Day 1

The Nature of the Son

from the Hebrews reading plan


Hebrews 1:1-14, 2 Samuel 7:12-15, John 1:1-5, 2 Corinthians 4:4-6

BY Rebecca Faires

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 1:1-14, 2 Samuel 7:12-15, John 1:1-5, 2 Corinthians 4:4-6

Have you ever tried to understand something completely new? As a senior in college I enrolled in a sculpture class—while majoring in German. I understand words, but I do not understand shapes. Trying to sculpt a three-dimensional representation of the human head turned out to be the only collegiate task that could reliably make me cry. I could not comprehend how to shape the turn of a lip or the curve of a nose. The rest of the class would talk about differing angles or closing one eye while looking at the model, but it was an impenetrable mystery to me.

The writer of Hebrews is trying to explain something completely different to an audience of Jewish Christians who were already being persecuted for their faith. Though they were believers, the concept of Jesus as Messiah was something would have been difficult to imagine until about 70 years prior, when Jesus was born. Some knew He was the Savior, although what that meant to them varied and was still largely misunderstood. The author is still trying to introduce us to this nearly incomprehensible concept: the God-Man. Without talking down to the reader, he explains clearly, from the very beginning, the nature of this strange and wonderful person who is both God and man.

In the first chapter of Hebrews, the writer essentially asks the question, What is the nature of the Son? and what’s more, Why does the nature of the Son matter?

First, the Son replaces the prophets and fulfills their prophecies. He is both the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of God’s nature. Worthy of all worship, He is superior to the angels and remains the same forever (Hebrews 1:3–11). Indeed, God “has spoken to us by his Son” and “has appointed him heir of all things and made the universe through him” (vv.1–2).

How awesome is Christ, the Son! And yet this very Christ, the creator and sustainer of the world, is also the One who purifies us from our sin by His own sacrifice. He speaks directly to us and acts on our behalf—the same God whom all the fiery angels serve! Both the new covenant and the eternal priesthood of Christ are the unfathomable gift of God to a sinful people in need of a Savior.

Without Christ there is an overwhelming barrier between us and God, between our sinfulness and His holiness. But in Christ we find an even more overwhelming answer. We cannot comprehend the greatness of His glory or the awesomeness of His majesty, yet in Christ we are made daughters and heirs of His kingdom, having been washed clean by His blood.

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Rebecca Faires loves the gospel story and needs it every morning when she wakes up to her five little people. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in German from Hillsdale College, and most recently worked as the managing editor and writer at She Reads Truth. She now works from her log cabin in the hills of Tennessee, writing and illustrating books with her favorite mountain man. There she enjoys porch-sitting as it rains, reading the Oxford English Dictionary, and getting in way over her head. She is expecting her sixth baby and her first book in February of 2019.

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135 thoughts on "The Nature of the Son"

  1. Virtuous says:

    “…sustaining all things by His powerful word”

    This is so powerful. We live in a world where their is evil and hardship. Our own lives are sometimes unbearable to us and we would go as far as to say chaotic. Because yes, it can be chaotic sometimes. But we don’t know what real chaos is and thats by the grace of God. He has been sustaining us, this world simply by His word, we have been held together. I’m overwhelmed by that. Super thankful.

  2. Cierra Ferguson says:

    this helped me start to understand the true significance or importance of Jesus Christ , the SON! I attended a conference where the pastor spoke about the “ Cure “ and this helped me realize that he was very correct w/. his reference as Christ being the Cure from the very thing that could hurt us ( sin ) . I ask God that you help open my eyes more through the coming days of this study and that I grow wiser and deeper into your word and understanding! We never graduate from the Gospel , we only go DEEPER! ❤️

  3. Erica Samaroo says:

    I love the book of Hebrews. Looking forward to this study! Jesus is wonderful ❤️

  4. Lisa Michel says:

    Committed to this. Excited to begin the journey

  5. Courtney MonétRandolph says:

    “yet in Christ we are made daughters and heirs of the kingdom.” That really spoke to me and made me feel whole and well.

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  7. Dianna Bartel says:

    ❤️

  8. Sheena Auffant says:

    ❤️❤️❤️

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