The radiance of God’s glory


Hebrews 1:3 (ESV): 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,


The Hebrews writer proclaimed Jesus, the Son of God, as “better” throughout this letter. But even in the first sentences, we find this theme, as well. He immediately began to compare Jesus to angels, showing how these created beings are far inferior to the eternal Son of God.

Then, in Hebrews 1:10-12, the writer cites Psalm 102:25-27 to establish that Jesus laid the foundation of the earth and heavens at the beginning and even though the heavens and earth will perish, he will remain the same, his years having no end.


It is truly amazing to consider that the “radiance of the glory of God” clothed himself in flesh to live among us. Even more, Jesus is the exact imprint of God’s nature. He upholds the universe by his power.

Yet Jesus willingly died in our place, taking the sins of all the world upon himself. Even more… Christ calls us, his followers, to be like him.

The exact imprint of God’s nature welcomes us… and expects us… to be changed by his grace so that we are an imitation of God’s holiness?!


Heavenly Father, I praise you for your wisdom and grace. You are so beyond us that we truly can only understand a little of your glory. Yet you willingly gave your only begotten Son so that we might know you. Thank you for the Light that has come into the world. Having received your light, may I be a light to this sin-darkened world for your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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