who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (Hebrews 1:3)
Today’s big question: what importance should we put upon the Bible?
As we read through Hebrews, we continue to glimpse the amazing, majestic glory of Christ. We can also see that glory of Christ throughout Scripture. Verses such as today’s text highlight the fact that the Son is the exact representation of the Father. Even as He walked among us as a human being, Jesus was still God. He is the God-man, being 100 percent God and 100 percent man (Colossians 2:9).
The richness of today’s text brings us to a startling realization: the Scriptures are of extreme importance since it is through them that we learn about the glory of God revealed through Jesus Christ. In fact, we can see Jesus Christ throughout the Bible. This is significant because these Scriptures not only point to the wonder of Christ, but they also indirectly point to the importance of Scripture. Without Scripture we don’t see Christ, and without Christ we don’t see the glory of God. Our view of Christ stems from our view of Scripture.
Today, many people—including some scholars in Bible colleges—claim that the Bible is not completely inerrant or infallible. Even those who claim biblical inerrancy are often willing to compromise Scripture with the fallibility of human philosophy.
This has become a major problem in the church and has direct implications on the authority and glory of Jesus Christ. If we can only see the glory and authority of Christ in His Word, then the credibility and reliability of Scripture is essential for these doctrines.
If we deny the inerrancy of the Bible, we ultimately deny the authority and glory of Jesus Christ. Compromising God’s Word is to obscure the lens that God has given us to view His revealed glory. If God didn’t really create the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them in six normal-length days (Exodus 20:11), can we really trust that the book of Hebrews is accurate when it claims that Jesus is the express image of the Father? The answer is no. If one part of Scripture is inaccurate, then it raises doubts about the authority of the rest of Scripture.
God’s Word is infallible and inerrant from the first verse of Scripture to the last. The clarity of the lens in which we view the glory of Christ is so clear that the vision of Christ, His person, and His works penetrates not only our reading eyes, but also our mind, our heart, and the depth of our very soul.Today’s big idea: since Scripture is our looking glass to view the glory of Christ, it is of ultimate importance.
What to pray: ask God to open up His Word to you so that you might see Christ in all His glory.