The Son of God – Hebrews 1:2-12

by Pastor John Fredericksen

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A pastor’s son from a very large church lived in the dorm room adjacent to me during my sophomore college year. At the time he was a junior, so one would think maturity would have begun to set in, especially as a preachers kid. To my disappointment, this young man was quite aloof, condescending, and acted like he was better than everyone else. He largely epitomized the attitude of arrogance demonstrated in recent movies by children of the President of the United States, problem children who did not represent their father well.

The exact opposite is true of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. He always represented His Father well by conducting Himself as the supreme good example. God the Father’s testimony of His Son was this: “Thou has loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows” (Hebrews 1:9). It is important for all to fully understand that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God, or the second Person of the Trinity. Therefore, the Father says He “…hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things” (1:2). He is “…the brightness of His [the Father’s] glory, and the express image of His person…” (1:3). Because He is God, He is the one who is “…upholding [or maintaining] all things by the word of His power…” (1:3). After He “…by Himself purged our sins, [He] sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (1:3). No mere mortal has this honor, only God the Son. When brought into the world in human form to redeem mankind, the Son of God was made “…so much better than the angels…” (1:4). Therefore, the Father instructed His holy angels saying, “…let all the angels of God worship Him” (1:6b). Further substantiating Christ’s deity is Hebrews 1:8 which states, “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Thy kingdom.”

We who are mere mortal “sons of God” (Romans 8:19) must choose to love righteousness and hate evil as THE Son of God does. We must worship Him, not as “the man upstairs,” but as God, and rejoice that He loved us enough to suffer and die for us. As you go about your day, will it be your purpose to represent your Heavenly Father well?

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