Today I was to begin a personal Bible study time in the book of Hebrews (please, no jokes about coffee here 😉)
And, as often happens, I don't very far because of the depth of hidden oracles of God's Word cause me to stop and wonder in awe.
For example, 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...
1. "He is the radiance of His glory". Think on this. Let it sink in.
Jesus needs no introduction, no external explanation, there is none other and nothing in existence to compare to Him. "He is the radiance of His glory".
2. "and the exact representation of His nature..." Meditate on this.
There is no doubt, no 'shadow of turning', no second guessing:
He is dependable,
He is faithful,
He is merciful,
He is long suffering,
He is All Powerful,
He is compassionate,
He is Loving,
He is forgiving,
He is gentle,
He is humble,
He is courageous,
He is Holy,
He is pure
He is all wise
He is ... "the exact representation of His Nature".
3. "He upholds all things by the word of His power..." Dwell on this.
(Note: These dependable versions of the Bible say "...by the word of His power: ESV, NASB, KJV, NKJV, Aramaic Bible in plain English, ERV.)
(Note: These 'easy to read' versions of the Bible change the meaning to say "...by His powerful word" or "by his powerful command)
These distinctions seem small, but, the change is a huge shift in paradigm.
One version suggests that this is exclusive to Jesus, while One version tells us the power is in His Word and that Word dwells in us.
One tells us that His Power is in His Word = RHEMA, which is the Spoken Word of God (as contrasted to LOGOS)
The Word of God further tells us: "If you abide in Me, and My words (RHEMA) abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you." John 15:7
ASK - according to the Word
SEEK - according to the Word
KNOCK - according to the Word
SPEAK - the Word
Matthew 21:21 And Jesus answered and said to them, "Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen.
22 "And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."
Let's draw near to God and He will draw near to us, in these days.
Let's be diligent to present ourselves approved to God as workmen who do not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
THE DAY IS AT HAND
THAT THIS WILL BE OUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE
OUR BEST OFFENSE
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND FOR OUR SALVATION
LET'S DO THIS, TOGETHER!
Your Brother and Friend