Posts Tagged ‘Hebrews 1:1-3’

The very character of God

April 9, 2017

The Verse of the Day for April 9, 2017 is found in Hebrews 1:3, but to apprehend more fully the essence of the message, let us take a look the first three verses of Hebrews 1 in the New Living Testament:

Hebrews 1:1-3:

1Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. 2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. 3The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.

As we considered deeply who Jesus Christ is and what he represents, we note the opening phrase of verse three “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God. . .” or as the King James states that Christ is “the express image of his [God’s] person.”

As believers our innermost desire should be that our lives become expressions of the character of Christ, just as Christ is the expression of the very character of God.

We note the importance of character in words of wisdom entitled “Essence of Destiny” attributed to Frank Outlaw, late President of the Bi-Lo Stores:

“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

This statement in part also inspired the accompanying poem:

Stamped with Your Character

“The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God,
and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.…

Hebrews 1:3a

As you seek a dwelling place, may you see our hearts,
Custom-designed and conformed to your own image.
As you scan sea and land, may you see our visage
And decide to abide in our innermost parts.
Search our character as we seek a deeper walk
With you, for we long to abide in your presence.
Naked and humble before you with no pretense,
May we be true in how we live, the way we talk.
As you search us and know us, may you find no flaw
In character, only true hearts of purity.
And may your Word unfold our true identity,
Perfected in the precepts of your changeless law.
We pledge our love and covenant with you today
To be stamped with your character in every way.

David Miller concludes with a scripture memory song of Hebrews 1:1-3 (ESV) “The Radiance of the Glory of God.”

Stamped with Your Character

April 10, 2016

Hebrews-1--3--flower

Originally posted a year ago, today’s blog entry has been revised and re-posted here:

The Verse of the Day for April 9, 2016 comes from Hebrews 1:3, but to apprehend more fully the essence of the message, take a look and listen to Hebrews 1:1-3:

The New Living Testament renders the passage this way:

Hebrews 1:1-3:

1Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. 2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. 3The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.

As I considered deeply who Jesus Christ is and what he represents, I thought of the opening phrase of verse three “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God. . .” or as the King James states that Christ is “the express image of his [God’s] person.”

As believers our innermost desire should be that our lives become expressions of the character of Christ, just as Christ is the expression of the very character of God.
Not long ago, I recall having heard this statement that was labeled “Essence of Destiny” which inspired the accompanying poem:

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Choose your words, for they become actions. Understand your actions, for they become habits. Study your habits, for they become your character. Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

Stamped with Your Character

The Son radiates God’s own glory and
expresses the very character of God. . .
Hebrews 13:3a (NLT)

As you seek a dwelling place, may you see my heart,
Custom-designed and conformed to your own image.
As you scan sea and land, may you see my visage
And decide to abide in my innermost part.
Search my character as I seek a deeper walk
With you, for I long to abide in your presence.
Naked and humble before you with no pretense,
May I be true in how I live, the way I talk.
As you search me and know me, may you find no flaw
In character, only a heart of purity.
And may your Word unfold my true identity,
Perfected in the precepts of your changeless law.
I pledge my love and covenant with you today
To be stamped with your character in every way.

The David Crowder Band offer a musical expression of Hebrew 1:3 entitled “Stars”:

in His expressed image

December 2, 2015

Hebrews-1--1-2

The Verse of the Day for December 2, 2015 comes from Hebrews 1:1-2 but to apprehend more fully the essence of the message, let us take a look at Hebrews 1:1-3

The New Living Testament renders the passage this way:

Hebrews 1:1-3:

1Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.

2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.

3The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.

As I considered deeply who Jesus Christ is and what he represents, I thought of the opening phrase of verse three “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God. . .” or as the King James states that Christ is “the express image of his [God’s] person.”

As believers our innermost desire should be that our lives become expressions of the character of Christ, just as Christ is the expression of the very character of God. References to our desire to be formed in the express image of Christ are found in this poem:

Firstfruits

Of His own will He brought us forth by the word
of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits
of his creatures.

James 1:18

Transform and then so fashion our very visage

To be like Christ, the full brightness of your glory.

In your refining fire so melt us so that we

Might be molded and cast in His express image:

As boldface type is stamped, printed upon the page,

As newly minted coins are placed in your treasure,

Precisely stamped with the essence of your character,

So that we convey the power of your message.

So saturate our spirit, heart, and soul and mind,

Every fiber of our being, your hand restores

To so permeate our presence that we might find

Our true calling as Christ’s faithful ambassadors.

More than any vessel, vehicle, or instrument,

Like Christ, the Lord, we are firstfruits of God’s intent.

“In Christ Alone” offered by Avalon is also an expression of where we take our stand as believers:

Stamped with your character

April 9, 2015

Hebrews-1--3

The Verse of the Day for April 9, 2015 comes from Hebrews 1:3, but to apprehend more fully the essence of the message, let us take a look at Hebrews 1:1-3

The New Living Testament renders the passage this way:

Hebrews 1:1-3:

1Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. 3The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.

As I considered deeply who Jesus Christ is and what he represents, I thought of the opening phrase of verse three, “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God. . .” or as the King James states that Christ is “the express image of his [God’s] person.”

As believers our innermost desire should be that our lives become expressions of the character of Christ, just as Christ is the expression of “the very character of God.”

Not long ago, I recall hearing this statement which was labeled “Essence of Destiny” which inspired the accompanying poem:

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Choose your words, for they become actions. Understand your actions, for they become habits. Study your habits, for they become your character. Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

 

Stamped with Your Character

The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God. . .

Hebrews 1:3a

 

As you seek a dwelling place, may you see my heart,

Custom-designed and conformed to your own image.

As you scan sea and land, may you see my visage

And decide to abide in my innermost part.

Search my character as I seek a deeper walk

With you, for I long to abide in your presence.

Naked and humble before you with no pretense,

May I be true in how I live, the way I talk.

As you search me and know me, may you find no flaw

In character, only a heart of purity.

And may your Word unfold my true identity,

Perfected in the precepts of your changeless law.

I pledge my love and covenant with you today

To be stamped with your character in every way.

The David Crowder Band offer a musical expression of Hebrew 1:3 entitled “Stars”: