3ABN Sabbath School Panel

Jesus, The Promised Son

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Series Code: SSP

Program Code: SSP220003S

00:00 Hello, friends.
00:01 Welcome to 3ABN Sabbath School Panel.
00:02 My name is John Lomacang.
00:04 Thank you for taking the time to join us
00:06 on our continued excursion
00:08 through the Book of Hebrews.
00:09 This quarter of the lesson is In These Last Days,
00:12 The Message of Hebrews and this third lesson is
00:16 "The Promised Son."
00:17 If you'd like to join us and follow us with a lesson,
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00:29 for an in-person study through the Book of Hebrews.
00:32 But nonetheless,
00:33 get your Bible and join us for this excursion
00:35 in this next hour through exciting messages found
00:38 in the Book of Hebrews.
01:10 Friends, welcome to 3ABN Sabbath School,
01:12 we are always excited
01:13 when you take the time to join us.
01:15 And if you've been a regular,
01:16 you know that this is something we enjoy
01:19 while we're sharing what God has revealed to us.
01:21 We are praying that God reveals something more.
01:24 And we don't want to come across as the experts
01:27 because God's Word is far too deep for us
01:29 to be able to master anything that is in it.
01:31 However, the writer has done
01:32 an excellent job on the Book of Hebrews.
01:34 We're just on lesson number 3,
01:36 we've got about 10 more left.
01:38 And we encourage you to join us every week
01:40 for what we know is going to be exciting one
01:43 of my favorite books,
01:44 and I think the panel has often expressed
01:47 their joy of studying the Book of Hebrews,
01:49 am I right?
01:50 That's right. Amen.
01:51 Right. So we have a great panel today.
01:53 If you were here last week or the week before that,
01:56 the family is the same
01:57 and we're going to be excited to have you stay with us.
02:00 All you need is a Bible and 57 minutes.
02:05 To my immediate left is Pastor James Rafferty,
02:07 good to have you here, James.
02:08 It's good to be here, John.
02:09 Yeah, James and John, I think there's something behind
02:11 that in the Bible.
02:12 And in the middle, the lady herself Jill Morikone.
02:15 Good to have you here, Jill. Thank you, Pastor John.
02:16 Good to be here.
02:18 Yeah, universally you are called the list lady.
02:21 I don't know where they got that from, but I think it fits.
02:23 Ryan, good to have you here.
02:25 It's a blessing always.
02:27 I'm excited I could be talking about Jesus
02:29 as the divine creator today.
02:30 Okay.
02:32 And on this panel, I think John Dinzey has been here
02:34 the longest, the head of Latino.
02:36 Pastor John Dinzey, good to have you here.
02:38 It's a blessing to be here.
02:39 It's a wonderful lesson. Okay.
02:41 Well, then why don't you have a prayer for us
02:43 before we dive into the lesson?
02:44 Sure.
02:45 Our loving Heavenly Father, we thank You, Lord,
02:48 for the blessing of the Book of Hebrews.
02:50 That is a feast of good things.
02:53 We pray that as we study Your Holy Spirit
02:55 will help us understand even more,
02:58 lead us and guide us and we pray that
02:59 Your Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth.
03:01 We pray for Your blessing upon all those
03:03 that endeavor to seek to understand
03:06 Your Holy Scriptures.
03:07 And we pray, Lord, that Your name may be honored
03:09 and glorified in all things
03:11 in Jesus' holy and blessed name, amen.
03:14 Amen. Amen.
03:15 Thank you, thank you.
03:16 We're going to start with Hebrews 2:1,
03:20 and Saturday and Sunday lessons on Sabbath and Sunday lesson.
03:24 And then we're going to see
03:25 what the Lord has in store for us.
03:26 But let's go to Hebrews 2:1.
03:29 We're talking about in some real sense,
03:31 the pre-existence of Jesus.
03:33 Now they are what I call
03:35 three Genesis in the Bible.
03:38 Genesis, obviously, then John Chapter 1,
03:41 then Hebrews Chapter 1.
03:43 Now Genesis takes us to the beginning,
03:44 in the beginning, God created heavens and the earth,
03:46 pretty much our solar system, our world,
03:49 the place that we call home.
03:51 But then John goes further in the beginning was the Word
03:54 and the Word was with God,
03:55 he goes even further back than that.
03:57 And then Hebrews talks about the Lord through His Son,
04:01 creating the worlds and astronomers tell it
04:05 that there are billions of galaxies,
04:08 which if we are faithful, one day,
04:09 we'll get a chance to visit, maybe all of them
04:12 because that's what immortal life
04:13 gives us the opportunity to do.
04:15 So let's look at Hebrews 1:2-3
04:18 as we consider the memory text
04:21 in the Book of Hebrews 1:2-3,
04:25 I'll read that for you.
04:27 And it says, "Has in these last days,"
04:29 speaking about the father, appointing his son,
04:32 "Has in these last days spoken to us by His Son,
04:36 whom He has appointed heir of all things,
04:39 through whom also He made the world's,
04:43 who being the brightness of His glory
04:46 and the express image of His person,
04:48 and upholding all things by the word of His power,
04:51 when He had Himself purged our sins,
04:55 sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high."
04:59 When you read that texts you don't realize
05:01 how much ground is covered
05:03 starts by when He created the worlds,
05:06 long before our existence,
05:08 and then sending him
05:09 and appointing him heir of all things,
05:12 and then sending him to show the world
05:14 the expressed image of the Father.
05:16 And then his ministry, his death, burial resurrection,
05:19 then sitting down at the right hand of majesty,
05:22 two verses that takes us through
05:24 quite a bit of space and time.
05:25 When you think about
05:27 the beginning story of the Bible,
05:28 we call The Great Controversy the unfolding
05:31 of the lineage of humanity
05:33 as well as the conflict between good and evil.
05:36 We find right after Adam and Eve sinned,
05:38 God made a promise.
05:41 And the promise was he was going to send a seed,
05:44 who would deliver all of humanity
05:47 from the woes of sin as Romans 3:23 says,
05:50 "For all have sinned
05:52 and fallen short of the glory of God."
05:54 Also, 1 Corinthians 15:22,
05:56 speaking about the best Adam could give us,
05:59 "As in Adam all die, but the converse,
06:02 even so in Christ all shall be made alive."
06:05 There are many contrast scriptures in the Bible.
06:08 1 Corinthians 15:22 is one of them.
06:11 Another one is Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death,
06:15 but the gift of God is eternal life
06:18 through Jesus Christ our Lord."
06:19 Now these contrasting scriptures show us
06:22 what we deserve and what we don't deserve.
06:25 It shows us the plight of humanity,
06:27 and the promise of divinity.
06:29 And so today we're going to walk through
06:31 some aspects of how God works,
06:35 but then we're going to look about
06:36 In These Last Days,
06:38 which is the focus of Sunday's lesson,
06:41 In These Last Days.
06:42 We know if we've been studying the Word of God,
06:44 that the Lord has been speaking through
06:46 apostles and prophets
06:48 and evangelists and pastors and teachers
06:50 throughout the ages,
06:52 but in these last days,
06:53 the message is so vitally important,
06:56 that we can dive down to the Book of Revelation
06:58 and see the revelation of Jesus Christ,
07:00 He is speaking directly to us through the Son
07:04 about the final act in the drama of the ages.
07:07 Let's look at Acts 2:17
07:10 and see how this promise includes all
07:12 who are open to being used of God.
07:15 Acts 2:17,
07:17 "And it shall come to pass in the last day says, God,
07:20 that I will pour out My spirit on all flesh,
07:23 your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
07:27 your young men shall see visions,
07:30 your old men shall dream dreams."
07:33 And then we find,
07:34 "On My menservant and maidservant,
07:37 I will pour out My Spirit in those days
07:39 and they will prophesy."
07:41 So we're living in a day and age
07:42 where prophecy is a significant part
07:44 of how this controversy is going to end.
07:47 One of the first prophecies in scripture,
07:48 however, is in the Book of Genesis.
07:50 Look at Genesis 3:15,
07:52 the prophecy that show generations
07:55 long after Adam,
07:57 that the promise the Lord made in the garden
07:59 is going to be fulfilled,
08:01 not only through his life,
08:02 but in the final eradication of sin.
08:05 Genesis 3:15,
08:07 "I will put enmity between you and the woman,"
08:10 speaking to the serpent,
08:11 "and between your seed and her Seed,
08:14 he shall bruise your head,
08:17 and you shall bruise His heel."
08:19 Now if you want to kill somebody,
08:20 you don't hang him by the heel, hang him by the head.
08:24 In this case, the Lord is talking about
08:25 the ultimate victory of a Satan,
08:27 but in the process,
08:28 he's going to receive a sustaining wound
08:31 that is for his heel,
08:33 meaning it will hinder to some degree,
08:35 the beautiful, unmarred glorious Christ
08:38 and throughout ceaseless ages,
08:40 we will see what our redemption has caused.
08:43 That's why people say, well, salvation is free.
08:46 I say no, it's not.
08:47 It's expensive.
08:49 It has cost God everything.
08:51 And Jesus gave us His best,
08:53 but it's a gift to us, free to us,
08:55 but by no means, if you get a gift.
08:58 Don't ever think it's free.
08:59 It does cause something to make,
09:00 and something to purchase.
09:03 Let's look at the spiritual fulfillment
09:05 of that prophecy made in Genesis Chapter 3.
09:08 Hebrews 2:14.
09:10 Let's look at that.
09:11 Hebrews 2:14, all right, I'll turn there with you.
09:17 Hebrews 2:14, the Bible says...
09:20 Jill, do you have that? I do.
09:21 Read that for me.
09:22 "Inasmuch then as the children
09:23 have partaken a flesh and blood,
09:25 He Himself likewise shared in the same,
09:27 that through death He might destroy him
09:30 who had the power of death,
09:31 that is, the devil."
09:32 Keep going.
09:33 "And release those who through fear of death
09:35 were all their lifetimes subject to bondage."
09:38 That's right.
09:40 So the Lord, that is the chapter
09:42 that the writer of Hebrews recognizes, wait a minute,
09:44 the Lord promised and He fulfilled.
09:47 Now the devil knows that the Lord was victorious
09:49 because the Bible says he knows
09:51 that he has but a short time.
09:53 So he knows that his time is limited
09:56 because the Lord defeated him at the cross,
10:00 but more specifically because of the empty tomb
10:03 that victory was complete.
10:04 But then not only defeating the devil,
10:07 but also bringing freedom to all of those
10:09 who are all their lifetime,
10:10 in fear of bondage,
10:12 held and held captive by habits
10:15 or even just by the thought of what was in their past.
10:18 But let's look at a couple of more prophecies
10:20 that the Bible talks about a prophecy and a fulfillment.
10:25 Another one we get is in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-16.
10:29 Just look at that very quickly, prophecy and fulfillment.
10:32 Okay, "For this we say to you,"
10:34 and we don't often think of this as a prophecy,
10:36 but in fact it is
10:37 because it has not yet been fulfilled.
10:39 "For this we say to you by the word of the Lord,
10:41 that we who are alive and remain
10:43 until the coming of the Lord
10:45 will by no means proceed those who are asleep."
10:48 Verse 16, "For the Lord Himself
10:50 will descend from heaven with a shout,
10:52 with the voice of an archangel, with the trumpet of God.
10:55 And the dead in Christ will rise first."
10:57 Now let's look at the confirmation
11:00 of the fulfillment.
11:01 1 Corinthians 15:22-24, "For as in Adam all die,
11:07 even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
11:09 But each one in his own order, Christ the firstfruits,
11:13 afterward those who are Christ's
11:15 at His coming."
11:17 And then let's look at another prophecy,
11:19 "When He puts an end to all rule
11:21 and all authority and all power."
11:22 So we're looking forward to the day
11:24 when the Lord puts an end to all rule,
11:26 all authority, and all power,
11:28 when He really delivers all of us
11:31 and delivers us to the Father,
11:33 as He delivers the kingdom to the Father.
11:36 The kingdom is not physical dimensions
11:38 of the building.
11:39 The kingdom, in fact, is made up of
11:41 sons and daughters of God,
11:43 who are finally freed from the eternal bondage
11:45 that The Great Controversy has brought.
11:48 Let's look at another prophecy.
11:49 Isaiah 65:17,
11:52 looking at prophecy and fulfillment.
11:54 Isaiah 65:17, "For behold,
11:58 I create new heavens and a new earth,
12:01 and the former shall not be remembered
12:04 nor come to mind."
12:06 Now that's the confirmation that one day
12:08 there will be a new heaven and new earth,
12:10 but let's look at
12:11 the spiritual fulfillment of that
12:13 because not only is Lord going to make new heavens
12:15 and new earth,
12:16 but look what Paul the Apostle says
12:18 in 2 Corinthians 5:17.
12:20 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
12:22 he is a new creation,
12:24 old things have passed away,
12:26 behold, all things have become new."
12:28 That's here and that is now.
12:31 The Apostle Paul confirms that once again in Galatians 6:15,
12:35 "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision
12:39 nor uncircumcision avails anything,
12:42 but a new creation."
12:44 So we are new creations in Christ,
12:46 not in the new earth alone,
12:48 but we are new creations in Christ, even right now.
12:51 We can experience that new life,
12:52 we can look forward to the day
12:53 when all things are made new.
12:55 I talked about we are delivered from the penalty of sin,
12:59 from the power of sin, and finally,
13:01 from the presence of sin.
13:03 That's a prophecy
13:04 that I'm looking forward to being fulfilled.
13:06 One more prophecy very quickly in Daniel 2:44.
13:11 "In the days of these kings the God of heaven
13:13 will set up a kingdom
13:14 which shall never be destroyed,
13:16 and the kingdom shall not be left to other people,
13:18 it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms,
13:21 and it shall stand forever."
13:23 Now let's look at the spiritual fulfillment
13:25 because we know that's the future.
13:26 That's what's going to happen.
13:27 God is going to establish a permanent kingdom,
13:30 but look at the words of Jesus, in Luke 17:20-21.
13:35 "Now when He was asked by the Pharisees
13:38 when the kingdom of God would come,"
13:40 listen to what he said,
13:42 "He answered them and said,
13:44 'The kingdom of God does not come with observation,
13:48 nor will they say, 'See here!'
13:50 or 'See there!'
13:51 For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.'"
13:55 So watch this.
13:57 Before we get into the kingdom,
13:59 God wants to get the kingdom in us.
14:02 And so that's going to be the beauty,
14:03 the kingdom is already in us
14:04 by the promise of Christ,
14:06 by His shed blood, but one day,
14:08 the kingdom that is in us will get us to the kingdom
14:11 that we will be in.
14:12 Amen. Amen.
14:13 Good stuff.
14:14 My name is James Rafferty, and I have Monday's lesson
14:18 which is entitled
14:19 God Has Spoken to Us by His Son.
14:22 We're going to be looking at Hebrews 1:1-4.
14:26 We do have a little bit of duplication here,
14:29 addition here.
14:30 So we're really going to know these verses
14:31 by the time we're done
14:32 with our lesson for this week.
14:34 Hebrews 1:1-4.
14:35 Let's just read them together.
14:37 Powerful, powerful, actually beautiful verses.
14:40 I especially love this first one.
14:41 Hebrews 1:1,
14:43 "God, who at sundry times
14:45 and in divers manners
14:46 spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
14:49 hath in these last days spoken to us by his Son,
14:53 whom he hath appointed heir of all things,
14:56 and by whom also he made the worlds,
14:58 who being the brightness of His glory
15:00 and the express image of His person,
15:02 and upholding all things by the word of His power,
15:05 when he had by Himself purged our sins,
15:07 sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high,
15:11 being made so much better than the angels,
15:14 as he hath by inheritance
15:16 obtained a more excellent name than they."
15:21 Sundry times in divers manners, what does that mean?
15:24 I don't know what it means.
15:26 Actually, I do know what it means,
15:28 but it's beautiful.
15:29 It's beautiful, poetic King James language.
15:32 And what God is saying here basically is,
15:34 is that God is a communicator,
15:36 God has been communicating with us by the prophets,
15:39 and that communication has only intensified
15:42 down through the ages.
15:44 In other words, God has not lessened
15:45 His communication,
15:46 God has increased His communication
15:48 because the lack of communication
15:50 is an evidence of,
15:52 well, let's say, a spirit
15:55 or an attitude of abandonment.
15:58 When you don't communicate, you have abandoned,
16:01 you have walked away from,
16:03 you have discontinued relationship.
16:06 And that's kind of what happened
16:07 in the Garden of Eden.
16:08 When we go back to the Garden of Eden
16:09 we see implied there clearly that Adam and Eve
16:14 walked with God in the cool of the evening every day.
16:17 And one day God comes
16:19 and He's looking for Adam and Eve
16:20 in the normal location
16:22 where they meet together and talk together
16:23 about the day's activities.
16:25 And they weren't there.
16:27 And so God starts calling for them.
16:29 God is a communicator, "Adam, Eve, where are you?
16:31 Where are you?"
16:32 Are they so busy that
16:34 and, of course, God knows where they are.
16:36 And God knows what has happened,
16:37 but God is working through this whole process
16:40 for our sake
16:42 because God is trying to tell us
16:44 as fallen human beings that even though
16:46 we stopped communicating with Him,
16:48 even though we abandon Him,
16:50 and in that case,
16:51 it was because they were afraid of Him.
16:53 God has not stopped communicating with us.
16:55 God has not abandoned us.
16:57 And so the Book of Hebrews opens up
16:59 with this powerful declaration,
17:00 you know, we believe the Book of Hebrews
17:02 was written by Paul,
17:03 but it's so different from all of his other epistles,
17:05 where he introduces himself as an apostle of God,
17:08 apostle of Christ and grace and peace be
17:11 until he gets right to the point.
17:13 Because we could understand
17:15 that Paul is perhaps trying to reach Hebrews
17:18 in this epistle to the Hebrews
17:19 more than any other group of people.
17:22 And he's trying to remind them,
17:24 that God has never stopped communicating with them
17:26 because that is the key.
17:27 That is the power that wins our hearts.
17:31 God is a communicator,
17:33 and God has continued to communicate to us.
17:35 And it's that goodness of God
17:37 that actually leads us to repentance
17:39 that leads us to turn our lives around.
17:42 So God has never stopped communicating.
17:45 And his communication
17:46 has only increased in intensity,
17:48 from the time of our sin until the very end,
17:53 Jesus Christ Himself manifesting,
17:55 taking our humanity upon Himself
17:58 and communicating to us
18:00 of the goodness and the love of God.
18:02 So in the original Greek, the lesson goes on to say here,
18:05 Hebrews 1:1-4 is only one sentence,
18:09 and I'm thinking in my mind, maybe Paul thought,
18:12 if I've only got one sentence,
18:14 just one chance to speak to my Hebrews,
18:17 I'm just going to get the sentence out there.
18:19 This is going to be the sentence.
18:20 You ever feel that way when you got one sentence,
18:23 so it's just one sentence.
18:24 And it's the author says,
18:26 "It has been argued that
18:27 this is the most beautiful in all the New Testament,
18:31 from the point of view of its rhetorical artistry.
18:34 It is the main assertion that God has spoken to us
18:37 through His Son, Jesus."
18:39 Now the Jews in the first century,
18:41 and, you know, you can see this
18:43 when you end the Old Testament
18:44 with the Book of Malachi.
18:46 And you move to the New Testament,
18:47 you've got a huge gap there,
18:49 you've got a huge space there where it seems like
18:51 God is not communicating.
18:53 But, you know, sometimes
18:54 silence increases the anticipation.
18:59 God is about to communicate, get this,
19:01 we've got all of the pre-show taking place,
19:04 but now the grand finale is taking place.
19:06 And this is time of silence, this is time of anticipation,
19:10 God's been communicating through the prophets,
19:11 but now He's going to communicate in-person.
19:15 And if we're thirsty, if we're hungry,
19:17 if we haven't heard from God,
19:19 you know, separation, they say, makes the heart grow fonder.
19:22 You separate from people for a while,
19:24 and you just need that you want that
19:26 and so God comes in the person of Jesus Christ,
19:29 He comes to remind us
19:31 has never and will never stop communicating with us.
19:34 It's kind of like the anticipation
19:36 of Jesus Christ creating hunger
19:39 in our hearts for God's communication.
19:41 But now, through Jesus, God is speaking to them.
19:47 And the quarterly says, again, I say,
19:50 God is speaking to them through Jesus
19:52 because He's always been speaking to them
19:53 through Jesus in a sense,
19:55 He never stopped speaking to them through Jesus.
19:57 In the Old Testament, it was Christ.
19:59 He was the rock that followed them.
20:00 He was the one that communicated.
20:01 He was the one that inspired,
20:02 of course, through the Holy Spirit.
20:04 But basically, when Jesus comes,
20:06 He negates all the false ideas of God's abandonment.
20:10 God has never abandoned us.
20:12 He's never stopped communicating to us.
20:17 So "God's revelation," the quarterly goes on to say,
20:19 "through Jesus, however, was superior to the revelation
20:22 that God made through the prophets
20:23 because Jesus
20:24 is a greater means of revelation.
20:26 He is God Himself,
20:27 who created the heavens and the earth
20:28 and rules the universe.
20:29 So for Paul, the deity of Christ
20:31 is never in questions all but assume."
20:34 Yes, previous revelations
20:37 were lesser than the actual revelation of God,
20:40 but they were these previous revelations
20:42 were still the revelations of God,
20:44 specifically, for example, the Ten Commandments
20:46 spoken by the voice of God Himself.
20:49 The quarterly goes on to say,
20:50 "Also, for Paul, the Old Testament
20:51 was the Word of God.
20:53 The same God who spoke in the past continues
20:55 to speak in the present.
20:56 The Old Testament communicated
20:58 a true knowledge of God's will.
21:01 However," it goes on to say,
21:03 "it was possible to understand its fuller meaning
21:06 only when the Son arrived on the earth."
21:09 That's why Jesus said so many times you have heard,
21:11 but I say it has been written,
21:13 but I say He was bringing fuller meaning
21:16 to everything that had been written
21:17 in the Old Testament.
21:20 The author goes on to say, "In the author's mind,
21:21 the Father's revelation in the Son
21:23 provided the key
21:24 to understanding the true breadth
21:26 of the Old Testament."
21:28 I just want to say amen to that.
21:29 "Just like the picture on the box of a jigsaw puzzle
21:33 provides the key to finding the correct place
21:36 for every one of its pieces."
21:38 Now how many of us can relate to that,
21:39 you look in jigsaw puzzle?
21:40 Show me that.
21:41 Let me look at that box
21:42 because there it is already done.
21:44 And you're just looking for those pieces fit.
21:46 And so it is that Jesus brought
21:48 so much of the Old Testament to light.
21:51 "Meanwhile," the author goes on to say,
21:53 "Jesus came to be our Representative
21:56 and our Savior.
21:58 He would take our place
22:00 in the fight and defeat the serpent.
22:02 Similarly, in Hebrews, Jesus is the 'pioneer'
22:05 or 'the captain' or 'the forerunner'
22:07 or 'the champion' of our faith."
22:09 Hebrews 2:10. "He fights for us and represents us."
22:13 I love that.
22:14 He fights for us, and He represents us.
22:16 This also means that what God did for Jesus,
22:20 our representative, the Father wants to do for us.
22:23 He who exalted Jesus at His right hand also wants us
22:26 to sit down with Jesus on His throne,
22:28 I just take that in friends.
22:30 God promises that those who overcome will sit down
22:34 with Christ on His throne.
22:35 That is the promise given to us in Revelation 3:21.
22:40 And I love that.
22:41 So "God's message to us
22:42 in Jesus includes not only what Jesus said,
22:46 but also what the Father did through Him to Him,
22:49 all for our," the quarterly says,
22:53 "temporal and eternal benefit."
22:54 And I added the word and spiritual benefit.
22:57 So let's just think about this for a second,
23:00 there's one question we're going to close with here
23:02 in our lesson for Monday.
23:04 "Think through what it means
23:05 that Jesus God came to this earth
23:09 and why should this truth bring so much hope to us?"
23:13 Think through what that means?
23:15 What does it mean that Jesus came to this earth
23:17 that God came to this earth in the person of Jesus Christ
23:20 and why should that bring so much hope to us?
23:22 I believe that one of the things
23:24 that we see in that picture of God
23:27 coming in the person of Jesus Christ
23:29 and why it brings so much hope
23:30 is because it reminds us of God's undying love.
23:33 God so loved the world
23:35 that He gave His only begotten Son.
23:37 Stop right there
23:38 because that first part of that verse
23:41 belongs to every human being on planet earth.
23:44 Yes, there was a purpose for that love
23:46 that unconditional love to the world
23:48 was so that whoever believes in Him
23:50 might not perish,
23:51 but have everlasting life or eternal life.
23:54 But God still so loved the world
23:55 that He gave His only begotten Son.
23:57 That is a past tense fact.
24:00 God has given the gift.
24:01 And as Pastor John said earlier,
24:04 that gift cost something,
24:06 and that gift has been put on our door.
24:08 It's been delivered to our front doorstep.
24:10 Why are we just letting it sit out there
24:12 when it's been purchased and it's been delivered?
24:15 God says it's a gift, take it, unwrap it,
24:18 use it, it's yours, you need it.
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25:06 Well, welcome back, we told you,
25:07 we won't be going anywhere.
25:09 So thank you for taking the time
25:10 to come back with us.
25:11 Right now Jill is going to take Tuesday.
25:13 He Is The Radiance of the Glory of God,
25:16 what a long sentence,
25:17 but I'm looking forward to what you have.
25:19 Thank you so much, Pastor John, and Pastor James,
25:21 incredible foundation for this lesson.
25:24 And I'm staying in those four verses as well.
25:27 We're in Hebrews Chapter 1
25:29 and we're going to spend
25:30 the entire balance of my time on two phrases,
25:34 the brightness of His glory,
25:36 and the express image of His person,
25:39 all 10 minutes on those two phrases,
25:41 and we have seven takeaways.
25:43 So let's read that, and then we'll unpack it.
25:45 We're going to pick it up in verse 2.
25:46 I know we've already read it,
25:48 but I just want you to see
25:49 these two phrases in that context.
25:51 Hebrews 1:2, of course, this is God's speaking,
25:55 "God has in these last days spoken to us," to whom?
25:58 "By His Son,
26:00 whom He has appointed heir of all things,
26:02 through whom also He made the world."
26:05 We won't touch on creation
26:07 'cause I think Ryan's going to talk about that.
26:09 Verse 3, "Who being the brightness of His glory,"
26:13 that's our first phrase,
26:15 "and the express image of His person,"
26:18 that's the second phrase,
26:20 "and upholding all things by the word of His power,
26:23 when He had Himself purged our sins,
26:25 sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high."
26:28 So what about these two phrases,
26:30 the brightness of His glory.
26:32 The word brightness in Greek,
26:34 this is the only time it's used in the New Testament.
26:37 And it means radiance,
26:38 literally, someone who shines from within.
26:42 The brightness of His glory, what does His glory mean?
26:47 Now the lesson brings out
26:49 and we are going to touch on it,
26:51 the lesson brings out His glory is the visible
26:53 manifestation of His presence.
26:55 And that's truly biblical,
26:57 clearly biblical, and we see it.
26:59 But I also want to touch on the fact that His glory
27:02 also is His character.
27:04 So if we look at it from both perspectives,
27:06 we see the brightness of His glory,
27:08 the brightness of His character,
27:11 and then we'll also look at His visible presence.
27:13 So let's look at both, let's start with character.
27:15 For that we're going to Exodus 33.
27:18 Exodus Chapter 33.
27:20 And, of course, this is Moses speaking to God.
27:23 Exodus 33, we'll pick it up in verse 18.
27:26 "And he Moses said, 'Show me Your glory.'"
27:31 And what did God say?
27:32 "He said, 'I will make all My goodness pass before you,
27:36 I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you.
27:39 I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious,
27:42 I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.'"
27:45 And, you know, if you jump over one chapter,
27:47 we see the same thing represented in Exodus 34
27:50 where God says, "The Lord,
27:52 the Lord God, merciful and gracious,
27:55 long suffering, abounding in goodness and truth."
27:57 What is He saying?
27:59 "My glory is My character."
28:02 When Moses said, "Show me Your glory."
28:04 He wanted to see the character.
28:06 God revealed His character, God revealed His goodness,
28:10 God revealed His mercy.
28:12 If you look at the Book of Philippians,
28:13 I love the Book of Philippians.
28:15 Philippians 2:14-15.
28:18 We have this interesting text, it says, "Do all things," how?
28:21 "Without complaining and disputing,
28:24 that you may be blameless and harmless,
28:27 children of God without fault
28:29 in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,
28:32 among whom you shine as lights in the world."
28:37 How are we to shine?
28:38 As lights in the world.
28:41 Takeaway number one.
28:43 You and I are called to shine
28:46 with His character to the world.
28:48 That is our calling as Christians
28:50 to reveal the character,
28:52 the glory of God,
28:54 Jesus came to reveal the character of the Father,
28:56 He came to show what God was like.
28:59 But you and I, in addition,
29:01 are called to reveal His character to the world.
29:04 We're called to share His light.
29:06 We're called to live His life.
29:08 We're called to represent Him to the world.
29:10 Now let's look at the brightness of His glory,
29:13 not just being His character, which it is,
29:16 but let's look at it being the visible presence of God.
29:19 For that we're going back to Exodus,
29:21 Exodus Chapter 24.
29:23 You know, we have this whole giving
29:25 of the Sinaitic covenant,
29:26 Exodus 19, it begins,
29:28 God carries them on eagle's wings.
29:30 Exodus 20, we have the 10 commandments,
29:32 or 10 promises that God gives.
29:34 And then we see, of course,
29:35 the ratification of the Covenant
29:37 in blood in Exodus 24,
29:38 but we're picking it up in verse 15.
29:40 Exodus 24:15, "Moses went up into the mountain,
29:45 and a cloud covered the mountain.
29:48 Now the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai,
29:51 and the cloud covered it six days.
29:53 And on the seventh day
29:55 He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
29:58 The sight of the glory of the Lord
30:00 was like a consuming fire
30:02 on the top of the mountain
30:04 in the eyes of the children of Israel."
30:06 God blessed His people with a visible manifestation
30:10 of His presence.
30:12 This was the consuming fire.
30:14 This was the cloud that covered the mountain.
30:17 Hebrews 12 tells us what 12:29.
30:20 "Our God is a consuming fire."
30:24 Takeaway number two.
30:26 Jesus came as the visible presence of God.
30:29 He came as the light of the world.
30:33 John 8:12, "He says, 'I am the light of the world.
30:36 He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness,
30:40 but shall have the light of life.'"
30:42 Jesus came as the visible presence of God.
30:46 Takeaway number three.
30:47 This is still dealing
30:48 with the visible presence of God.
30:49 The presence of God,
30:51 this is the brightness of His glory.
30:53 It brings terror to the wicked.
30:56 We would think the presence of God is pleasant,
30:58 but as Pastor James already talked about Adam and Eve,
31:00 when they sinned
31:01 they didn't want to communicate,
31:03 they didn't want the presence of God.
31:05 I'm reminded of the sixth seal in Revelation.
31:09 Revelation Chapter 6.
31:11 Remember that?
31:12 The wicked, this is just before the coming of Christ,
31:14 and they're terrified at the presence of God.
31:18 And they cry out to the rocks and say,
31:20 "Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him
31:24 who sits on the throne,
31:26 and from the wrath of the lamb
31:27 for the great day of His wrath is come
31:28 and who shall be able to stand?"
31:30 The presence of God,
31:31 it brings terror to the wicked.
31:33 Takeaway number four.
31:34 The presence of God
31:36 provides guidance to His children.
31:39 I love that.
31:40 We see this in Exodus 40.
31:42 But we see this whole picture of the children of Israel
31:45 and the encampment.
31:46 And when the pillar of cloud moved,
31:48 they picked up their tents,
31:50 and they moved along with the presence of God.
31:53 It provided guidance, it provided direction.
31:55 Greg has always said,
31:57 we are called to the Ministry of 3ABN.
32:01 And right now the pillar of cloud is here.
32:04 But if for whatever reason,
32:05 God picks up our pillar of cloud
32:08 and moves it on,
32:09 that means we need to follow.
32:11 That means we need to go where God leads.
32:15 In Exodus 40:34, we see this,
32:17 "The cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting."
32:19 This is the visible presence of God.
32:22 This is the brightness of His glory
32:24 that we talked about in Hebrews.
32:25 "And the glory of the Lord filled the temple."
32:27 Jump down to verse 36.
32:30 "Whenever the cloud was taken up
32:31 from above the tabernacle,
32:33 the children of Israel would go onward in their journeys,
32:36 they would progress.
32:38 But if the cloud was not taken up," Pastor John,
32:41 "they did not journey
32:42 till the day it was taken up."
32:45 The presence of God provides guidance
32:46 to His children.
32:47 Takeaway number five.
32:49 I love this.
32:50 The presence of God brings joy.
32:52 Remember, we said the presence of God
32:54 brings terror to the wicked and it does,
32:56 but the presence of God brings joy to His children.
33:00 Psalm 16:11,
33:02 "You will show me that's God will show me the path of life,
33:06 in your presence is fullness of joy,
33:09 at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
33:13 Do you lack joy in your life?
33:15 Seek the presence of God.
33:18 The presence of God brings joy.
33:20 Takeaway number six.
33:21 The presence of God brings rest.
33:25 Exodus 33:14, "And He said, God is speaking,
33:29 'My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'"
33:34 The presence of God brings rest.
33:36 Now in our final moments,
33:38 let's look at the second phrase,
33:39 we already looked at
33:40 the brightness of His glory being God's character,
33:43 which we are called to represent,
33:45 as well as the visible presence of God.
33:48 But what is the express image of His person?
33:51 It's very fascinating to me,
33:52 the express image is actually a word in Greek.
33:56 That is a tool used for engraving.
33:59 It's a mold or a stamp.
34:03 So you know what a stamp is.
34:04 It gives the exact representation,
34:07 the exact likeness.
34:09 There's a perfect correspondence,
34:11 in essence, in being in the likeness in character,
34:15 between the Father and the Son.
34:17 Remember, Jesus said to fill up,
34:19 this is in John 14:9,
34:21 "Jesus said, 'Have I been with you so long,
34:23 and yet, you have not known Me, Philip?
34:27 He who has seen Me has seen the Father,
34:29 how can you say, 'Show us the Father?'"
34:32 That's because Jesus is the mold,
34:34 the exact representation of the Father.
34:38 John 1:18.
34:39 "No one has seen God at any time.
34:41 The only begotten Son,
34:42 who is in the bosom of the Father,
34:44 He has declared Him."
34:46 Takeaway number seven.
34:48 Jesus came to reveal the Father.
34:51 If you know Jesus, you know the Father.
34:53 He came to reveal God,
34:56 just as no one has seen the Son
34:58 except through its brightness.
35:00 We can only know the Father through Jesus.
35:03 So our takeaway is you and I are called
35:05 to share the character of God to the world.
35:07 Jesus came as the visible presence of God.
35:10 The presence of God brings terror to the wicked,
35:12 but it brings guidance, joy, and rest to the righteous.
35:16 And Jesus came to reveal the Father.
35:19 Amen. Amen.
35:20 Thank you so much.
35:22 Wonderful foundation laid, thank you guys so much.
35:24 I have Wednesday's lesson.
35:26 My name is Ryan Day,
35:27 and Wednesday's lesson is entitled
35:29 Through Whom He Made the Universe.
35:33 The opening statement here says,
35:34 "Hebrews affirms that God created the world
35:37 'through' or 'by' Jesus
35:40 and that Jesus sustains the world
35:43 with His powerful Word."
35:45 And so there's no denying
35:47 that the Bible is very clear how Christ is Creator,
35:50 that He is responsible for creating all things.
35:53 I think of John 1:1,
35:55 "Right in the beginning was the Word,
35:57 and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
35:58 But it goes on to say that,
36:00 "Through Him, all things were made,
36:02 and nothing was made unless it was made by Him."
36:04 So in this case, Christ is Creator.
36:06 We even see this in Hebrews 1:2-3,
36:10 we've read these verses many times,
36:11 but hey, we might as well read them again, right?
36:13 Because the more we hear them, the more we remember them.
36:15 Hebrews 1:2-3, it says, "Has in these last days,"
36:19 speaking of Christ, "spok to us by His Son,
36:23 through whom He has appointed heirs of all things,
36:26 through whom also He made the world's,
36:29 whom being in the brightness of His glory,
36:31 and the express image of His person,
36:33 and upholding all things by the Word of His power,
36:35 when He had by himself purged our sins,
36:38 sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high."
36:42 So before we go on any further,
36:44 for any more commentary on this idea
36:47 that Christ in which made all things, He is the...
36:50 All the universe is made by Him.
36:51 Let's jump back to some text in the Old Testament here
36:54 because the lesson brings out
36:55 that many people have a discrepancy
36:57 when they read some of the Old Testament texts
36:59 where it talks about God alone being creator,
37:03 and then they get to the New Testament
37:04 and they read these texts
37:05 where it says Christ is Creator.
37:06 Well, who's the Creator, right?
37:08 Let's go back to Isaiah 44:24.
37:11 And then we're going to skip over one chapter
37:13 and read Isaiah 45:18.
37:16 But right now, Isaiah 44:24,
37:19 notice what the Bible says,
37:20 "Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,"
37:22 that word, Lord is Jehovah.
37:24 "Thus says the Lord, Jehovah, your Redeemer,
37:27 and He who formed you from the womb,
37:32 'I am the Lord, who makes all things,
37:34 who stretched out the heavens all alone,
37:37 who spreads abroad the earth,"
37:39 notice this, "by Myself."
37:41 And so, again, many people read this,
37:43 wait a second, God created but yet Jesus created.
37:46 Again, Isaiah 45:18.
37:48 Let's read this one.
37:49 Isaiah 45:18, "For thus says the Lord,
37:52 who created the heavens, who is God,"
37:56 okay, "who formed the earth and made it,
37:58 who has established it, who did not create it in vain,
38:03 who formed it to be inhabited.
38:05 'I am the Lord," and there it is,
38:07 "and there is no other."
38:09 There's some singularity statement here,
38:12 "I am God, there is no other."
38:14 I'm the one that created all things.
38:16 Nehemiah 9:6, got to read this one as well.
38:19 It fits right into this theme we're talking about.
38:21 Nehemiah 9:6, "You alone are the Lord,
38:27 you have made heaven,
38:28 the heaven of heavens, with all their host,
38:31 the earth and everything on it,
38:33 the seas and all that is in them,
38:35 and you preserve them all.
38:38 The host of heaven worships You."
38:41 And so the idea which the lesson
38:42 brings out very intelligently,
38:44 some think that Jesus was merely
38:46 the instrument through whom God created, right?
38:50 This is not possible because first,
38:52 of course, verse we read, "For Paul,
38:53 Jesus is the Lord who created the world.
38:56 He's not merely a helper."
38:58 And some people see it that way.
38:59 I hear people all the time.
39:00 They'll say, "Well, Jesus is my Savior,
39:02 Jesus is my Lord."
39:03 But God created and the idea is there
39:06 is that somehow Jesus is somehow
39:07 some lesser God or some demigod,
39:10 or in many cases, some people deny
39:12 just outright the divinity of Christ and say,
39:14 well, there's God and then there's Christ.
39:17 But when you get into the Book of Hebrews,
39:19 and many other passages throughout the Bible,
39:21 we are very, very clear in the fact
39:22 that Jesus is God and He is Creator.
39:26 He created all things.
39:29 I love Hebrews 1:8, and verse 10.
39:32 We also find this being reaffirmed
39:34 in Psalm 102:25-27,
39:38 which is where Paul draws these words from,
39:40 but again, Hebrews Chapter 1
39:41 we're going to read verses 8 and 10.
39:43 Notice what the Bible says, "But to the Son He says,
39:47 'Your throne," here it is, "O, God, is forever and ever,
39:52 a scepter of righteousness
39:54 is the scepter of Your kingdom.'"
39:55 And then verse 10, with that,
39:56 "And 'You, Lord, in the beginning,
39:59 laid the foundation of the earth,
40:01 and the heavens are the work of Your hands."
40:04 Let's make this clear.
40:05 Jesus is God.
40:08 Jesus is Creator.
40:10 There's no way of getting around that.
40:12 I have to emphasize that again because just recently,
40:15 even in my own ministry, as I travel around,
40:18 and I get to speak with many different people,
40:19 and go to many different churches,
40:21 there's a movement, there's a movement of people
40:23 that seem to be preaching this idea
40:25 that there's just one true God
40:26 and it's the Father.
40:27 And Jesus is not God at all,
40:29 but yet they're okay with saying He's Creator,
40:31 but the fact that He is Creator makes Him God.
40:35 In fact the Bible says it you can't get around it,
40:37 Jesus Christ is God, He is Creator.
40:41 In fact, Hebrews 2:10 says
40:43 that the universe was created by or through,
40:47 in this case, the Father because it's talking about
40:49 what the Father is doing through Jesus.
40:51 And so this is where some confusion comes in.
40:53 Wait a second, the Father is Creator,
40:55 and the Son is also Creator.
40:57 The exact same expressions again
40:59 that we find in Hebrews 2:10,
41:01 or apply to Jesus in Hebrews 1:2
41:04 which we read earlier,
41:06 the Father created and Jesus created,
41:08 did you hear that?
41:09 The Father created and Jesus created, right?
41:13 We see this in Hebrews 1 and 2, in 10, also Hebrews 2:10.
41:17 There is a perfect agreement between the Father and Son
41:21 in purpose and activity.
41:24 This is part of the mystery of the Godhead, right?
41:27 How do you explain these things?
41:28 Only God can fully explain these things.
41:31 Jesus created and God created
41:33 though that is referencing the Father,
41:35 but there is only one Creator, okay?
41:38 God, God is Creator,
41:40 of course, which implies that Jesus is indeed God.
41:44 We even see this very clearly communicated in the famous
41:47 what we call the Shammahs.
41:49 Deuteronomy 6:4,
41:51 it literally in the original language says,
41:53 "Sh'ma Yisrael, Adonai, Eloheinu, Adonai Echad."
41:58 "Hear, O Israel, our God is one!"
42:02 And that word one there,
42:03 it's interesting that Moses would use the word Echad
42:06 because he could have used the word Yachid,
42:08 which Yachid is a very rigid singularity.
42:11 But it's interesting, he used the same word
42:13 to describe that relationship
42:14 that when God created Adam and Eve,
42:16 He said, Adam and Eve, you are one, Echad.
42:20 In other words, the word Echad is describing again,
42:23 our Lord our God, Elohim Adonai.
42:26 He is Echad, He is one in unity.
42:30 But how can you take one individual
42:31 and say that's a great unity?
42:34 We know that the Father and the Son share divinity,
42:37 the Father and the Son are Creator.
42:40 How do we explain that in our finite human minds,
42:43 we simply can't.
42:44 It's a mystery, but at the end of the day,
42:46 we can take what the Bible tells us,
42:47 and we can believe it,
42:49 we can proclaim it because the scripture is clear.
42:52 The Bible even goes on to say, meanwhile, that Jesus Christ...
42:55 In fact, in Hebrews 4:13,
42:57 Christ is also called the Judge,
43:00 and you can't call Him Judge unless obviously,
43:02 by that He has given that name.
43:04 He's given that title
43:05 because He has indeed created all things.
43:07 He is Creator.
43:09 Let's read Hebrews 4:12-13.
43:11 It says, "For the word of God is living and powerful."
43:14 What is that word?
43:15 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God,
43:17 and the Word was God,
43:18 we're talking about Jesus Christ.
43:20 "For the word of God is living and powerful,
43:21 and sharper than any two-edged sword,
43:23 piercing even the division of soul and spirit,
43:25 and the joints and marrow,
43:26 and is a discerner of the thoughts
43:29 and intents of the heart."
43:30 But here comes the judgment aspect in verse 13.
43:33 "And there is no creature hidden from His sight,
43:37 but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him
43:40 to whom we must give account."
43:43 The fact that He is judge, the fact that He is Creator.
43:45 He is Creator, He is judge,
43:47 but also the Bible goes on to describe Christ,
43:50 by whom God created all things,
43:52 even the universe.
43:54 He is the sustainer.
43:56 He is the sustainer of creation.
43:59 Hebrews 1:3 notice again, what it says,
44:02 "Who being the brightness of His glory
44:04 and the express image of His person,
44:06 and upholding all things by the Word of His power,
44:09 when He had by Himself purged our sins,
44:12 sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high."
44:17 Even Colossians 1:17 says,
44:19 "And He is before all things,"
44:21 and notice, "in Him all things consist."
44:25 You know what that means?
44:26 Christ is not only the Creator,
44:28 but all of creation is consisted,
44:30 it is sustained through Him.
44:33 And then lesson brings out here,
44:34 "The sustaining action,
44:36 probably includes the idea of guidance or governance.
44:41 The Greek word pheron,"
44:42 which again goes on to mean sustaining or carrying,
44:45 "is used to describe the wind driving a boat
44:49 in Acts 27:15, 17.
44:52 Or it also describes
44:54 God leading the prophets
44:56 in 2 Peter 1:21.
44:59 Thus in a real sense,
45:01 Jesus not only created us but sustains us as well."
45:05 And I love this.
45:06 "Every breath, every heartbeat,
45:09 every moment of our existence is found in Him,
45:13 Jesus, the foundation of all created existence."
45:19 Jesus is the foundation of all.
45:21 He is the Creator.
45:23 He is God.
45:25 And we're just going to leave it at that.
45:27 That's pretty clear.
45:28 Praise the Lord. Thank you very much.
45:30 We now move to Thursday's portion
45:33 of this study guide.
45:35 And the title is Today I Have Begotten You.
45:38 This is concerning Jesus.
45:40 My name is John Dinzey.
45:41 For those of you listening on radio,
45:43 there's a different person now speaking.
45:46 So we have an Exodus 2:4,
45:49 the fact that God heard Hebrews groaning
45:53 because of their sufferings,
45:55 and God remembered His covenant
45:57 that He made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
46:00 God is a covenant keeping God
46:03 and the promises we find in the Old Testament,
46:06 the scriptures we find in the Old Testament,
46:08 the stories in the Old Testament have...
46:12 You see some of the borrowing in the Book of Hebrews,
46:15 and we're going to talk about one of those right here.
46:19 In Luke 1:72-73,
46:22 Zacharias made this powerful message 72, 73,
46:27 "To perform," concerning Jesus, he grabbed the child,
46:30 Jesus in His arms, and he says,
46:31 "To perform the mercy promised to our fathers
46:35 and to remember His holy covenant,
46:38 the oath which He swear to our father Abraham."
46:43 Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God,
46:47 came to fulfill the promise.
46:50 Now look at Luke 1:31-32.
46:54 Talking to Mary, the angel says,
46:57 "You will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son,
47:01 and shall call His name Jesus.
47:04 He will be great,
47:05 and will be called the Son of the Highest,
47:08 and the Lord God will give Him
47:10 the throne of His father David."
47:14 Now this is powerful.
47:16 Jesus has serious trouble with the Scribes
47:19 and the Pharisees and the Sadducees.
47:21 They were constantly after Him to find some fault
47:24 because He was growing in popularity,
47:26 He was doing miracles,
47:27 and they were afraid
47:28 they were losing their influence
47:30 among the people.
47:31 So in John Chapter 8,
47:32 Jesus is speaking to the Scribes,
47:35 to the Pharisees, the Jews.
47:36 And beginning in verse 56,
47:38 you will hear something marvelous,
47:41 notice, "Your father Abraham rejoiced
47:43 to see My day,
47:45 and he saw it and was glad.
47:48 Then said the Jews unto Him,
47:49 'Thou are not yet fifty years old,
47:52 and has thou seen Abraham?"
47:54 Jesus said unto them,
47:56 'Verily, verily, I say unto you,
47:58 before Abraham was, I AM.'"
48:02 When He said this, they were shocked.
48:05 They were indignant.
48:08 They wanted to stone Jesus.
48:10 This is why verse 59 says,
48:11 "Then took they up stones to cast at Him,
48:14 but Jesus Hid himself and went out of the temple,
48:18 going through the midst of them,
48:20 and so passed by."
48:22 They tried to cut His mission short,
48:24 they tried to stone Him to death
48:27 because Jesus said, "I am the great I AM."
48:31 And so this is speaking of Jesus,
48:34 I'm reading to you from Signs of the Times,
48:37 August 29, 1900.
48:39 It says, "In speaking of His pre-existence,
48:42 Christ carries the mind back through that dateless ages.
48:48 He assures us that there was never a time
48:51 when He was not in close fellowship
48:54 with the eternal God.
48:55 He to whose voice the Jews were then listening
48:59 had been with God as one brought up with Him."
49:03 You see, there was no time in history past
49:06 in the eternal history past that Jesus did not exist.
49:10 He has always existed.
49:12 He is eternal.
49:13 Hebrews 1:5.
49:15 Now we focus in on the phrase, "I have begotten You.
49:20 Today I have begotten You?
49:21 Notice in Hebrews 1:5,
49:23 "For to which of the angels did He ever say,
49:27 'You are My Son, today I have begotten You?'
49:31 And again, 'I will be to Him a Father,
49:34 and He shall be to Me a Son?'"
49:36 There's so much in this one verse
49:38 that we don't have all the time
49:40 to exhaust all that it has here.
49:42 But yes, there are times in the Bible
49:44 when angels are referred to sons of God,
49:47 but it's separating Jesus from angels
49:50 because He is the Creator, He is God.
49:53 And there's something that occurs upon a given time.
49:57 You see Jesus when He's manifested
50:00 and when He takes upon Himself as a human,
50:04 as human flesh,
50:06 He is considered the only begotten Son of God.
50:09 But there's another time when we see this phrase.
50:14 "Today I have begotten You?"
50:15 And it's very interesting.
50:16 So I encourage you to listen.
50:18 The I in the Greek here is emphatic,
50:22 "I the Everlasting Father have begotten You
50:25 on this day that is on this day,
50:27 the day of Thy being manifested as My Son,
50:31 'the first-begotten of the dead.'"
50:32 You see, when Jesus Christ comes forth from the grave,
50:36 there's a revelation and a manifestation
50:40 in such a sense that the father declares,
50:42 this day have I begotten thee.
50:45 Now this is interesting because this is taken from Psalm 2:6-7.
50:50 Psalms 2:6-7,
50:52 "'Yet have I set My King
50:54 over upon My holy hill of Zion.'
50:57 'I will declare the decree, the Lord has said unto Me,
51:00 'Thou are My Son,
51:01 this day I have begotten Thee.'"
51:03 Now I mentioned earlier that the stories in the past
51:07 have references in the New Testament as well.
51:10 You see the whole theocracy, the kingdom of Israel,
51:15 had messianic import.
51:18 And when, actually this declaration
51:21 that we find in Psalm 2:6-7,
51:25 this is a phrase that the Lord uses
51:29 even for Solomon,
51:31 where it says, "I will be to him a father,
51:33 he shall be to me a son."
51:35 But this is like, solemn becomes an type
51:39 and Jesus becomes the antitype.
51:41 So let's consider this.
51:42 You see, the type of God's ultimately
51:45 subduing all enemies
51:47 under His son also is represented in David.
51:50 In the Book of 2 Samuel Chapter 8,
51:53 you will see a listing of David's victories
51:57 and the victories David had.
51:59 And notice what it says in 2 Samuel 8:15, it says,
52:04 "And David reigned over all Israel,
52:08 and David executed judgment
52:11 and justice unto all his people."
52:15 So David becomes a type and Christ is the antitype,
52:19 Jesus Christ,
52:21 by coming to this world becoming human,
52:25 just like you and I, enduring temptation
52:28 just like you and I,
52:29 being victorious,
52:31 dying upon the cross for us.
52:33 And when he dies upon the cross for us
52:35 and comes forth victorious,
52:37 resurrected on the third day, he wins the battle,
52:42 he wins the war,
52:43 he wins and he becomes the Son of God in a sense
52:48 as being established over the throne
52:51 that we're going to read in a moment.
52:53 And so Jesus, just like David is going to execute justice,
52:58 He's going to rule over, not just over Israel,
53:01 but over the whole world.
53:04 Jesus Christ will execute judgment
53:06 for His people.
53:07 2 Samuel 7:12-16, "God promised David,
53:11 I will set up your seed after you,
53:14 who will come from your body,
53:15 and I will establish his kingdom.
53:18 He shall build a house for My name,
53:20 and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
53:24 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son.
53:27 And your house and your kingdom
53:29 shall be established forever before you.
53:31 Your throne shall be established forever."
53:34 This was because David wanted to build a temple,
53:38 but he could not, God told him,
53:40 your son is going to build a temple.
53:42 And here Solomon becomes a type and Jesus is the antitype
53:46 because just like God said to Solomon,
53:49 God says to his son, I will be to you a father,
53:52 and you shall be to Me a son,
53:53 just as we read in Hebrews 1:5.
53:56 So in Romans 1:3-4.
53:59 It says, "Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
54:03 which was made up the seed of David
54:05 according to the flesh,
54:07 and declared to be the Son of God with power,
54:11 according to the spirit of holiness,
54:13 by the resurrection from the dead."
54:16 So when Christ resurrects from the dead,
54:19 He becomes a...
54:21 Here it's not that He is becoming
54:23 His son at that time,
54:25 but it's a manifestation of a prior Sonship,
54:28 he was already the Son before He rose from the dead.
54:33 And so I tell you, in Mark Chapter 1,
54:36 a declaration is made by the centurion,
54:39 notice, Mark 15:39.
54:42 "And when the centurion, which stood over against him,
54:45 saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost,
54:48 he said, 'Truly this man was the Son of God.'"
54:52 Praise the Lord.
54:53 You see, Christ has existed forever.
54:56 He as the Son of God came to die for us.
54:59 And so quickly let me read Philippians 2:5-8.
55:04 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,
55:07 who, being in the form of God,
55:09 thought it not robbery to be equal with God,
55:11 but made Himself of no reputation,
55:14 and took upon Him the form of a servant,
55:16 and was made in the likeness of men.
55:19 And being found in fashion as a man,
55:21 He humbled Himself
55:23 and became obedient unto death,
55:25 even the death of the cross."
55:27 Christ has been victorious,
55:29 died for us being high and King,
55:33 He left the adoration of angels and became a babe,
55:36 and He is our King.
55:39 Amen. Thank you so much.
55:41 Wonderful.
55:42 I don't think there's any doubt about that any longer.
55:45 But I wanna give each one of our panelists
55:46 an opportunity to summarize the day they cover.
55:48 James?
55:50 All right, well, the day we covered was Monday,
55:51 God Has Spoken to Us by His Son.
55:54 Hebrews 13:8 said that Jesus Christ says that,
55:57 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday,
55:58 today, and forever."
56:00 So God is a communicator
56:02 and sin didn't stop God from communicating with us.
56:05 God communicates with us, He has communicated with us,
56:08 and He'll continue to communicate with us.
56:10 And the communication that He has for us
56:12 is the revelation of His love,
56:13 His goodness that leads us to turn our lives around
56:17 and give our hearts to Him.
56:18 Amen. Jill?
56:19 On Tuesday, we looked at Jesus
56:21 being the brightness of His glory
56:23 and the express image of His person.
56:24 And I just want to touch on this many times
56:27 we feel like God is harsh.
56:28 The God of the Old Testament is vengeful and vindictive,
56:32 but the truth is, Jesus came to reveal the Father.
56:35 And that means that God is love,
56:38 and God wants to save you.
56:39 Amen. Amen.
56:41 The first chapter of Revelation 1:11
56:44 as well as the very last chapter,
56:46 Revelation 22:13 says, "I am the Alpha, the Omega,
56:49 the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."
56:52 Both obviously, both referring to Jesus Christ.
56:55 He is the beginning, He is the end.
56:57 He is the Alpha, He is the Omega.
56:59 Make Him Lord of your life today.
57:01 Amen. Amen.
57:03 We have in the Book of Genesis
57:04 that Adam and Eve were given dominion,
57:06 and they lost it when they sinned,
57:07 and Satan seem to take it from them,
57:10 but Christ by dying on the cross for us
57:13 a perfect sacrifice.
57:14 He has taken that dominion back,
57:16 and He will establish a kingdom that will last forever.
57:19 And I hope you are part of it.
57:20 Amen.
57:21 Thank you so much each one of you
57:22 for talking about The Promised Son.
57:25 And, you know, there's a statement
57:26 I heard growing up,
57:27 it's called promises, promises.
57:29 God made a promise,
57:30 and Jesus is the fulfillment of that divine promise.
57:34 So we can have today the blessed assurance
57:36 that the Christ who came to earth
57:38 to redeem us will come again to deliver us.
57:42 Thank you so much that Jesus is in fact,
57:45 the promise of God.
57:48 Lesson number four we're going to be covering next week,
57:50 we'd like to invite you to come back
57:51 and join us on that.
57:52 It's Jesus, our Faithful Brother.
57:54 When He walked the earth,
57:56 He also became somebody closer
57:57 than our closest friend.
57:59 Join us next week
58:00 for that exciting lesson study on Hebrews.


Revised 2022-02-16