is not limited to the DOJ.
     
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    Interpretive translation Hebrews 1:3 "and the Son radiates glory and represents God's foundational quality, sustaining everything by the power of His command. After He provided the means of purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high."

     
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    embedded with URL links you baby
     
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    Are you saying you do not need to heed per-digital revolution norms. Gee how enlightened.
     
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    I'm saying that if I spelled out the name on the citation, you would cry harder.

    Jude 18
     
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    You are clueless, I did not find fault with your post, I indicated such posts are normative on this board and to selectively disparage some who post just like the many is wrong.
     
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    Returning to topic, this is the message of Hebrews 1:3.
    Interpretive translation Hebrews 1:3 "and the Son radiates glory and represents God's foundational quality, sustaining everything by the power of His command. After He provided the means of purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high."

    1) The son radiates glory rather than reflects it.
    2) God the Son is all-powerful and can command the alteration of the environment.
    3) Christ provided the means of purification for sins.
     
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    I will say this.
    Jesus is fully God. This is what Hebrews 1:3 is saying.
     
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    I will go ahead and say this,
    "He had by Himself Purged our sins,"
    is not equal to,
    "Christ provided the means of purification for sins."
     
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