What Is Greatest to the Father

My kids and me (St. Patrick’s Day 2017)

Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways.  In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son” (Heb. 1:1-2).

Jesus is not just a prophet or messenger that spoke about God.  He is the Son, God’s very speech, God’s message to man.

The Son is God’s image. Hebrews 1:3 says, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature” (Heb. 1:3).  The phrase “exact expression of His nature” is more literally rendered “an engraving of His substance.” Such an engraving is not a mere outline or likeness. This engraving *is* the very thing it images. This is how the Son images His Father.

Jesus is not even a spirit-messenger or angel.  He is not a created spirit sent as an intermediary. He is the Son, the only begotten, God Himself come to treat with man (Heb. 1:5).

Jesus isn’t a bull or goat offering animals’ blood. He offers His own blood, the blood of God’s own Son, pumped by God’s own heart, so to speak (Heb. 10:10-12). 

Jesus is the Son before He is anything else, before He performs any office, or is of any utility.  God delights in Him! (Matt. 3:17).  Hebrews drives this home in chapter one because everything in subsequent chapters depends on us knowing Jesus as the Son.  It is why His covenant is better, His priesthood greater, His sacrifice perfect.

Here is the wonder of the gospel: we share in the sonship of Jesus.  In Him, God says to each of us, “You are my son; today I have become your Father” (Heb. 1:5).  Jesus brought many sons to glory through His death (Heb. 2:9-10).  He is not ashamed to call us brothers because we have the same Father (Heb. 2:11).  We are of His household (Heb. 3:6).  We are loved and disciplined as true sons, not illegitimate children (Heb. 12:5-7).

Before we are anything else, before we perform any ministry, or are of any utility to the kingdom, we are sons of God; objects of God’s most profound love; those in whom He delights just as He delights in Jesus Himself.

There is nothing else we need to do.  We just need to be sons.  We are God’s sons because THE Son lives within, and we in Him.  Anything else we do, say, or achieve in the kingdom is a function of being sons and is secondary.  Without achievements or ministries we are still sons, we are still what is greatest to the Father.  Without sonship, we amass ministries and accomplishments and pretend we are full.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Robert says:

    Thanks Teague. The last sentence says a whole lot!

  2. “Without achievements or ministries we are still sons, we are still what is greatest to the Father. Without sonship, we amass ministries and accomplishments and pretend we are full.”

    Excellent. It makes sense then, that before Jesus even started His “public” ministry, that God declared He was pleased with His son. Sonship is at the root of God’s pleasure, and how amazing that we are included in that!

    1. mrteague says:

      Amazing indeed! Thanks 🙂

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