July 9, 2023
- Brightness is the Greek word, apaugasma, which means radiance, effulgence, or reflection. The quality of sending out rays of light. Jesus came as the light into the world; not a separate light from another face, or from another person, or from a demigod figure on a different throne; he came as the one true light of the character of God.
- You must understand that Jesus is not a resemblance of the Father, he is a reflection of the father. If God could look in a mirror and see Himself the image would be the man Christ Jesus. Think about that; God is not looking through a lens of eternity upon a separate image that has his appearance or likeness; He is not glancing upon an imitating substance derived from his omnipotent nature; He is not looking at a stump carved out His everlasting glory, planted in our human world and witnessing a distinctive growth or plant or god-form. God didn’t Xerox himself and send that into world. He created a human house and came himself to dwell in it. Jesus was not a close version of God; He was not an imitation; he was the incarnation. Jesus didn’t stop by the fueling station of the heavens and get a filling of the Divine nature; he was the fuel, the gas station, the everlasting power of God.
- Remember, He is the brightness of his glory. Think, rays of sunshine; a beam from a flashlight; an illumination from a torch; you can’t separate the one from the other and they both distinctly exist. Also, glory is significant as the God said he would not give his glory to another. Isaiah 42:8
- This is why the Trinity doctrine corrupts the image of God. It diminishes the authority of one and makes it reliant upon three different forms, or on unanimous counsel to get something done. Listen now…