Friday, May 13, 2016

The Brightness of His Glory

Hebrews 1:1-3 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 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; 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.

Exodus 20:7 says: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

That term “in vain” means to take the name of God in vain, to use the name of God with (1) levity - the treatment of a serious matter with humor or in a manner lacking due respect: Empty; worthless; having no substance, value or importance; Fruitless; ineffectual, light, with no purpose; without effect; ineffectual. With (2) profaneness - a man is profane when he treats sacred things with abuse or irreverent; proceeding from a contempt of sacred things, or implying it; Polluted; not pure, not purified or holy. Obscene; heathenish; tending to bring reproach on religion in opposition to holy, or qualified ceremonially for sacred services. To violate any thing sacred, or treat it with disrespect, abuse, irreverence, obloquy or contempt; as, to profane the name of God; to profane the Sabbath; to profane the Scriptures or the ordinances of God, as profane words or language; profane swearing; allowed for common use.

The second part of the meaning of taking the Lord, our God’s name is vain is widely known and understood, but how about the first part of its meaning? Do we take our loving Maker, Father God’s name seriously or lightly; with the praise, honor and glory that the Creator of the Universe and every things that lives and breathes deserves; that justly provided a way that sinful humanity could find forgiveness, redemption and reconciliation by God the Father in sending God the Son Jesus Christ as Savior for eternal salvation is due? Or do we live and show the world that it's "no big deal"? Where is our adoration, reverence and worship? 

 Philippians 1:2 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

In Christ, Brian

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