How Is the Father Related to the Son?

Biblical Authority Devotional: Authority of the Son, Part 1

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The Bible clearly presents Jesus as the Creator and Immanuel (God with us).

[God] has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; (Hebrews 1:2)

Today’s big question: how is the Father related to the Son?

There is little question that the writer of Hebrews had a dedicated focus on Jesus Christ. As you read through Hebrews, you will learn about Jesus and how He fully reflects the glory of the Father in both His person and His works. This focus starts in the very beginning of the letter. 

Jesus is Immanuel, which means “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). This is an immense thought to get us started as we look at the authority of the Son. The statement in today’s verse that God spoke to us through Jesus in these “last days” is a reference to the Incarnation, in which God put on humanity to fulfill the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17). Jesus has come among us and has revealed God to us in an amazing and special way. He revealed the glory of God to us through Himself as the great Mediator, both fully God and fully Man (1 Timothy 2:5). He revealed the glory of the Father through His words, His works, and His person. The author of Hebrews wanted us to understand that Jesus has spoken clearly of the Father.

Jesus is also the exalted one. He is the Heir of all things. In the ultimate display of God’s immeasurable grace and mercy, Jesus came into this world and, in willing obedience, submitted all to the Father’s will. His obedience was such that He not only came in humility as a baby, but He also walked among us and willingly died on a cross in our place. Our Savior, the sinless Sacrifice, could not remain in the tomb, but conquered sin and is exalted above all. He is seated at the right hand of the Father and is the victorious Heir of all things. This wonderful exaltation of Jesus Christ also proclaims the glory of the Father (Philippians 2:5-11).

Jesus is also the Creator. By His spoken Word, God created this world out of nothing. This work is attributed to the Son in Colossians 1:16. Even before “these last days,” the pre-incarnate Christ, the Son of God had spoken. The Creator’s first recorded words are “Let there be light.” It is in this particular glimpse of Christ that it is impossible to miss that He is, in very nature, God.

Jesus has been appointed Heir of all things, He made the worlds, and He has spoken to us with all the authority of the Godhead (Colossians 2:9).

Today’s big idea: the glory of the Father is evident in the Son.

What to pray: drop to your knees in the presence of the Son of God.

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