Hebrews 1:3-4 - The Verses Project

Bible Hebrews 1:3-4

Posted July 14, 2014

[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, [4] having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Last week we spent time in Hebrews 1:1-2, and this week we continue with verses 3-4. The author seeks to further establish the supremacy of Jesus to the readers of Hebrews.

Fully God

In verse 3, the author emphatically declares that Jesus is the very radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, upholding the universe by the word of his power! Jesus is God and does what only God can do. He created the world out of nothing. He upholds the universe by the word of his power. He is the exact imprint of God’s nature. And in verse 4, God acts on our behalf and does what only he can do. He makes purification for our sins.

He Sat Down

After making purification for sins, it says that Jesus “sat down.” His sitting down in verse 3 is significant and provides great comfort for those who are found in him. He sat down because his work was finished, not because he was tired or needed a break. There is absolutely nothing else that needs to be done for our salvation! The priest in the Old Testament never sat down as they made sacrifices because their work would never be complete. Hebrews 10:11-14 says:

“And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified”.

Jesus has accomplished all that was necessary for us to be reconciled back to God. It was finished, so he sat! May we abandon our fruitless attempts to save ourselves and find true rest in the accomplished work of the seated Christ. Pastor Sam Storms helpfully reminds us of what this incredible news means for those who have put their trust in Jesus Christ:

It means that you need never again live in fear that your sins will bring you into eternal judgment.

It means that you need never again live in fear of death, because leaving this life leads you into eternal fellowship and intimacy with God in the next.

It means that you need never worry that anything or anyone can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

It means that you need never again be crippled by guilt and shame for all the ways in which you have failed others and sinned against God.

It means that you need never again strive and strain and work and labor to win God’s favor and approval.

It means that you need never again live in anxiety and fear about whether you’ve done enough to make atonement for your shortcomings and your sins.

It means you need never again wonder whether, when you stand in God’s presence on the day of judgment, you will be properly prepared and thus find acceptance with your Creator.

It means that you need never again to live in conformity with someone’s expectations of you or in accordance with the rules they have set down for you, as if by doing so you might become truly spiritual and thus acceptable not only to them but also to God. Never again!

It means that you can now and forever breathe a deep sigh of relief and be filled with joy inexpressible and full of glory knowing that a perfect sacrifice for your sins has been offered and that all your guilt, yesterday, today, and forever has been wiped completely clean and that by faith in Jesus alone you stand clothed in his righteousness.That’s what it means to say that this one who is the heir of all things, through whom all things were created, sat down at the right hand of God. That’s what it means to say that this one who is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact imprint of his nature sat down at the right hand of God. That’s what it means to say that this one who upholds all things by his powerful word, after making purification for your sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high!

For this sermon and others from Sam Storms’ Hebrews sermon series visit: http://www.bridgewaychurch.com/sermons#series_23

Credits

Song by Ryan Gikas.
Production, recording, & mixing by Dustin Ragland.
Artwork by Tim Krause.