II HEBREWS 1b
Roy Osborne 2004
OUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER
Many people conceive of God as a distant, unapproachable One, located somewhere out beyond the clouds, looking down on the mass of humanity on this earth. They view their prayers as a small voice, raised amid a cacophony of millions lifting prayers upward all the time. I think this almost impersonal concept of our relationship with our God and Father is incorrect.
It is no wonder that men view our relationship with God in this manner, however. After all, the Universe is vast beyond our instrument’s ability to see, or our minds to imagine. This galaxy in which we dwell is lost in the myriad galaxies around us, and is beyond the gaze of our most powerful instruments. I am less than a speck on a tiny ball in the midst of all of this. Measured in terms of time and space, as man views it, I am so insignificant as to be totally irrelevant. However, when one is speaking of the God who created all of this, and who is not subject to the vastness of space or of time, size is unimportant, and time has no meaning. God chose to put into this tiny creature not only life, which allows him to move about, think and imagine, but a bit of Himself in a repository called a soul. He endowed this soul with the ability to find Him, to know Him, and to respond to Him. In the beginning of Hebrews, God tells us He sent His Son to tell us about Him. So, forget the size of the Universe, and the vastness of space and time. They are not a factor with God.
The most amazing thought I can imagine is that He wanted to talk to me. This is personal, for the message He brought is to be responded to, not by the multitudes, but by any single heart who will hear it and trust it.
The second amazing thought is that He wants me to talk to Him. Prayer is not a ritual service, performed to be wafted to the throne room of heaven with all the millions of others. It is a private talk that my Father wants me to have with Him. “The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man [just one] availeth much”! You and I may be small (in man’s terms), but we are not insignificant!
In the beginning of this amazing book, describing things beyond our imagination…too big and glorious for our minds to understand, I want you to have a true perspective of the real relationship we sustain to our Father. In chapter one we are told of the majestic glory of Jesus Christ. The description is in terms which humans can understand, but which describe relationships and other things in the realm of heaven far beyond our ability to grasp.
Here are a few things about Him that we need to know:
1. God, who is self-existent from all eternity, created angels to be His messengers. They exist in whatever form God needs for them to convey whatever message He wants to send to man. Sometimes they appear as men…sometimes as a flame, a wind, or just a noise. However, before them, God projected from Himself, and of the same essence as Himself, one whom He called His “Son”. “Radiance of God’s glory, and the exact representation of His being”, are the words used to describe His relationship to the Father. Not an angel, but One into whom God projected all of His own characteristics, and by whom, and for whom, He made all things.
2. As God’s Son, Jesus loves everything that agrees with the will of God, i.e., righteousness, and hates everything that is contrary to God’s will, i.e., wickedness. (That is the definition of what is righteous and what is not.) This Son came to earth and created a way by which wicked men could become righteous. Then He rejoined God to welcome all those who responded to His call. These are those men of faith, who make up what God calls His Kingdom.
It is difficult to state these incredible things in human terms. God created a place, apart from the state of perfect eternity, in which He dwelt, and in that place He put a creature, called man. Here man could choose the will of God (righteousness), or his own will (wickedness). Jesus came here to the place, to make it possible for man to return to the state of perfect eternity with God.
We are not members of His club, as Christians. We are not the good people who do all the right things. We are the ones who accept Him as God’s Son, and His lordship in our lives, so that He can take us out of this place (the world) and transform us into beings in an eternal state with God. This is the closest we can describe the process in human terms. When we substitute rules and regulations, organization and rituals, we lose sight of the essential, which is a new relationship with God, made possible by His Son, who is our Savior. This is what Hebrews is all about.