The Exegesis of God
Author: A. W. Tozer
Monday, June 29, 2009
I wish I could comprehend everything that the inspired Word is trying to reveal in the statement that Jesus, the eternal Son, is the “radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (Hebrews 1:3). This much I do know and understand: Jesus Christ is Himself God. As a believer and a disciple, I rejoice that the risen, ascended Christ is now my High Priest and intercessor at the heavenly throne.
The writer to the Hebrews commands our attention with this descriptive, striking language:
In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, . . . [who is] the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word (Hebrews 1:2–3).
We trust the Scriptures because we believe they are inspired—God-breathed. Because we believe them, we believe and confess that Jesus was very God of very God.
Nothing anywhere in this vast, complex world is as beautiful and as compelling as the record of the Incarnation, the act by which God was made flesh to dwell among us in our own human history. This Jesus, the Christ of God, who made the universe and who sustains all things by his powerful word, was a tiny babe among us. He was comforted to sleep when He whimpered in His mother’s arms. Great, indeed, is the mystery of godliness.
Yet, in this context, some things strange and tragic have been happening in recent years within Christianity. For one, some ministers have advised their congregations not to be greatly concerned if theologians dispute the virgin birth of Jesus. The issue, they say, is not important. For another thing, some professing Christians are saying they do not want to be pinned down as to what they really believe about the uniqueness and reality of the deity of Jesus, the Christ.
No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known. John 1:18
Jesus Christ is Himself God. He is the One and Only at the Father’s side; the radiance of His glory; the exact representation of God being. He has made God known. Christ is the exegesis of God.
Miracle of miracles! You, O Christ, that baby in Mary’s arms are both God and human being. You make God accessible to me.