This truth of the Oneness of God, of Jesus being the very image and likeness of God, possessing God’s own nature fully, who has come among us, sharing in our human nature fully, and who remains with us in his Holy Spirit, is a matter of faith.
Paul is writing directly to his Jewish brothers and sisters who have come to Christ here. In this letter he uses their ancient faith to show them how Jesus, is the Christ, the fulfillment of everything that prophets had spoken over their entire history. Paul shows them that what was revealed by the prophets in fragmentary ways, has come to its full fruition in Jesus. Jesus, the Son of God, is God’s final, complete word.
Jesus is, “the exact imprint of (God’s) nature.” In Jesus, we see the Father. “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9) He is the very image of God come among us. It was through him that all things came to be. It is he who, “upholds the universe by the word of his power.” We are at the heart of Trinitarian theology here. As Christians, we believe in One God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is at the center of the truth of the Incarnation. Jesus, the Son, came as one of us, letting go of divinity to take on our flesh, to suffer and to die for us, in order to, “make purification of sins.” Who, but Jesus, the Son of God, could have done this? Jesus is the, “radiance of God’s glory,” and, therefore, the fulfillment of all the prophecies of the Old Testament.
With the coming of Jesus, the final age, the last days, have been initiated. There is no need for more prophecy. All has been fulfilled in Jesus. All that was necessary for the salvation of the world was completed in Jesus. He has finished all that was required by the Father. He now sits, “at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
What Paul is teaching his brother and sister Jewish converts to Christianity is a truth so profound that we need more than mere human intellect and reasoning to understand it. This truth of the Oneness of God, of Jesus being the very image and likeness of God, possessing God’s own nature fully, who has come among us, sharing in our human nature fully, and who remains with us in his Holy Spirit, is a matter of faith. In faith, we know that what God has revealed in the Holy Scriptures, is the very essence of truth. We know that Jesus is the Word of God, the final word of God. Our salvation has been spoken and fulfilled in Jesus. Glory be to God! Amen!
Lord, to you we give all praise, all glory, and all thanksgiving. That you love us so dearly humbles us beyond our ability to speak of it. Loving God, we pray that you deepen and strengthen our faith. We are nothing without you. In you we live and have our being. In you we have our hope for eternal joy. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
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