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What Does God Look Like?

Hebrews 1:1-14

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“Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. [2] In these last days, He has spoken to us by [His] Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things and through whom He made the universe. [3] He is the radiance of His glory, the exact expression of His nature, and He sustains all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. [4] So He became higher in rank than the angels, just as the name He inherited is superior to theirs. [5] For to which of the angels did He ever say, You are My Son; today I have become Your Father, or again, I will be His Father, and He will be My Son? [6] When He again brings His firstborn into the world, He says, And all God’s angels must worship Him. [7] And about the angels He says: He makes His angels winds, and His servants a fiery flame; [8] but about the Son: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of justice. [9] You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; this is why God, Your God, has anointed You, rather than Your companions, with the oil of joy. [10] And: In the beginning, Lord, You established the earth, and the heavens are the works of Your hands; [11] they will perish, but You remain. They will all wear out like clothing; [12] You will roll them up like a cloak, and they will be changed like a robe. But You are the same, and Your years will never end. [13] Now to which of the angels has He ever said: Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool? [14] Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve those who are going to inherit salvation?” (HCSB) 

 Verse 1 says, “Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways.”

 To Adam & Eve, He was a voice walking in the Garden, seeking His fallen creation. (Gen 3:8).  To Moses He was a voice, thundering out of a burning bush that was not consumed by the fire (Exodus 3:2-6).  To Manoah & his wife, God was a flame ascending into heaven from the altar (Judges 13:20-22).  To Moses, Aaron & Miriam, He was a pillar of cloud, standing in the tabernacle door (Num 12:4-8). 
 Isaiah saw Him in a vision, setting on His throne in glory (Isaiah 6:1).  Ezekiel saw Him in a whirlwind (Ezekiel 1).  Jacob saw Him in a dream (Gen. 28:12-13).  The children of Israel saw him in pillars of clouds (Exodus 14:19).

 At times God spoke to His people through His prophets, but other times He appeared directly to them.  These theophanies (special appearances of God) were temporary manifestations of the glory of God, but they wane in comparison to how God revealed Himself to the world at Bethlehem.  Let’s read verse two: “In these last days, He has spoken to us by [His] Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things and through whom He made the universe.”

 Jesus is God’s ultimate manifestation of Himself to mankind.  In Jesus, God didn’t send a messenger or make a guest appearance, He came Himself, and He came to stay.  John 1:14 says, “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,) full of grace and truth.” (KJV)  The word translated “dwelt” in this verse means “to reside” as in the way that God did in the Tabernacle. (Strong's Greek & Hebrew Dictionary)

 Jesus was not the Father’s representative. He was and is God.  He is God’s ultimate expression to mankind.  Colossians 1:15 says, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:” (KJV) And John 14:9 says, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father'?” (NASB)  The Nicene Creed describes Jesus in this way, He is “God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made;”

 Not only is Jesus “very God of very God” but He is the heir to all—He owns everything. Colossians 1:16 says “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:” (KJV)  He owns everything because He created everything.  John 1:3 says, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” And Colossians 1:17 says “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (KJV)

 Now let’s look at verse three.  It says, “He is the radiance of His glory, the exact expression of His nature, and He sustains all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

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